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Valentine’s Day is less than 2 weeks away. Here’s a list of places to dine (one’s a zoo)

February 1,2019

See full Star-Telegram news article by Robert Philpot here.

If you’ve ever been at a grocery store at 9 p.m. on Valentine’s Night, you have probably seen guys buying last-minute flowers for their significant others. In other words, people tend to procrastinate. As they do in making restaurant reservations.

The good news this year is that Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday, so a lot of places are doing long Valentine’s weekend deals, so more seating will be available. But if you’re gonna do Valentine’s Day, why not do it right, and do it on the day itself. At press time, these places still had availability.

And there are a lot of choices this year, but still — make those reservations fast. We will update as we get additional info.

UPDATED Feb, 5 with new entries for Buca di Beppo in Southlake and Dallas; Ellerbe Fine Foods in Fort Worth; Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar in Plano; Mimi’s Cafe in Arlington and Fort Worth; Pinstack in Irving, Plano and Allen; and Restaurant506 in Arlington.

UPDATED Feb. 6 with new entries for Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant; BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar and Soulman’s Bar-B-Que chains; World of Beer in Fort Worth; Black Walnut Cafe in Colleyville; Hibashi and Lavendou Bistro Provencal in Dallas; and Sauce Pizza and Wine in Irving and Prosper.

UPDATED Feb. 7 with new entries for Fixture Kitchen and Social Lounge, and Four Sisters: A Taste of Vietnam in Fort Worth; The Oasis at Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie; Mamma Monica Italian Restaurant in Weatherford ...

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant: The chain will offer a “Fajitas for Two With Dessert to Share” deal for $32.99 from Feb. 11 to 14. 4740 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth, 817-386-56001041 W. I-20, Arlington, 817-468-2622850 Airport Freeway, Hurst, 817-514-9355; locations also in The Colony and Plano;

Avoca Coffee Roasters: The West Magnolia Avenue coffee bar will be the site for a “Dateless in Funkytown Dumpling Pop-Up,” hosted Feb. 13 by the dumpling/pop-up queens at Fort Worth’s Lost in the Sauce.There will also be coffee, and according to the Facebook Events page, one of the dumplings will involve chocolate. 1311 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth

B&B Butchers: The Shops at Clearfork location will offer a seared foie gras appetizer ($22) and with a mini surf-and-turf ($69; 5- to 6-ounce lobster tail and 8-ounce filet). A special dessert is planned but details were TBD at press time. The restaurant is also offering a four-course Valentine’s dinner to-go with entree choices including a 20-ounce Chateaubriand, 20-ounce beef Wellington or two 10-ounce filets mignons (the “Chef Tommy’s Bacon Box” appetizer also gets our attention). $130; for the full menu, click here. Available Feb. 13-16; 24-hour notice required at 817-731-5360. Flower arrangements by Cityview Florist are available for an additional $85-$195. 5212 Marathon Ave., Fort Worth, 817-737-5212

Bird Cafe: The Sundance Square Plaza restaurant will offer a four-course prix-fixe dinner with entree options including charred tomato ravioli, pan-seared monkfish, or grilled Akaushi rib eye. Dessert options include “silk chocolate” (chocolate ganache fudge, rose syrup, cream and brittle) or a sugar-cookie cheesecake with bourbon toffee. $75 a person; optional wine pairings an additional $35 per person. Seatings begin at 5 p.m. 155 E. 4th and Commerce Streets, Fort Worth,

Black Walnut Cafe: From Feb. 9 to 17, the chain will offer a Valentine’s Dinner for two for dine-in or takeout, starting at $38 (additional charge for some entrees): One appetizer or salad to share; two entrees; one dessert to share or two small gelatos. For the full menu, click here. Black Walnut also has a couple of Valentine’ features, including a Cupid’s Arrow cocktail (New Amsterdam Peach Vodka, Pama Liquor, champagne); red-velvet pancakes (available until 11 a.m. Monday-Friday, till 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday) and red-velvet cake balls. 1205 Church St., Colleyville, 682-235-5100; locations also in Coppell and Flower Mound;

