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Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Houston

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Still trying to figure out what to do for Valentine’s Day?

Well… here’s a little help from The Houston Press’ 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Houston! Valentine’s Day is only a week away so you better start calling if you want to get into any of these AWESOME restaurants!!

10. Backstreet Cafe – 1103 S. Shephard, Houston, TX

Cuisine: American

Courtesy of Backstreet Cafe

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9. Latin Bites – 5709 Woodway Dr., Houston, TX

Cuisine: Peruvian

Courtesy of Houston Culture Map

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8. Dolce Vita – 500 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Cuisine: Italian

Courtesy of Houston Press

Courtesy of Houston Press

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7. Brasserie 19 – 1962 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Cuisine: French

Courtesy of Houston Press

Courtesy of Houston Press

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6. Jasper’s – 9595 Six Pines Dr., The Woodlands, TX

Cuisine: Southern/American

Courtesy of Jasper's

Courtesy of Jasper’s

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5. Brennan’s of Houston – 3300 Smith St., Houston, TX

Cuisine: Cajun/Creole

Courtesy of Brennan's of Houston

Courtesy of Brennan’s of Houston

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4. Cafe Rabelais – 2442 Times Blvd., Houston, TX

Cuisine: French

Courtesy of Zagat

Courtesy of Zagat

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3. Mockingbird Bistro – 1985 Welch St., Houston, TX

Cuisine: Mediterranean/American

Courtesy of Mockingbird Bistro

Courtesy of Mockingbird Bistro

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2. Rainbow Lodge – 2011 Ella Blvd., Houston, TX

Cuisine: American

Courtesy of Rainbow Lodge

Courtesy of Rainbow Lodge

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1. Etoile – 1101 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Cuisine: French

Courtesy of Etoile

Courtesy of Etoile

Check out Houston Press for more information!

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Dark Chocolate Waffles

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Courtesy of Bon Appetit

Courtesy of Bon Appetit

Ok… so waffles are just SO yummy all on their own… throw in some chocolate and they become AWESOME! Need a fun Valentine’s breakfast idea for your main squeeze or the kidos?!? You can even pre-mix the dry ingredients and keep it in the pantry for another time. Check out this recipe from Bon Appetit!

DARK CHOCOLATE WAFFLES

Buttermilk brings slight tang and moisture to the batter, while olive oil offers fruity richness. Choose a mild-flavored (not too peppery) type of oil for this.
SERVINGS: 6

Ingredients

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • ¼ cup (packed) brown sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 3 large eggs, separated
    • 2 cups buttermilk
    • ½ cup olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate (at least 70% cacao), finely chopped
    • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
    • Unsalted butter and warm pure maple syrup (for serving)

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 250°. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add egg yolks, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Blend with a fork, then gradually incorporate dry ingredients, mixing just until combined.
  • Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat egg whites in a small bowl until soft peaks form. Working in 2 batches, fold egg whites into batter just until combined. Fold in chocolate.
  • Heat a waffle iron until very hot; lightly coat with nonstick spray. Working in batches, cook waffles until cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack set inside a baking sheet, cover loosely with foil, and keep warm in oven until ready to serve.
  • Serve waffles with butter and syrup.
  • DO AHEAD: Batter with egg whites can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and chill.

Nutritional Information

Calories (kcal) 560 Fat (g) 35 Saturated Fat (g) 11 Cholesterol (mg) 115 Carbohydrates (g) 62 Dietary Fiber (g) 5 Total Sugars (g) 25 Protein (g) 13 Sodium (mg) 840