Two Illinois Joints Make OpenTable’s 100 Most Romantic List
With Valentine's Day just a couple of days away (it's this Wednesday), you may still be pondering where to go with your Valentine for a romantic dinner. Well, you're in luck. A new study has some recommendations on where to go in Illinois for the most heart-filled Valentine's Day dinner (these places would also be fine for romance on every other day of the year, too).
If you're not into all that, or you don't have a date for Valentine's Day, and even if you did, you'd want to completely avoid someplace that's full of romantically inclined, hand-holding, PDA machines, you could use this as a guide on where to stay away from on Wednesday night.
An Online Restaurant Reservation Service Company Just Came Out With Their List Of The 100 Most Romantic Restaurants In The United States And Only 2 Illinois Spots Are On It
At first glance, I thought the study from OpenTable.com was simply naming two restaurants from each state for their grand total of 100, but that's not the case here. Several states have more than two on the list, like the 12 California spots that made it, along with the 7 from Florida, and the five from New York.
However, we're not in those states, we're in Illinois, so let's take a look at the two joints in our state that make the OpenTable list of the top 100 in the country.
Geja's Cafe, Located At 340 W. Armitage Avenue In Chicago, Is All About Fondue And Wine, And As The Photo Above Shows, Has The Romance Angle Down To An Artform
And they've been doing it very well for almost 60 years, according to Geja's website:
For over 58 years, fondue dining at Geja's Café has been a favorite indulgence for Chicagoans as well as out-of-towners. It's a perfect way to kindle romance, celebrate a special occasion or simply join family and friends for a fun and unforgettable dining experience.
Geja's Cafe features the ingredients to make your evening an event you'll remember for years to come.
The reviews for Geja's Cafe are outstanding, with nearly 5-star reviews across the board for food, service, ambience, and value.
The Only Other Illinois Restaurant To Land On OpenTable's Top 100 In The US Is North Pond, Located At 2610 N. Cannon Drive In Chicago
North Pond can be found in the heart of Lincoln Park, at the edge of a pond that overlooks Chicago's skyline. This is another restaurant that has absolutely stellar reviews. According to their website, the structure that houses North Pond was built in 1912 as a warming shelter for ice skaters, and has been redesigned according to the arts and crafts tradition:
Drawing inspiration from the local market, Chef César Murillo and Pastry Chef Laura Thomasson utilize exceptional ingredients at the height of their season. North Pond supports small, local farmers, growers and producers and treats their product with respect and care in the kitchen.
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Gallery Credit: Charlotte Barnett