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Whether it's planning for an anniversary, plotting a proposal, or trying to get out of the doghouse for botching an anniversary or proposal in a significant way, it's always wise to keep a supply of romantic dining options on hand in case of emergency. Mood lighting, cozy seating, good food, lots of wine: these are the things that will make your choice -- and you
-- look good. After the jump, find Clean Plate Charlie's ten favorite romantic restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Don't see your favorite on the list? Let us know in the comments section.
10. Sefa Turkish Mediterranean Grill
-- It's impossible to set the mood if the atmosphere in which you're attempting to lay the groundwork gives even a hint
of inhospitality. In addition to a welcoming staff, Sefa boasts a dining room that's equal parts polished and funky, with a comfortable mix of traditional table setups and cushy furniture. Snuggle up on the loveseat with your dinner date and share a platter of Mediterranean fare (and a view of Pineapple Grove) and a bottle of red. Weekend nights bring the hip-popping undulations of a belly dancer, whose sultry presence infuses the room with just a hint of sexual tension.
9. Blue Moon Fish Co.
-- With its killer view of the Intracoastal and laidback approach to white-tablecloth dining, Blue Moon has carved out a nice little niche as one of Fort Laudy's go-to date night destinations. In fact, it's even created a Monday "date night" program that offers special dinner and drink packages for couples. As the name would suggest, seafood is the restaurant's specialty, and a raw bar comes stocked with the typical favorites, including oysters. (And you know what they say about oysters.) The restaurant's popular Sunday brunch is a good bet for an afternoon date. Pay the set price and toast to your heart's content with unlimited champagne and sweet treats like strawberry shortcake and crème brûlée.
112 NE Second St., Boca Raton, FL
165 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, FL
3049 Alhambra St., Fort Lauderdale, FL
1431 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2822 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL
1201 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL
4405 W. Tradewinds Ave., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL
1850 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL