Cape Cod's Best Valentine's Day Spots
By: iO Staff , February 13, 2013
The dreaded “V” word: Valentine’s Day.
Whoever came up with the concept was a cruel, cruel man (okay, maybe it was a woman). It’s the one day of the year couples get to flaunt their love while those who are single will most likely cry their eyes out because they'll be all alone for another year.
But thanks to iO it doesn’t have to be so bad. Valentine’s Day can be fun, funny and romantic, all wrapped up with a little red bow on top. All you have to do is follow our advice and hit one of these hot spots tomorrow evening. You and your better half can thank us later. And if you don’t have a better half, maybe you will when the night is over.
Hot Chocolate Sparrow (Orleans)
The webcam hovering over the candy display case at the Hot Chocolate Sparrow has seen a flurry of activity recently. The reason: live, hand dipped chocolate strawberries churned out by the candy makers.
For those not swooned over by high-end dining but still in need of special something for Valentine ’s Day, the Sparrow – at 5 Old Colony Way in Orleans – can step in and serve up the perfect gifts for that special someone, or as a humble spot to take in a coffee and some baked goods. If coffee and hand-dipped candies are not your thing, they have grilled sandwiches, ice cream, smoothies and other treats, all reasonably priced. A mozzarella, marinated artichoke heart, and sun dried tomato grilled sandwich goes for $5.
Considered the best sushi on the Cape, this is a must-try for those who have never been. Just be forewarned, reservations are a necessity tomorrow night. “The only walk-ins will be for the sushi bar,” owner Alda Watanabe said.
Inaho will be featuring Valentine's Day specials, but for the more adventurous we recommend letting chef Yuji Watanabe decide your sushi and sashimi offerings. And you can’t go wrong with any of the dragon rolls, chicken teriyaki or shrimp tempura.
If you’re like us, your mouth is already watering. So run, don’t walk to Inaho as they are open through Saturday before closing for renovations. They won’t reopen until the end of March so Valentine’s Day is the perfect night to splurge on a loved one.
Yarmouth House Restaurant (Yarmouth)
A favorite for couples on Valentine’s Day, the Yarmouth House provides a fine-dining experience for those on the mid-Cape without breaking the bank.
The indoor water wheel provides for a soothing ambiance that is only enhanced by the professional staff and quality food – they serve typical Cape Cod fare (lobsters, fish and chips, and stuffed sole), a variety of Italian dishes and more hearty plates like peppered pork chops and a 12-ounce NY strip sirloin. And they will be featuring several additional entrees not on the regular menu just for the occassion.
Bar manager David Hedrick said the Yarmouth House is always a popular spot for couples on Valentine’s, and occasionally for those looking to tie the knot. “We’ve had people come in and give us a ring and we’ll deliver it with flowers and champagne,” he said. “When a guy does it the whole place will applaud.”
For high-end dining, there is Alberto’s on Main Street in Hyannis, run since 1984, and offering what many call the best Italian cuisine on the Cape – a 95% reservation clientele is testament to this fact.
The six glowing fireplaces will heat-up the Valentine’s romance, hosts will give out roses to the elegant ladies coming through the door and a special dessert menu including a white chocolate mousse specialty will be offered. Prices are moderate to expensive, a Lamb Osso Bucco coming in at $28 or a Farcite Napoletana, eggplant rolled and stuffed with ricotta, topped with marinara & cheese for $21.
Belfry Inn (Sandwich)
For an elegant Valentine’s getaway, if you’re not hurting for cash, the Belfry Inn & Bistro in Sandwich is offering a spicy package that includes a three-course dinner and full breakfast from executive chef Benjamin Porter, red roses, chocolate strawberries (for a little juiciness), champagne, and a two-night stay in either the historic “Painted Lady” or in the fully restored Catholic Church called the “Abby” adorned with stained glass.
If you’re looking for just dinner, Mr. Porter’s menu offers it all from a succulent all natural Pineland Farms Filet Mignon to Handmade Ricotta Gnocchi for the vegetarian. The Belfry Inn is at 8 Jarves Street.
The Lanes Bowl & Bistro (Mashpee)
If there was an "IT" place to be on the Cape, The Lanes would be our choice. Since opening in January, the Mashpee Commons' venue has brought with it a hip vibe typically found in more urban areas like Boston, New York City or Los Angeles where dining, drinking and bowling have become the new adult chic.
The bar food is reasonably priced though expect to pay a little more for the drinks which come with catchy names like the Honey Badger Martini (“He don’t care, but we do,” the menu reads). But more than anything you’ll be enjoying the atmosphere – and hopefully picking up a few strikes to boot – this Thursday with live music from the talented Paul Donsanto.
Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (Falmouth)
Just down the road from The Lanes, Liam Maguire’s will be helping those who may be dateless find love in their always humorous spin on “The Dating Game.”
Since 2007 owners Deb and Liam Maguire have been hosting the event as a way to let singles know they are not alone.
Starting at 9 PM the fun will begin when one single male will sit on stage blindfolded, asking adult-oriented questions to three random females before the roles are reversed. Past questions have included: “What song describes your sex life, and why?” OR “Describe your perfect date.”
Staff are still looking for contestants (call 508-548-0285 if interested) so who knows, maybe you’ll be the one getting lucky tomorrow night!