Monday, January 27, 2014

Atlanta Valentine's Day Options

Wasn't it just Christmas? And yet somehow it's almost Valentine's Day. Love it or hate it, the candy hearts and pricey prix fixe dinners will be here in a just a couple weeks.

The trifecta of Valentine's Day celebrating is flowers, sweets and a nice dinner out. Here are some options for each...

Buying flowers is a pain. They tack on so many fees that the 19.99 that lured you in quickly becomes more like $50, and the flowers always look a wee bit sad by the time they arrive. Now you can get lush, fresh flowers that were sent straight from the side of a volcano in South America to your loved one, all for one flat fee. Even better you can sign up in advance to have flowers go out for your special occasions. No last minute Valentine's Day scrambles needed. I love this idea (it is currently high on my why didn't I think of that list). Get $10 off your first order at The Bouqs and make your loved on extra happy this year!


Sweetheart got a sweet tooth? Sugarfina's Sweetheart Bento Box is a gift candy-lovers will be thrilled to receive. I introduced you to Sugarfina back in October (here), and what better time to test them out than V-Day? Enjoy free shipping on orders $75 or more through V-Day.

The Sweetheart Bento Box includes eight acrylic cubes (3.25oz each) with an affectionate saying on each box:

"You're My Sweetheart" - Cherry Sweethearts
"Pucker Up" - Sugar Lips
"You Give Me Butterflies" - Baby Butterflies
"You Spice Up My Life" - Chili Ginger Hearts Afire
"I'm Sweet on You" - Apricot Hearts
"Nuts for You" - Dark Chocolate Jordan Almonds
"Hello Sugar" - Sugar Peach Sweethearts
"Heart Breaker" - Super Sour Hearts

Chocolate South is offering delicious and beautiful chocolate boxes to share with Valentine sweethearts this holiday. The Chocolates for Two box holds 20 special bonbons, two of each flavor, plus 10 dark chocolate mendiants. Holding nine bonbons, all containing a different type of liqueur, the Cocktail Hour box also includes a solid chocolate bar at the bottom that reads “LOVE.” The One and Only box includes one of each bonbon, offering a selection of the most popular chocolates. For more information or to place an order, please call 404-815-8859. 

Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop knows the way to the heart is through delicious pastries and baked goods. This Valentine’s Day, the Tucker bakeshop is offering heart-shaped brownie pops, cookies, red velvet cupcakes and more to gift to those Valentine sweethearts. Large orders must be placed by Friday, February 7 to ensure pickup by Valentine’s Day. Some treats are available the day of for those wanting to purchase small amounts. For more information or to place an order, call 770-696-4461.


Sift Desert Boutique Pop Up Dinner through Gilt City

Treat your Valentine to an intimate meal presented by Sift! Dessert Boutique at a secret Midtown location revealed the morning of Friday, February 14. Note dinner is at a communal table, so it's for the romantics who don't require privacy for Valentine's Day (well at least not the dinner part of it!)

Valentine’s Day Pop Up by Sift!

Settle in with a glass of Champagne before indulging in the first course of an oyster topped with strawberry and rhubarb mignonette followed by root vegetable bisque that will be paired with salt n' vinegar chips.
The third course, a heavy cut of beef loin with butterbeans, cocoa, hominy and black walnut will leave you and your date satisfied.

Each of your courses will be accompanied with a special cocktail. Sift! owner and baker, Tristen Patriz, promises libations boasting ingredients ranging from muddled strawberries to chili-infused vodka and hazelnut.

Valentine’s Day Pop Up by Sift!

Look forward to dark chocolate cake topped with white chocolate mousse and rose sorbet because no Valentine’s Day meal is complete without dessert. Dinner is $75 per person.

Not a member of Gilt City yet? Sign up here and get 40% off! That makes dinner pretty darn affordable.

Shed at Glenwood

The Shed will feature a 3-course prix fixe for $45 (and it includes a glass of bubbles with dessert!) Menu highlights include Kung Pao Broccoli with toasted peanuts and pickled beets, NY Strip with braised beef jus, potato croquette and pickled cocktail onions; and a deconstructed ding dong ( is it just me or does that sound like something better reserved for after you get home?)

La Tavola


Enjoy 3-courses for $55 per person. Highlights include braised lamb leg, braised veal ragu and ginger mascarpone cheesecake.

