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Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is next Thursday. But lucky for you, there are plenty of options around the Atlanta area where you can go out for a good meal, purchase candles or even make your own cocktails. So no matter what your relationship status, you’ll be sure to have a food lover’s good time.

By Teresa Tobat

Alma Cocina
If you’re downtown this Valentine’s Day, consider heading to Alma for its modern, Mexican cuisine. Dine on guacamole, crispy pork belly, ceviches, taquitos, soups and salads and much more.

One Ninety One Peachtree Tower
191 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
404/968-9662
alma-atlanta.com

Aspen’s Signature Steaks
From Feb. 14 to 16, Aspen’s East and West Cobb locations will be offering its regular menu and specials. Those specials include Berkshire bacon salad, seared red snapper, roasted 12 oz New York Strip loin, grilled domestic lamb T-bone, strawberry cheesecake and chocolate-covered strawberries. For more information, please visit SedgwickRestaurantGroup.com

Bistro VG
Bistro VG will be cooking up its regular menu along with the following specials: seared Hudson Valley foie gras, grilled veal strip, brick-oven roasted oysters, passion fruit crepes with coconut sorbet and gateau chocolate with white chocolate-raspberry mousse and macerated raspberries.

70 West Crossville Road
Roswell, GA 30075
770/993-1156
bistrovg.com

Café Intermezzo
Enjoy a three-course dinner for two at Café Intermezzo on February 14, 15 and 16. For $80 per couple, you can choose between spinach dip, seafood dip and crostini as an appetizer to share. Each person picks one entrée including grilled salmon with wild rice, red wine braised short rib over polenta and spicy tortellini. For dessert, the couple chooses a sweet from the pastry counter and devours chocolate-covered strawberries and truffles. Each couple also receives two glasses of Champagne. For reservations, please call 678/613-1735. This special menu is only available at Intermezzo’s Ashford-Dunwoody and Peachtree Road locations. For more information, please visit cafeintermezzo.com.

Cook Hall
If you’d like to make cocktails with your honey, visit Cook Hall and shake up something special together with its “liqueurs of love” cocktail kits. Choose from the Champagne cocktail kit or the whiskey cocktail kit. If you can’t decide between those two, don’t worry. Cook Hall also will have a couples cocktail kit, so you can have the best of both and make an original V-Day cocktail on your own. The restaurant’s regular dinner menu will be served along with several romantic blackboard specials.

Reservations are recommended. To make a reservation, call 404/523-3600 or visit cookhallatlanta.com.

Inside the W Hotel in Buckhead
3377 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

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Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse
Davio’s will be serving a three-course prix fixe menu including standouts like lobster bisque, colossal shrimp cocktail and shrimp ravioli for $70 per person or $95 per person with wine pairings, excluding tax and tip. Davio’s Pastry Chef, Kathleen Miliotis, has created homemade conversation hearts in flavors such as peppermint, lavender and lemon. The restaurant will be taking suggestions via Twitter for messages on the hearts (see the picture at right for ideas). Davio’s regular menu also will be available.

3500 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
404/844-4810
davios.com


Ecco 

In addition to its regular menu, Ecco will feature the following special plates: calamari, roasted quail with chorizo, crispy black cod with young collards, hazelnuts, brown butter, capers, lemon and milk chocolate torte with blood orange coulis and spiced pecans.

40 7th Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
404/347-9555
ecco-atlanta.com

El Taco
If you’re looking for a more relaxed Valentine’s Day, consider heading to El Taco. Enjoy a fun night complete with tequila shots, queso, Mexican pizza and fried apple pie.

1186 N. Highland Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
404/873-4656
eltaco-atlanta.com

La Tavola Trattoria
Diners can feast on a three-course Italian-style prix fixe dinner for only $49 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Antipasti dishes include grilled calamari and veal hanger steak, secondi plates include chestnut gnocchi, roasted trout, and grilled rib eye and the desserts on the menu are hazelnut budino, lemon olive oil cake, chocolate cake and honey mascarpone cheesecake. To see the complete menu, please visit latavolatrattoria.com/child/menus/events.htm.