Blue Mesa Grill: Blue Mesa will offer a special Valentine’s Day menu Feb. 14-16: a 64-ounce craft jar of top-shelf margaritas (Mi Campo Reposado Tequila, organic agave nectar, fresh-squeezed lemon and lime); panko-crusted crab & shrimp cakes; choice of seafood mixed grill (grilled jumbo shrimp, red-chile salmon, blue crab and shrimp enchilada with chipotle cream sauce, ginger rice) or beef tenderloin medallions with chimichurri (with grilled asparagus and potato-chile tart); chocolate-dipped strawberries; sparkling wine. $75 per couple, starting at 5 p.m. each night. 612 Carroll St., Fort Worth, 817-332-6372; also 14866 Montfort Drive, Dallas, 972-934-0165;8200 Dallas Parkway, Plano, 214-387-4407

Blue Sushi Sake Grill: The sushi-and-more restaurant will offer a special maki roll and dessert for sharing on Valentine’s Day: The Cloud Nine 2.0 ($12; avocado, itchy crab, tempura shrimp, baked seabass, cilantro, serrano and ponzu) and Yuzu Love Cake ($8 yuzu-mascarpone cheesecake with blackberry sauce, candied lemon and fresh blackberries). 3131 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, 817-332-2583; two Dallas locations;

Bonefish Grill: The seafood-and-more chain will offer a special filet & lobster thermidor (wood-fired filet mignon and jumbo shrimp topped with sweet lobster chunks in a creamy thermidor sauce) with a choice of two sides from Feb. 7 through 17. It is also pushing a new drink, the “Art-Sea Martini,” which features passionfruit, pineapple and fresh citrus shaken with Reyka vodka and Aperol liqueur “garnished with a work of edible art.” There’s also a special chocolate lava cake to go along with the restaurant’s regular dessert menu. 1201 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, 817-421-3263; also 190 E. Stacy Road Suite 100, Allen, 972-737-3018;

Boomerjack’s Grill & Bar: BoomerJack’s is keeping it simple: All locations will do a buy-two-entrees, get-dessert-free speical on Valentine’s Day. Thirteen North Texas locations;

Buca di Beppo: The Italian chain will serve a heart-shaped Valentine’s lasagna on Valentine’s Day (serves up to three, in case you want to bring someone along on your date). It comes with a Buca small mixed green or Caesar salad, garlic bread and two mini-cannoli. Available while supplies last. $49.99. 2701 E. TX-114, Southlake; locations also in Dallas and Frisco; 844-EAT-BUCA (844-328-2822),

California Pizza Kitchen: For the first time, the pizza chain will offer heart-shaped pizzas, from Feb. 13 through 17. They’re available on request, but only in the crispy thin crust (and only for dine-in or pickup; no delivery). CPK will also offer a “Sweet Deal for Two” prix-fixe menu, which includes the choice of an appetizer, two entrees and dessert for $35). For the “Sweet Deal” menu, click here1051 State Highway 114, Grapevine, 817-481-4255; locations also in Dallas, Frisco and Plano;

Chef Point Cafe: The inspiration for what is sure to become an infamous “Eats Beat” podcastquote: “If you want to have Valentine’s Day in a gas station ...” But anyone who’s been to Chef Point (and Guy Fieri has been there) knows that it’s not any ordinary gas-station restaurant. Witness its Valentine’s Day limited menu (available 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 14), which will include such entree choices as Hawaiian salmon ($29), chicken and waffle ($26), Beef Oscar ($33; a 6-ounce tenderloin topped with crab meat, asparagus and Bearnaise sauce) and more, including suggested wine pairings and bottles of Dom Perignon. For the full Valentine’s menu, click here. Chef Point will also offer a four-course prix-fixe menj ($100 a person) from Feb. 14 to 16, featuring argula salad, smoked salmon & caviar blinis, four entree options and a creme-brulee dessert. For the prix-fixe menu, click here. 5901 Watauga Road, Watauga, 817-656-0080


