Where to Celebrate Valentine's Day Around the US (Outside of New York City)
|Courtesy of The St. Regis Atlanta|
Sit at the bar at the St.Regis for a special Valentine’s Day “Pink of Perfection” cocktail. It’s available all February (a nice touch – Valentine’s month), and is one part tequila, ½ part simple syrup, 3 dashes orange blossom water, with fresh lime juice and soda. What gives it its name? The pink rose petals that sit on top. You can increase the aphrodisiac quotient with the Oysters and Caviar Pearls special, a sensual combination of tempura oyster frites and osetra caviar sabayon created by Executive Chef Joseph Trevino, paired with Heidseck Champagne. 88 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, 404.563.7900.
|Blue Duck Tavern|
True to its nature, the Blue Duck Tavern isn’t offering any frills or gimmicks for Valentine’s Day, just a terrific regionally focused menu. Featuring local artisans and farmers, Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault and Chef de Cuisine John Melfi have created a four-course prix fixe menu with swoon-inducing dishes like seared foie gras with warm carrot cake, candied walnuts and carrot juice reduction; poached lobster open ravioli; and a wood-oven fired dry-aged ribeye. To finish? A decadent chocolate ganache hazelnut cake with Giorttines cherries and cocoa sorbet, a perfect finish with a glass of red wine or port. 1201 24thStreet NW, Washington DC, 202.419.6755.
|Susan Feniger in 80s Wig|
Music inspirations pair with food at the super-creative 80s Mixed Tape menu at Susan Feniger’s STREET in Hollywood.
With four courses named and inspired by chefs Susan Feniger and Kajsa Alger’s favorite tunes, this restaurant tops the list for originality: First Course – Cyndi Lobster (pot stickers), Pet Chop Boys with Duranch Duranch Dressing (salad), Morri-Sea (oysters on the half shell); Second Course – U2na Tartar (sashimi), Spamdau Ballet (homemade “spam” with caviar and egg), YAM! (yam tempura); Third Course – Def Peppered (ribeye steak), Bao Wow Wow (steamed bun), Soy George (pot pie); and Fourth Course – Choco Kahn (chocolate torte), Violet Femmes (baklava), Chile Vanilla (cookies). Each of these fun choices has a long list of ingredients beyond the base listed here; you’ll have to visit yourself to get the full experience of STREET’s global food combinations. The prix fixe dinner is $65, and vegan choices are included. Just like the title of Feniger's new book, the dishes are “crispy, creamy, crunchy, spicy, sticky, and sweet.” 742 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, 323.203.0500.
|Cyndi Lobster potstickers at STREET|
|Valentine's Day Dessert at bistro 24, Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix|
Piano music and romance set the tone for bistro 24’s Valentine’s Day menu at the Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix. The emphasis here is on curating elements from different regions of the United States, elements that are not typically prepared together. On Sous Chef Matthew Ludwig’s special four-course prix fixe menu you’ll find enough aphrodisiacal treats to set your evening in motion from oysters and caviar to chocolate and passionfruit. The dinner and entertainment evening is a bargain at $79 per person, with Nicole Pesce on the piano all night long. 2401 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ, 602.468.0700.
|Lockwood Restaurant at Palmer House|
Looking for something more luxe? Lockwood Restaurant at the gorgeous Palmer House Hilton has two tasting menus that border on orgasmic with multi-ingredient dishes like lobster and truffle with truffle custard, poached lobster and lobster cream; a pre-dessert of Bertha’s brownie Sunday lollipop; and the raspberry passion dessert made with rhubarb, olive cake and guava sorbet. Prices range from $120 ($145 with wine pairings) to $155 ($180 with wine). 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, 312.917.3404.