Now is the time where a lot of people say, "This year is just flying by," or "I can't believe it's already February."
Outside of the problems with these statements (as in: yes, time passes; and January has come and gone every other year you've lived so why is this a surprise now?), February is the month of (spoiler alert) Valentine's Day.
The day for lovers can be full of panic and anxious preparation. If Cupid shot you with an arrow recently, you also might have to visit an emergency room. (Doesn't he know that hurts? Can't Cupid just pinch me? Sheesh.)
However, Valentine's Day should be full of cozy, sweet feelings and good food. If you need to make some reservations, here is a list of romantic restaurants in Baton Rouge. Think of this as our way of saying, "Now, you have no excuse to treat your partner to dinner on what should be the loveliest of evenings."
Nino's Italian: 7512 Bluebonnet Blvd. A small, dark-lit restaurant with some of the best food in town courtesy of chef Elton Hyndman. (225) 757-9300, ninos-italian.com.
Mansurs on the Boulevard: 5720 Corporate Blvd., Suite A. Contemporary Creole cuisine in an upscale, fine dining setting. (225) 923-3366, mansursontheboulevard.com.
French Market Bistro: 16645 Highland Road. Classic Louisiana flavors with a great wine selection. (225) 753-3500, frenchmarketbistro.com.
Maison Lacour: 11025 N. Harrell's Ferry Road. Traditional French cuisine in a cozy cottage, unpretentious and delicious. (225) 275-3755, maisonlacour.com.
Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar: 7731 Jefferson Highway. A neighborhood restaurant with contemporary Louisiana cuisine to go with its excellent wine and cocktail selection. (225) 926-1172, beausoleilrestaurant.com.
Gino's Restaurant: 4542 Bennington Ave. The go-to Italian restaurant that always fills up quickly for Valentine's Day. (225) 927-7156, ginosrestaurant.com.
Stab's Prime Steak & Seafood: 7666 Jefferson Highway. A newer restaurant on the Baton Rouge scene with hearty meat dishes and generous seafood offerings. (225) 361-0797, stabsprime.com.
Eliza Restaurant: 7970 Jefferson Highway. Cozy, casual and delicious, Eliza offers New Orleans-style fare in an unfussy atmosphere. (225) 349-8895, elizabatonrouge.com.
Cocha: 445 N. Sixth St. Try small plates and global flavors in this newer downtown restaurant. (225) 615-8826, cochabr.com.
Zorba's Greek Bistro: 5713 Essen Lane. A Baton Rouge favorite, known for its ambiance, wine dinners and Greek flavors. (225) 444-5074, zorbasbistro.com.
Tsunami: 100 Lafayette St. Want to make an impression? Take your date to this downtown restaurant and enjoy the view. The sushi is pretty good, too. (225) 346-5100, servingsushi.com.
Juban's: 3739 Perkins Road. Another Baton Rouge staple, Juban's offers upscale takes on traditional Louisiana cuisine. (225) 346-8422, jubans.com.
Stroubes Steaks and Seafood: 107 Third St. Fine dining in the heart of downtown, with a menu full of excellent steak and fish dishes. (225) 448-2830, stroubes.com.
Ruffino's Italian Restaurant: 18811 Highland Road. Classic Italian flavors and a lively atmosphere make this a city favorite. (225) 753-3458, ruffinosrestaurant.com.
Bin 77: 10111 Perkins Rowe, Suite 160. A bistro and bar with an extensive wine list, small plates and elevated entrees. (225) 763-2288, bin77.com.
Galatoire's Bistro: 3535 Perkins Road, Suite 400. The Baton Rouge location has the flavors and cocktails of the New Orleans institution, but more casual. (225) 753-4864, galatoiresbistro.com.
Palermo Ristorante: 7809 Jefferson Highway, Suite A. Go here for an upscale, candlelit dinner full of Italian classics. (225) 246-8358, palermobr.com.
Kalurah Street Grill: 2857 Perkins Road. New American fare with a cool vibe, great drinks and excellent service. (225) 367-1526, kalurahstreetgrill.com.
Sullivan's Steakhouse: 5252 Corporate Blvd. Great vibes, service and steaks make this a must for locals. (225) 925-1161, sullivanssteakhouse.com/baton-rouge.
Ruth's Chris Steak House: 4836 Constitution Ave. A Louisiana steakhouse with signature cocktails and upscale atmosphere. (225) 925-0163, ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/baton-rouge.
The Little Village: 14241 Airline Highway, Suite 101, (225) 751-4115. 447 Third St., (225) 218-6685. A favorite among the locals, known for its Italian flavor (and that bread!). littlevillagebr.com.
The Gregory: 150 Third St. The restaurant inside the Watermark hotel downtown offers appetizers, small plates, flatbreads and entrees in a beautiful setting. (225) 408-1800, thegregorybr.com.
City Pork Brasserie & Bar: 7327 Jefferson Highway. City Pork's second concept features a menu full of hearty Louisiana dishes as well as signature cocktails. (225) 615-8880, citypork.com/brasserie-and-bar.
Umami Japanese Bistro: 3930 Burbank Drive. If you want excellent sushi in an atmosphere that makes you feel like you're not in Baton Rouge, Umami is the place to visit. (225) 768-8808, umamibr.com.
18 Steak: 777 L'Auberge Ave. Make a big impression at this fine dining restaurant nestled inside the L'Auberge Casino & Hotel. (225) 224-4142, lbatonrouge.com/dining/18-steak.