Cotton Patch Cafe: With some Valentine’s Day meals hitting three figures, it’s kind of refreshing to see the comfort-food chain’s Valentine’s deal: A 6-ounce Angus sirloin with garlic mashed potatoes and a side salad, for $10.99, available Feb. 14-17. Multiple North Texas locations;

CRU Food & Wine Bar: The Shops at Clearfork wine bar/restaurant will have a “Wine, Dine & Be Mine” Valentine’s Day dinner, with a four-course prix-fixe dinner (courses are cleverly labeled “Tease,” “First Kiss,” “The Courtship” and “Sweet Endings”). Entree choices include prime filet mignon, seared sea scallops and more. $55. For the full menu, click here. There will also be chef’s Valentine’s 6specials on Feb. 15 and 16. 5188 Marathon Ave., Fort Worth,

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse: The upscale steakhouse will offer a couple of Valentine’s Day features from Feb. 14 to 17: A $49 Valentine’s Day filet that sounds more like a surf-and-turf (8-ounce filet mignon, butter-poached lobster tail, seared jumbo sea scallop, grilled asparagus, yuzu hollandaise) and a $12.50 dark-chocolate cheesecake with chocolate-dipped strawberries, white-chocolate curls and Godiva chocolate sauce. For more details, click here812 Main St., Fort Worth; 817-877-3999; also 2323 Olive St, Dallas, 972-490-9000

Del Frisco’s Grille: The more casual side of Del Frisco’s will have a special a la carte Valentine’s Day menu highlighted by two Valentine’s Day signatures available Feb. 14 only: a 16-ounce 45-day dry-aged prime strip ($65) and broiled twin lobster tails with miso butter ($65). For the full menu, which even has a couple of entrees geared toward vegetarians, click here. 154 E. 3rd St., Fort Worth, 817-887-99001200 E Southlake Blvd., Southlake, 817-410-3777; locations also in Uptown Dallas and Plano;

Doc B’s Restaurant + Bar: The Shops at Clearfork restaurant isn’t making a big fuss out of Valentine’s Day, but couples celebrating the holiday will get free glasses of champagne. And they do recommend pairing it with a slice of cinnamon toast cheesecake. 5253 Marathon Ave., Fort Worth, 682-231-8820; also 2021 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 469-998-2330;

El Chico: One of the more inexpensive, unpretentious deals out there: dinner for two for $32.99, from Feb. 13 through 17. Top-shelf guacamole, shared mixed-grill (steak, chicken & shrimp) fajitas. cheesecake nachos (sweet cinnamon chips topped with Philadelphia cheesecake, whipped cream, roasted sugar walnuts, chocolate and cajeta drizzle) for an additional $3.99. 7621 Baker Blvd., Richland Hills, 817-589-07371549 S Bowen Road, Pantego, 817-265-8335, locations also in DeSoto, Flower Mound, Granbury, Rockwall;

Ellerbe Fine Foods: An $85 per person Valentine’s Day menu will include such entree choices as seared mahi mahi (with green rice, Demases Farm citrus slaw and avocado creme) or a grilled chef’s choice steak (with twice-baked mashed potatoes, Shines farm arugula and port reduction). Optional wine pairings an additional $35. 1501 W Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, 817-926-3663,

Fixture Kitchen and Social Lounge: The West Magnolia Avenue restaurant will offer a $70 per couple, three-course Valentine’s Day menu all Valentine’s Week (Feb. 10-16). Entree choices include pan-seared salmon, seafood linguine, 6-ounce blackened beef tenderloin or 8-ounce filet of ribeye. Wine pairings an additional $15. For the full menu, click here. 401 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, 817-708-2663

