Valentine’s Day 2011 Menus

food-themed vintage Valentines – cute!

Love is in the air, Chicago!

Time to start booking your romantic table for two for Valentine’s Day.  Our favorite area restaurants have some great Valentine’s Day menus and specials that will put you and your honey in the mood for romance!

KEEP CHECKING BACK – We’ll be updating this post often!

If your favorite romantic spot isn’t  listed here, let us know and we’ll do our best to get their Valentine’s Day menu for you.

01.19.2011 – Takashi & mk Restaurant menus just added!

01.20.2011 – Nia menu added!

01.25.2011 – Sunda & Rockit added!

01.27.2011 – Vivo added!

02.03.2011 – Ai added!

02.04.2011 – 33 Club, Chen’s, Koi, Phil Stefani’s, Red Light, Riva, Shokran’s added!

02.10.2011 – The Bristol added!

 

33 Club

3-course dinner, $39 per person.  Available Feb. 12 – 14.  Call 312.664.1419 for reservations.

Menu highlights include flash fried kumamoto oysters, pan-roasted diver sea scallops, 5-hour prime rib, maine lobster ravioli and red velvet cake  or ginger crème brulee for dessert.  In addition, on Sunday and Monday only, 33 Club will feature any bottle of wine on the menu at 33% off during both lunch and dinner which guests can pair with the Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu.

 

Ai Japanese Restaurant & Lounge

4-course menu, $88 per couple.  Includes 2 complimentary glasses of champagne.  Available Feb. 11 – 14.  Call 312.335.9888 for reservations.  Click here for Ai Valentine’s Day Menu.

 

Bonsoiree

8-course menu, $135 per person.  Available Feb. 11 – 14.  Seating extremely limited.  Call 773.486.7511 for reservations.  Click here for Bonsoiree Valentine’s Day Menu.

 

The Bristol

3-course menu, $45 per person.  Available Feb. 11 & 12 only.  The Bristol will be accepting reservations for their special Valentine’s Day menus only.  Call 773.862.5555 for reservations.  Click here for The Bristol Valentine’s Day Menu.

 

Chen’s

$25 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.  Available Feb. 11 – 14.  Call 773.549.9100 for reservations.

Specialty menu includes a Sushi Tuna Rose Appetizer, an appetizer comprised solely of tuna and served in the shape of a rose, followed by the Dragon and Phoenix Entrée, featuring the Dragon: crispy chicken covered in tangy sweet and spicy pepper sauce and the Phoenix: shrimp sauteed with vegetables in white wine sauce.  This entrée for two brings longevity to the relationship.  Guests can indulge in chocolate cake for dessert, and a glass of house red wine, white wine or sake rounds out the menu.

 

The Drawing Room

4-course menu for $55 per person.  Cocktail pairings are available for an additional $22 per person.  Menu COMING SOON.  Please call 312.266.2694 or visit OpenTable for reservations.

 

Devon Seafood Grill

3 course dinner for two – $85 per couple.  Spoil your sweetie with oysters, scallops, filet mignon and lobster tail!  Available Valentine’s Day Weekend, Feb. 11 – 14, 2011.  Reservations recommended.  Please call 312.440.8660.  Click here for Devon Seafood Grill Valentine’s Menu

 

Fleming’ s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Special entrees and dessert available February 11-14. Reserve your spot now at two Chicago area locations: 25 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL, 312-329-9463, or 960 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire, IL, 847-793-0333.

To sweeten the deal, you will also receive a Valentine’s Day Card worth $25 toward a future rendezvous at your favorite Fleming’s.

Choose from 2 entree selections and a special dessert, all made for sharing:

Filet Mignon & Crab-Stuffed Shrimp, filet mignon with Madeira sauce, giant black tiger shrimp stuffed with crab and toped with bacon and lemon garlic butter sauce, served with butter poached Portobello mushrooms and Parmesan cheese mashed potatoes (for two, $98.95)

New York Strip & Shrimp Scampi, Prime New York steak, with peppercorn sauce, shrimp scampi with chimichurri herb pesto, served with lemon-scented orzo pasta and French green beans with porcini essence, plus a choice of Fleming’s, Caesar or Wedge Salads (for two, $89.95).

