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Good Eats (2)

obsessed couples. The vibe is rustic and cool, with reclaimed wood accents and a regal stone fireplace; the modern farmhouse look reflects the kitchen’s emphasis on local ingredients, including those culled from the farm owned by the restaurant’s founders. On Valentine’s Day, the menu will include a handful of holiday specials in addition to the regular a la carte menu, which features dishes like decadent braised beef short rib with fig demi glace.

 

Tersiguel’s French
Country Restaurant
8293 Main St., Ellicott City. 410-465-4004.
tersiguels.com

 

Since its opening in 1975, Tersiguel’s has charmed local diners with its focus on hospitality and cuisine from the French countryside, from pork rillettes to duck confit. The pretty white building that houses the restaurant was damaged in Ellicott City’s two recent floods, but following a major renovation last year, it’s more beautiful than ever and will be a lovely setting to enjoy classic dishes, carefully prepared, from the four-course chef’s menu that will be available this Valentine’s Day.

 

Ananda
7421 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton. 301-725-4800.
anandarestaurant.net

 

In the nearly five years since its opening, Ananda has established itself as a go-to spot for high-end Indian food. While the menu is special occasion-worthy, the restaurant’s sophisticated space – including high ceilings and dramatic chandeliers, gorgeous views of Maple Lawn, and eight fireplaces – takes it up a notch on the romance scale. A bonus: Ananda’s menu includes numerous meat-free options, making it a good choice for vegetarian lovebirds.

 

Lupa Trattoria Romana
10215 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.
410-964-9999. lupacolumbia.com

 

From its location on the shores of Lake Kittamaqundi to its dining room adorned with handsome architectural flourishes and artwork that would look equally at home gracing the walls of European museums, Lupa exudes romance. For the holiday, the restaurant will offer a prix-fixe menu showcasing the kitchen’s expertise with Rome-inspired dishes; the staff can help you pair dishes with a bottle from Lupa’s thoughtful and extensive wine list.