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Whether you are a couple that couldn’t give a fig for candy hearts or sappy cards or your relationship echoes Valentine’s Day every day, here’s where to take your honey for a delicious date.

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Make your Valentine’s Day plans now. Whether you are a couple that couldn’t give a fig for candy hearts or sappy cards or your relationship echoes Valentine’s Day every day, here’s where to take your honey for a delicious date. If you’re single, celebrate your independence, grab a friend and try one of these local eateries.

— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Garett Fisbeck

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Gabriella’s Italian Grill & Pizzeria

1226 NE 63rd St.

gabriellasokc.com

478-4955

The dim lighting and funky atmosphere are perfect for any kind of get-together, from a first date to a rare evening without the kids. On the appetizer menu, try the Mussels Italiano, prepared with butter, bacon, garlic and white wine. After dinner, order and share zeppole, Italian donuts. They are fantastic on their own, and they come with Nutella and strawberry compote for dipping.

Lamb sausage pizza, fried artichoke hearts, and a Antiquato cocktail at Pizzeria Gusto in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Lamb sausage pizza, fried artichoke hearts, and a Antiquato cocktail at Pizzeria Gusto in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

Pizzeria Gusto

2415 N. Walker Ave.

pizzeria-gusto.com

437-4992

While Pizzeria Gusto’s pride is its Neapolitan pizza, it has lots to choose from. The small plates are a great place to start. We recommend the fried artichoke hearts or the marinated olives served with warm flatbread. For dinner, split a pie and pair it with Caesar salads. The seasonal cocktail list includes the Roman Holiday with Campari, lemon juice, white wine and rosemary syrup.

Carson Park holds a plate of macaroons (cinnamon, raspberry, hazelnut, blueberry) at Uptown Candy Co. in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
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  • Carson Park holds a plate of macaroons (cinnamon, raspberry, hazelnut, blueberry) at Uptown Candy Co. in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

Uptown Candy

5840 N. Classen Blvd. Suite 3

facebook.com/Uptowncandyokc

418-8881

If it’s sweets you seek for your sweetie, pop into Uptown Candy for a wide selection of treats and confections. The candy shop is attached to Uptown Kids, a stylish children’s clothing boutique. It is an ideal stop for goodies that will show your other half just how special they really are to you. This month, the shop offers custom orders of chocolate-covered strawberries.

Pork Chop with noodles and greens, and up front, Oxtail Ravioli, with a Paloma cocktail, at Guernsey Park.  mh
  • Pork Chop with noodles and greens, and up front, Oxtail Ravioli, with a Paloma cocktail, at Guernsey Park. mh

Guernsey Park

2418 N. Guernsey Ave.

guernseypark.com

605-5272

Guernsey Park is situated off NW 23rd St. and has a cool, urban vibe. The kitchen’s creations are beautifully plated with subtle presentations. The menu features primarily Asian cuisine with European influence. Get started with an appetizer of oxtail ravioli, and then savor an entree of pork chops or curry salmon.

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The Mantel Wine Bar & Bistro

201 E. Sheridan Ave.

themantelokc.com

236-8040

The Mantel combines a leisurely atmosphere with fine-dining cuisine. The menu is meant to wow with an abundance of choices including soups, chicken and pasta. The freshly made lobster ravioli is covered in a white wine sauce. If you’re in the mood for a steak, we recommend the House Delmonico (a rib-eye loin) or the New York strip seared with a whiskey mushroom demi-glace.

Santorini Sandwich with kettle chips, deviled eggs, and Roughtail IPA at Slaughter's Hall in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
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  • Santorini Sandwich with kettle chips, deviled eggs, and Roughtail IPA at Slaughter's Hall in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

Slaughter’s Hall

221 N. Central Ave.

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606-6063

This new eatery is in the Deep Deuce District. The menu features abundant choices, including a daily entree special and several appetizers including deviled eggs, fried pickles and fried chicken bites. Everything is made by hand, including the condiments. The colorful and vegetarian Santorini is pretty and tasty with Greek dressing, red onions, cucumbers and goat cheese.

Quiche florentine, side salad, and white wine at La Baguette Bistro in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Quiche florentine, side salad, and white wine at La Baguette Bistro in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

La Baguette Bistro

7408 N. May Ave.

labaguettebistro.com

840-3047

What could be more romantic than a quick trip to France? If you can’t get away for an international trip, you can spend the evening “under the Eiffel Tower.” La Baguette brings authentic European tastes and hospitality to Oklahoma City. The menu is full of delights, including the quiche Florentine with spinach, tomato and cheese and classic French beef bourguignon in a red wine sauce over fettuccine.

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