Monday, February 7, 2011

Updated: Valentine meals and deals

Georges Brasserie will do its regular menu, plus a special menu including filet mignon and oysters, Feb. 11-14. Violinist Christine Robinson will play on Valentine's evening. 4620 Piedmont Row Drive; 980-219-7409.

TOMI doesn't usually open on Mondays, but will be for Valentine's Day from 5-9 p.m., with its regular menu plus a special one: three courses for $25, with soup, Taiwanese-style lobster tail with ginger sauce and lemon cream cake. 7741 Colony Road; 704-759-1288.

Terrace Cafe will be open for dinner Feb. 14, with a special three-course meal for $60 per couple. On that menu, choices include blue crab bisque, fennel-pollen-dusted red grouper, farfalle pasta with shrimp and more. The menu will also be offered for dinner Feb. 12, along with the regular dinner menu. Piedmont Town Center; 704-554-6177.

Both locations of Cosmos Cafe will offer a four-course dinner for $35 per person Feb. 11-14, with entree choices ranging from a petite filet mignon to roasted duck. Reservations requested; 8420 Rea Road, 704-544-5268; 300 N. College St., 704-372-3553.

Global's Valentine deal is as follows: First seating is at 6 p.m. and second at 8:30 for a five-course meal costing $65 ($95 if you get wine pairings). Among the courses are duck confit and braised wild boar. 3520 Toringdon Way; 704-248-0866.

New South Kitchen will have a special menu for two Feb. 11-14, with dishes such as crispy shrimp cocktail, surf and turf, salmon and crab strudel and more. Each person chooses a first course and dessert, and couples share an entree platter; prices range from $70-$80 for two. Also available all the time at New South is what it calls the RSVP Menu: three courses, plus a glass of wine, for $25. 8140 Providence Road; 704-541-9990.

D'Vine Wine Cafe offers four courses for $40 per person Feb. 11, 12 and 14. Among the choices: ricotta gnudi (dumplings) with wild mushroom ragout and truffle cream; pomegranate braised lamb or beef; Champagne and saffron poached lobster tails and more. Reservations required: 14815 John J. Delaney Drive; 704-369-5050.

For Valentine's Day, Foskoskies will serve its regular dinner menu along with several specials, ranging from lobster-scallop cannelloni to Chateaubriand (here, that means two filet medallions, one topped with goat cheese bernaise sauce and the other with sauce Bordelaise) plus chocolate fondue for two. 2121 Shamrock Drive; 704-35-2220.

Vida plans a $35 three-course Valentine menu offered Feb. 11-14, with choices including coconut shrimp ceviche, grilled filet Oscar, ahi tuna tacos and more. 210 E. Trade St.; 704-971-8432.

All of the Stratos Restaurant Group places -- ilios noche (704-814-9882), Big View Diner (704-544-0313) and Nolen Kitchen (704-372-1424) -- will offer four-course fixed-price menus through Valentine's weekend, along with their regular menus.

300 East offers a three-course menu for $45 per person Feb. 11-13, with choices that include roasted winter root vegetable salad, grilled lamb satay, bistro steak with pink peppercorn cognac sauce, wild mushroom and lentil pot pie and more. Reservations: Haley at 980-230-3403; 300 East Blvd.

Kabuto at Lake Norman will offer Sweetheart Specials of hibachi combination of chicken, shrimp and steak, plus dessert, for $59.95 per couple ($29.99 per person) Feb. 11-14. Reservations required; 16516 Northcross Drive in Huntersville; 704-655-0077.

The Mint Hill Hawthorne's Pizza offers a couples menu for $50 (including a bottle of house wine and a dessert to share): choices range from shrimp bruschetta to steak Gorgonzola alfredo. 7319 Matthews-Mint Hill Road; 704-545-8089.

Mimosa Grill hosts brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 13, with family-style service and a menu that ranges from walnut-crusted French toast with banana chutney to bistro steak with aged cheddar scrambled eggs. $22; 327 S. Tryon St.; 704-343-0700.

Blue plans a whole week of celebrating for Valentine's, beginning with "Mi Amore Wine & Food Pairing" Feb. 9 for $39.99; a chocolate and Champagne tasting Feb. 10 for $25; Lobster Lover's Delight three-course dinner Feb. 13 for $34.95, and specials for the weekend. These include a three-course dinner for $34.95 with seating at 5-6 p.m. Feb. 11, 12 or 14. Reservations are requested; Hearst Tower at the corner of 5th and College streets; 704-927-2583.

Gallery will do a four-course special menu from Feb. 11 through Feb. 19, with choices that include shrimp and grits, New York strip and chocolate strawberry torte, for $45. Also coming up: a Pommery Champagne tasting Feb. 12 for $50 per couple, $30 per individual; 1000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway; 704-248-4100.

Both locations of Red Rocks Cafe will offer a four-course meal for $36 for Valentine's weekend, with choices that include crab cakes, she crab soup, chicken Oscar, filet mignon and halibut. Entrees can be ordered a la carte for $23.95. Birkdale Village, 704-892-9999; Strawberry Hill, 704-364-0402.

Lava Bistro plans a special menu for the weekend - Feb. 11-14 - with choices that range from seafood trifle to grilled sirloin to peanut butter pie. $35, including one glass of house red or white; 8708 J.W. Clay Blvd., 704-549-0050.

Andrew Blair’s, not usually open Monday nights, will do so for Valentine's, serving a menu that will also be offered Feb. 11 and 12. Among the choices: fried oyster po boy, filet with bacon, monkfish in sun-dried tomato cream, ginger-infused crème brulee and more. $59.99 per couple, including one glass of Champagne per person; 1600 Montford Drive, 704-525-8282.