Haven’t made plans for Valentine’s Day yet? Several local restaurants have created special menus for the evening, and here’s a sampling of what can be found around town.
, 8262 Market St., is offering a special menu featuring a la carte items or a choice of three courses for $50 per person, with a glass of champagne for an additional $5. Appetizer selections include lobster bisque, oysters Rockefeller, pear and pecorino ravioli, and a humble root salad with beets and baked goat cheese. Entrees include crispy Springer Mountain chicken, Creekstone Farms braised short ribs, and pan seared N.C. grouper. For dessert guests will have a choice of several cakes from Sugar Island Bakery. Call 910-686-2296 for reservations.
, 8207 Market St., Ste. F, is offering a four-course menu for $70 per person. Selections include choice of soup or salad, a second course of lobster ravioli with a champagne cream sauce or a meat, cheese and fruit plate. Entree choices include grilled filet mignon with shrimp, roasted Portobello and crab fettuccine, or cedar plank scallops. Dessert is offered as a shared course with a choice of creme brulee or chocolate lava cake with fresh berries. Call 910-686-9343 for reservations.
South Beach Grill
, 100 S. Lumina Ave. in Wrightsville Beach, is offering several Valentine’s specials to which will be available throughout the weekend. A sampling of the additional items includes: Scallops Maison-Boro, an appetizer of sea scallops, crispy pork belly and butternut squash prepared as a hash and served with house made bacon jam, arugula, leeks and a balsamic reduction, Low Country Bouillabaisse with locally sourced fish, shrimp, clams and calamari simmered in a smoked tomato broth, and Chef Mike’s chicken and waffles with fresh herb grits, braised greens and hot honey. Call 910-256-4646 for reservations.
, 703 S. Lumina Ave. in Wrightsville Beach is offering a number of Valentine’s specials that will be available Feb.13-16 and include oysters on the half shell, filet mignon or NY strip steaks with champagne-lobster butter and crispy gremolata, and NC black bass with pineapple salsa, a citrus vinaigrette and an herbed risotto cake. In addition to the regular desserts, a chocolate mousse with salted caramel sauce will be offered. Call 910-256-5551 for reservations.
The Basics at the Cotton Exchange
will offer a menu with several appetizer and entree choices for $35 per person or $50 per person with wine pairings. Appetizer options include fried local oysters with jalapeno aioli, beef carpaccio with arugula, parmesan reggiano, caper berries and garlic aioli, and a beet caprese salad with field greens, mozzarella, basil and balsamic. Entrees include blackened flat iron steak with a blue cheese-scallion butter and cauliflower puree, pistachio encrusted scallops over fettuccine, duck confit with blackberry gastrique and a puff pastry stuffed with potato and herbed goat cheese. Dessert includes classic mixed chocolate truffles and a strawberry pound cake parfait with fresh cream. Call 910-343-1050 for reservations.
, 101 S. Second St., is featuring a multi-course prix-fix menu for $65 per person, which includes a poached NC oyster with chorizo and pecorino bread crumbs, a salad Nicoise, roasted prawns with saffron rice, lobster Bolognese, aged duck breast, chateaubriand with butternut squash, and sticky toffee pudding. Call 910-782-2400 for reservations.
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