by Owen Morris
This may be a recession but any halfway romantic restaurant is booked by now. Hell, romantic or not, any restaurant that takes reservations is booked by now. So if you have your heart set on dining out this weekend but don't have reservations or just don't like massive crowds, dine out Friday or Sunday night instead.
I'm not a fan of prix-fixe menus at restaurants that don't normally serve them, and most restaurants go that route on Valentine's Day. In this case, the prix fixe will help you avoid ordering an esoteric dish you may end up hating.
Several restaurants in the area that have special Valentine's menus are offering them the entire weekend.
serves a three-course dinner for $40. Some menu
options include rack of lamb, wood-fired hen, chateaubriand and the big
O -- oysters, which our sister blog in Houston happens to be an expert on.
offers its special three-course menu from tonight through Sunday.
If the picture is to believed, it features both steak and
lobster, and that's only one course. At $30 per person, it also comes with a choice of soup or
(But I'm not a romantic, so take that for what it's worth.) The Oak
Room's all-weekend menu starts with a glass of gruet rose
brute (champagne) and gets better from there, feautering crabmeat
bisque, hearts of palm with crème fraîche and lobster tempura. Cost is
$70 per person.
Out south, the Wine Bar
in Lukas Liquors offers the same three-course meal tomorrow as it
does on Saturday: $80 a couple gets a bottle of wine and three courses. Since it's Lukas, you know the wine is going to be good, and sure enough, the
menu features an up-and-coming New Zealand winery called Hawk's Nest.