A romantic dinner by a roaring fire is best enjoyed in a restaurant and not around the neighbor's burning wicker man. Retain your amorous appetite with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of fine dining at Eileen’s in Summerville.
Eileen’s head chef and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America Sean Sheehan pilots a foray into epicurean noshes in collaboration with his sister and brother-in-law. The menu muffles overactive maws with crab cakes dressed in rémoulade, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and veggies ($26). Meanwhile, cooks scour gardens for artichokes and sundried tomatoes to gussy up the farfalle pasta ($14 for a full serving), which brims with feta and parmesan cheese like a love note from a dairy farmer. Launch a sneak attack on growling bellies or lazy napkins by bombarding them with a bordelaise-laced new york strip steak ($25).
Candle lighting illuminates romantic dinners while Santa Rita sauvignon blanc ($6/glass) or Leese-Fitch pinot noir ($8/glass) fuel jovial chatter. Mother Nature stars in paintings that colorfully accent a dining room interspersed with white linens, and regretful masonry-school dropouts jealously ogle a rustic brick exterior from the restaurant's outdoor patio.