Red Velvet Cake & Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, three-layer red velvet cake with strawberry cream cheese frosting, garnished with two double-dipped chocolate strawberries (for two, $9.95).

Fleming’s will also be featuring a special 99-calorie cocktail, Tickled Pink. The new libation is made with Belvedere vodka, orange juice, raspberry and Mionetto Prosseco for $9.95. The Tickled Pink cocktail is available throughout February and March.

 

Geja’s Cafe

Fondue AND flowers?  You’ll definitely score points with this one!

Reservations for the Valentine’s Dinner Package begin Saturday, January 15 at 9:00 am and continue Monday through Friday from 9-4pm. A credit card payment at the time of reservation is required.  Please call 773.281.9101

The Valentine’s Dinner Package includes Geja’s creamy Gruyere cheese fondue, a glass of  sparkling rose, Geja’s salad with tangy Dijon vinaigrette, entrée fondue of Beef Tenderloin, Lobster Tail and Jumbo Shrimp, Geja’s luscious flaming chocolate dessert fondue with coffee.

Special Valentine’s Dinner Packages
Saturday, February 12th
5:00-7:00                     $95 per person
7:30-9:30                     $95 per person
10:00-                          $95 per person

Sunday, February 13th
4:00 ─ 6:00                 $95 per person
6:30 ─ 8:30                 $95 per person
9:00 ─                         $95 per person

Monday, February 14th
5:00─7:00                   $95 per person
7:30─9:30                   $95 per person
10:00─                        $95 per person

All package prices include tax and gratuity.

For a $25, guests can add a beautiful selection of fresh seasonal flowers to be sent to their valentine as a confirmation of their reservation.  The floral arrangement will be delivered within 2-3 days after the reservation is made to anywhere within the Chicago city limits.  Additionally, Stems will offer participants 3 different flower arrangements available at a discount for table adornment at their Geja’s Valentine’s Day dinner.  Guests will have the opportunity to select this lavish detail for their date upon making reservations at 773.281.9101.  This offer is subject to availability.

 

Koi (Evanston)

$25 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.  Available Feb. 11 – 14.  Call 847.866.6969 for reservations.

Specialty menu includes a Sushi Tuna Rose Appetizer, an appetizer comprised solely of tuna and served in the shape of a rose, followed by the Dragon and Phoenix Entrée, featuring the Dragon: crispy chicken covered in tangy sweet and spicy pepper sauce and the Phoenix: shrimp sauteed with vegetables in white wine sauce.  This entrée for two brings longevity to the relationship.  Guests can indulge in chocolate cake for dessert, and a glass of house red wine, white wine or sake rounds out the menu.

 

mk Restaurant

$62 per person and $71 with cheese.  For reservations please call 312.482.9179

a tasting lovers menu
or a lovers tasting menu

hamachi
crudo of yellowtail, shaved hearts of palm
blood orange, mizzuna
capezzana olive oil

lobster
butter poached maine lobster
baby leeks, caramelized cauliflower
red wine butter

kobe skirt steak
grilled over hardwood charcoal, hedgehog mushrooms
bordeaux spinach, yukon gold potato puree, thyme

pleasant ridge reserve
cow’s milk, firm, nutty, rich, buttery
with a lasting finish… our favorite catch phrases
wisconsin

chocolate
warm double chocolate ganache tart
salted caramel ice cream
pomegranate syrup

 

Nia Mediterranean

Dating a vegetarian?  Don’t fret, Nia has separate menus for meat lovers and veggie lovers!

Available Feb. 12 – 14.  Prepaid – $49 per person.  On site – $59.  Optional wine pairings – $25.  Call 312.226.3110 for reservations.  Click here for Nia Valentine’s Day Menus.

 

Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush

3 course dinner for 2, $90.  Available Feb. 11 – 14.  Call 312.222.0101 for reservations.

Guests will enjoy a romantic 3-course Valentine’s Day dinner for two for only $90 which includes Spicy Jumbo Shrimp, Grilled Beef Tenderloin Chateaubriand and a special dessert.

 

Red Light

$20.11 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.  Call 312.733.8880 for reservations.

