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Going Out to Eat for Valentine’s Day Without Breaking the Bank

Zack Miller | The Phoenix

As Valentine’s Day inches closer, it can be difficult to find affordable, romantic places for you and your significant other to dine at. Look no further! The following restaurants are good for both your partner and your wallet to enjoy on Valentine’ Day. 

Mango Pickle (5842 N. Broadway St.)

Mango Pickle is a quaint Indian restaurant off  the Thorndale Red Line stop in Edgewater, about 10 minutes from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Its atmosphere is intimate and cozy — great for a Valentine’s date night. 

The menu is small and features a selection of contemporary Indian dishes with prices ranging from $15-25. Mango Pickle’s menu also boasts a lengthy list of drink choices, including wine, cocktails and local beers. This restaurant is a great affordable spot for a more casual Valentine’s day.

Zack Miller | The Phoenix

Stella Barra (1954 N. Halsted St.)

Located in Lincoln Park, Stella Barra is a pizzeria and wine bar with a lively atmosphere about 30 minutes from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus off the North & Clybourn Red Line stop. This upbeat restaurant serves hand-tossed pizzas for less than $20 that are big enough for two people to share. The menu also features pasta dishes that range between $13-18. Additionally, Stella Barra is a wine bar, serving countless options of wine, cocktails and beer. 

Stella Barra is offering a Valentine’s Day special from Feb. 13-15 that features a choice of three limited-time dishes made for two. The specials are sweet peppers stuffed with herbed cheese, spicy crab spaghetti and “hearts a flutter” pizza. The restaurant is also offering two glasses of rosé for $20.

For a more traditional Valentines Day date, Tango Sur is a good choice.

Tango Sur (3763 N. Southport Ave.)

For a fancier Valentine’s Day meal, head to Wrigleyville’s Tango Sur, an Argentinian steakhouse 30 minutes away from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus off the Sheridan Red Line stop.  This candlelit restaurant is small and romantic, and best of all, it’s BYOB.

The menu features authentic Argentinian cuisine with options for those who want to stay on budget. Entrees are typically meat-heavy and are reasonably priced, ranging from $15-30 for a large dish. 

Bar Roma is an authentic Italian joint only 20 minutes away from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.

Bar Roma (5101 N. Clark St.)

If your significant other recently studied abroad in Rome and can’t stop talking about it, bring them to Bar Roma for an authentic Roman experience only 20 minutes away from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Transporting them back to Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center, the ambiance of this restaurant decor is warm and the pasta options are endless. 

The dinner menu highlights Roman cuisine and includes various options for pasta and meat entrees under $25. Cacio e Pepe, a dish originating from Rome, is listed on their menu. A lengthy drink list featuring classic Italian cocktails such as an aperol spritz and wines will have your partner reminiscing about sunny Roma. 

M.Henry (5707 N. Clark St.)

If Valentine’s dinner isn’t in the cards this year, celebrate Galentine’s day with a brunch at M.Henry. Located in Andersonville about 20 minutes away from Loyola’s Lake Shore campus on the Red Line, the atmosphere is cozy and known to be a welcoming neighborhood brunch spot.

M.Henry’s menu is all priced under $12, with all the brunch essentials including crepes and cinnamon roll french toast. The restaurant is also BYOB.

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