The starched white tablecloths may be folded up on the shelves, but chefs at our local restaurants are still busy in the back so lose the track pants and get ready to treat yourself and your special someone this Valentine’s Day.
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If you’re reaching for the top shelf this year then pre-order, and do it ASAP. Most, not all, of the fine dining options require you to pre-order.
Crazy Fox Bistro is offering a 3-course meal on Saturday and Sunday. You will need to call ahead to pre-order at 705-737-5000.
The starters include New England clam chowder and smoked peppered duck. The mains include Pan-seared Atlantic salmon & half butter-poached lobster tail, champagne citrus vinaigrette, jasmine rice, and fresh seasonal vegetables. The full Valentine’s Day menu is available here. Watch the video below to see how the Crazy Fox prepares each meal.
You can bring the signature “intimate casual fine dining” feel of Barrie’s Michael & Marion’s home this Valentine’s day. Check out the special Valentine’s Day menu Head Chef Kent Smith created and then call your order in at 705-721-1188.
Right now, Michael and Marion’s offer a dinner for two with a bottle of wine for $99.00. They are open for your Valentine’s Day takeout from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
If you’re willing to take a quick drive to Friday Harbour in Innisfil, check out Fishbone Kitchen and Wine Bar or the Beach Club. Both are truly fantastic options.
Fishbone is offering up a 4-course Valentine’s Day menu that includes mackerel crudo, braised beef raviolo, fried garlic chips and pan-seared red snapper at $79.00 per person. Call 705-294-3324 or go online here.
For some modern twists that are sure to check all of your boxes, venture over to the Beach Club. You can find their menu here and place an order by calling 705-814-0044. Check out the video below to see inside this waterfront gem.
Our next suggestion is for those traditionalist meat lovers out there. First up, Town and Country Steakhouse in downtown Barrie. They have a curbside pick-up menu available here or call 705-726-5241.
Check out the video below to see why this Barrie staple been around so long. It’s a wild spot that’s a lot of fun to eat at. We’re sure the takeout options will pack a punch as well.
If steak and ribs are your things, we also highly recommend Baton Rouge Steakhouse on Bayfield Street. It’s a more modern approach to those good ol’ classics. Check it out below.
There are a few options if you’ve decided on Baton Rouge, you can call for takeout or delivery at 705-726-7171 or go online here.
Let’s be honest, nothing says romance quite like an authentic Italian dinner. Pair it with some local vino and voilà!
We’ve included three options below, all great, but all offering something a little bit different in style, presentation, and price point.
Executive Chef Francesco Petrusa at Limoncello Bistro is serving up all kinds of hearty, fulfilling creations. Check out the videos below to see for yourself.
Another great spot is in Barrie’s North end. For nearly 50 years Nino’s Italian Restaurant has been Barrie’s choice for handmade authentic Italian food.
Try ordering the Rigatoni with Tomato and Garlic Sauce, or add some of their famous meatballs. Check out the video below. You can order from Ninos by calling 705-726-1611 or through SkipTheDishes
If you’re in the mood for some fusion-style modern dishes, try these options. First up, Barrie’s Common Good Cafe and Social House. Try their Valentine’s Day retro meal with shrimp cocktail, ratatouille, and chicken supreme.
You can order right on their website or through OpenTable. Check out the video below for a sneak peek inside Common Good.
Another excellent spot for that casual contemporary dish is the Farmhouse. Chef Randy Feltis has created a Valentine’s Day special of “comfort food you can actually feel good about.”
The side dishes alone are spectacular, like the lobster mac and cheese.
You can see the menu here and then call or text your order at 705-718-5046 or email email@example.com.
Chef Marco has prepared a Valentine’s Day menu at The North Restaurant. The menu includes mushroom and truffle soup, maple roasted squash salad, crab cake with octopus and seafood rice, and a duo of lobster and beef on cauliflower puree.
The special is $60.00 per person or $150.00 for two with a bottle of sparkling wine. You can call 705-812-2192 or email your order to firstname.lastname@example.org
On the grill
Maybe you’re in the mood for something a little more indulgent.
Kenzington Burger Bar is an obvious choice for those burger lovers out there. Check out their takeout menu here.
If you require gluten-free and vegan options, check out Grillicious Gourmet. It’s a trifecta of Filipino, Korean and Spanish related flavours.
Place your order by calling 705-721-9277. They have a huge menu with lots of options for every diet.
Prepare it yourself
Maybe you’re planning on preparing your own meal and want to serve up a smorgasbord of local treats.
If you haven’t heard of FreshSpoke, they have basically curated everything that is good, local, organic, keto, vegan, carnivore, paleo, vegetarian, and offered it up in one digital marketplace with pick-up or delivery.
This is the perfect option for fresh organic veggies, meats, and cheeses. Also, this is a great source if you’re thinking of making a charcuterie board for that special person.