La Tour d'Argent

Nestled beside White Oak Bayou, among trees, waterfalls, gazebos and birdhouses, is Houston's oldest log cabin, and now its most romantic restaurant, La Tour d'Argent (2011 Ella Boulevard, 713-864-9864). Bypass the masculine room with its dark paneling and antler chandelier and head toward the bayou. There you'll find a room appointed with all you need for love: a piano, red velvet, a love seat, torch lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the water. Well, that's not everything you need. The restaurant's Bayou Lounge can provide the right drink too: a sinfully delicious libation called a Chocolate Delight. Rich, smooth and incredibly potent, a few sips of it will either help you put the moves on that special someone or convince you you're better off alone. But bartender Moh has a warning for lushes and lovebirds alike: "Don't try to drink three of these and stand up too quickly. You may wake up and find yourself staring at some antlers."

Bayou Lounge's Chocolate Delight:
1 1/4 ounces Stoli Vanil
3/4 ounce Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur

Shake over ice, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Repeat until your partner says yes, or you can't remember his or her name.


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