Empire State South
Enjoy a 4-course prix fixe dinner for $65 and an additional $35 with wine pairings. Highlights include an endive, apple and sunchoke salad, duck confit with grits and mushrooms and shortribs with sweetbreads. Call for reservations at 404-541-1105.

10th & Piedmont
From 5-11 p.m. and for $39 per person, diners can enjoy a first course tasting for two of goat cheese crispies, salmon roulade and seared tuna with pineapple-jalapeno salsa with plantains. Second course dishes include Australian lobster tails, surf and turf and roasted rack of lamb. Dessert includes chocolate soufflé for two. Reservations can be made on the website or by calling 404-602-5510.

Aqua Blue
Roswell couples can spend Valentine’s Day weekend at Aqua blue.  From Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16, guests can enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu featuring New England-style clam chowder, lobster salad, 12 ounce rib-eye with tempura shrimp, twin stuffed lobster tails, classic creme brulee and tiramisu. The meal is $50 per person, not including tax or gratuity. The a la carte menu is also available. For reservations, call 770-643-8886.

Bantam + Biddy 
Chef Shaun Doty is bringing back a special dinner menu for Valentine’s Day featuring classics from his former restaurant, Shaun’s. Enjoy the three-course meal for $25 per person including a complimentary poinsettia cocktail at both restaurant locations. The first course offers choices of jumbo shrimp cocktail, prime beef tartare and fava bean salad with mint, black pepper and pecorino toscano. Entree options include schnitzel, grilled Scottish salmon with caper and egg vinaigrette and arugula salad and crab cake with Napa cabbage slaw. Red velvet cake or toffee pudding sweetens the meal. For reservations, please call 404-907-3469 for the Ansley location and 404-835-6450 for the Crescent location.

Whether attached or flying solo, Midtown’s HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern is offering Valentine’s specials for all guests. From 5-11 p.m., a couple’s dinner featuring the regular menu plus chef’s specials is served. From 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., the restaurant hosts a singles party with all-you-can-eat pizza and all-you-can-drink beer and bubbly. The party is $29 per person. For more information or to make reservations, visit the website or call 404-968-2288.

Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails
The prix fixe dinner menu by executive chef Derek Dollar is $59 per person and includes items like creamy butternut squash soup, lobster and jumbo lump crabcakes and red velvet trifle. The menu also includes specialty Valentine’s Day cocktails. Guests can also enjoy live music. For more information or to reserve a table, call 770-817-0161.

Old Vinings Inn 
From Feb. 14-16 enjoy a special menu including items such as fried green tomatoes, petit filet and crispy lobster tail, pecan mountain trout and red wine-braised short ribs. For more information or to make a reservation, call 770-438-2282.

Ra Sushi
From Feb. 14 -16 RA Sushi in Midtown is offering a Valentine’s Day special for two. The three-course menu is $30 per person and includes shareable appetizer options like pork gyoza, pineapple-cheese wontons and tootsy maki; choice of two entrees such as the Viva Las Vegas roll, tunacado and  spicy chicken teriyaki udon; and shareable sweets like cinnamon tempura gelato or coconut creme brulee. Served with two straws, lovebirds can get close with the umami punch ($14), an oversized drink meant for sharing, plus much more. To make a reservation or for more information, call 404-267-0114.

Social Vinings

Chef Derek Larsen has prepared special a la carte Valentine’s Day menu of Fresh Blue Pointe Oysters cocktail sauce, champagne cucumber mignonette, lemon wedges, saltine crackers; Chargrilled Bone-In Rib-Eye (16 oz.) loaded au gratin potatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, green beans, mushroom au jus; Nueskes Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops tomato basil risotto, grilled asparagus, pesto olive oil, and for a perfect finish a Chef’s Chocolate Sampling silky milk chocolate mousse, dark chocolate truffles, bittersweet chocolate almond clusters. Social Vinings’ regular menu of delicious new America fare will also be available in addition to the Valentine’s Day specials. For reservations, call 770-432-9772.

Big Tex Decatur 

This Valentine’s Day get ready to dance the night away with Atlanta legend Tommy Dean. He will be performing the Great American Songbook Standards, Rat Pack Faces and several other musical classics. Bring your special someone for a great dinner special and dancing all night long with music starting at 9 p.m.!

