2017 Valentine's Day in DFW roundup

Raspberry dessert at The Conservatory, Hotel Crescent Court

Well, loves, it's that time of year again...love it or hate it, Valentine's Day 2017 must be acknowledged at this point in time. If you're a late planner like I am, you may not have thought about booking your reservation over Christmas break, as is required with some restaurants. If you just looked up and realized it's February and you should book a special plan for your special someone, look no further. From kid-friendly to fancy-schmancy, here are 14 spots in DFW to get your February 14 on:

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to secure a reservation at one of
Dallas’s absolute best restaurants. Led by new Executive Chef Chris Patrick, Abacus is pulling out all the stops, hosting a decadent dinner on Valentine’s Day. Diners will bask in romantic ambiance while
enjoying four courses of delectable and creative cuisine. Make a reservation today to ensure your
Valentine’s Day is one to remember. In addition to the special Valentine’s Day menu, Abacus will also be offering a few menu favorites, including the always-popular lobster shooters, mac and cheese and grilled asparagus.

Cost: $125 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Reservations are required by calling 214-559- 3111
4511 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205

Bistro 31
Bistro 31 is a culinary treasure that will make you swoon with its elegant international dishes and European décor.

This Valentine’s Weekend, Executive Chef David Garwacki has created a special menu pairing the romance of the holiday with the signature ambience of the Highland Park eatery.
From Sunday, Feb. 12, through Tuesday, Feb. 14, guests will indulge in a full-bodied menu, featuring:
  • Chilled Atlantic Oysters – blood orange mignonette, Ossetra caviar ($18)
  • Foie Gras “Au Torchon” – kumquat marmalade, black truffle, brioche pain perdu, frisee aux lardon ($26)
  • Pan Roasted Sweet Red Shrimp – Applewood smoked bacon, basil, Fresno chile, petite heirloom tomato, chardonnay butter ($26)
  • Potato-Leek Soup – black truffle crème fraiche ($16)
  • Lobster Risotto – 1Ž2 Maine lobster, Brussels sprouts leaves, roasted cauliflower, chorizo, grana padano ($42)
  • Surf And Turf – butter braised Maine lobster with Espelette pepper and tarragon, roasted prime sirloin with potato puree, Swiss chard, petite carrots, wild mushrooms, and foie gras-truffle jus ($58)
  • “Le Bete Noire” Chocolate Cake – raspberry coulis, vanilla gelato ($10)
 For reservations: bistro31dallas.com/reservations.

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
Enjoy a romantic dinner while taking in breathtaking panoramic views of the Dallas skyline at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. From February 10th through the 14th,, Executive Chef Jacob Williamson will offer a five-course tasting menu featuring the restaurant’s signature Asian-inspired cuisine.

Menu highlights include an Asian pear salad; pan seared Diver scallops with Thai chili sabayon, blood orange, young basil, and crispy leeks; pan seared Alaskan halibut with a miso puree and black fig dashi; grilled Prime New York Strip with ivory sweet potato puree, chanterelle mushrooms, baby arugula, and black garlic jus; and a decadent white chocolate raspberry torte comprised of a pistachio sponge cake, white chocolate mousse and raspberry sorbet.

The menu is priced at $125 per guest, with an optional wine pairing for an additional $35 (tax and gratuity are not included). This special tasting menu will be the only menu available on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Reservations are required and can be booked by calling (214) 571-5784.

Flora Street Cafe
If you share a love for “Elevated Texas Cuisine,” then legendary Texas Chef Stephan Pyles Flora Street Café in the heart of the Dallas’ Arts District is the perfect place for a romantic Valentine’s Day evening. Guests will enjoy a special three-course menu ($125), ($200 with wine pairings) and a special Valentine Day chocolate surprise! Guest will enjoy the flavors of Mole Negro in the Flora Street Café “Patricia” Morita-Praline Chocolate Bar, named after one of Chef Pyles’ mentors,  the famous cookbook author and chef from Mexico, Patricia Quintana. The Chocolate is created by award-winning chocolatier Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate.

2330 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Only on Valentine’s Day-February 14, 2017
(Open at 5:00 p.m.)

Ida Claire
Ida Claire is taking her Southern hostess duties to a whole new level this Valentine’s Day 2017. Ida is playing Cupid by getting her guests into the spirit of the holiday with her very own specialty cocktail – The Cupid 75: gin, strawberry cordial, lemon, Rosatello Sparkling Rosé and rose water rinse. The Cupid 75 will also be available in a Punch Tower, which is great for sharing between 3-5 people.

Ida will be serving something sweet for the sweetest holiday of the year: Bourbon Chocolate Cherry Pie. The butter-flaked crust is brushed with chocolate ganache, brandied cherries, pecan praline pieces, semisweet chocolate mousse and cherry whipped cream, topped with a halved brandied cherry. Both of these specials will be available from Friday, Feb. 10, through Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Main Street Bistro & Bakery Grapevine
Love is in the air and the special place to celebrate is at Main Street Bistro & Bakery in Historic Downtown Grapevine. The bistro, in their Chez Fabien concept, will offer a special four-course dinner served on Tuesday, February 14, starting at 5 p.m.  In addition, live acoustic music will be providing entertainment until 11 p.m.

The flavorful menu starts with Amuse Bouche de Chef. The second course is a choice between Lobster Bisque, Duck Confit and Endive Salad or King Crab and Curry Crêpes. Entrée choices include Steak and Lobster, Spiced Pork Lamb Rack or Seabass and Caviar. The Dessert du Chef will be a chocolate truffle heart. Dinner is $85 per person and reservations are suggested. A special champagne menu is available for an additional charge.

