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Romantic opportunities in Atlanta restaurants




Les Fleur de Lis Café oozes eclectic Parisian style. The tiny bistro is tucked into a corner of the Healy Building in downtown's Fairlie-Poplar district. It has authentic French fare, including amazing almond croissants, and a charmingly cluttered interior. Embrace the French's leisurely approach to dining, and the two of you might just find love over chocolate soufflé. 57 Forsyth St. 404-230-9151.

Formal dating has disappeared into the maw of collegiate hook-up culture. Frankly, the 40:60 ratio of guys to girls on most campuses means even the lamest guys can score. Nevertheless, at some point you may tire of this and seek something more. A date even! Add waves to the stagnant waters of your love life with these fresh ideas for romance, listed according to certain dating whims and fancies.

Out to impress ...

The Fernbank Museum's Martinis & Imax (767 Clifton Road, 404-929-6400) is a classy, drink-friendly evening with live music and an Imax film. Go easy on the martinis, though; drunk Imax can be nauseating. During Cocktails in the Garden Thursday nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden (1345 Piedmont Ave., 404-876-5859), a DJ plays while guests enjoy garden-inspired drinks and nibbles from local restaurants. Two Urban Licks (820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404-522-4622) offers a dining spectacle with incredible eye candy, from the hip crowd to the fantastical animal paintings. Excellent hummus and kebobs pair with exotic hookahs and belly dancers at Café Istanbul (1850 Lawrenceville Highway, 404-320-0054) for an all-out Mediterranean experience.

Super romantic ...

Cozy Café Alsace (121 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-373-5622) serves French food with a German twist; try the traditional spaetlze à l'Alsacienne (noodles baked with ham, cream, onions and cheese). The seasonal menu changes daily at the Café at Woodfire Grill (1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-347-9055), and features rustic wine-country cuisine such as wood-fired pizzas, artisanal cheeses and homemade sausages. Rare (554 Piedmont Ave., 404-541-0665) serves its soul-food tapas on bedlike platforms – a bold message perhaps best left for a second or third date. At the end of the night, tempt your date with aphrodisiacs at the chocolate-friendly Café Intermezzo (1845 Peachtree Road, 404-355-0411).

If you get lucky ...

If your date goes really well, you'll need a morning-after spot. It's worth the long wait at Flying Biscuit (1655 McLendon Ave., 404-687-8888) for fried green tomatoes, heaping helpings of eggs, and of course, fluffy biscuits. Cabbagetown's funky Carroll Street Café (208 Carroll St., 404-577-2700) offers an innovative brunch menu, with smoked-salmon Benedict and Belgian waffles on the weekend. At Java Jive (790 Ponce De Leon Ave., 404-876-6161), nosh on spicy scrambled tofu or pecan-and-gingerbread waffles in a retro dining room complete with vintage vinyl seats.

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