Valentine's Day's a month out. Nab a table at one of these date-worthy spots and avoid the typical prix fixe gouging that leaves your wallet light, and your date heavy.
Mosaic 3097 Maple Drive; Ansley Park; 404.846.5722 This airy, red-walled food manse serves up everything from Tandoori Tilapia to their signature Italian Seafood Cioppino; they even have an exotic jerk chicken breast (oddly, so do you). MosiacAtl.com
Tierra 1425 Piedmont Ave NE; Buckhead; 404.874.5951 This eclectic Caribbean/Latin American restaurant serves up the likes of seared scallops in Caribbean curry sauce and grilled grouper w/ Brazilian hearts of palm, and is located just one block from the Botanical Gardens -- a lifesaver for those incapable of remembering to buy flowers, yet ninja-fast with a pair of clippers. TierraRestaurant.com
Floataway Cafe 1123 Zonolite Rd; Lenox; 404.892.1414 Housed in a dramatically converted warehouse, Floataway whips up regionalized global fare like African squash ricotta ravioli w/ maple & crispy ham, and Kurobuta pork w/ rice of the "Carolina Gold" variety, which may sound like a Doobie Brothers song, but is actually food. StarProvisions.com
Craft 3376 Peachtree Rd; Buckhead; 404.995.7580 Inside the swanky Mansion on Peachtree Hotel, the recently opened Craft Atlanta rocks simple dishes done simply, including fish (wild striped bass w/ horseradish), steak (Wagyu skirt steak w/ bordelaise), and even a pork rack, which is really why you're here in the first place. CraftRestaurant.com
Soho 4300 Paces Ferry Road; Buckhead; 770.801.0069 Though the exterior looks like a Caribbean resort, inside Soho's designed to evoke the same-named artsy NYC neighborhood, serving up entrees like Raspberry & Mustard Glazed Elk Tenderloin and culture-clashing desserts like Cheesecake Empanadas. Hopefully she'll be so happy she'll forget about what really happens in Soho, shopping. SohoAtlanta.com
Food 101 (Morningside) 1397 N. Highland Avenue; Virginia Highlands; 404.347.9747 To avoid overwhelming (or getting sucked too fast into a relationship with) a newer girlfriend, hit this casually refined, uber-friendly restaurant for organic grub like pan-roasted Alaskan halibut w/ sweet potato hash & South Georgia chow chow -- the corn-based dish, not the adorable dog, which frankly goes better with sea bass. 101concepts.com
Portofino Bistro 3199 Paces Ferry Place; Buckhead; 404.231.1136 Armed with a stone brick patio and candlelit interior, Portofino pairs creative Italian (saffron & elephant garlic ragu w/ semolina gnocchi and broccolini) with a vino selection that's won them a slew of Wine Spectator awards, which is great, but getting drunk is not a spectator sport. PortofinoBistro.com