Celebrating early this year? A special three-course menu will also be available on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11. That menu features a three-course meal, starting with the Duck Confit and Endive Salad. Entrée choices include the Seabass or the Spiced Pork Lamb Rack. The Chocolate Heart dessert completes the dining experience. This dinner is $75 per person. The bistro/bakery is located at 316 S. Main St. in Historic Downtown Grapevine.

Mexican Sugar
Make plans now to bring your “suga” to Mexican Sugar Cocina y Cantina for the sweetest holiday of the year. From Sunday, Feb. 12, through Tuesday, Feb. 14, the popular Plano restaurant will offer a special Valentine’s Day Couples Feature that includes a mini charcuterie board for two paired with two glasses of sparkling rosé, for just $12.

This distinctive shareable starter is only available for three days, so make your reservation today by calling 972.943.0984.

Mi Dia from Scratch
In honor of Valentine’s Day 2017, Mi Dia From Scratch will be introducing a pairing menu featuring fresh and vibrant food and margarita pairings hand-selected by Chef Gabriel DeLeon. On Tuesday, February 14, 2017 the pairing menu will include three entrée options highlighted by expertly crafted margaritas. Each pairing will pay homage to the different milestones of DeLeon’s culinary career, influenced by Mexico City, Santa Fe and Tex-Mex cuisines. (The full menu will also be available.)
In addition to the special pairing menu, Mi Dia From Scratch will be offering a dessert cocktail influenced by Cupid’s holiday, the “Dulce Strawberry Rose.” This cocktail will be available for $12 and features Homemade Strawberry Infused Patron X.O. Dark Cocoa Liqueur, Tequila Rose Cream Liqueur, Patron Roca Anejo and Homemade Dulce de Leche Ice Cream.

Mi Dia From Scratch Plano
3310 Dallas Parkway, #105
Plano, TX 75093
Note: Reservations Accepted at Plano Location: 972-403-7474

Mi Dia From Scratch Grapevine
1295 South Main Street
Grapevine, TX 76051

Can't find a sitter and need to bring the kids with you? PDQ has a good option for you!

Princi Italia
A little piece of Italy right here in Dallas (or Plano), this spot earned a spot on my Top 100 bites for 2016.

The Ranch at Las Colinas
The Ranch at Las Colinas has distinguished itself on the North Texas culinary scene with its extensive wine selection, unique ambiance and commitment to sourcing fresh, local ingredients.

So it’s only fitting that The Ranch is hosting a love-filled Valentine’s Day 2017 weekend with wine specials and two delicious specialty dishes: a filet and a pan-roasted Texas Redfish.

In addition, from Friday, Feb. 10, through Tuesday, Feb. 14, guests can toast their significant other with half off every bottle of wine in The Ranch’s vast cellars. Even the rare, premium-priced bottles!

“We pride ourselves on providing a one-of-a-kind experience for each of our guests,” said Judd Fruia, Director of Operations at The Ranch. “That’s why The Ranch is the perfect place to share a romantic evening with your loved one or grab a couple of bottles for your whole group. We’ll have awesome food, amazing wines and more for groups of all sizes.”

The Ranch at Las Colinas is a restaurant with its roots reaching deep into Texas soil, rich in Texas tradition with a distinct contemporary side. It’s one of the few places on Earth where a hard-working ranch hand and a high-powered businessman can dine together and both feel comfortable. In fact, there’s a saying at The Ranch at Las Colinas: “Be yourself and you’ll fit right in.” The Ranch is located at 857 W. John Carpenter Freeway in Irving. Visit theranchlc.com for hours, directions, menu and more information.

Roy's Plano
Always a good bet for seafood (and that hot souffle!).

Table 13
Treat your Valentine to fine dining, music and cocktails at Table 13. To celebrate, a chef-prepared prix fixe Valentine’s Day 2017 menu will be offered Friday, February 10th through Tuesday, February 14th.

The regular menu will also be served on Friday, Saturday, and Monday (with the prix fixe menu being offered exclusively on Sunday and Tuesday).

For the prix fixe choice, couples will be treated to a vintage-inspired four course meal, classic showroom style entertainment, and a beautiful long stem rose – $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity).

4812 Belt Line Rd.
Addison, TX 75001

Toulouse Café and Bar 
There aren’t many destinations more romantic than Paris, which is why Toulouse Café and Bar plans on transporting you there via its special Valentine’s Day 2017 menu and sophisticated, French-themed atmosphere.

From Sunday, Feb. 12, through Tuesday, Feb. 14, Executive Chef Yoann Lardeux will introduce a special Valentine’s Day 2017 menu featuring:

  • Massachusetts Sweet Petite Oysters – on the half-shells, champagne, mignonette, espelette pepper, pumpernickel toast ($8/$16)
  • Salade – smoked salmon, crispy avocado, baby arugula, goat cheese, grapefruit, blood oranges, olives ($14)
  • Sautéed Nova Scotia Halibut – meyer lemon risotto, almondine green beans, crispy leeks, blood orange beurre blanc ($36)
  • Beef Wellington – black truffle demi, coriander roasted carrots, sautéed broccolini ($38)
  • Spicy Valrhona Dark Chocolate Fondue – strawberries, Chantilly cream, macaroons ($12)

This distinctive menu is only available for three days, so book your reservation today by calling 214.520.8999.  3314 Knox St., next to the Katy Trail in Dallas.

Well, Dallas, there you have it.
If you're made it this far... a very special Happy Valentine's Day 2017 to you and your loved one.

Delia Jo

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