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Cupid Countdown!

by jfuller | Modern Luxury Dallas magazine | February 5, 2011

However you spend Valentine’s Day, save room for a romantic dinner (or brunch!) for two at this list of five local hotspots, spicing up the love factor with decadent, Cupid-inspired menus. Make it a date and call for reservations now!

Chef Scott Gottlich dreams up an elegant four-course menu for V-Day at his intimate Inwood Village resto—think selections such as chestnut and white sweet potato agnolotti, slow-braised pork belly with pomegranate, duo of veal and blood orange panna cotta. $85 per person, $130 for wine pairings, 214.350.6100

Central 214 at Hotel Palomar
Indulge in chef Blythe Beck’s slightly naughty “Live. Love. Lust: Valentine’s Dinner,” Feb. 11-14, a five-course feast that starts with a comp flute of Veuve Clicquot, followed by Brie bisque with caviar crouton, white wine-and-butter-steamed crab legs with sherry mac and cheese, garlic-crusted prime rib with burgundy mushrooms and chocolate turtle cake for dessert. $75 per person, $110 with wine pairings, 214.443.9339

Dean Fearing’s namesake spot capitalizes on V-Day weekend with a four-course dinner offered Feb. 11-14. Peekytoe crab salad Lyonnaise with quail egg and Iranian Osetra caviar, and honey-glazed Hudson Valley foie gras and cashew butter on vanilla bean French toast are among the over-the-top offerings! Another option: Sunday Valentine’s brunch with hearty comfort faves like butternut squash bisque with pheasant confit fritter and surf-and-turf. $95 per person for dinner, $50 per person for brunch, 214.922.4848

Hotel St. Germain
Love may always be in the air at this magical spot, but the candlelit dining room is still popping the Champagne on a sig multi-course menu, Feb. 11-14, featuring rosy dishes like lamb medallion with pink pesto sauce, jumbo prawn with paprika and lobster tarragon sauce, prime beef filet on port wine potato mousseline, and raspberry opera cake with chocolate ganache for the big finish. $125 per person, wine pairings available, 214.521.7805

The Second Floor at the Westin Galleria
Rather than go the standard prix-fixe route, chef J Chastain has crafted Valentine’s Day-inspired treats (available Feb. 12-14) to complement the bistro’s regular menu. The delish additions? Prosciutto and cantaloupe salad, lobster ravioli, halibut and beef tenderloin filet and cherries jubilee panna cotta. $9-$34 per dish, 972.450.2978 –Rachel Watkins

Photo: The Valentine's Croquembouche is a tower of cream puffs filled with Bavarian pastry cream and served with a choice of raspberry, chocolate or caramel sauce, with assorted petit fours. Available as a special order.