992 Virginia Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
404/873-5430

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Lucia’s Italian Restaurant
Head to Lucia’s next Thursday to sample its special Valentine sangria to get a taste of a traditional Spanish beverage in Roswell. And while you’re there, you can enjoy its regular menu along with select favorites including a panne rotunda appetizer, wedding soup, stuffed chicken with basil, goat cheese and prosciutto, seafood lasagna and chocolate crème brûlée. 

4705 Woodstock Rd NE 
Roswell, GA 30075
678/646-1000
lucias.org

Lure
This contemporary fish house will be serving up its regular menu complete with gems like steak tartare grilled eggplant puree, fried Rhode Island calamari served with pickled shallots, parsley, tartar and lemon (a favorite of the Flavors staff), baked hake fillet with white beans, saffron cream, tomato fondue, and chocolate peanut butter mousse cake for dessert. And if you think fish can’t be romantic, just remember that oysters are considered to be natural aphrodisiacs. The proof is in the history; Casanova supposedly ate 50 oysters a day.

1106 Crescent Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
404/817-3650
lure-atlanta.com

Nancy G’s
Nancy G’s is rolling out a special menu for Valentine’s Day. Starters range from lobster bisque to endive and spinach salad. Entrees include pan-seared jumbo scallops, grilled lamb chop and stuffed Portobello mushroom over couscous. For dessert, feast on tiramisu or chocolate-covered strawberries. Drink specials include a French kiss martini and chocolate-covered cherry martini.

4920 Roswell Road  
Atlanta, GA 30342
404/705-8444
nancygscafe.com

Ray's Restaurants

Ray's Restaurants is celebrating love in grand style. Ray's on the Creek (1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta) is offering a chef-created Valentine's Menu for two, for $120. Call 770/649-0064 for reservations. Ray’s on the River (6700 Powers Ferry Road, Sandy Springs) is offering Valentine’s Chef Specials (including appetizer, salad, entrees and desserts); prices vary for each item. Call 770/955-1187 for reservations. Ray’s in the City (240 Peachtree Street, Atlanta) will offer a special three-course, prix-fixe menu, priced at $49.  Call 404/524-9224. 
Learn more at raysrestaurants.com
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South City Kitchen Midtown and Vinings
Both South City Kitchen locations are featuring a three-course Southern-style prix-fixe dinner for only $42 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Enjoy appetizers ranging from she-crab soup to escargot and fried green tomatoes; entrees including buttermilk fried chicken, grilled salmon and seared duck breast; desserts including velvet Elvis cake, caramel apple toffee pudding and butter chess pie. To view the Vinings menu, please visit http://www.southcitykitchen.com/vinings/child/menus/events.htm. To view the Midtown menu, please visit http://www.southcitykitchen.com/midtown/child/menus/events.htm.  

Vinny’s on Windward
This Alpharetta haunt is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu. Start the night off with jumbo lump crab cakes, scallops or burrata. Main course highlights include shrimp, lobster and scallop risotto, veal marsala linguini or filet mignon and butter-poached lobster tail. Finish your night with your choice of chocolate mousse, white chocolate napoleon, tiramisu or raspberry gelato. Your server can recommend a wine pairing for you and your significant other.

Vinny's On Windward
5355 Windward Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
770/772-4644
sedgwickrestaurantgroup.com/vinnys.html

VSOP Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom
If you’d rather stay home with your sweet heart, consider purchasing candles or wine from VSOP. All the store’s Rewined candles—each handcrafted from a repurposed wine bottle and designed to smell like the aromas found in wine varietals—are 20 percent off. These candles are made from soy wax, all-natural, non-toxic and burn clean for 60 to 80 hours. While you’re picking up your candle, consider buying wine too. Enjoy deep rich notes of black cherry and currant in the Cabernet or crisp clean tropical fruit notes in the Riesling. The store also offers Champagne, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. VSOP also sells aged balsamic vinegars, olive oils as well as accessories and gift sets.

8400 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 420
Alpharetta, GA 30022
678/795-2002
vsoptaproom.com

 


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