Valentine’s Day is known as one of the busiest days in the restaurant industry, but this year, couples around the country are getting ready for a cozy and romantic meal at home. Just because you’re dining in doesn’t mean you have to spend all evening in the kitchen, and with more and more restaurants offering delivery this year, you can enjoy a delicious Valentine’s Day meal for two with minimal effort. Since it’s a special occasion, take a break from delivery pizza and branch out with one of our top choices for a Valentine’s Day takeout menu.
There’s something elegant about sushi, with its delicate flavors and beautiful presentation making it an ideal choice for a delivery Valentine’s Day dinner. Choose several rolls to share, plus a few classic starters such as miso soup and salted edamame beans, and if you’re feeling fancy, perhaps spring for a bottle of sake to go with your meal. Arrange your sushi and sashimi on an elegant platter and ensure the table is set to perfection, including smaller dishes for sides of wasabi and pickled ginger.
If you’re not a fan of sushi but love the idea of eating your Valentine’s Day dinner with chopsticks, dim sum might be a better choice. The menu possibilities are endless, from a variety of dumplings to sticky pork-filled buns or more adventurous options such as fried chicken feet. Just remember that some dim sum dishes travel better than others, and to make sure you’re not disappointed, check out our top tips for ordering delivery dim sum.
Continuing our trend of tiny shareable foods, we love the idea of a Spanish tapas feast for Valentine’s Day. While under normal circumstances, takeout tapas might be hard to come by, more and more tapas restaurants have started offering delivery due to the pandemic. Mix and match to create your own perfect tapas platter, complete with meats, cheeses, olives, croquettes, and more. Just don’t forget a nice bottle of Spanish red wine to pair with your meal.
The upscale gastropub is a culinary trend that’s been sweeping the nation over the last several years, and there’s really no better choice for Valentine’s Day than comfort food with a gourmet twist. Classic menu options include things like truffle fries, lobster mac and cheese, or a good old-fashioned steak with garlic butter. Since it’s a special occasion, you could even try your hand at cocktail making – perhaps an old fashioned or classic G&T?
Italian might be an obvious choice for a romantic dinner, but that doesn’t make it any less fitting for a takeout Valentine’s Day meal. Skip the pizza in favor of more elegant pasta or risotto dishes, perhaps with fresh seafood or something that feels equally fancy, and treat yourself to multiple courses, including a classic Italian dessert like tiramisu or panna cotta. Plate up your meal on your nicest dishes, light a few candles, put on some romantic music, and that’s amore!