My Edmonds Restaurant News: Take heart with these romantic dining ideas

How about heart-shaped cheese from the Cheesemonger's Table?

How about heart-shaped cheese from the Cheesemonger’s Table?

Friday is Valentine’s Day. Edmonds restaurants are hopping on this special day, and many of them are already booked in advance. If we missed your restaurant, please email restaurantnews@myedmondsnews.com.

American Brewing Co.: The Decadence Chocolate Imperial Stout will be offered on Valentine’s Day. Skip Madsen call it “dark, sensuous and mouthwatering.”

Anthony’s Homeport: The restaurant with the spectacular views is serving specialty desserts and Valentine-inspired cocktails on Friday. You’ve probably got your reservations already if you’re headed here, as there are no more available. You could always go downstairs to Anthony’s Beach Cafe for a more casual – but just as loving – atmosphere.

Desserts and cocktails at Anthony’s HomePort:
Desserts: Olympic Mountain chocolate chip cherry ice cream, homemade Cherry Buckle sweet and tart Eastern Washington Montmorency cherries layered under a warm almond crust and topped with vanilla ice cream. Valentine Melting chocolate cake, baked to order with a creamy chocolate truffle center, topped with Olympic Mountain chocolate chip cherry ice cream, raspberry and chocolate sauces.
Cocktails: Sweetheart Kir, Michelle Sparkling Brut kissed with Chambord liqueur and a lemon twist. Cupid’s Mojito, strawberries and white rum with muddled fresh mint and lime served over ice with a splash of soda. Pomegranate Drop, citrus-flavored vodka, pomegranate juice and Cointreau muddled with fresh lemons, limes and oranges. Bleeding Heart, ruby red vodka, St. Germain, cranberry, grapefruit juice over ice with a splash of sparkling wine. Speakeasy Rye Manhattan, Woodinville Rye whiskey muddled with Carpano Antica, fresh orange and a cherry. Basil Pom , an alcohol-free blend of fresh basil muddled with lime and orange, shaken with pomegranate juice, lemonade and ice. Strained and served straight up.

Arnie’s: Valentine’s Day is a popular option at Arnie’s, and no reservations are available at this point. But you probably knew that. However, it’s a Valentine’s weekend there, so if you’d like to wait a day … There will be several specials, including romantic cocktails.

Bar Dojo: The four-course Valentine’s dinner is $68 per person.

Bar Dojo options:
Course 1: Crispy avocado, soft shell crab bisque
Course 2: Oysters, strawberry miso salad
Course 3: Rack of lamb, sesame crusted ahi tuna, filet mignon
Course 4: Smoked tea chocolate mousse, banana tempura
An optional four-course wine pairing available for $24 per guest: Adiago Brumales Torrontes 2012, Smasne Cellars County Line Red 2010, Dolce Arianna Vin Santo 2005, Farm Boy Viognier 2011.

Chanterelle: The hometown bistro will be serving five special dinners designed for a romantic celebration, in addition to its full dinner menu. Guests can choose special desserts, select from an extensive wine selection, and enjoy special glass pours like the Lady in Red by Kestrel and Chocolate Shoppe’s Chocolate Red Wine. Reservations filling up fast. For those who might prefer to celebrate on Saturday night, the same specials will be available on the 15th.

Chanterelle’s lineup:
Soup: Tomato Bisque or Soup du Jour
Salad: Tossed Salad Greens dusted with chopped Hazelnuts with choice of dressing (Vinaigrette, Blue Cheese Vinaigrette, or Creamy Olivada)
Add $1.50 for Caesar Salad, $2.50 for Spinach Salad.
Entrées:
Red and White New York steak on a bed of red onion marmalade, crumbled gorgonzola topping; house mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable mix. $ 24.99. Suggested wine by the glass pairing: Kestrel Lady in Red WA Blend, $8.
A Tropical Celebration with Prawns, seven prawns, Jamaica Jerk spice rub, grilled avocado and pineapple salsa, coconut mashed sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli, $24.99. Suggested wine by the glass pairing: Clos du Bois CA Chardonnay, $ 7.
Red Jeweled Pork Loin, Balsamic Pear Sauce (a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds and toasted almonds). House mashed potatoes and winter vegetable medley, $19.99. Suggested beverage pairing: Mark West CA Pinot Noir, $ 7.
Chicken Roulade with Smoky Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce, bacon jam and baby spinach leaves tucked inside, and goat cheese, baby red potatoes and seasonal vegetables, $19.99 Suggested wine pairing: Placido Italian Pinot Grigio, $66.
A Vegetarian Kind of Day, with Red Thai Curry. Cauliflower, tomatoes, red kidney beans served with coconut rice, $16.99 Suggested wine by the glass pairing: MaryHill WA Gewurztraminer, $ 7.

The Cheesemonger’s Table: Strom Peterson’s joint will feature the most romantic of foods: fondue. For dinner, couples can enjoy a traditional cheese fondue (made with a custom blend of French and Swiss Alpine cheeses). A shared fondue pot is served as an entree, as is traditional in Europe, with fresh bread, roasted vegetables, and Zoe’s fennel sausage, along with a mixed green salad. Wine or beer accompaniments can be recommended upon request.
For dessert, there’s Black and Blue cake made just for two by local baker extraordinaire Stefanie Buono.
$50 per couple. Reserved seatings at 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Also at Cheesemonger’s Table:

A Valentine’s tray custom made for you and your sweetie for $45. It includes three decadent cheese selections, including the heart-shaped Coeur du Berry, a demi-baguette, truffle salami and organic Spanish chocolate. Call ahead to order.