Red Light is offering Chicagoans a sneak preview of some of the new menu items  planned for launch in mid-February by their new Executive Chef Ryan Fowler.  He is thrilled to bring a unique spin to Red Light’s Pan Asian menu and is giving Chicagoans the chance to preview some new offerings with a  special 3-course menu available for $20.11 during dinner through Tuesday, February 15.  Red Light will offer both a Vegan and non-Vegan $20.11 prix-fixe preview menu.

 

RIVA Crab House

3 course dinner for 2, $90.  Available Feb. 11 – 14.  Call 312.644.7482 for reservations.

Guests will enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day 3-course dinner for two, with amazing skyline views, for $90 per couple.  The menu will include two flutes of champagne, served in commemorative glasses as a gift to guests as well as Ravioli Erbette, Grilled Shrimp and Chateaubriand Duet, and a Chocolate Fantasia dessert.

 

Rockit River North

Available Feb 14.  For reservtions call 312.645.6000.  Guests that make a reservation for dinner in the dining room will receive a complimentary glass of champagne for the total number of people in the party.

Executive Chef James Gottwald prepares a candle-lit menu of romantic favorites in the dining room for dinner on Monday, February 14th including Brie Cheese Fondue (assorted baguette, sliced apple, dates, $9); Pan Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops (butternut squash risotto, toasted pinenuts, dried cranberries, $14); Surf & Turf (braised beef brisket, whipped potatoes, jumbo shrimp, asparagus, lobster cream sauce, $21); Flourless Chocolate Cake (with raspberry sorbet, $8).

Guests can also participate in Rockit’s Monday night TasteIt promotion in which select bottles and glass pours of wine are half off.

 

Salud Tequila Lounge

Romance on a budget!

3-course dinner for 2 for $50.  Dinner includes a a specialty cocktail, appetizer, entree, and a shared dessert.  Available Feb. 11 – 15.  Call 773.235.557 or visit OpenTable for reservations.

 

Shokran Moroccan Restaurant

4 courses, $25 per person.  BYOB.  Available Feb. 12 – 14.  Call 773.427.9130 for reservations.

Menu highlights include Chicken Bastilla, Tilapia Tagine, and Lamb Fez.

 

Sunda

Have a romantic dinner (and maybe spot a celeb!)  in one of Chicago’s most stylish restaurants.

Family-style dinner, $120 per couple.  Available Feb. 13 & 14.  Call 312.644.0500 for reservations.

Starting off with complimentary glasses of sparkling wine, the family-style service includes appetizers such as Warm Spinach and Mushroom Salad, Rock Shrimp Tempura, Chef Jesse’s St. Valentine Roll and The Food Buddha’s Classic Crispy Rice with Hand-Cut Spicy Tuna.  Main flavors feature choices of Miso-Bronzed Black Cod and NY Strip Steak. Various side dishes will be offered as well as a Chocolate Dessert.

 

Takashi

A Food Whore favorite!

Seatings from 5:30 until 10:00 pm.  6 courses, $85 per person.  Optional wine pairing for $38.  For reservations please call 773.772.6170.  Click here for Takashi Valentine’s Day Menu.

 

West Town Tavern

2 desserts? Hell yeah!

Valentine’s Day “Fourplay” Dinner for Two, $48 per person, food only. Optional wine pairings, tax and gratuity extra.  Available Monday, Feb. 14.  Regular menu, including their famous Fried Chicken is also available.  Please call 312.666.6175 for reservations.

Shared Starter Platter
Smoked Lobster Tail with Avocado, Mango, Mint and Peanuts
Potato Gnocchi with Chanterelles, Rosemary, Bacon and Gruyere
Roasted Beets, Toasted Hazelnuts, Arugula and Creamy Gorgonzola Vinaigrette

Choice of Entrees
Pan-Seared Wild Gulf Shrimp Risotto with Baby Artichokes, Lemon and Chervil
Sun-Dried Tomato Crepes with Winter Vegetables, Ricotta, Orange and Fontina
Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Smoked Red Onion Marmalade and White Truffle Fries

Shared Dessert Platter
Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich with Black Raspberry Ice Cream
Warm Raisin-Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Rum Custard, Caramel and Whipped Cream
Meyer Lemon Tart with Toasted Coconut Praline

Housemade Truffles To Go

 

Vivo

4 course dinner, $55.  Wine pairings, $25.  Available Monday Feb. 14.  Call 312.733.3379 for reservations.  Click here for Vivo Valentine’s Day Menu.

