SUGAR GROVE – Small-town dining and charm along with flowers, chocolate and unique gifts can be found in the village of Sugar Grove on Valentine’s Day.
Reservations for two are being accepted at Fireside Grille, 49 Sugar Lane, Sugar Grove. Fireside Grille will be offering its full menu along with two specials on Valentine’s Day.
“You can never go wrong with our specials,” said Lupe Moyotl, sub-manager for Fireside Grille. “It will vary from day to day, but usually on a holiday, people will order our specials. We have had different choices for specials, such as red snapper, walleye, seafood jambalaya, Alaskan cod, grouper, etc. There are plenty of choices. We have between 70 to 80 items on our menu ranging from appetizers, steaks, pasta, ribs, chicken to sandwiches.”
The lunch, dinner and happy hour menu and the hours for Fireside Grille can be found on its website at www.thefiresidegrille.com.
A casual lunch date on Valentine’s Day is possible at Passages Cafe within the Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove. The cafe serves sandwiches and pastries along with coffee, tea and hot cocoa.
Handmade pottery, including oil and cheese dishes, jewelry, essential oils, an assortment of treats, handcrafted cards created by local artists and many other unique gift items can be found at Passages Cafe.
“We have five types of grilled sandwiches, three wraps, two types of Norwegian pancakes, like crepes with one being sweet and the other savory,” Passages Cafe owner Bob Coffey said. “I also have coffee, tea and hot cocoa. There are 12 local professional artisans within 40 miles of Sugar Grove who sell their glassware, jewelry, pottery, all natural soaps, lotions and bath stuff. It’s all high quality.”
Residents can find a gift item, dessert or food to complement their Valentine’s Day celebration at the Second Saturday WinterMarket located within the Sugar Grove Public Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10.
The Groovin’ in the Grove music series is offering a Valentine’s Day weekend date option from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Sugar Grove Public Library that will feature local singers and guitarists.
For a traditional Valentine’s Day gift, consider flowers from Jewel-Osco, 465 N. Route 47. Floral designer Alicia Cortes enjoys helping customers select flowers for the special day.
“The No. 1 flower for Valentine’s Day would be roses,” Cortes said. “I always ask if they have a favorite color.”
Cortes said she’ll tell the meaning behind the different colored roses to customers who are interested.
“Red roses stand for love or passion, yellow means friendship, and white means purity or distance,” Cortes said.
The Debi Lilly line, a new line of gift and floral products at Jewel-Osco, features U.S.-grown flower bouquets, vases and candles in the floral department, Cortes said.
One of the most popular chocolate gift items, aside from Russell Stover and Fannie May chocolates, is the hand-dipped chocolate strawberries Jewel-Osco makes for Valentine’s Day.
“The biggest hits last year were the rose bouquets and the chocolate-dipped strawberries made in the store,” Cortes said.