Monday, May 4, 2009

Floating martinis and more

Zebra (4521 Sharon Road) offers a three-course menu for $34 today through Friday (May 8), and if you go tonight-Wednesday, you can also have 20 percent off any one bottle of wine. Among the menu choices: lobster bisque, truffled mushroom foie gras soup, torchon of foie gras with Italian black truffles, salmon, N.C. rainbow trout, lamb tenderloin, warm chocolate cake with caramel ice cream, lemon curd tart with fresh berries, and more. 704-442-9525.

(The drink at right, by the way, is Zebra's "Rasmopolitan": raspberry vodka with cranberry and lime, with a sheet of ice supporting a sorbet garnish.)

Also new: Through May 28, you can get a weekday breakfast free if you buy something of equal or greater cost.

Wine dinners
  • Ratcliffe on the Green (435 S. Tryon St.) plans a four-course French wine country dinner May 11. Mussels, N.C. mountain trout, Poulet Rouge coq au vin and French farina cake are the dishes. $60 or two for $110; 704-358-9898.
  • Passion8 (3415 Highway 51 N, Fort Mill) hosts "Small Bites and Wine Flight Night" 7-10 p.m. May 14, with multiple mini courses, all paired with wine features, for $40. 803-802-7455.
  • The Wine Shop at Foxcroft (7824 Fairview Road) hosts a Spanish tapas wine dinner May 13 with Andre Tamers of De Maison Selections speaking. The menu includes pan-seared scallop wrapped in Serrano ham with arugula, almonds and oranges, with 2006 Do Ferreiro Albarino; and marinated, grilled quail with 2006 Joan D'Anguera Finca L'Argata. $50; 704-365-6550.
And of course, more for Mom
  • TOMI (7741 Colony Road) will be open 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. with a special menu for $10 per entrĂ©e. 704-759-1288.

  • Something different for Mom: Go to to register to win tickets to "Phantom of the Opera" at the Performing Arts Center plus a $100 gift card to Sonoma (100 N. Tryon St.). Sonoma is also running a three-courses-for-$30 deal for the run of that show, which is June 10-July 5; the special runs all evening, not just pre-theater.