The Best Valentine’s Day Dining for One

Whether you love or hate February 14, it is a day of bright colors and glitter in the middle of a month of grey, old snow. For that reason alone, it has the possibility to be something to look forward to — even if just to break up the monotony of a Minnesota winter.

Everyone should be able to enjoy what Valentine’s Day has to offer, in a relationship or not. What about all the people are single by choice? Or those that are heartbroken? To quote the ever-so-wise Dr. Akopian from the show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, “Love doesn’t have to be a person. It can be a passion.” (You know, like food.)

So, celebrate love in whatever form you have it: self-love, familial, friendship, or otherwise. Brush off those societal expectations and order yourself something special.

Treat Yourself – Dinners Under $200

Rectangular thinly sliced potatoes with chives on top.

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Travail’s Valentine’s Day “Just the Two of Us” Take-Home, $175

Travail’s indulgent kit is listed to serve two or more people, but as with all of these options, let’s leave that up for interpretation. The dinner includes elevated dishes such as beef Wellington with a lemon truffle sauce, prosciutto-layered pave potato, king crab salad with crackers, curried deviled eggs, red velvet chocolate cake trifle, chocolate-covered nuts, and a butterscotch pancake mix for breakfast. If you really want to go for it, its $350 luxury box recommended for two to four people has all you could ever want and more. And then some more.

Pre-order on Tock to pick up your meal at Travail starting at noon on February 13.

Petite León’s Valentine’s Day Take & Bake, $125

Do you know who deserves a five-course dinner just because? You do. Enjoy onion dip with caviar and crunchy potato chips, a bitter green salad with citrus vinaigrette, wood-fired lamb shoulder in mole poblano, fresh tortillas by Nixta, wood-roasted vegetables with herbed chile butter, a chocolate mousse layer cake from Patisserie 46. Each dinner comes with reheating instructions and other tips from the Petite León team. To pair with the meal, two wines are also available for pick-up: a pink, bubbly Tissot Crémant du Jura Rosé, $32 or a bottle of Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat, $25, a rich red.

Pre-order on Resy for pick-up on Sunday, February 14 from 12 to 5 p.m.

Grand Cafe’s Keep it Grand Valentine’s Day Kit, $185

Grand Cafe has put together the ultimate luxurious and decadent dinner kit for February 14. For $185 you will receive instructions to prepare the cotes de boeuf with pommes puree and accouterments at home, while the rest of the menu will be prepared for you. The other stunner dishes include Norwegian king crab with baguette and butter, kale and wood-fired vegetable salad with sherry…

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