New List to the Bucket List!

Alright.  It’s time to “let my hair down” and write a blog post that doesn’t pertain to social issues, my current explorations and experiences, or my boyfriend’s experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer.  Rather, it is time to unleash the newest dream of mine, the newest list to be added to my current bucket list.  Drum roll…
Dining at Open Table’s Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.
 As many and most of you know, I currently serve at Table & Main | a southern tavern located in Historic Roswell, Georgia.  (Proud to be OTP!)  I love my job and I am blessed and thankful to be a part of such an amazing team.  Ever since I started serving at Table, I realized how true the phrase, “Once you pop, you can’t stop” applies to consuming good food.  If I could, I would wine and dine at fine restaurants as much as I could.  But, I can’t.  (My serving job only takes me so far, y’all.)  So, while I sit here watching a recorded episode of The Chew I think to myself how I can dine finely in slow increments; in fact, I can and should dine finely even outside of my place of residence.  So, I immediately opened up a new tab on my browser and started typing, “top 50 restau..” and one of the options that automatically filled in read, “top 100 romantic restaurants.”  As a romantic at heart and also knowing my boyfriend as a romantic at heart, I naturally highlight said auto-fill and let google do its thang.  So that brings me to what is listed below…
(Take a quick gander over them all because I have more to say.  Ha.)
A Caprice Tiburon CA Continental
Acquerello San Francisco CA Italian
Addison at The Grand Del Mar San Diego CA Contemporary French
Alizé at the Top of the Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas NV French
Andre’s at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino Las Vegas NV French
Bacaro New York NY Italian
Bertrand at Mister A’s San Diego CA Continental
Bouchard Restaurant and Inn Newport RI Contemporary French
Boulevard Steakhouse Edmond OK Steak
Briarhurst Manor Manitou Springs CO Contemporary American
Brown’s Beach House – The Fairmont Orchid Kohala Coast HI Contemporary American
Cacharel Restaurant Arlington TX Steak
Café Central El Paso TX Contemporary American
Cafe Renaissance Vienna VA French
Canlis Seattle WA Northwest
Capische Wailea HI Italian
Castle Falls Oklahoma City OK European
The Cellar – Fullerton Fullerton CA French
Chez Francois – Vermilion Vermilion OH Contemporary French
Chez Nous French Restaurant Humble TX Contemporary French
Chez Shea Seattle WA Northwest
Club A Steakhouse New York NY Steak
Coach House Oklahoma City Oklahoma City OK Contemporary American
Coach Insignia Detroit MI American
Craftwood Inn Manitou Springs CO Wild Game
Different Pointe of View Phoenix AZ Contemporary American
The Dining Room – Biltmore Estate Asheville NC Contemporary American
Eagle’s Nest – Hyatt Regency Indianapolis Indianapolis IN American
Eiffel Tower Las Vegas NV French
The Elkridge Furnace Inn Elkridge MD Contemporary American
Erminia Ristorante New York NY Italian
Fearrington House Restaurant Pittsboro NC Contemporary American
Fleur de Lys San Francisco CA French
French 75 Bistro – Laguna Beach Laguna Beach CA Contemporary French
French Cafe Omaha NE Contemporary French
The French Room Dallas TX French
Geja’s Café Chicago IL Fondue
Genoa Restaurant Portland OR Italian
Gibraltar Miami FL Seafood
Glasbern Country Inn Fogelsville PA Contemporary American
The Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel New Orleans LA International
The Hungry I Boston MA French
Il Bistro Seattle WA Italian
Il Cielo Gardens Restaurant & Bar Beverly Hills CA Italian
Il Mulino – Chicago Chicago IL Italian
La Caille Restaurant Sandy UT Contemporary French
La Cremaillere Restaurant Bedford NY French American
La Mer at Halekulani Honolulu HI French
Latitudes Key West FL Contemporary American
L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek Sedona AZ Contemporary American
The Library Restaurant – Charleston Charleston SC Low Country
