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Chattanooga’s ultimate Valentine’s Day guide

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We made this local Valentine’s Day guide just for you.

From delivery options and gift ideas to restaurant specials — this guide has everything you need to know to make the most of Valentine’s Day, which — in case you missed it — is this Sunday

❤️ Delivery/carry out  

If you’d rather roll around in poison ivy than go out to dinner on Valentine’s Day during a pandemic, we hear you. These are the NOOGAtoday staff picks for best places to order delivery. Combine these with the date night ideas we have below. 

And we suggest checking out the local delivery app/website, Dinner Delivered for additional options. 

Alex’s Thai | 26 E. Main St. | Menu | We suggest trying the pineapple fried rice + tofu or the yellow curry.

Bitter Alibi | 825 Houston St. | Menu | You can’t go wrong with the Bundy Burger or the Pad Thai fries. 

Han-Mi | 3101 Broad St. | Menu | Try the Korean Fried Chicken with the spicy-tangy sauce. 

Home Slice Pizza | 2000 E. 23rd St. | Menu | Any pizza from here is going to be delish. Don’t forget to check out gluten free and vegan options. And don’t sleep on the deep fried Oreos.  

Sitar | 200 Market St. | Menu | Give the Chana masala a try. 

Sluggo’s | 505 Cherokee Blvd. | Menu | The Sid Caesar salad with tofu + a bar-b-que sub is the way to go. Or try the roasted red pepper + spinach hummus wrap.

🖤 Dining out

We suggest checking ticket and reservation availability, especially as Valentine’s Day gets closer. 

Café on the Corner | 826 Scenic Hwy. | Café on the Corner is featuring a special Valentine’s menu with dishes like fried oysters and fried or baked lobster tails + its new bourbon and bubbles flight menu | Dine-in or carryout 

Carrabba’s Italian Grill | 2040 Hamilton Place Blvd. | Feb. 9-Feb. 15 | Carrabba’s is offering a $50 four-course dinner for two | Dine-in or car carryout 

Lil Mama’s Chicago Style Hoagy | 818 Georgia Avenue | Feb. 14 | Enjoy a fun night painting with your significant other or friend at Lil Mama’s “Sip N’ Paint” Valentine’s Day event. One ticket covers the cost of one couple + includes dinner for two and paint & sip ($200). Complimentary champagne and a signature cocktail will also be available. Buy tickets here. 

Il Primo | 9436 Bradmore Lane | Feb. 13-Feb. 14 | Enjoy a specialized Italian cuisine menu from Il Primo this Valentine’s Day weekend. You can have a table of 2, 4, or 6. Browse the menu + purchase tickets here for Saturday and here for Sunday.

Old Chicago | 250 Northgate Mall, 2006 Hamilton Place Blvd. | Feb. 11-Feb. 14 | Enjoy a $25 sweetheart deal that includes choice of starter, a medium specialty pizza or two entrees, and a “little big cookie” a la mode | Dine-in or delivery 

 The FEED co. Table & Tavern | 201 W Main St. | Feb. 11 | Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special wine dinner. Buy tickets ($75 per person) and explore the 4 course menu here. 

Frothy Monkey | 1400 Market St | Feb. 12-Feb. 14 | Celebrate with a socially distanced dine-in experience or to-go with Frothy Monkey’s special V-Day menu! Dinner for two is $50 with the option to add a bottle of wine for $25. Make reservations or secure your to-go experience here.

STIR | 1444 Market St. | Feb. 12-Feb. 14 | Enjoy a unique menu at STIR Valentine’s Day weekend. Capacity in the restaurant is limited, so make sure to book your reservations here. (As of publication time there were only a few more Friday times open.)

Southern Belle Riverboat | 151 Riverfront Parkway | Feb. 12-Feb. 14 | Take a ride on the Southern Belle for a Sweetheart Luncheon cruise or Valentine’s Dinner cruise. Lunch rates are $38.95 per person and dinner rates are $68.95 per person.  

Top of the Rock | Jasper Highlands Parkway |The menu features made-from-scratch dishes including Grilled Filet Mignon, Shrimp & Grits, Chili Peach Shrimp, and Brewery Nachos. They also serve six house beers, including a rotating seasonal brew, in addition to cocktails + wine offerings. Feb. 14 may already be booked up, so check this place out if you’re celebrating another evening. (As of publication time there were only a few more Friday times open.)

