Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Valentine's Round Up


Valentines...oh that stressful day of angst if you're single and a heady mix of pressure and disappointment if you're not. OK it's not necessarily that bad, but seriously, isn't it almost always a let down? I do enjoy receiving flowers though and it is one of the only days of the year when I (might) receive them, so it's not all bad I suppose.

Last year's effort to cook a special meal together resulted in overcooked steak and heavy risotto. Oops! We usually steer clear of restaurants for fear of their overwrought fixed menus and sky high pricing, but in years past I was all about using the day as an excuse to dine somewhere fabulous! So in that spirit, I offer you a round-up of Atlanta Valentine's Day goings on...

Fourth & Swift

Prix Fixe 4-Course menu includes your choice of offerings ~
that will be available Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Seasonal à la carte menu will also be available on Friday and Saturday.

Valentine's Menu is priced at $75 per person
with an optional Wine Pairing at $35 per person*.

678.904.0160 for reservations

Two Urban Licks
Enjoy a live band and complimentary roses

Parish
3-course prix fixe menu as well as the regular menu, including west coast oysters, smoked shortribs, roasted black grouper, and a chocolate hazelnut truffle tart. Cost is 42/person.

JCT Kitchen
Sample Chef Ford Fry's $55 four-course prix fixe Valentine's menu available on Sunday, February 14. Call 404-355-2252 for reservations.

La Tavola

4-course Valentine's dinner menufor $49/per person as well as the regular menu, available Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14. Call 404-873-5430 for reservations.

El Taco
Single? This may be just the place for you. Drink specials Saturday and Sunday include $2 Miller High Lifes, $4 tequila shots and $5 mojitos and house margaritas. Spin the wheel for prizes like Natural Body Spa and Helmet Salon gift cards.

Serpas
Order off the regular menu or enjoy Chef Scott Serpas' special three-course prix fixe for two menu. Early riser? Instead of dinner, try a romantic brunch on Valentine's Morning of Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, New Orleans Beignets or Short Ribs Eggs Benedict.

Straits
Several prix-fixe menus for couples. Some regular menu items also available. $15/person bottomless champagne w/ dinner.

Pura Vida
Latino Passion Valentine's Day package incl.: 6 tapas (with all the aphrodisiacs highlighted), a dessert & a bottle of wine to share for $80/couple.

Repast
Repast will be feature a $75 per person 4-course menu with optional wine pairings from Chef Joe Friday through Sunday.

The SHED at Glenwood
Enjoy a 3-course prix-fixe dinner for $45/person.

1st Course
Gulf Oysters, Lemon & Black Pepper
or
Roasted Beet Salad, Organic Vermont Goat Cheese, White Balsamic
or
San Marzano Tomato Soup, Mini Grilled Cheese

2nd Course
Angus Strip with Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, Drawn Butter & Horseradish Mashed Potatoes
or
Pan Seared Wreckfish, Winter Vegetable Salad
or
Mushroom & Ricotta Ravioli, Brown Butter Walnuts & Sage

3rd Course
Blackberry Cheesecake
or
Housemade Ding Dong
or
Profiteroles, Espresso Ice Cream, Valrhona Chocolate

All that yumminess makes it almost sound worth going out, no?

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