Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
I came up with the idea for this post while I was talking to one of my girlfriends about her new boyfriend, and their plans for Valentine’s Day. As of a few days ago, she still wasn’t sure what the two of them would be doing, and it sounded like he didn’t necessarily know what kind of plans to make.
So for everyone out there who is having a hard time figuring out where to take their sweetheart for the perfect date – a task that can be especially daunting for new relationships, and especially for college students who are trying to find a place that’s easy on the wallet.
Sure, anyone could just stay close to campus and go to Scotty’s – but let’s face it, everyone and their brother will be there with their dates. I decided to do a little research and look into places that I would want my beau to take me for a Valentine’s date that I haven’t necessarily heard of.
So, here is a short list of places in Lafayette that could be a home run if you’re looking to impress that special someone.
1. Red 7 ($$)
Looking at the menu, Red 7 seems to have a lot of options. From steak to pizza, they’ve got you covered, and for a fairly decent price – you won’t have to break the bank with this option on Tuesday night. And for those 21 and over, there is a full bar with lots of beer and wine options.
2. La Scala Italian Restaurant ($$)
Okay, so I know spring break is right around the corner and we’re all trying to get those beach-ready bodies by cutting out carbs. But hey, it’s Valentine’s Day and we all deserve a cheat day once in a while. And seriously, what better way to do it than with pasta? (It’s no secret that a good tortellini dish is the way to my heart.) As an agriculture student, I also appreciate that La Scala sources all of its ingredients from its farm and from other local farms.
3. Bistro 501 ($$$)
You might be looking at a little higher end, upscale dining, but you also will probably not feel like you’re in Lafayette, Indiana anymore. This is a bistro that’ll give you the French experience in downtown Lafayette. You’ll definitely have to make a reservation here, but it’ll be sure to be an unforgettable dining experience. (And just by scanning the menu, it may be worth the trip for dessert alone!)
4. McGraw’s Steak Chop and Fish House ($$$)
This is another restaurant that I have never personally been to, but I know quite a few people who have for various reasons, whether it be as a dinner with a professional company, for a capstone course, or as a date. Most recently, the friend I mentioned earlier had her first real date with her boyfriend at McGraw’s not too long ago. It has come highly suggested to me, and it is on the bucket list to make the trip before I graduate. For Tuesday night, however, if you like steak or seafood, this might be the place for you!
5. Cafe Literato ($$)
If you’re looking for more of a low-key place for a laid back date that’s not too fancy, and especially if you like pizza and espresso (an odd combo, but oddly intriguing as well), this might be the spot for you. This might be one of those great lunch date spots.
Also, a tip to the men out there: never underestimate the power of a bouquet of flowers. (And if you can’t find a place to make a reservation for dinner – don’t forget that there is always lunch! Refer back to my suggestion of Cafe Literato.)
Happy Early Valentine’s Day, everyone!