Monday, January 30, 2023

Where to Treat Your Sweet(ie) on Valentine’s Day

“A jug of wine, a loaf of bread and. . . reservations.”

Okay, so maybe that’s not the exact quote from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. But if you want to treat your thou to a jug of wine, a loaf of bread and a really good dinner for Valentine’s Day (which, btw, is Saturday, Feb. 14)—and you’re not up to doing the work yourself—these fine establishments will be more than happy to do the heavy lifting for you.

So maybe the phrase should read more like, “A jug of wine, a loaf of bread. . . and a 20-percent tip.” After all, it is Valentine’s Day.

Check out one of Boca’s newest restaurants and chow down on a four-course, $80-per-couple dinner at Gary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen (399 S.E. Mizner Blvd., 561/826-2625). The farm-to-table, good-and-good-for-you eatery will offer a choice of apps (buffalo-style cauliflower, tuna sliders and bison lettuce cups), soup or salad, entrees (cider-glazed salmon, braised beef short rib and spaghetti squash casserole) and a dark chocolate dessert. Oh, and the price includes a bottle of wine. (And the regular menu will also be available.)

At the tres elegant Cafe Boulud (301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060), they’ll be dishing up a three-course meal for $115 per person featuring two of the world’s most romantic ingredients—truffles and caviar. Think Parmesan risotto with shaved Perigord truffles and golden tilefish with citrus beurre blanc and caviar. There’s also a crab salad, duo of beef and multiple variations on a chocolate theme.

Mizner Park’s Tanzy (301 Plaza Real, 561/922-6699) will feature a special four-course, $69-prix fixe menu to complement the regular menu. It kicks off with a Parma tasting caprese, then moves on to Maine lobster ravioli, pan-seared Angus filet mignon and finishes with a dark chocolate tart with candied hazelnuts, praline crunch and blood orange gastrique. An assortment of petit fours too.

One of the better deals around is at the various local Bonefish Grills (Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Wellington). A $29.90 prix fixe dinner serves up three courses, starting with either the house of Caesar salad, then either a surf ‘n’ turf combo of filet mignon and lobster or sea bass stuffed with shellfish and napped with lemon-caper butter sauce, and finally chocolate creme brulee kissed (heh, heh) with Grand Marnier.

Julien Gremaud’s Avocado Grill (125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, 561/623-0822) will be offering its regular menu for brunch and dinner on V-Day, then at 9 p.m., will have a special seating, dishing up a four-course dinner for $85 per person. You’ll begin with goat cheese crostini with roasted tomato vinaigrette, then dig into pan-seared Chilean sea bass with roasted mushroom-quinoa cake, petit filet with madeira sauce and warm molten chocolate cake with strawberries and cream.

For even more options, check out our Valentine’s Day dining guide sequel.

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