Love Bites: How to Celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day

Rejoice in your independence with these delicious alternatives to a romantic outing

Screw it, you don’t need a sweetie to have sweets—nor do you need to be paired up to go out on Feb. 14. Sugar Factory American Brasserie in Paris declares “love bites” with its anti-Valentine’s Day menu, so you can go stag with friends and give a big middle finger to the schmoopy couples strolling the Las Vegas Strip.

What’s the No. 1 ingredient you’re supposed to avoid on a date? Garlic. Chef Matthew Piekarski starts off the three-course prix-fixe meal with heaps of the stuff in a creamy soup that will definitely amuse your bouche, even if you’ve just guaranteed yourself a kiss-free night. Follow that with the “bleeding heart” arancini, deep-fried risotto balls that ooze red when you cut into them thanks to a pocket of smoked salt beet gelée. You don’t need to be dainty for anybody, so get down and dirty for the main course: dry-rubbed pork ribs with a side of blood orange barbecue sauce. Have an icebox where your heart used to be? Dessert is right up your alley—vanilla semifreddo with pistachio butter and burnt cherry compote. You’ll be glad you don’t have to share with anybody.

Sugar Factory is right across from the Fountains of Bellagio, so revel in the fact that you and your single friends have robbed Valentine’s lovers of one of the most romantic views on the Strip. $40; served 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 14, Paris Las Vegas, 331-5100;


  • Pungent, creamy garlic dressing, to be enjoyed on a salad from Chicago Joe’s. 820 S. Fourth Street, 382-5637;
  • A straight-up bacchanal of meat at Fogo de Chão, where all the roasted meats arrive on skewers, much like your heart. 360 E. Flamingo Road, 431-4500;
  • Pink’s Hot Dogs, because nothing says “I don’t need anyone” like sauerkraut and onions on a long hot dog. Red Rock Casino Resort and Planet Hollywood;