Chicago Restaurant Week 2010 – Menu’s posted here!

February 19 marks the beginning of one of the best dining weeks of the year!!! We are SOOO excited to see how the list has expanded over the last three years!!! If you see a * next to the name, it’s recommended!! There is NO EXCUSE for not dining out during Restaurant Week – it’s the perfect Food Whore deal!

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The full and complete list is found at the OFFICIAL website here but fyi, our site is easier to click!

This year, the Chicago Restaurant Week is from February 19-28, 2010 where 3 course GOURMET PRIX FIXE menus are just $22 for Lunch or $32 for dinner!

Make your reservation now at OpenTable!!!

Michelle and I have been participating in this citywide dining event since it’s inception 3 years ago  and we can’t express how much we love it! In fact, our WHOLE PAYCHECK is dedicated to this week!  It’s a great way to check out that expensive restaurant that you never dared to step into before (eh hem, Topolobampo, Spiaggo, Terzo Piano, etc).

CHECK BACK FOR FULL MENU’s – Yes, we’re linking to documents from EAT IT UP but there are menus missing from some of the restaurants – we’re going to try and get them for you – KEEP POSTED!

Here is a list of some of the participating restaurants (so far…) – we omitted some of the less interesting restaurants because that’s how we roll.

676 Restaurant and Bar – surf & turf!

Ai Japanese Restaurant and Lounge – mmm..hamachi carpaccio

Aja Steakhouse

Alhambra Palace Restaurant

Aria

Atwood Cafe – veal tenderloin – don’t see this everyday!

Berghoff Restaurant>

Bice – Chicago

Bin 36

Bistro 110 ></a> – The French Onion Soup is supposed to be to DIE FOR

Blackbird* – sorry, lunch only I am disppointed too!

Blue 13

Boka* – no choices, but solid prix fixe – one of my favorite Chicago restaurants! FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE TORTE was featured as one of Time Out’s top 100 dishes 2009

Brasserie Jo

Brazzaz – The Brazilian Steakhouse

Cafe Des Architectes / CDA – great lunch menu!  tartare, carpaccio, mmm… (btw, the peekytoe crab salad from CDA was on of Time Out’s 100 top dishes in 2009 – maybe you can order it on the side in addition to the 3 course meal!)

Cafe Spiaggia*

Caliterra Bar & Grille – Chicago – the only entree choices are Steak Oscar or NY Strip – YES PLEASE!

The Cape Code Room at the Drake Hotel

Capital Grille – Chicago

Carmine’s

Carnivale

Catch 35

Chicago Firehouse Restaurant – good selection of entrees to choose from

China Grill – Chicago

C-House Restaurant

Coco Pazzo

Coco Pazzo Cafe

Croften on Wells – no red meat on this menu. Looks just “ok”

David Burkes Primehouse at the James Hotel* – probably one of the best deals for Restaurant Week – the Kobe Beef Sashimi is probably one of the best things I have tasted – EVER

Devon Seafood Grill – Chicago* – great for groups – ask for the group tables downstairs – solid food, great service

The Drawing Room @ Le Passage

Fornetto Mei – wow, delicious sounding menu! lunch looks especially enticing for $22!

Frontera Grill

Fulton’s on the River – Mmm..steak tartare, YES PLEASE!

The Gage Restaurant and Tavern

Geja’s Cafe – nice selection at this restaurant voted “most romantic”.  Fondue anyone?

Gemini Bistro – lots of choices, where do I begin??? good for groups so you can try everything!

The Grill on the Alley – Chicago

Hard Rock Cafe – Chicago – includes coffee, tea or soft drink!

Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse – Chicago

The Indian Garden Restaurant – huge selection! great for groups that are adventurous!

Il Mulino

Jack Binion’s Steakhouse

Japonais* – I love this swanky restaurant!  Great choices too!

