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Okay, so what if it’s a concocted holiday created by a candy maker in Cleveland back in the late 20s? So what if it’s mostly a Midwest U.S. kinda thing?

And so what if you decide to forget it’s on the calendar and treat it like it’s just another day?

Well, my friends, that could be dangerous. You’re on your own.

Regardless of how you might feel about the commercial exploitation of love and romance, it never hurts to cover all your bases and give love when it’s due, whether it be in February (Valentine’s Day) or in October (Sweetest Day).

It happens on Saturday, October 15th to be exact, which is the 3rd Saturday of the month. Commit that to memory.

If you’re a chef, particularly if you’re a guy, there’s little excuse to not cook your loved one a fabulous meal because, unlike many men, you’ve got the skills.

There’s nothing like a well-thought-out, well-prepared meal to show your true love that you truly care, and I’ve given out many tips about just how to go about it, even if you’re somewhat challenged in the culinary department. Click here to see some of my tips.

For those of you less into cooking, or, if you’re like me, you just want to get out of the kitchen and let someone else handle the chores, here are some suggestions of restaurants you might consider taking your sweetest to this holiday.

In no particular order, here are some of my romantic favorites.

  • The Whitney, Detroit
    • While in my mind, the food may have slipped a smidge from its glory years, the dining room’s timeless beauty and servers in black tuxes just make it a great spot to be on Sweetest Day.
  • Cuisine, New Center, Detroit
    • Ask for a “deuce” by the front window; you won’t be disappointed!
  • Top of the Ponch, Detroit (See my review)
    • Of all the high-rise dining spots in the city, this is probably my favorite.
  • The London Chop House, Detroit
    • Sometimes, the subterranean grotto-like feel of walking down a flight of steps into a fine-dining restaurant is magical. The food is wonderful.
  • Roma Café, Eastern Market, Detroit
    • Historically great Italian.
  • Café Cortina, Farmington Hills
    • A table by the fireplace is nirvana.
  • The Earle, Ann Arbor
    • Romance deluxe, wonderful food.

Here are another couple of suggestions if you’re headed slightly out of town. Try the Historic Holly Hotel or Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor (See my review). Both offer great food and accommodations with lots of charm and romance.

Whatever choice you may make, call ahead for reservations NOW.

While a box of chocolates and roses never fail to impress, taking your sweetest out for a romantic dinner might just make memories that will last a lifetime.

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