It's still not too late to solidify those dinner plans for Valentine's Day, but time is running short. Here's what's going on around Birmingham to make this special day even more special.
Big Rock Chop House
The Big Rock Chop House is extending its Valentine's Day celebration beyond Thursday, offering a special romantic dinner menu through Saturday.
Diners will be able to pick from a list of appetizers, main courses and desesrt, featuring dishes like butternut squash soup with toasted hazelnut-rum cream, red miso glazed salmon with marinated seaweed salad and a raspberry semi-fredo.
The cost for the special menu is $40 per guest, exclusive of tax, tip and valet. Reservations are required; visit www.bigrockchophouse.com or call 248-647-7774.
Also offering a special Valentine's Day menu is the Rugby Grille at the Townsend Hotel, led by their new executive chef Drew Sayes.
Diners will have the chance to pick from four courses, including dishes like diver scallop, lobster bisque, beef tenderloin and chocolate dacquoise. Per person, the dinner is $85.
To make a reservation, call 248-642-5999 or visit the restaurant's website to email your request or search for an available table.
OK, so maybe it's not a four-star restaurant, but if you want to impress your sweetie, how about scoring him or her a free lunch at Qdoba?
The chain of Mexican restaurants (with a location in the Kroger complex on East Maple Road) is bringing back a Valentine's Day promotion on Thursday. If you buy an entree, you can get another for free — all you have to do is kiss a fellow customer (preferably your valentine and not a stranger) at the cash register. No coupon is necessary.
"Last year Qdoba guests smooched their way to thousands of free entrees," said David Craven, Qdoba's DVP of marketing in a release. "This year, we expect even more of our guest to turn up the heat this Valentine's Day and we look foward to rewarding them with a little love of our own."
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse
Give a little this Valentine's Day and then save a little as well. At Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, eat out this Valentine's Day and receive a $25 gift card to use toward a future rendezvous at Fleming's.
Fleming's is also offering a special Valentine's Day menu, featuring dishes like roasted lobster tail and chateaubriand with crab glacage, heirloom tomato and housemade burrata and chocolate budino. And don't forget a flirtateous cocktail, including the "Mint to Be" or "Venetian Valentine."
The fixed menu is $69.95 per person, while the cocktails cost up to $12 each. To make a reservation, call 248-723-0134.
Even if you forgot to arrange something for tomorrow, who's to say you can't be romantic on any other day?
The Townsend Hotel always offers a special Romantic Encounter package with hotel accommodations for two at Birmingham's very own luxury hotel. A luxury room costs $400 a night ($450 for a luxury suite), and with that you also get: tuxedo chocolate strawberries, champagne, full breakfast for two (valued at $65) and valet parking.
To book a room, call 248-642-7900. While you're out, stop by the Townsend's Corner Bar on Thursday evening for The Little Red Dress Party. Doors open at 7 p.m.
What's your favorite thing to do with your Valentine in Birmingham?