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab*

Keefer’s Restaurant What? dinner menu doesn’t feature steak…odd for a steak house!
Kinzie Chop House

La Cantina Italian Chophouse

La Madia – pizza lunch! how fun! Includes a glass of wine too!!! Great menu for picky eaters

La Salumeria del Merlo on Lincoln Ave – note that the ARTICHOKE RICOTTA RAVIOLI was one of Time Out’s 100 Top Dishes 2009! Hope to see it on the menu!

La Trattoria del Merlo – pheasant terrine, handmade pastas…

Landmark – to be frank, menu looks boring but the food is really well done here. I could be wrong.

Lawry’s The Prime Rib

Le Colonial

The Lobby

Lockwood Restaurant and Bar – Mussels, skate wing, wagyu beef burger…nice selection!

Market Restaurant and Sports Bar

McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood

Mercat a La Planxa*

Merlo on Maple – tons of handmade pastas, stewed lambshank..yummy

Mike Ditka’s

Mirai Sushi*

Mon Ami Gabi – Escargots, steak frites, beef bourguignon

Morton’s Steakhouse

N9ne Steakhouse

Nacional 27* – super awesome deal – love it last year!

Naha

NoMI

one sixtyblue – Hope to see MILK-CHOCOLATE SOUFFLÉ on the menu – it was on Time Out’s 100 best desserts of 2009

Osteria via Stato* – great for groups served family style with LOTS of selection.

The Palm Chilean seabass, filet mignon, crab cakes – nice choices!

Park Grill Rabbit, rainbow trout – impressive offerings for sure!

Parrot Cage

Pegasus –

Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush

Piccolo Sogno* – went last year for lunch and loved it.  Such a pretty restaurant with friendly staff and great wine

Prosecco

Pump Room

Rapsody – skate wing or pork belly – crap, how do I choose between those two? YUMMO!

Riccardo Trattoria – honeycomb tripe done Italian style? Clearly the best menu available for Restaurant week! I already made my reservation!! Note weekend reservations not available until 9pm.

Rise Sushi and Sake Lounge

Ristorante We – never even heard of this place but it’s at the W hotel

Riva SIX FRESH OYSTERS is one of the 1st course selections!

Rock Bottom Brewery

Rockit Bar and Grill

Rosebud on Rush

Rosebud Prime Lunch only!

Rosebud Steakhouse Lunch only!

Rosebud Theatre District

Rosebud Trattoria (fka Ballo)

Roy’s

Saloon Steakhouse

Salpicon – um, read this menu and tell me if your eyes are getting crossed.

Salute Wine Bar

Season’s Restaurant – Scampi, pork belly…

Shaw’s Crab House

Shine

Shula’s Steak house

Smith and Wollensky – 10 oz filet mignon!

South Water Kitchen

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Sushi Taiyo

Sushi Samba Rio*

Tapas Valencia

Tavern at the Park

Tavern on Rush

Terzo Piano – CHOCOLATE SEMIFREDDO featured as Time Out’s 100 top desserts in 2009 – hope to see it on the menu!

Tizi Melloul – Offering a FIVE course meal instead of THREE!!! Wow!  & a Vegetarian Menu!  Fabulous!

Topolobampo* – Lunch only, sad – Yes, we’re curious what the menu is too!

Trattoria No. 10

Tsuki Japanese Restaurant and Lounge*

Tuscany on Taylor

Viaggio Ristorante and Lounge

Viand Bar and Kitchen

Wave

Other Menus:

ARIA
LUNCH
Choose one from Each
Starters:
wild mushroom bisque – white truffle oil, mushroom goat cheese won-ton
salad of fresee, arugula and blue cheese – organic mizuna, ciabatta croutons, haricot vert, braeburn apples, roquefort dressing

Entrees:
vegetable pad thai – tofu, roasted peanuts, preserved radish
romesco crusted salmon – chorizo, white beans, organic baby carrots

Desserts:
maple creameux – chocolate sauce, malted milk crisp, strawberry
pear almond tart – blackberry jam, vanilla bean ice cream

DINNER
Starter & Dessert same as lunch
Entree:
fiery wok seared noodle bowl – chinese broccoli, shiitake mushrooms red chilis, bean sprouts
braised beef short ribs – jade arborio rice