Fromagerie P. Jacquin’s heart-shaped cheese (coeur = heart) is made in the Province of Berry, which is in the heart of France, making this cheese an ideal choice for Valentine’s Day. It has a moist and creamy texture. Available in fresh and ash-covered.

Café de Paris: Many seatings are already booked.

Caravan Kebab: Good news — Special Valentine’s Day meals. Bad news — All sold out. Tip: Call and leave your name for any cancellations.

Daphne’s: From owner Brian Taylor: “No couples allowed and a reading of ‘They Call Me Naughty Lola’.” All righty then – this shouldn’t stop you from enjoying this lively establishment.

Demetris Woodstone Taverna: Edmonds’ award-winning tapas restaurant has its prix fixe menu, a six-course dinner for $50. Or you can do courses individually. Reservations recommended. Bonus: Every couple will get their picture taken!

Epulo: The four-course meal is $65 per person.

Before dinner: Caviar, crème fresh, sweet Bellini with champagne or sparkling cider.
First course: Duck Raviolo, Hood Canal oysters, or caramelized butternut squash salad.
Second course: White salad, Yukon Gold potato and leek soup.
Third course: New York strip, sea scallops, Ballotine of chicken, or grilled vegetable Pastisio.
Fourth course: Salted caramel and Theo Chocolate torte, homemade strawberry balsamic sundae, or caramelized banana and brown butter Semolina shortbread.

FIVE Bistro: The tasty restaurant on Edmonds Way is taking reservations, which are definitely recommended. Call 425-563-7117. Specials to be announced.

Girardi’s: Reservations highly recommended. Only a few seatings left.

Kafe Neo: Valentine’s Day specials will be available after 4 p.m. Call for details: 425-672-3476.

La Galleria: Valentine’s Day dinners always sell out on this Fifth Avenue South Italian restaurant. The chef will prepare his-and-her plates.

Milltown Lounge: No specials, just a nice atmosphere and some classic cocktails. Want dessert? It’s homemade.

Pagliacci Pizza: Delivery service begins at 4 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. The restaurant will also be giving away free packs of Sweethearts candies with deliveries, while supplies last.

Red Petal Cakes: Red Petal, of course, has cupcakes for just about every occasion. For Valentine’s Day, pick up some red velvet cupcakes. While there, try some delicious Tully’s coffee.

Revelations Yogurt and Dessert Bar: The restaurant will be decorated, and the party room will be open for extra space. Revelations is teaming with Red Petal’s cupcakes to form Love Potion, a mix of cupcake and yogurt for a free mini giveaway all night long, while supplies last. Bonus: Games, and the karaoke machine is on!

Rory’s: For the entire month of February, Rory’s is offering Sam Adams Rebel IPA and Angry Orchard cider for $4 a pint. Also, ask for the Red Velvet cheesecake.

 

Big chocolate love porter at Salish Sea Brewing.

Big Chocolate Love Porter at Salish Sea Brewing Co.

Salish Sea Brewing Co: Jeff Barnett has cooked up a frothy concoction for amorous couples: the Big Chocolate Love Porter. Barnett says it’s dark, chocolaty, crisp, and smooth.

Scott’s Bar & Grill: Scott’s is featuring a Prix Fixe menu for two for $89 on Friday and Saturday. This is in addition to its regular menu.

First course: Seared Teriyaki Beef Tidbits, Pickled ginger, sushi rice Hot Crab & Artichoke dip, sweet onion, parmesan, rosemary focaccia bread
Second course: Maytag blue cheese salad, romaine greens, toasted slivered almonds, chopped hard cooked eggs, blue cheese crumbles, Scott’s house salad, romaine greens, fresh vegetables, choice of dressing, French onion soup, croutons, Swiss and aged, parmesan cheeses.
Main course (entrées served with roasted fingerling potatoes and grilled asparagus)
Filet of Beef Tenderloin: Oyster mushrooms, cognac-demi, butter poached lobster tail
arugula salad, drawn butter.
Salmon Oscar: Dungeness crab, béarnaise sauce.
Rack of lamb: Marinated in fresh garlic, rosemary and mint, rosemary red wine demi.
Dessert:
Praline Tulip, chocolate dipped long-stemmed strawberries

Starbucks: Buy one latte and get another for that special someone. From 2-5 p.m. Friday only. Starbucks, which has four locations in Edmonds (search “Starbucks” in our Restaurant Directory to find all four) also will be selling a “Sweethearts 2014” with cover songs by Beck, Brandi Carlisle, Vampire Weekend and others.

In other restaurant news …

Star in a commercial: MVPs sports bar on Highway 99 will be filming a commercial on Thursday and is inviting those interested to join in. Just do what you normally do, MVP says. Play some games. Sing some karaoke songs. Eat some grub, drink some beer. Filming will be going on throughout the night.

Gallaghers’ Where-U-Brew: Save the date … Feb. 22 is the annual Mug Club appreciation party. The brewery will celebrate its patrons with a line-up of its most popular brews. Prizes, buffet-style potluck. 7-10 p.m.

Portofino, interrupted: Owner Satnam Penaich expected to open on Feb. 8 for its grand re-opening. Complications ensued. As of Feb. 12, the restaurant was still closed. Go to their Facebook page for updates.

– By Brian Soergel

brian soergelRestaurant owners: Got a new menu? Plan a remodel? Doing something good in the community? Any news, thoughts, or tips on the restaurant scene in Edmonds, from restaurateurs and eaters alike, are appreciated. Shoot an email to brian.soergel@gmail.com.

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