[Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include additional shops.]
It’s February 13. Do you know what your Valentine’s Day plans are?
Never fear, Patch has your back. Here’s a directory to the V-Day hotspots in Fairfield:
Need a dozen roses? Fairfield has its fair share of florists. Roses are specialty, as their website boasts. There’s also , , Fairfield Flower on the Post Road, , in Southport, and .
Don't forget , located on the Brick Walk promenade. You'll not only find flowers, but special occasion gifts. This review on the shop's listing page sums up an experience at Vintage Garden:
"The best and only place I go to buy special occasion gifts. Kathy and her staff have great ideas and are extremely helpful. Their floral area may be small in size but the quality is oustanding; they always come up with the perfect arrangement. If you need a gift fo your wife, mother, teacher, customer....I urge you to try the Vintage Garden. It will be the best decision you'll make that day."
If you’re in a hurry -- on the way home from work or on the road to pick up your sweetie for dinner – there’s always the Stop & Shop florists with their ready-made bouquets. Stop & Shop’s two Fairfield locations are on and .
As for finding the right Valentine card for your Valentine, there are the no-brainers: and -- and both stores usually have a good selection of chocolates to choose from.
At , you can pick up sweets and a card.
Both Stop & Shop locations house an array of greeting cards, and don’t forget to check out the cards at , , , and CVS (locations: , , 700 Post Road, and 330 Grasmere Avenue).
has it all when it comes to sweets and desserts, but their homemade chocolates are one of the most popular items, according to the bakery’s website. You’ll also find pastries and French goodies, cakes, ice cream, and cookies. Beware -- Isabelle et Vincent is closed Mondays; you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to do your shopping, if you haven’t done so already.
For cupcakes, cakes, and cookies, check out and the . Both are also closed on Mondays.
Don’t forget Sweet Rexie’s when you’re doing your candy and chocolate shopping, and never underestimate the assortment of sweets found at Stop & Shop, Whole Foods, Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid.
There are many places in Fairfield to go for Valentine’s Day dinner. This list barely scratches the surface, so let us know your favorite Valentine’s Day dinner restaurant in the comments section.
This Italian restaurant nestled in the Brick Walk promenade is well suited for a romantic date. Try their Vitello Milanese, Gnocchi Alla Romana, and Pesce Sicilliano -- the three “signature dishes” of the restaurant, according to the Patch directory listing.
If you’re looking to shy away from the traditional romantic Italian dinner, visit the Brasserie for a varied menu. The restaurant offers tapas, seafood, burgers, and signature French dishes, like frog leg persillade and seafood bouillabaisse.
Got a hankering for classic Italian? Mancuso’s is the place to find age-old family recipes to enjoy with your sweetheart or with the entire family. Order an Italian dish or split a pizza.
If you and your Valentine are of a maritime couple, then look no further than Black Rock Oyster Bar. Choose from an array of shellfish at the oyster bar, or mix Italian with seafood with the restaurant’s pasta selection, or indulge in one of the menu’s “entrees from the sea.”
Landlubbers can enjoy steak, ribs, and fried or BBQ chicken dishes.
This one review on 55’s directory listing says it all:
“This is a good, Italian-influenced date night place with lots of tables for two. The grilled sea scallops were perfectly cooked and the sirloin was grilled just right. A restaurant where you could order anything on the menu and not be disappointed. Friendly and attentive service makes for a pleasant evening out.”
Reservations are suggested.
Perhaps your Valentine’s Day evening will extend past dinner -- so eating at a place in Fairfield Center, where there are plenty of places to go afterward, is a good starting point.
Old Post Tavern emphasizes on steak dishes, though there’s plenty of seafood and other dishes to choose from. And Tuesdays happen to be half-price wine night.