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Feature Fri Feb 05 2010
Next weekend, a lot of couples will go out to celebrate Valentine's Day with a romantic dinner. Many are in love, some are just in like, and some are just pals in search of a nice night out. Regardless of which group you belong to, we're giving you some options for celebrating February 14th.
Hearty (3819 N. Broadway)'s Valentine's menu is out of this world--beef filet crusted and seared in Metropolis coffee, a lobster bread pudding, and grape-studded Champagne Jell-O cubes with whipped cream to top it off. Jeebus! Three-course meal is $42. (Feb 13-14). Hearty is also offering a Valentine's brunch on Sunday--rose water pancakes, anyone?
Deleece Restaurant (4004 N. Southport) and Deleece Grill Pub (3313 N. Clark) is offering a three-course prix fixe dinner for only $80 per couple, $100 per couple with wine/beer pairings. Beef tenderloin, cod and lobster tail is on the menu, and chocolate fondue concludes the meal at both places. (Feb 12-14)
The Gage (24 S. Michigan) is doing a five-course meal that sounds ridiculously tasty at every course--they had me at "American sturgeon caviar and onion-caraway blini with parsley custard." (Feb 13-14)
The newly opened DMK Burger Bar (2954 N. Sheffield) has a charming-sounding meal in store for next Sunday: a bowl of Love Soup ("made with lobster and tears of unrequited love"), truffle fries, cupcakes and strawberry milkshakes. (Feb 14)
"Will you be Meinl?" Julius Meinl's (4363 N. Lincoln) Neighborhood Dinner sounds like a decadent and inspiring evening: a five-course dinner followed by a live piano performance by Austrian pianist Ingrid Marsoner. Carbonara-style spätzle, roasted pork loin with wilted watercress blood oranges and cranberry walnut chutney with shrimp, lobster and spring onions are among the dishes to be served. (Feb 13)
If you're going to be home (or--gasp--solo!) on Valentine's weekend, allow me to tempt you with some homemade channa masala, sweet-and-salty brownies, pasta with fried prosciutto, parmesan and butter, a chocolate-carmel tart, and waffled dried fruit dipping cookies.
Eat up, eat together or alone. We'll be okay.
Cookie from George's Ice Cream & Sweets; picture by Jason Cox.