Fort Worth Zoo: If you’re an animal lover who’s looking for an offbeat Valentine’s Day date, try this: The Fort Worth Zoo will have a seated dinner in the Portraits of the Wile art gallery, complete with “animal visitors” (you can look and even take photos with them, but you can’t touch); games during dessert (adult subject matter, but then this is a 21-and-over event), a chance at winning a painting from Fort Worth artist Kristen Noble (whose work can be seen at the zoo and who will do her paintings on the spot), and a “Love Birds” adoption package that includes two plush penguins, two zoo admission tickets, and a personalized adoption certificate. At press time, tickets were still available for the Feb. 15 dinner. For more details and the menu, click here. $195 per couple; all proceeds go toward the care and feeding of the zoo’s animals. 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth,

Four Sisters: A Taste of Vietnam: The South Main restaurant will serve a special 10-course, dim-sum style dinner from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. The chef will select 10 dishes (including desserts) from on and off the menu. $40 a person. Also: half-price bottles of wine, and complimentary tea. Reservations only; call 682-385-9353. Seating is limited. For more info, click here. 1001 S. Main St. Suite 151, Fort Worth,

Grace: A Valentine’s Day menu includes a selection of oysters on the half shell ($44 for a dozen, $22 for half), a seafood tower (made from king crab legs, lobster tail, oysters, jumbo prawns and the chef’s daily offerings; $139) and more, including a selection of “Valentine’s Day bubbles” ranging form $67 to $340 a bottle. For the Valentine’s restaurant menu, click here. A more casual bar menu will also be available and will also feature the oysters on the half-shell, as well as such choices as beef tenderloin tartare ($17) or lamb-belly dumplings ($16). For the full Valentine’s bar menu, click here777 Main St, Fort Worth, 817-877-3388

Houlihan’s: All locations of the eclectic restaurant will serve a four-course Valentine’s Day menu from Feb, 14 through 17. Entree choices include stuffed chicken breast, “Meatloaf No. 9,” seared Georges Bank scallops and more. $50 for two. There will also be two Valentine’s-appropriate $5 cocktails: The Adam and Eve Appletini (Absolut Vodka, Apple Pucker, lemonade and cinnamon-sugar rim) and the Cupid’s Concoction (premium French vodka infused with organic blood-orange juice, mango and passion fruit, La Marca Prosecco float). Fora the full menu, click here9365 Rain Lily Trail (Alliance Town Center), Fort Worth, 817-750-2190; locations also in Denton, north Dallas and Garland;

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro: Tim Love’’s Stockyards restaurant will offer a $95-per-person Valentine’s menu with such options as coffee-rubbed bone-in pork chop (with cipollini onion, pepper and mushroom hash), seared barramundi (with miso-butter sake sauce and fried shiitake), and, for an additional $50 per person, a tomahawk steak for two (with forest mushroom mac-and-cheese and asparagus). For the full menu, click here. 2406 N Main St, Fort Worth,

Mamma Monica Italian Restaurant: The Weatherford restaurant will serve a $60-per-couple Valentine’s dinner featuring an entree choice of potato ravioloi with sausage and spinach or maccheroni with salmon sauce. Reservations required. BYOB. For full menu, click here5108 New Tin Top Road, Weatherford, 817-818-2948

Martin House Brewing Co.: This will be third “Beer My Valentine” party at the east Fort Worth brewery, but the first since its taproom opened last year. A couple of new taproom-only beers will be available: Stage-5 Clinger (an imperial cherry sour with a 9.2 percent ABV), and Raspberry Erebus (a 12.99 ABV Scotch barrel-aged imperial stout with coffee and raspberries. Ice Cole’s Craft Trivia will be on hand, presented a newlywed game (you neither have to be married or part of a couple to participate) and chocolate-eating contest. 4-10 p.m. Feb. 14; $10 admission covers one pint glass and four 8-ounce pours between 4 and 8 (after 8, beers will be available for purchase by the glass). For more, see the Facebook Events page220 S. Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth, 817-222-0177

