Valentine's Day

By Candace Nelson - 8:00 AM

Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for many restaurants. Some even have specials to entice customers who want to take a special someone out for a romantic dinner. I wanted to gather some of the specials from some local restaurants. Note that these may change!

Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse (University Avenue)
-Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two ($39.95); must have valid student ID; before 5 p.m. or after 8:30 p.m.; dine-in only. (

-"Chef Simon has put together a four-course menu for this evening. The price for the tasting menu is dependent upon your main course choice. Menu items can be ordered à la carte if preferred." Entrees include chicken marsala, scallops and salmon. (

The Cupcakerie
-Mini cupcake special and regular cupcake specials. You can order cupcakes, with Hershey Kisses, in their pink boxes with a ribbon and rose on top. You can pre-order (304-212-5464), and they will have prepackaged cupcakes available on Valentine’s Day. (

Richwood Grill
-Richwood will be featuring their sixth annual aphrodisiac dinner on the 13th, 4th, and 15th, which will include a smaller version of their winter menu. They'll have Hibiscus flower infused cava appetizers. First Course: Broiled avocado filled with crab and artichoke hearts on spring greens with ginger passion fruit vinaigrette. Second Course: Double-cut free-range filet mignon and broiled petite lobster tails with grilled asparagus, rosemary black beans, saffron rice and citrus chili butter. Third Course: Single origin heirloom chocolate torte with lavender infused honey, apricot fig chutney and fresh berries in sweet cream . $90 per couple. Gratuity not included. No food substitutions available. Ask server about vegetarian options. ( (

-Lira will feature a deconstructed spinach salad with housemade creamy horseradish Parmesan dressing, pickled beets, blood oranges and a garlic crostini. Also, their entree will be house prime Delmonico rubbed with rosemary in a wild mushroom demi-glaze, served with wild rice pilaf and broccoli tossed in a Mornay sauce. They will also have a homemade red velvet cake. (

Golden Finch
-Golden Finch will have shrimp bisque, filet mignon topped with crabmeat and bernaise sauce (filet oscar), jumbo pan-seared scallops with risotto cakes. All starting on Feb. 10th! ( (

They will have Chilled Lobster Salad, Gardner Farms Rack of Lamb, Classic Pasta Carbonara, and Chocolates and Champagne for Two! (

Yesterday's Restaurant, Bar & Grille
Their valentine's special runs Feb. 10-14, and the dinner for two includes an appetizer, two house salads, two entrees, two desserts and a bottle of champagne. (

Ali Baba Restaurant
Their Valentine's Day Specials will include feature appetizers: smoked duck salad with cranberry nut vinaigrette and Siberian nachos. Their entree features include stuffed beef tenderloin, prime rib au jus, blue corn crusted crab cakes, and a Mediterranean combo for two (skewers, served over rice with four salads on the side). (

I'm sure some others may have some specials, too, but these are the restaurants that got back to me! Hope you have a great Valentine's Day!

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