Valentine's Day in Palm Beach County: Where to Find the Specials
Ah, Valentine's Day; the international day of romance.
It's the one day a year in which everybody has love -- or lust -- on the brain.
Whether you're single, dating, committed, or just working on your newest conquest, chances are your love life -- or lack thereof -- is at the forefront of your thoughts for the day.
You should probably make some sort of plans STAT.
If you're looking for a place to celebrate the holiday, whether with a SO or a group of platonic friends, we have a list of places to put you in the mood for some good lovin' -- or a late-night sob session -- in Palm Beach County.
Dada Restaurant & Lounge, Delray Beach
On the list of most romantic restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach, this amor-inducing spot is offering a $50 three-course menu with six apps, like sweet potato soup with candied walnuts and crab, and tomato bloody mary martini; seven entrées, including braised beef short ribs and candied ginger herb butter sous vide grouper; and four desserts, such as Grand Marnier-macerated strawberries, sticky brownie, and fresh cream. At 10 p.m., Sweet Bronco & Friends will perform live.
Bistro Ten Zero One, West Palm Beach
Set in the West Palm Marriott, this bistro is offering a $65 four-course prix fixe menu with items such as diver scallops with celery and fennel salad, tangerine vinaigrette and coriander dust, and braised short ribs with potato galette, garden greens, and a Cabernet reduction. It's available from 5 to 10 p.m. For those who can't wait until V-Day, the restaurant is hosting one of its monthly wine dinners on Wednesday, February 12.
Pistache French Bistro, West Palm Beach
With one of the most extensive prix fixe menus available, this West Palm French bistro is offering three courses for $69 per person. Guests get to choose from 11 appetizers, like seared foie gras and Burgundy escargots; ten entrées, such as Florida "bouillabaisse," Hudson Valley duck, and steak frites; and 11 desserts, including a heart-shaped chocolate mousse cake with hazelnut meringue crust and profiteroles.
PB Catch, Palm Beach
It's said that raw-bar items are an aphrodisiac. Whether it's true or not, they most certainly taste good. For lovers looking for a seafood fix, this sustainable spot is offering a $75 three-course prix fixe menu with ten appetizers from which to choose, including an oyster sampler and the acclaimed sea-cuterie; nine entrées, such as Chilean sea bass with caramelized soy Brussels, enoki mushroom, and glazed baby carrots and Surf-and-Turf; as well as a Valentine's duo for dessert.
Cafe Boulud, Palm Beach
Between the terrace and the candle-lit courtyard, it's hard to find a spot more conducive to setting the sensual mood. This idyllic Palm Beach French restaurant is offering a three-course Cupid's feast prepared by executive chef Rick Mace and pastry chef Eric Snow for $105 per person. Sommeliere Mariya Kovacheva is pairing seductive cocktails and wines to go with items like peekytoe crab salad, terrine of foie gras, sea scallops, and duo of beef.
Rustico Italiano, Lake Worth
Some would say Italian is the most romantic language in the world. In addition to his menu of seductive specialties, chef Nino Annunziata -- see: it just rolls off the tongue -- is serving special handmade raviolis in the shape of a heart -- yes, you can literally open your heart this V-Day -- and a special hot chocolate lava cake.
Casa D'Angelo, Boca Raton
Acclaimed chef Angelo Elia is offering a special à la carte for the holiday of love. Offerings range from Gamberi alla Mamma Giovanna (tiger prawns wrapped in Italian pancetta, grilled and served over broccoli rapini) to Melanzane Ripiene (baby eggplant stuffed with San Daniele prosciutto di parma and bufala mozzarella with fresh basil tomato sauce) to Risotto al Porcini (risotto with porcini mushrooms and white truffle oil). For dessert, indulge in such decadencies as the baked apple tart finished with cinnamon ice cream and Chocolate Delizia D'Angelo with vanilla ice cream.
Max's Grille, Boca Raton
This Mizner Park spot is serving a special à la carte menu to help couples feel the love for the holiday. Dishes include cold water oysters on the half shell ($13); blue crab, shrimp, and corn chowder ($8); lobster shepherd's pie ($30); and giant triple chocolate layer cake ($8).
RA Sushi, Palm Beach Gardens
Having a Valentine can be pricey. This spot is offering affordable deals that won't break your heart or the bank. For $30 per couple, guests can get three-course meals with a variety of appetizer, entrée, and dessert options Friday through Sunday.
Cantina Laredo, Palm Beach Gardens
Lovers looking for some spice, this modern Mexican spot is offering a $35 three-course prix fixe menu Friday through Sunday nights. Guests get to choose from two appetizers, three entrées, and two desserts. Cocktail pairings are an additional $15.
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