Mimi’s Cafe: The comfort-food chain will serve a $19.99 per person, three-course Valentine’s menu from Feb. 14 through Feb. 17. Entree choices include bone-in pork chop, roasted half chicken, jambalaya pasta or Atlantic grilled salmon. For the full menu, click here5858 S.W. Loop 820, Fort Worth, 817-731-9644301 E. Interstate 20 Highway, Arlington, 817-466-3212,

Next Bistro: The Colleyville restaurant will serve a special $69.95-per-person three-course menu on Valentine’s Day. Entree choices include real Dover sole-wrapped crab with creamed Brussels sprouts, lobster risotto with 6-ounce lobster tail, boeuf en croute with prosciutto and shiitake mushrooms, and more. For the full menu, click here. Regular menu will not be available on Valentine’s Day. 5003 Colleyville Blvd., 682-325-4046

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille: A Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu features a choice of soup or salad; entree options including 14-ounce prime New York strip, spaghetti squash primavera and, of course, Perry’s Famous Pork Chop; and three dessert options. For full menu details, click here. $74.95 per person after 5:45 p.m.; $59.95 per person at 5:30 p.m. and earlier. 2400 W. State Highway 114, Grapevine, 682-477-2261

RA Sushi: The sushi chain will get a week’s jump on Valentine’s Day with “Roll of Attraction: An Aphrodisiac Sushi Rolling Class for Couples,” which will take place 8 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at all three North Texas locations. The class is described as “A romantic, couples rolling sushi class designed to teach participants about the power of aphrodisiac ingredients and help them make a little magic of their own.” Couples will create and taste the “Soy Crazy for You Roll,” as well as other RA sushi menu items, while sampling three varieties of sake and Sofa Brut Sparkling Rosé. $50 a person.1131 E Southlake Blvd. Building L, Southlake, 817-601-9590; also 5100 Belt Line Road,972-581-2905; and 7501 Lone Star Drive B-130, Plano, 469-467-7400

Reata: A three-course Valentine’s menu varies in price depending on your entree, ranging from a $50 citrus-crusted chicken with rosemary dijon to a $70 grilled tenderloin with bearnaise paired with crab-stuffed shrimp. For the full menu, click here310 Houston St, Fort Worth, 817-336-1009

Restaurant506: The restaurant at Arlington’s Sanford House Inn will serve a $75-per-person, four-course Valentine’s dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 14. Entree choices include butter-poached lobster, herb-roasted chicken or charred beef tenderloin. For the full menu, click here506 N. Center St., Arlington, 817-801-5541,

Righteous Foods: The health-conscious restaurant will offer a prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu that starts with an amuse bouce of smoked carrot, aged cheddar and grilled naan; features a first-course choice of grilled wild shrimp (with baby romaine, roasted beet and crispy leeks) or Berkshire pork belly (with mung beans and celeriac) a main-course choice of fennel-pollen-crusted tenderloin (with warm Dijon fingerling potatoes and haricot verts) or red snapper, caper and goji (with berry beurre noisette, toasted black rice and squid); and dessert choices of warm dark chocolate, hemp oil and pistachio ice cream or matcha cheesecake with raspberry beet puree. $65 per person; optional wine pairing an additional $35. 3405 W 7th St., Fort Worth, 817-950-9996,

Shannon Brewing Co.: The Keller brewery will team up with The Dark Fudgery for a Valentine’s Day beer and fudge pairing. Four pairings: Strawberries and Cream Wheat with cayenne fudge; Hazelnut Chocolate Stout with cinnamon fudge; Love N Haze with bacon fudge, and Irish Coffee Cream Ale with hazelnut fudge. Seatings at 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. Valentine’s Day. $25; tickets available at eventbrite.com818 N Main St., Keller, 817-337-9892,

