Monday, February 6, 2012
Where to dine on Valentine’s Day in Dallas-Fort Worth
Fancy dinners with your lover, some enhanced by performance and poetry.
While there are certainly non-dining Valentine's Day events, what most people do on this so-called romantic holiday is go out to eat. Around Dallas-Fort Worth, there are nearly 250 Valentine's Day dining events, with dinners taking place not only on the day itself, but also the weekend leading up to it. Below are some highlights:
Highland Park Cafeteria (HPC) will have live piano music -- how romantic -- and a free glass of merlot. Among the special dinners options being prepared: beef tenderloin with spinach and mushroom sauce and loaded mashed potatoes; grilled salmon with pineapple salsa and honey-glazed carrots; or baked chicken breast with lemon sauce and fresh green beans sautéed with bacon and onions. It's dinner only, from 5 to 8 p.m., and it takes place Friday February 10 through Tuesday February 14. At $14.99 per person, it's a steal, and if you're not up for the Val-Day deal, they'll serve a regular menu, too.
Delta Charlie's Bar and Grill offers more than just dinner: Their Valentine’s Dinner & Flight package represents one of the holiday's most splurgiest ideas. You're served a three-course dinner, followed by a privately piloted, romantic flight for two above Dallas. Face value is $225, but they've been offering discounts on their Facebook page.
Nobu is offering a special "Valentine’s Day Omakase" that's available from February 10-14. Omakase is a special chef's tasting, and it begins with oysters with three Nobu sauces: Ume Salsa, Wasabi Salsa & Ikura, Royal Caviar; followed by "Tai" Japanese red snapper sashimi with artichoke salad in a yuzu dressing; Scallop Foie Gras, with Karashi Sumiso; Wagyu Shabu Shabu; chef’s choice assorted sushi; and a complimentary dessert. $214 per couple.
Wild Salsa in downtown Dallas has a three-course menu that's $70 per couple, only $85 with a bottle of champagne or wine. First course is your choice of Sopa de Elote, Avocado Shrimp and Scallop Cocktail, or Arugula Mango Salad with pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese and guajillo dressing; second course is your choice of Wood Grilled Texas Quail on spinach soft tacos and crispy sweet potatoes, Chipotle Mango Shrimp on black bean chorizo cake with Jicama slaw, or Beef Tenderloin Asado with spinach and potato hash and pipian roja; third course, you can choose from Tres Leches, Cinnamon Chocolate Cake with strawberry compote, or Mango Champagne Float.
Central 214 will give diners a first taste of Chef Graham Dodds’ new culinary creations. His special Valentine dinner is a four-course experience made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Just conside the three main course offerings: Beef Tenderloin with Boulangere Potatoes & Parsnip Chips, Red Snapper Paella with Littleneck Clams & Chorizo, or Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Mascarpone & Pepitas. Or these dessert options: Ugly Pug Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Ganache, or Apple-Cranberry Pie with Crème Fraiche Ice Cream. The dinner is $75 per person, including a glass of bubbly.
Tei An is hosting a special Valentine Dinner with Jing Wang, concertmaster for the Dallas Opera on February 12. A Canadian violinist, Jing began playing the violin at the age of three and and made his first public appearance three years later in Marseilles, France. Chef Teiichi Sakurai will serve a four-course meal with champagne and a private performance with Jing accompanied by piano. Dinner will be from 7-8:30 p.m.; Jing's performance will begin at 8:30 p.m.
Garden Cafe will serve a fancy five-course meal accompanied by poetry readings. You can take part in the open-mic poetry forum, or sit back and listen as others spin inspirational, whimsical, sometimes even silly poetry readings of well known and not-so well known poets. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m., and the poetry commences at 9 p.m.