Pop quiz: On what day do one third of all Americans visit a restaurant? If you guessed Mother's Day, often referred to as the busiest day in the restaurant biz, you're wrong. Valentine's Day is the holiday that draws out the diners, so if you're planning a fancy date night with your special someone, it's never too early to start. Book a table three weeks ahead of time at one of the best spots in town, and all you'll need to worry about to complete the picture of romance are flowers and your outfit.
If, much like Seinfeld's George Costanza, you and your sweetie find salted cured meats to be sensual, join newly opened Pig & Pickle for a 3- or 5-course Valentine's meal, $29 to $49 per person respectively, which kicks off with a selection of charcuterie, pickles, and bread. The entrée is a choice of braised short ribs, pork loin schnitzel, "not really bouillabaisse," or chicken pot pie with sage gnocchi. Dessert options include The Elvis (a peanut butter cheesecake sandwich with bacon and brûléed banana) and a pineapple upside-down cake with ham brittle. To ensure that you can spend a romantic evening consuming lust-worthy swine, reserve a table by calling 480-990-1407.