Shell Shack: If your date has a big appetite, and doesn’t mind things that can be a bit messy, Shell Shack has an $85.99 “special date-night seafood platter” for Feb. 14: a pound of snow crab, a pound of king crab, a pound of boiled shrimp, sausages, potatoes and corn. But wait, there’s still more! All platters come with hushpuppies, fries and a choice of two side sauces. And each combo-platter purchase will come with a free bottle of champagne. A Fort Worth location near Alliance Town Center is due to open soon, but whether it will open before Valentine’s Day is undetermined. 770 E. Road to Six Flags Suite 100, Arlington, 844-588-2722; locations also in Uptown Dallas, Denton and Plano (same phone number);

Shops at Clearfork: Along with all the Valentine’s happenings at the upscale shopping center’s restaurants, the Shops will also offer Valetine’s carriage rides from Feb. 13 to Feb. 17 (5 to 9 p.m. each day except Feb. 17, when they’re 4 to 8 p.m.). Each ride is a $10 donation to the Simon Youth Foundation; carriages can fit up to six people, but the donation is per ride, not per person. Tickets are available via eventbrite. For more information, click here5188 Monahans Ave., Fort Worth

Soulman’s Bar-B-Que: All locations will offer a $24.95-for-two Valentine’s Day meal: Two one-meat plates with two sides (or a baked potato) apiece, two 16-ounce drinks, and two desserts. Dine-in or take-out. Multiple North Texas locations:

Taste Community Restaurant: The South Main Street restaurant is known for its “pay-what-can-afford” policy, and that will hold true for its Galentine’s Day (“an unofficial holiday generated by Leslie Knope of NBC’s ‘Parks and Recreation’ ”) lunch. It’s all about “ladies celebrating ladies,” and it also helps people in need. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 13. The restaurant will also have a Taste the Love Valentine’s Dinner and Fundraiser on Feb. 14; being a fund-raiser, it will carry a $300 per couple price tag, All sales benefit Taste Project and the operation of Taste Community Restaurant, which helps people with “food insecurity” who might not know where their next meal is coming from. Seating is limited; reservations are available between 6 and 7 p.m. Feb. 14; for more details, visit the Facebook Events page1200 S. Main St., Fort Worth, 817-759-9045,

Tom’s Burgers & Grill: The north Arlington diner is offering a candle-lit Valentine’s dinner with two hand-cut ribeyes, choice o shrimp (fried or sauteed), two dinner salads, two loaded baked potatoes, Texas toast and chocolate-covered cherry cake — plus two adult beverages per person and flowers for women — for $64.98 a couple. Call for reservations. 1530 N. Cooper St., Arlington, 817-459-9000 or @TomsBurgersAndGrillon Facebook.

Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crab House: Truluck’s will serve its regular menu on Valentine’s Day, but reservations are still required, and there is a special cocktail: The Truluv ($14), made with vodka, orgeat, strawberry rhubarb syrup and apero. 1420 Plaza Place, Southlake (Southlake Town Square), 817-912-0500; also 2401 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-220-2401;

Wild Acre Brewing Co.: The brewery southeast of downtown Fort Worth will have Girl Scout Cookies and craft-beer pairings on Valentine’s Day. $15 buys a flight with four beers and eight Girl Scout Cookies. Five dollars of each entry will be donated to the Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains. If you need more sustenance than Girl Scout Cookies, Gepetto’s Pizza Truck will also be on hand, and there will be live music. 1734 E. El Paso St. No. 190, Fort Worth, 817-882-9453,

World of Beer: The craft-beer bar/restaurant will have a $35 per person Valentine’s Day beer dinner: Three courses, with a beer pairing for each course. Entree options include a French-dip sandwich, Guinness bratwurst, bibimbap Korean bowl or Cali bowl (tuna, steak or fried shrimp). For the full menu, click here. 5-10 p.m. Feb. 14. 3252 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, 682-708-7021 info on Facebook Events page.

Locations Mentioned: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Del Frisco's Grille, Grace, Reata Restaurant