Columbus area restaurants offer special Valentine’s Day menu options

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 9, 2011 

Three of the most popular nights to dine out are Mother’s Day, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day.

Even though this year, Valentine’s Day falls on Monday, area restaurants are hoping for a booming business.

In fact, Matthew Tyson, the assistant general manager of B. Merrell’s, is counting on a good Valentine’s Day weekend.

And don’t forget to make reservations now. It won’t look good when you and your date have to wait for hours to get in the dining room to eat.

Multiple course menus

Fife & Drum Restaurant: Inside the National Infantry Museum, 1775 Legacy Way, 706-685-5801. The restaurant is offering a three-course meal with two price points. Singles will pay $29.95 or $34.95 with a glass of suggested wine. Couples will pay $54.95 or $64.95 with a suggested glass of wine. Appetizer choices will be noodle-wrapped shrimp with Napa slaw and wasabi mayo or creamy onion soup topped with grueyere cheese, crouton and chives or smoky bacon and tomato soup garnished with basil puree and parmesan cheese. Entree choices will be bacon-wrapped pork loin with creamy mashed potatoes smothered in morel cream sauce or rosemary-scented seared tournedos of beef with marsala cream garnished with potato au gratin and vegetable of the day or grilled Mount Pleasant mahi placed on warm potato, roasted garlic and corn salad with whole-grain mustard vianaigrette or sauteed Springer Mountain Farm airline chicken breast on asparagus with sundried tomato risotto with balsamic glaze and white truffle oil. Dessert options will be warm chocolate bundt cake topped with thick caramel and toasted pecans, placed on white chocolate cream and strawberries or blueberry tart with almond cream and lemon mousse.

Meritage Cafe: 1350 13th St., 706-327-0707. Owner, chef and sommelier Faye Simmons and her staff have created “An Aphrodisiac Dinner,” featuring your choice of two appetizers (bruschetta with puree of artichoke or baked oysters with chardonnay), basil and roasted eggplant soup, strawberry and avocado salad, honey-peppered halibut, an “intermezzo” of cabernet sauvignon ice, veal scaloppini with pine nuts and herbs with risotto and asparagus and chocolate truffle torte with figs. $75, plus tax and gratuity.

RiverMill Cafe: 3715 First Ave., 706-327-9300. Owner and chef Jamie Keating’s place is normally closed at night, but he’ll open the restaurant from 5-9 p.m. If you have “Valentango” tickets at the Bill Heard Theatre, you’ll get 10 percent off dinner. Every woman will receive a rose as she enters the restaurant. The soup is lobster bisque with lobster medallions ($7). Four appetizers will be sold including crispy pork belly with squash puree and apple salad ($6.50) and vegetarian pot-stickers with ponzu and sweet chili ($6). Entrees include Chateaubriand for two for $72. It will be served with grilled asparagus and roasted root vegetables and tournered potatoes with peppercorn demi. Other entrees include grilled shrimp and scallop skewer served over lemon-thyme artichoke risotto ($34), sea bass en croute served with lobster truffle potato croquette and sauteed asparagus beurre blanc ($38), pistachio crusted lamb loin served with gnocchi al romaine and fava bean ragu with tomato couli ($45) or dry aged strip loin with au gratin potatoes served with caramelized cipollini onions and brussels sprouts ($36). Desserts include caramel apple cake terrine glazed with white chocolate ($4.50), hot chocolate torte served with berries and sauces ($6), chocolate fondue for two ($9.75), berry cobbler a la mode ($4.75) or tiramisu ($5.75). Wines available.

More local restaurants

Ben’s Chop House: 5300 Sidney Simons Blvd., 706-256-0466. Valentine’s Day specials are available click here for details.

Caffe Amici: 2301 Airport Thruway, 706-653-6361. The restaurant, which specializes in Italian cuisine, will have specials.

Chef’s Lee’s Peking Restaurant: 6100 Bradley Park Drive, 706-653-8888. Normally closed on Monday, the restaurant will be open.

Chili Thai: 5870 Veterans Parkway, 706-494-0850. Monday specials will include Lobster in Paradise, Crispy Duck and Crispy Snapper. The most expensive dish is the lobster at $29.95.

Koreana Restaurant: 5828 Moon Road, 706-610-1201. The restaurant will open at 4 p.m. Monday. A Korean special for two will feature two house salads, two bowls of steamed rice, five Korean side dishes, Bulgogi, yakimando (steamed dumplings), chop che and sweet and sour pork, all for $24.95.

The Market: 1039 First Ave., 706-320-9733: The upscale seafood restaurant downtown will have fresh seafood specials on Monday's menu.

Mikata Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar: 5300 Sidney Simons Blvd., 706-327-5100. There will be dinner-for-two specials.

Area restaurants

Callaway Gardens: Pine Mountain, 706-225-5292. Valentine’s Day will be celebrated on Saturday at Callaway Gardens Discovery Center. Executive chef Joe Malone has a special menu. After diner, guests can dance to music by the Auburn Knights Orchestra, a jazz and swing band.

Carriage & Horses: 607 Butts Mill Road, Pine Mountain, 706-663-4777. Saturday and Sunday, surf-and-turf (filet and lobster) meals cost $40. On Monday, the $60 dinner includes surf and turf, caviar and dessert. Reservations required. Visit their site for more information.

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