1885 Grill | 3914 St Elmo Ave, Suite P | Feb. 14 | Enjoy a prix fixe 4-course meal by chef Sara. Check out the menu here. There will be 3 seatings available for the evening at 4 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Please email [email protected] or call at 423.485.3050 to make a reservation.

Wine Down Bistro & Lounge | 9431 Bradmore Ln., Suite 109 | Feb. 12-Feb. 14 | Along with their regular menu, they will be offering a special Valentine’s Day menu ($55+ tax per person/$70+ tax per person with wine pairings). Visit their website or call 423-531-9463 to book a reservation.

The Creag at McLemore | 32 Clubhouse Lane, Rising Fawn GA | No explicit dates | McLemore’s dining area is featuring a special three-course Valentine’s menu – with pan-seared snapper and vegetable ragout + Wagyu entrees – at $45 per person | Dine-in

The Read House | 107 W MLK Blvd. | Feb. 13-Feb. 14 | Have a delicious + memorable dinner in the opulent Green Room with live entertainment from jazz artist Naomi Powell. Call 423-266-4121 to make a reservation.

Fountainhead Taproom | 1617 Rossville Ave. | Feb. 14 | Enjoy a yummy dinner special on Valentine’s Day at Fountainhead. The menu includes rib eye steak, asparagus + a baked potato. Reservations for 2 will be $50. Plus, enjoy a special Valentine’s drink special for $5 with your meal. Call 423-541-6355 to make reservations.

💛 Date night ideas

💓 Going out

Chattanooga Symphony & Opera | 736 Georgia Ave. | Feb. 11-Feb. 12 | Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a date night at the Symphony. Enjoy a Romantic Strings night on Feb. 11 or Romantic Winds night on Feb. 12. To buy tickets for the strings night click here + to buy tickets for the winds night click here.

Hunter Museum of American Art | 10 Bluff View St. | Feb. 11 | Take part in the “Be my (Anti) Valentine Collage Class in-person or virtually. Supplies will be included (virtual participants can pick up their supplies at the museum). Purchase your tickets here.

 Proof bar + incubator | 422 E. MLK Blvd. | Choose from a number of meal kits from Proof to create the perfect date night, whether you’re a “strong independent person who don’t need no partner” or are in need of a “Lovebirds meal kit.” Pick up on Feb. 13. (Bonus: choose from vegan, omnivore, or even half + half options).

Red Bank Bounce | 2011 Dayton Blvd. | Feb. 14 | Don’t want your kids to be bored at home with a babysitter on Valentine’s Day? Drop them off at Red Bank Bounce’s special event for kids. Drop off starts at 5:30 p.m. + the event runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Children ages 3-11 — they must have socks and completed safety waivers before arrival. Cost is $20 per kid. Food will be provided.

Romance at Ruby | 1720 South Scenic Hwy. | Feb. 15 | Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Chattanooga’s Ruby Falls with your significant other or best friend.This event includes a special-edition Lantern Tour, keepsake photo + gift. Only tickets for the Feb. 15 event are available at 9:15 p.m. Hurry and get your tickets ($74.95 per couple).

Sweet & Savory Classroom | 45 E. Main Street, Suite 112 | Feb.11-Feb. 14 | Learn to cook a Turkish inspired menu centered around the romantic city of Istanbul. Chef Jeff Pennypacker will guide you through a hands-on class with a decadent menu. (This class is for adults 18 and older.) Price is $214 per class.

Wanderlinger Brewing Company | 1208 King St. | Feb. 14 | The Shade Girls presents the ‘Stupid Love’ drag brunch. Tickets for kids are $12 and $15 for adults. Ticket prices include a plate and entry to the show. Buy tickets here.

Cause Cloth |  301 E. MLK Blvd. | Feb. 14+ |Take your Galentine or Valentine thrift shopping. This shop has gently-used items for just about everyone. 50% off all red clothing through Feb. 14, 50% off blue tags, shoes and boots all month long 

💓 Staying in/keeping your distance 

Have a scavenger hunt | We were going to tell you to make up your own, either with fun Chattanooga gifts as the prizes or using landmarks as the clues, and you definitely should try that. But if you want less work, check out this site that promises a unique Chattanooga scavenger hunt. We haven’t tried it, so if you do, let us know how it went.

