Friday, February 9, 2018

The 2018 Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Your homey Ale and guest food writer Andrea Janise (@atlfoodwriter) once again lets us know which dinners are gangster throughout ATL. 
(Photo taken by Bulla Gastropub at their hot spot. They are included below as well.)
Cupid’s arrows are whizzing through the air leading up to February 14, and we definitely can get hungry running through the minds of that special someone all day, right? Ha! Anyway, to make sure you, my cherished readers, have numerous choices to figure out where to romantically wine and dine throughout Georgia’s capital, it’s time for my annual Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Dining Guide! And to make sure I have enough coverage, I once again enlisted the sophisticated palate of food and lifestyle writer Andrea Janise aka @atlfoodwriter to write a couple of roundups as well. Here’s the first installment with more to follow. Ms. Janise, take it away!

Happy VDay y’all!

Valentine’s Day Round up – Part 1
There are a few times a year where restaurants overflow with reservations and Valentine’s Day is definitely one of them. We know that this special occasion is all about treats, so what better way to treat yourself and that special someone than to enjoy a memorable dinner out on the town? Each of the restaurants on this list are pulling out all of the stops to help make your February 14th a little sweeter. Check out these Valentine’s Week Specials for ideas on how to celebrate the special day. A lot of the description below have been delivered straight from the source. Enjoy!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Andrea Janise (@ATLFoodWriter)

5Church Atlanta serves a $65 three-course prix fixe menu Feb. 14-16 with wine pairings for $25 per person. A Valentine’s Day cocktail is offered all three days. Entrées include pork osso buco and crab-stuffed lobster. A limited dinner menu also is available on Feb. 14; full à la carte dinner menu offered Feb. 15-16.

Share the love with the whole family at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 4-7 p.m. with a free Valentine’s cookie decorating event. From Feb. 14-17, enjoy a Valentines-themed three-course menu including a starter of seared scallops ($12); lobster tail and filet mignon ($28) or herb-crusted halibut ($26); and a choice of raspberry crème brûlée or hot chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream ($6).

Over Feb. 12-18, Bulla Gastrobar is featuring a special cocktail, the Chocolate-Covered Cherry. This twist on the classic chocolate martini is made with Emilio Lustau Pedro Ximenez San Emilio sherry and features the same chocolate sauce used on Bulla’s delicious churros. Bulla declares Feb. 13 “Galentine’s Day,” gifting groups of four to five women with a complimentary order of churros.

Food 101 in Sandy Springs duos a three-course “his and hers” menu and a limited regular menu Feb. 14-17. There’s smoked beef carpaccio or grilled jumbo asparagus (both $9); an entrée of seared duck breast with sweet potato gratin, pearl onions and thin beans ($28) or sea bass with cauliflower purée, petite Caesar salad and San Marzano tomato-lobster broth ($38). Dessert brings bourbon bread pudding or marinated strawberries with blood orange and rosemary sabayon ($9).

Dessert lovers, stop by the Upper Westside, Buckhead or Sandy Springs locations of Henri’s Bakery & Café to pick up sweet treats like festive cakes, cupcakes, petit fours and cookies to wow your “Honey.”

Ray's on the RiverRay's at Killer Creek and Ray's in the City are featuring a pair of four-course, prix fixe menus, each with a different assortment of starters, salads and entrées, for $85 and $105. These special menus are available from Feb. 10 through Feb. 17, along with each restaurant’s regular à la carte dinner menu. On Feb. 14, only the prix fixe menus are available.

Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante features Valentines-themed offerings in its specialty grocery store for the entire week. Purchase heart-shaped pasta with Storico’s classic ricotta filling for $14/lb.; short rib-filled pasta for $16/lb.; and lobster-filled pasta with Prosecco-infused dough for $18/lb.

American Cut presents two different prix fixe menus. For $78 per person, choose among a 10-ounce filet mignon, seared scallops and Springer Mountain chicken. For $95 per person, choose between a wet-aged, 24-ounce chateaubriand, a dry-aged, 40-ounce tomahawk chop or a 28-day wet-aged 40-oz. porterhouse. Both menus include a salad, appetizer and dessert. Toast with a $100 bottle of Perrier-Jouët brut or a $120 bottle of Perrier-Jouët Blason rosé. Be sure to stop by The Cut Bar or visit The Regent Cocktail Club on the rooftop for a $7 “Valentini” of Ketel One Citroen, cranberry juice and lime.

Whisk that special someone away to the beautiful dining room at Aria where chef Gerry Klaskala offers a four-course prix fixe menu for $95 per person. Drinks, tax and gratuity are not included.

Gunshow, Kevin Gillespie’s Glenwood Park hotspot where chefs rotate the evening’s selections from table to table, is open from 6-9:30 p.m. Expect a romantically inspired dish or two.

Experience a one-of-a-kind five-course Gypsy Valentine’s Day menu at Gypsy Kitchen courtesy of chef Gary Finzer. Entrée options include za’atar-spiced scallops, veal osso buco, eight-ounce grilled strip steak and vegetable paella “fried rice.” Add a half Maine lobster roasted in lobster butter for an additional $20. Cost is $75 per person.

Both locations of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern set forth a special featuring airline chicken with chocolate mole sauce over red rice for $17.95. At Brookhaven, James Patrick Morgan plays live music starting at 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy an elegant three-course prix fixe menu at the equally elegant Livingston Restaurant + Bar in the Georgian Terrace hotel. The menu offers a selection of starters like crab and corn bisque; entrées such as cheese zucchini fritters and seared duck breast; and desserts like Nutella & Oreo Mississippi mud pie. Price is $65 per person and includes a glass of Champagne.

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails offers a three-course prix fixe menu for $65 per person with entrée options including lobster roe butter-basted wagyu sirloin and pecan-crusted grouper. For dessert, choose from raspberry pink velvet cake, black cherry chocolate cheesecake or vanilla rose panna cotta.

Revival’s chef de cuisine Nicole Edwards plans a lovely prix fixe menu, including cast-iron cornpone with buttermilk slaw, seared scallops, braised Riverview Farms pork belly and sweet potato ravioli. The cost is $50 per person and includes Champagne upon arrival.

Seed Kitchen & Bar and Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar in Marietta are both offering $75 prix fixe menus; wine pairings are available for an additional $25. Neither restaurant will offer à la carte menus on Feb. 14.

Sexual Chocolate is on tap at Taco Mac, which is bringing in kegs of the cocoa-infused imperial stout from Foothills Brewery just for Valentine’s Day. Fall in love with its chocolate aroma, espresso notes, blackstrap molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit. Available at all Taco Mac locations except Philips Arena, Virginia-Highland, Douglasville and Stockbridge.

In Buckhead, bring your catch to The Big Ketch for a $55 per person ($60 with Champagne toast) prix fixe menu. Dine on sesame seared tuna, lobster risotto, pancetta-wrapped grouper and more.

The Federal welcomes Valentine’s Day diners with its regular menu inspired by French cuisine and the traditional American steakhouse, among other influences.

The Southern Gentleman is serving an à la carte menu presenting shucked oysters, seafood gumbo and more. Entrée choices include vegetable spaghetti ($28), lavender-brined half chicken ($28), a 10-ounce center-cut pork chop ($34), and for couples, a two-pound crispy whole redfish ($44) or a 22-ounce rib-eye ($54).


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