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Turn up the romance with one of these dinner dates
Blog readers helped come up with a list of romantic restaurants just in time for Valentine's Day.
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Crowds fill Blue Apron Restaurant & Red Rooster Bar in Salem.
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A rhubarb and strawberry tart fresh out of the oven at The Palisades.
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The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center’s Regency Dining Room is being renovated.
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Abdul Sharaki is the head chef and owner of The Summit in Christiansburg.
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Metro’s Wild Sockeye Salmon Nigiri.
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A salad with Scotch quail eggs and curry sauce at The Red Hen.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Valentine’s Day may seem cheesy to some, but in an overworked society, it’s a perfect reminder to take a break, splurge on some pampering and rustle up a little romance.
To some, that might mean sharing a box of chocolates while watching a movie on the couch, but many couples see Valentine’s Day as an excuse to indulge in a special dinner.
We asked readers of the Fridge Magnet blog on roanoke.com to name their favorite romantic restaurants, then called some of the restaurants to ask about their Valentine’s Day specials.
The resulting list is by no means comprehensive, but offers good suggestions to folks who may want to try something different.
If you have a favorite spot of your own, call in advance to ask about their specials. Also, don’t forget to make reservations — otherwise, you’d better buy that box of chocolates and rent that movie!
105 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke
Blog reader Amy wrote: “We used to love Alexander’s. Was thinking about going back since we haven’t been in a few years. You always felt that you were someone special.”
Specials: There will be a limited menu on Valentine’s Day. It will offer several courses, including a choice of appetizer, entree and dessert. A glass of wine and other special touches are also included. The price has yet to be determined.
210 E. Main St., Salem
Jason wrote: “Blue Apron in Salem — hands down for any special occasion. You can’t beat it.”
Specials: The Blue Apron Restaurant & Red Rooster Bar will offer its normal menu with the addition of some daily specials. The regular menu is seasonal, though, and it was switched recently to a late winter/early spring menu. Look for a dessert special, as well.
104 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke
Alison wrote: “Just had Frankie Rowland’s for the first time — can’t wait to go back for a romantic dinner! Loved it!”
Specials: In addition to the full regular menu, there will be Valentine’s Day specials. For dessert, the chef will offer a trio of homemade ice creams and a yet-to-be-determined chocolate dish. The bar will feature a special Valentine’s Day cocktail.
14 Campbell Ave. S.E., Roanoke
Reader Ron wrote: “Metro! in Roanoke is hands down the most romantic restaurant around — not to mention the service, food and the fact they play old black-and-white romances on Valentine’s Day.”
Specials: Full menu available with more nightly specials than usual; special dinners for two and chocolate tasting dessert for two. The bar will feature drink specials, and there will be a wide selection of champagnes.
168 Village St., Eggleston
Other John wrote: “I’d go for The Palisades in Eggleston. We had our recent 9th anniversary dinner there and it was a fantastic atmosphere, with outstanding service, great food, and really good wine.”
Specials: Along with a limited version of the regular menu, The Palisades is offering a couples’ menu of four or five courses. The menu price is $60 per couple; $75 per couple with wine pairings. The restaurant will have six seatings between 4:30 and 9 p.m.
The Regency Room, Hotel Roanoke
110 Shenandoah Ave. N.W., Roanoke
Mattyr wrote: “Hands down The Regency Room at the hotel. Amazing service, amazing food and such elegance and beauty for fine dining. If you’re looking to impress someone with an intimate dinner that features traditional wining and dining there is no other place like it.”
Specials: The Regency Room is offering a special four-course menu for Valentine’s Day at a cost of $125 per couple. On Feb. 13, 15 and 16, they will also be offering the four-course special, along with the full a la carte menu. Live entertainment, music and dancing on Friday and Saturday. Call the hotel to ask about holiday room-and-dining packages.
The Red Hen
11 E. Washington St., Lexington
Nancy wrote: “The Red Hen in Lexington is in a historic space, has an intimate atmosphere, and serves amazing food and drink.”
Specials: On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the restaurant is holding a “Virginia is for Lovers” wine dinner. Look for more details on its Facebook page. On Valentine’s Day, in lieu of the regular menu, they’ll offer four-course set menus for $55 per person (not including beverages).
3940 Valley Gateway Blvd., Roanoke
Jeff wrote: Sal’s in Bonsack “has an intimate vibe to it. And Italian food is always appropriate for romance, for that sweet little ‘Lady and the Tramp’ pasta moment.”
Specials: The regular dinner menu will be available, along with dinner specials such as lobster tail and stuffed shrimp. Couples will receive a free dessert of red velvet cake.
2926 Franklin Road S.W., Roanoke
KyAnne wrote: “My husband and I love Stephen’s in Roanoke. The service and food are amazing!”
Specials: Stephen’s will offer a special Valentine’s Day menu consisting of three courses for each person for one set price (to be determined). That will include a choice of appetizer, salad and a choice of entree. The restaurant will offer several desserts, which are not included in the prix fixe price. The regular menu will not be available.
95 College St., Christiansburg
Reader AJ wrote: “I love The Summit in Christiansburg. The setting is absolutely lovely and the food is fantastic. The fact that the restaurant is inside a Victorian-style house really adds to the intimacy of the dining.”
Specials: The Summit is offering a fixed-price menu on Valentine’s Day that includes soup, salad, a choice of entree and a choice of dessert for $52.95, not including beverages. The regular menu will not be available. Chef/owner Abdul Sharaki said everything will be “five-star” quality with ample portions and beautiful presentation.
202 Market St. S.E., Roanoke
Josie wrote: “Has anyone been in 202 Market’s dining room? Live piano, amazing food, and atmosphere.”
Specials: The full regular menu will be supplemented by a special prix fixe menu that includes a salad, choice of surf and turf or rosemary rack of lamb, and dessert. The price is $50 per person and includes a rose for each lady. The special menu will be available Feb. 14, 15 and 16.
First & Sixth
617 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke
Jennifer wrote: “First & Sixth was really nice and my food was delicious!”
Specials: At least 50 percent of the regular menu will be available, in addition to several Valentine’s Day specials. Desserts always change daily at First & Sixth, so the Valentine’s Day dessert will be decided closer to the holiday.
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