The Little Door Los Angeles CA French
Log Haven Salt Lake City UT Contemporary American
Madrona Manor Healdsburg CA Contemporary American
The Melting Pot – Arlington Arlington TX Fondue
The Melting Pot – Castleton Indianapolis IN Fondue
The Melting Pot – Columbus Columbus OH Fondue
The Melting Pot – Dayton Dayton OH Fondue
The Melting Pot – Greenwood Greenwood IN Fondue
The Melting Pot – Knoxville Knoxville TN Fondue
The Melting Pot – Larkspur Larkspur CA Fondue
The Melting Pot – Memphis Memphis TN Fondue
The Melting Pot – Midtown Atlanta Atlanta GA Fondue
The Melting Pot – Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach SC Fondue
The Melting Pot – Richmond Richmond VA Fondue
The Melting Pot – Rocky River Fairview Park OH Fondue
The Melting Pot – University City University City MO Fondue
The Melting Pot – Virginia Beach Virginia Beach VA Fondue
Michael’s – South Point Casino Las Vegas NV Continental
Michel’s at the Colony Surf Honolulu HI Contemporary French
Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant Manitou Springs CO Fondue
Nana Dallas TX American
Nikolai’s Roof Atlanta GA French
The Old Warsaw Dallas TX French
One if by Land, Two if by Sea New York NY American
Pamplemousse Le Restaurant Las Vegas NV French
Pepper Tree Restaurant Colorado Springs CO Steak
Plume at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC Contemporary French
Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar Phoenix AZ Contemporary American
Red Fish Grill Miami FL Seafood
The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro Columbus OH French
Restaurant Iris Memphis TN French
Ristorante Massimo Portsmouth NH Italian
Riverview Restaurant Troutdale OR Northwest
Roof Restaurant Salt Lake City UT American
Sarento’s Top of the “I” Honolulu HI Italian
SASSI Scottsdale AZ Italian
Seagar’s Restaurant Destin FL Steak
Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern Raleigh NC Contemporary American
Shadowbrook Restaurant Capitola Capitola CA Contemporary American
Sir Winston’s Aboard The Queen Mary Long Beach CA Contemporary American
The Sky Room Long Beach CA American
Spindletop Houston TX Seafood
Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch Santa Barbara CA Contemporary American
Tidepools – Grand Hyatt Kauai Poipu HI Seafood
Tredici Steak New York NY Steak
Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse Los Ranchos De Albuquerque NM Steak
White Barn Inn Kennebunk ME American
Yamashiro Hollywood CA Asian
Zenkichi Brooklyn NY Japanese
Now you may have noticed that The Melting Pot controls 14% of that list.  So, for the sake of Chris and I’s travels, one Melting Pot will suffice.  Also, I have a long way to go because I have only been westward of the Mississippi River once in my lifetime.  (I’m embarrassed and sad about that.  Please don’t mention that in conversation with me.  I’ll break down in tears and you’ll feel really awkward.)
Have any of y’all been to any of those restaurants?  If so, tell me what you recommend!
And a special message to Chris, my wonderful, loving, and romantic boyfriend: our bucket list just got 13257091234802345 times better, right?!
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4 thoughts on “New List to the Bucket List!

  1. Melting Pot way over-rated (and I’ve been to the Mid-town and Roswell (not mentioned) locations as they were a favorite birthday destination of our kids when they were younger – need I say more?

  2. We would be honored to host you in New Orleans! Executive Chef Drew Dzejak (originally from Poland) creates his menu daily with specialties like Gulf Seafood and duck, and we have an expert sommelier on staff, Sara Kavanaugh, who can help you find the perfect pairing with each course. Hope to see you soon.

    • Thanks so much for the comment and invitation! I will gladly accept; however, the expected time of arrival is yet to be determined. But as I type this I realize how I did see an AirTran deal for one-way from ATL-NO for $69…hmmmm…

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