Mellow Mushroom | 205 Broad St., 2318 Lifestyle Way | Feb. 2- Feb. 21 | Celebrate Valentine’s day by making a pizza with Mellow’s Shroom Love pizza kit for $9.95. The pizza kit has all the ingredients to make a Mellow Mushroom pepperoni pizza with the perfect number of pepperonis for a heart shape.. The kit is available for online ordering or take-out.

Make your own mocktail | You get the ingredients, we’ve got the recipes. 

Play a locally made game | A local creative agency Humanaut has a locally made game that we feel may not get the attention it deserves. It lets you judge others without guilt. Valentine’s Day might be a great night to try it. Order ASAP or call to see if you can pick it up to ensure delivery. 

Take a hike or walk | There are perks to hiking in cooler weather + plenty of options. But sometimes it doesn’t get better than a stroll on the Walnut Street Bridge.  

Learn + have fun with The Chattery | The Chattery has online classes including a Feb. 14 date night painting session. 

💙 Do ya need a gift idea?

Berry Box Chatt | Online | You can never go wrong with chocolate-covered strawberries, and Berry Box has plenty of beautiful and delicious-looking options.

Blumenwagen | 141 US-127 | Buy your special friend a beautiful bouquet for Valentine’s Day. Blumenwagen offers a $30, $45 or $95 bouquet. Pickup or delivery is available. Place your pre-order here.

Chattanooga Bread Puddings | Online | Looking for a tasty treat to gift for Valentine’s Day? Try a mini (or large) bread pudding from Chattanooga Bread Puddings! There are various flavors, so you’re sure to find something you’ll like. Check out their Facebook page for flavors and call 423-277-3319 to place an order.

Chattanooga FC | Support local partners while giving back to a local charity – this Valentine’s Day Package includes 2 CFC Match Tickets, 4 Pack of Belle Chocolates, Blue Teddy Bear, and a $20 Gift Card to either Chattanooga Beard Company or Good Fortune Soap & Spa. (Bonus: All those who purchase will be entered to win a 2021 Match Jersey, Pre-match Hospitality for Two, or a CFC Merchandise Gift Card.)

ChattTaste | Online | Gift your sweetie a subscription box from ChattTaste. Each box includes its stated retail value of local Artisan items + changes theme monthly. Click here to place an order. 

Dipped Fresh | Online | Get a taste of local handmade chocolate from Dipped Fresh. Orders will be delivered Feb. 13 or Feb. 14. Call 423-490-9334 to place your order or by visiting their website here.

Frosted Bakes | 7407 Igou Gap Rd., Suite 113 | Pick up some delicious treats for Valentine’s Day. Frosted Bakes has cookies, cakes + more.

Locals Only | 10 Frazier Ave. | Grab a specially-curated Valentine’s Day gift box filled with local goods like “love” chocolate bars from the Hot Chocolatier, Chattanooga Whiskey glasses, and more.

Moonlight Roller | 703 Cherry St. | It may not be exactly Valentine’s-themed, but we argue there’s nothing more romantic than a pair of slick skates from Moonlight Roller’s new brick + mortar skate shop.

Natty Naturals | Online | Handcrafted with love, these body, hair + hygiene products are a perfect way to show your appreciation for your significant other. Check out their products here. 

Pastry Delights | Cleveland, TN | Macarons are sweet and so is your significant other! Pastry Delights is offering a special for Valentine’s Day. Order a dozen macarons for $25 to gift to your love. Send a DM on Instagram or a message on Facebook to order. 

Poppytons Patisserie | Online | Besides partnering with Proof to offer some awesome V-Day meal kits (see above), Poppytons is also offering couples + singles treat boxes in collaboration with local women-owned businesses.

Rembrandt’s | 204 High St. | Order chocolate gift boxes from two pieces to one pound, rose heart french macarons, harlequin cookies, chocolate-covered strawberries + edible chocolate boxes. Call 423-321-0235 (press 3 after dialing) to order or visit their website here.

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