Valentine’s Day is almost here. If you’re looking for something to do, here are some ideas. Keep checking back for updates as we get ’em!
CUBA LIBRE – OLD CITY
Cuba Libre is celebrating all weekend long from February 12-15, 2016 in Old City. Cuba Libre will offer its regular a la carte dinner menu featuring Cuban tapas, entrees for two, and a $10 dessert and coffee combo, plus Executive Chef Jennifer Salhoff has prepared two Valentine’s dinner specials —
Crisp Pork Belly: citrus and tamarind braised crispy pork belly, smoked corn crema, red onion escabéche, black corn crisp ($12)
Mar y Tierra: Grilled Brazilian lobster tail and shrimp. Coconut ginger mojo. Slow braised short rib steak, criollo jus. Crispy aji amarillo-culantro gnocchi ($32).
ELA – QUEEN VILLAGE
Ela offers three great options to celebrate Valentine’s Weekend – Prix Fixe Dinners, Valentine’s To-Go and Valentine’s Sunday Brunch.
Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu will be offered from Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14, 2016. Four courses for $65 per person with optional wine pairing, or six courses for $100 per per person with bottle of sparkling wine included.
A special Valentine’s to-go option is also available – three courses for two for $100 with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. Chef will prepare your meal and all you have to do is reheat and hide the evidence!
Enjoy a special two-course prix fixe brunch menu for $25.00 per person (with a Mimosa or Bloody Mary included) from 10:30am to 2:30pm on Valentine’s Sunday.
All menus are available at elaphilly.com.
TOWNSEND – EAST PASSYUNK
On Valentine’s Day, Townsend will offer a romantic $95 per person prix fixe menu featuring luxury ingredients, with an optional wine pairing; reservations are required. Dishes will include…
Cape May Salt Oysters with uni, cucumber, lime and furikake
A choice of Brandade with truffles, brioche, chive emulsion and quail egg or Lobster-Scallop Roulade with savoy cabbage, black truffles and lobster jus
Braised Oxtail Risotto with Idiazabal cheese and natural jus
A choice of Speck-Wrapped Cod with white bean garbure and cockle emulsion or Venison en Crepinette with parsnip puree, roasted Brussels sprouts and red wine salmis
Chocolate Souffle for Two with Pernod chantilly
LONDON GRILL – FAIRMOUNT
On both Saturday and Sunday, 2/13 and 2/14, London Grill will offer a $40 per person prix fixe menu including three courses from Chef Michael McNally:
First course options will include Lobster Bisque and Ricotta Gnudi
Entree options will include
Adam’s Short Rib with parsnip puree and red wine jus
Eve’s Veal Breast with crispy sweetbreads, polenta and natural jus
Horseradish-Cured Salmon with goat cheese pierogi and tomato-strawberry jam
Cauliflower Steak with olives, cured lemon and almond romesco
Dessert options will include Red Velvet Whoopie Pie and Paris-Brest
THE LITTLE LION – OLD CITY
3 COURSES AND CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL PAIRING
The Little Lion in Old City celebrates its first Valentine’s Weekend with a special three course, three champagne cocktail pairing for $45.00 per person. Selections include menu favorites as well as some special new dishes. The standard a la carte menu is also available.
1st Course: (Select one)
(Paired with Lemon Fizz: lemon shrub, mint, champagne)
Macaroni & Cheese: stewed tomato
Farmers Cheese: grilled bread, local honey
Oysters: raw, fried, or grilled: peach mignonette, house cocktail
Charred Brussels Sprouts: lardons, sherry vinegar
Kale Caesar: cornbread croutons, grana padano, baby kale, roasted garlic caesar
2nd Course: (Select one)
(Paired with Raspberry Crush: raspberry shrub, sparkling pinot noir, apricot brandy)
Prime Rib: truffle mash, whiskey jus, crispy onions
Kale Pesto Pasta: orecchiette, farmers cheese, cauliflower “steak”, crispy kale chips, roasted tomato
Shrimp & Grits: tasso ham gravy, sharp cheddar grits, gulf coast shrimp
Blackened Catfish: crawfish cream sauce, succotash, broken rice grits
Fried Chicken: jalapeno cheddar cream cheese hot cake, local honey, sour slaw
3rd Course: (Select one)
(Paired with Blood Orange: blood orange shrub, blood orange vodka, orange juice, champagne)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cornbread Pudding: Chantilly cream, powdered sugar, chocolate sauce
Chocolate Mud Jar: chocolate pudding, cookie crumble, Chantilly cream
Blueberry Cobbler: brown butter gelato
Lemon Custard Crème Brulee: burnt sugar crust
SLICE – RITTENHOUSE, SOUTH PHILLY, WASHINGTON TWP NJ
HEART-SHAPED PIZZA-GRAMS AND CONTEST
This Valentine’s Day, love is in the pizza! Say “be mine” with a specially delivered heart-shaped pizza-gram from SliCE. Customize your pie with his/her favorite toppings or select one of SliCE’s signature pie combinations. As a bonus, SliCE will surprise one lucky pizza-gram delivery recipient with a Passyunk-made silver LOVE necklace from Sermania Jewelry (1719 East Passyunk). Sermania’s made-on-Passyunk collection pays homage to Philadelphia’s famous LOVE statue. The winner will be drawn at random based on delivery orders on Sunday, February 14, 2016. Heart-shaped pies are the same price as a traditional pies and are available at all three SliCE locations. Heart-shaped pies are also available for dine-in and take-out, but the jewelry contest is valid on delivery only.
IRON HILL BREWERY – ALL DELAWARE VALLEY LOCATIONS
All Iron Hill Brewery locations will offer special, seasonal menu items from their chefs; in addition, each location will feature Cherry Vanilla Porter, their award-winning Pig Iron Porter aged with whole vanilla beans and finished with concentrated Michigan sour cherry juice, with dark roasted malt flavors that give way to a sour cherry finish.
Menu items may include:
Ardmore: Warm Apricot and Gorgonzola Crostini with chives and extra-virgin olive oil
Chestnut Hill: Strawberry Gazpacho with crab and mint
Lancaster: Oysters on the Half Shell, Wellfleets from Cape Cod with Witberry mignonette and cocktail sauce
Maple Shade: Roasted Red Beet Hummus with marinated feta cheese, warm pita and crudite
Media: Pan-Roasted Filet Mignon with sweet potato foam, pomegranate-dressed microgreens, chile gastrique and Russian Imperial Stout jus
Newark: Seared Diver Scallops with wilted baby greens, red pepper coulis and pickled raspberries
North Wales: Pan-Seared North Atlantic Salmon with shrimp ravioli, braised Belgian endive and truffled lobster sauce
Phoenixville: Crispy Duck Breast with rutabaga-turnip hash, barley risotto and Sriracha-honey butter
Voorhees: Godiva Chocolate Fondue for Two, served with house-made pound cake, strawberries, bananas, pineapple and brownie bites
West Chester: Avocado-Cilantro Mousse with toasted baguette and Serrano chile “air”
Wilmington: Red Velvet Cheesecake Parfait with mixed berries, dark chocolate cookie crumble and brown sugar whipped cream
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