Celebrate the day of love without having to drive across town. These local restaurants make planning for Valentine’s Day easy.
At Field & Tides, 705 E. 11th St., executive chef Travis Lenig is creating a special three-course Valentine’s Day experience on Feb. 14.
For the first course restaurant goers can choose between crab soup with jumbo lump crab or a wedge salad with bacon, cherry tomatoes and green garlic dressing. The second course includes options of pan-seared marker fish with southern succotash and bacon lobster butter or fried beef short rib with poblano mashed potatoes, roasted heirloom baby carrots, béarnaise and red wine reduction. To finish it off choose between an Alabama chocolate stack cake or a mini pineapple upside down cake with burnt caramel and jalapeño strawberry ice cream.
Meal is $60 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 713-861-6143 or www.fieldandtides.com.
A romantic night is being curated by Harold’s Restaurant & Tap Room, 350 W. 19th St., as well as a four-course dinner.
After settling in, restaurant goers will ease into the courses with housemade bread with manchego, caramelized onion, pear and Big Creek Farms honey. The appetizer options feature a beet salad, which is made of beet pesto, roasted beets, baby arugula and sherry vinaigrette, crab soup with lump crab, cream and sherry and, lastly, Strawberry Fields, which includes baby spinach, dehydrated strawberries, candied pistachios and strawberry vinaigrette.
The entrée menu features buffalo Bolognese with root vegetables, pappardelle and burrata, a pork chop with foie gras gravy and herb roasted marble potatoes, scallop risotto and pesto pasta. Gluten-free options are available.
Finish it off with a flaming crème brulee, red velvet trifle or a chocolate chip cookie skillet.
The cost is $69 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations call 713-360-6204.
Elliot’s Table, 465 T.C. Jester Blvd., is hosting a five-course meal this Valentine’s Day.
The menu will include items made from scratch using locally sourced ingredients. Each course will come with a paired wine chosen specially to enhance the culinary experience. A menu preview is comprised of crab-stuffed roasted oysters, lamb lollipop with mint chutney, and steak and lobster with saffron risotto.
Seating is communal-style and limited. Tickets are $100 per person, not including gratuity, and must be purchased in advance from www.eventbrite.com.
Oysters, caviar and truffles await love birds at Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar, 1050 Studewood St. From Feb. 13–16, Liberty Kitchen will be offering special dishes a la carte or as a three-course meal.
To start, choose the wild mushroom and leek bisque with champagne roasted oysters and tarragon or the oysters with caviar and satsuma-grapefruit honey mignonette.
Main dish options include medallions of prime linz of Chicago tenderloin with ruby pan sauce and Yukon gold and cream potatoes, and roasted Virginia Beach striped bass with asparagus and onion hash with a sherried egg sauce. Also available as a special side is the truffle tremor and Alaskan king crab mac and cheese.
For dessert choose between the butter-toasted angel food cake with marinated vanilla-rum strawberries and lemon curd or bittersweet chocolate pudding with doubled-whipped cream and caramel.
Down House, 1801 Yale St., is breaking out a Valentine’s Day menu with vegan options that will be available from Feb. 14–16.
On the menu for starters are a scallop citrus salad, crispy pork belly with sticky sauce and herbs, and hummus and pita with sumac-roasted carrots. Entrée options are a steak and potato, half roasted chicken with pan sauce, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, and vegan mushroom pasta with purple kale and walnuts. For dessert there will be vegan pot de crème, cheesecake with berry compote, and chocolate cake with a satin glaze.
For reservations call 713-864-3696.
The Classic, 5922 Washington Ave., is launching a date-night shareable menu just in time for Valentine’s Day. This menu will be available beginning Feb. 14 and extending into the weekend and Friday and Saturdays thereafter.
Created by chef Maria Gonzalez, the date-night menu will feature items ranging from $42-$52 for two. Options will include whole fish with herb fennel pollen crusted and citrus salad, 44 Farms bistro filet with red wine au jus, and Texas bone-in short rib with artisan grits.
To make reservations, call 713-868-1131 or www.theclassichouston.com.
If the restaurant scene isn’t for you this Valentine’s Day, Fat Cat Creamery, 1901 N. Shepherd Dr., just released its Steal Yo Man Sundae for sharing. It comes with a warm slice of Texas sheet cake topped with two scoops, hot fudge, fresh strawberry mash, toasted pecans, strawberry meringues, whipped cream and cherries.