Best Restaurant for a First Date - 2009
This may seem a bold statement, but we're ready to back it up: No matter what your first-date needs, this much-lauded restaurant trifecta has you covered. If you've scored a date with a serious foodie, a company president, or anyone else you want to impress but not overwhelm, make a reservation for Lucia's Restaurant. Soft lighting and wood accents make a classy, subtle backdrop to the outstanding cuisine on the short, seasonal menu. If you'd prefer to spend a little less and keep things more casual, hit up Lucia's Wine Bar. The small-plate menu is just as creative and delicious as that in the dining room and is served till midnight (plus, happy hour from 9 p.m. to close features great deals). Do you have a blind date, and you're not ready to commit to a full meal? Meet in the morning for coffee and a pastry at Lucia's To Go. Their fresh-baked croissants and scones are some of the best in town, and the counter-service area offers full meals to take out. How about a pear-apple-arugula salad and a roasted chicken breast stuffed with Gruyere and greens, taken on a picnic to nearby Lake Calhoun? If you don't get a second date after that, you have no one to blame but yourself.