Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Updated: Valentine's

The Wine Shop at Foxcroft still has room in its 8:30 p.m. seating for Valentine's Day: $45 for goat cheese tart; choice of truffled parsnip soup with lobster salad or pork belly; tomato fettuccine or braised pork cheeks; and dessert, plus a glass of sparkling wine. 704-365-6550; 7824 Fairview Road.

East Boulevard Bar & Grill does Valentine's dinner for two for $15: two appetizers, two entrees and one dessert to share. Among the choices are blue cheese pierogies and shrimp and grits. 1315 East Blvd.; 704-332-2414.

Del Frisco's offers an 8-ounce filet and 8-ounce lobster dinner for $79 on Valentine's night. 4725 Piedmont Row Drive; 704-552-5502.

D'Vine Wine Cafe will have Valentine additions to its regular menu Feb. 10, 11, 13 and 14, including surf & turf, dark chocolate "Sweethearts" s'mores, and a selection of Champagnes and other sparklers. 14815 Ballantyne Village Way; 704-369-5050.

Sante will be open all Valentine's weekend, including 5-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, with dinner Tuesday (the 14th) 5-9:30 p.m. That night, a five-course dinner will be offered for $65 per person; among the choices are appetizers of lobster bisque, lamb empanada and truffled country paté; entrees of crab- and potato-crusted grouper, shelled lobster with lobster risotto and rack of lamb; and desserts of raspberry Napoleon and pear and blackberry crisp. 165 N. Trade St. in Matthews; 704-845-1899.

The Palm does a 4-pound lobster dinner for two for $120 Feb. 10-14. Add a bottle of Piper Sonoma Brut and pay $150. Phillips Place; 704-552-7256.

The Liberty's couples menu will be available Feb. 10-14, too, in addition to its regular menu. On the three-course couples one are entree choices of pan-roasted mahi mahi with cauliflower and lobster; butcher steak with root vegetable gratin and grilled Berkshire pork porterhouse. 1812 South Blvd.; 704-332-8830.

TOMI offers a two-course Valentine special Feb. 10-14 for $19: a tempura-style appetizer, followed by tilapia, stir-fried with Taiwanese rice wine, soy sauce and ginger. 7741 Colony Road; 704-759-1288.

Mimosa Grill plans a "Bubbles and Bites" menu, with small tastings of a variety of dishes, each paired with a sparkling wine. (The regular menu will also be available.) Among the tastings: fennel-dusted sea scallop; house-smoked Rock House Farm pork brisket; pink pepper-crusted venison loin; and more. $60; 327 S. Tryon St.; 704-343-0700.

Artisan at The Art Institute of Charlotte will do three courses for two people for a total of $20 (plus tax and a 15 percent scholarship contribution, in lieu of tip) at lunch Feb. 13, 14 and 15. That's 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Reservations: 704-357-5900; the culinary school's restaurant is at Three LakePointe Plaza, at 2110 Water Ridge Parkway.

The Mint Hill Hawthorne's will have a couples' menu Valentine's night: one appetizer, two entrees, one dessert and a bottle of house wine for $50. Among the choices are lobster butternut squash striped ravioli and roasted pork loin with sweet potato hash. 7319 Matthews-Mint Hill Road; 704-545-8089.

Table 274 does a "Week of Love" Feb. 7-14: three courses (one starter, two large plates or pastas, one dessert) with two glasses of wine for $49.95. Guests may buy the entire bottle of wine (house red or white) for an additional $10. 274 S. Sharon Amity Road; 704-817-9721.

FireWater will have three seatings -- 5, 7 and 9 p.m. -- of a special Valentine's dinner. For $30, you get an entree choice of vegetable pasta, New York strip steak, tilapia in white wine sauce or seared tuna; a house salad; non-alcoholic drink; and chocolate mousse cake. 8708 J.W. Clay Blvd.; 704-549-0050.

Soul Gastrolounge will have a slew of Valentine specials, including butter-braised lobster over red wine risotto; and "Cupid's Offal": bone-marrow-buttered crostini with grilled lamb heart, chicken liver pate and skewer of chicken hearts and crispy sweetbreads with beef-heart marmalade. 1500 Central Ave.; 704-348-1848.

Global offers a five-course fixed-price dinner for $65 without wines, $95 with pairings. Among the courses: duck confit with Perigord truffle agnolotti; boneless beef short ribs with foie gras sauce; and caramel custard with whipped cream and rosemary pinenut cookie. 3520 Toringdon Way; 704-248-0866.

Lulu plans a five-course dinner Valentine's night for $75 per person, with choices that include foie gras with chanterelle butter and braised fennel; "cowgirl" ribeye; ravioli with lobster claw; and more. The regular menu will also be available. 1911 Central Ave.; 704-376-2242

La Paz plans a three-course Valentine's meal. Among the choices: mojito-poached shrimp; roasted pork and scallop tamale; pan-seared salmon with pear and mango chimichanga; Mayan chocolate terrine; and more. 1100 Metropolitan Ave.; 704-332-6322.