Preserving Place 

Couples who cook together, stay together. This Valentine’s Day join us with your special someone at Preserving Place for a delicious treat! Chef Ed Harris will be in their kitchen guiding you on a three course cooking class followed by a delicious dessert to share with your loved one.
1170 Howell Mill Rd., Suite P10b, Atlanta, Ga. 30318 |  | 404-815-JAMS


Rathbun's will offer a four course dinner with choices for $85.00. Menu highlights include flash fried lobster tails, pan seared fois gras, bone-in filet with roasted brussels sprouts, snapper with foraged mushrooms and crispy fingerlings and s'mores semifreddo.

KR Steakbar

Enjoy 4-courses for $75 per person.  Menu highlights include beef carpaccio, garganelli with pancetta and jalapeno pesto, lamb sirolin and  chocolate crostada with candied kumquats and hazelnut gelato.

Cook Hall Atlanta

Chef David Gross is cooking up delicious Valentine’s specials that will be available a la carte and in addition to the restaurant’s All Day menu. Specialties include Truffled Lobster, lemon spaetzle, winter vegetables; Grilled Filet Mignon, spicy broccoli, orange and garlic; and Raspberry-Chocolate Truffle Cake. Pair your dinner with a boutique wine from Cook Hall’s list or mix up your own romantic recipe with a Couples Cocktail Kit, with your choice of bourbon, vodka or champage.

Livingston Restaurant & Bar

Executive Chef Michael Semancik is preparing a 3-course dinner for $50 per person, including a glass of champagne served with dessert. This menu will be available on both Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15. Visit Livingston online to view a complete menu for this event.

ONE. midtown kitchen

Enjoy a special a la carte menu! Pair this with craft cocktails and the fantastic view of the Atlanta skyline and you can’t go wrong. Reservations are required, call 404.892.4111.

TWO urban licks

On Friday and Saturday, enjoy a live band, a great view of the city, menu specials highlighting the best the season has to offer.  Every couple will get a rose on Valentine’s Day! For reservations call 404.522.4622.


This Valentine’s Day enjoy food, champagne and martini specials! Complimentary roses will sweeten the deal. To make a reservation call 404.347.2220.

PARISH: Foods & Goods
Friday through Sunday, PARISH will be offering a special menu with “turn of the century” highlights, modern cocktails, and a raw bar. Complimentary roses for each couple on Valentine’s Day. To make your reservations call 404.681.4434.

The Spence

Enjoy special a la carte menu and each table will leave with a complimentary sweet surprise. For reservations call 404.892.9111.

Lobby Bar & Bistro

Lobby will be offering live jazz, a complementary rose and a special three-course menu Friday and Saturday night fro $39.95 per person. Menu highlights include lobster bisque, seared lamb loin with eggplant puree and rum flan. Make your reservation today, call 404.961.7370.

Room at TWELVE 

On Friday and Saturday, enjoy a special three-course menu for $39.95 per person. The evening includes live jazz and complimentary roses for each couple. Menu highlights include a filet with a lobster tail and a caramel and apple purse. To make your reservation today, call 404.418.1250.

Poor Calvin's

Chef Calvin will be featuring his special Surf and Turf entrĂ©e (petit filet mignon topped with pop rocks and served with a lobster tail), paired with Hugo’s Aviation cocktail (Bombay Sapphire, lemon juice and violette) and his dessert of Toasted Rosewater Pound Cake with bourbon pecan ice cream on February 14 and 15.

Anti-Valentine's Events

Hate Valentine's Day? There's something for you, too!

El Taco's Stupid Cupid Night

They'll have shots of Jilted Juice (pineapple-infused tequila) for $4 each and the Rebound-a-Rita (blood orange skinny margarita) for $6 each or $25 for a pitcher.

Bring your single friends for their “Misery Loves Company” dinner special. It serves 3-5 people and includes:

Your choice of:
Classic Tastes Trio (salsa, guacamole, queso blanco), Trio Royale (salsa, guacamole, queso royale) or Veggie Mexican Pizza
10 tacos of your choice
Your choice of two desserts

This whole shebang is only $60 (plus tax and gratuity), and you can add a pitcher of our Rebound-a-Ritas for $20 more. That’s a savings of $5!

Meehan's Public House Vinings 

On February 15 party with Meehan’s Vinings for Rods and Rulers! Upon entering, each girl will get a ruler, where the ruler will be marked at a certain length, and each boy will get a rod of a certain length. Each rod will match one of the ruler lengths, and guests will be challenged to find their match while mingling at the bar.



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