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.
3097 Maple Drive; Ansley Park;
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).
1425 Piedmont Ave NE; Buckhead;
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.
1123 Zonolite Rd; Lenox;
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.
3376 Peachtree Rd; Buckhead;
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.
4300 Paces Ferry Road; Buckhead;
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.
Food 101 (Morningside)
1397 N. Highland Avenue; Virginia Highlands;
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.
3199 Paces Ferry Place; Buckhead;
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.