Terrace Café will offer a four-course dinner - including soup, salad, entrée and Champagne with chocolate-dipped strawberries - Feb. 10, 11 and 14. $95 per couple; Piedmont Town Center, 704-554-6177; Ballantyne Village, 704-369-5190.

Valentine's specials will run Feb. 10-14 at Georges Brasserie, with special entrees, Champagne and live violin music on Valentine's Day. 4620 Piedmont Row Drive; 980-219-7409.

Harvest Moon Grille will serve a "Feel the Love" menu, with options ranging from Grateful Growers pork roulade to pappardelle with rabbit, and more. $90 per couple; 235 N. Tryon St.; 704-342-1193.

Savannah Red at the Charlotte Marriott City Center offers a meal that's part of a Valentine's package offered Feb. 11: $395 per couple (with a max of 12 couples) buys a 17-course dinner and 12 wines from Hartford Court Wines; a night's lodging; and breakfast for two. 100 W. Trade St. Info: 704-358-6571.

P.F. Chang’s has a four-course Valentine's meal for two, available now, for $39.95: two soups, one appetizer, two entrees and two mini-desserts. Phillips Place, 704-552-6644; Northlake, 704-598-1927.

Fern will do a four-course vegetarian wine dinner on Valentine's Day for $45 per person. Among the courses are fig and caramelized onion tart with housemade "bacon" (as in a vegetarian form), and mushroom, artichoke and winter onion stew. 1323 Central Ave.; 704-377-1825.

Sibling Halcyon will host a Bitter Beer Dinner Feb. 16 as an "Anti-Valentine's Day event": Five courses of meat-centric dishes, each with a beer pairing (and no dessert) for $55. Among the offerings: charred lamb heart pho with 21st Amendment IPA; mussels with vaporized beer and pimento cheese fondue, with Stone Ruination IPA; and chicken and waffles with Midnight Madness from NoDa Brewing Company, served in a firkin (essentially a quarter-barrel), tableside.

Back to Valentine's Day proper:
The Wine Shop at Foxcroft will do two seatings (6 and 8:30) for Valentine's night, and menu will be $45 per person, including a glass of sparkling wine. Among chef Justin Solomon's choices: truffled parsnip soup with lobster salad; tomato fettuccine; braised pork cheeks; and more. 704-365-6550; 7824 Fairview Road.

Bar Cocoa at the Ritz-Carlton offers its five-course, all-dessert Chocolate & Champagne Dinner 7-10 p.m. Feb. 11-14: five Champagnes with five desserts for $125 plus tax and tip. 201 E. Trade St. Reservations: 704-547-2244.

Passion8 hosts a Sweethearts Champagne Brunch Feb. 12 for $29 (entree selections include N.C. trout, lobster ravioli and more), and will open Feb. 14 for a "Love Bug Dinner Date" that includes live music. 3415 Highway 51 N, Fort Mill; 803-802-7455.

Sonny’s Valentine’s Special: all-you-can-eat babyback ribs for $13.99 Feb. 11-14 at 440 Tyvola Road; Arboretum; 7820 Lyles Lane, Concord; 328 W. Plaza Drive, Mooresville; and 2781 Cherry Road, Rock Hill.

Red Rocks Cafe at Strawberry Hill offers a $38, four-course, fixed-price dinner with choices including mini crabcakes, twin medallions of filet and more, Feb. 10-14. (You can also order the entrees a la carte for $24.95.) 4223-8 Providence Road; 704-364-0402.
The Red Rocks at Birkdale will offer an a la carte special menu, along with its regular dinner menu, Feb. 10-14. Birkdale Village; 704-892-9999.

Gallery offers a four-course fixed-price menu Feb. 10-14, with choices that include filet mignon and Georges Bank lemon sole. $65; 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway; 704-248-4100.


Anonymous said...

Special valentines dinner at Atherton market in south end

Try something different for Valentines day with our MODERN CUISINE from Chef David Quintana and Adam Duke

Anonymous said...

$95 at terrace cafe? Is that a joke?

Anonymous said...

Check out Dressler's Restaurant website for menu of a 4 course meal for $60 per person.

Anonymous said...

$95 per couple for a four-course dinner and Champagne at Terrace Cafe? Sounds like a good deal for a great meal.

Anonymous said...

Leroy Fox, formerly Hotel Charlotte, will also be offering a Valentine's Day 3 Course Dinner for 2, in addition to their regular menu items.
Menu will include 2 Love Birds, or Cajun Fried Cornish Hens with sides, choice of Caesar or Field Green Salad, 2 Glasses of Champage, and a shared dessert for $50.

Anonymous said...

Do yourself a favor and try Tomi. I cannot believe I lived here so long looking for a great Chinese restaurant, not finding one, and didn't know about Tomi. This resturant is charming and the food is delicious and the Taiwan cuisine worth a visit from Helen.

Helen Schwab said...

I'm a fan of the place and just saw my review isn't in the online archives. Trying to get it added ...

Russ Pendersen said...

If I ever want my girlfriend to dump me, I'll be sure and take her to Sonny's for all-you-can-eat baby back ribs on Valentines day. That should set the wheels in motion.