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Dining guide: Valentine’s Day 2013

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Former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian and wife Las Vegas Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian in their daughter’s home in Las Vegas on Feb. 4, 2011.

Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day, Singles Awareness Day or just plain Thursday, there are many delicious dining options for Feb. 14. With a wide variety of price ranges, settings and cuisine types, Las Vegas has something for everyone looking for a special treat. Read on to find your ideal spot for a Valentine's Day meal or cocktail.

Local chocolate and candy shops:

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Ethel M's Valentine collection for 2013.

• The Ethel M Chocolate Factory and its retail shop within the California Hotel will extend business hours on Valentine’s Day by opening at 7 a.m. so guests can grab a gift before work. Ethel M’s Valentine’s Day offerings include heart-shaped boxes, tins of solid chocolate hearts, brittle and more. The factory is selling pre-ordered chocolate dipped strawberries at two for $8. To order, call 435-2608.

• Payard features Valentine’s Day chocolate boxes from François Payard’s Essence of Spring Chocolate Collection. The 12-piece boxes are $28 and 30-piece boxes are $55.

• Enjoy Valentine’s Day treats by B Sweet Candy Boutique including pink vanilla cotton candy with red edible glitter available throughout the month of February and Valentine candy bouquets for $19.99.

• Garrett Popcorn Shops at Miracle Mile Shops offers the Lover's Mix, served in a signature pink tin filled with sweet chocolate-covered caramel crisp and spicy cheese corn. The special edition flavor is available through Thursday. Customers may buy the Lover's Mix either with the two flavors together in a one-gallon tin ($39) or side-by-side in a two-gallon tin ($69).

• Sugar Factory’s gift baskets for Valentine’s Day are available online and at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Cupid’s Candy Fix features a milk chocolate conversation heart pop, Sweet Tarts, Shockers, a lace heart jumbo lemon sugar cookie, signature Sugar Factory chocolate bars and more, all packaged in Cupid’s Arrow mini planter pot for $42. Send your love a Secret Admirer basket, a wooden mailbox stuffed with treats, including milk chocolate-covered pretzels, a bedazzled box of Sweethearts and sour gummy lips, priced at $52. Cupid’s VIP Tub is a large gift basket filled with chocolate cherry bark, pecan toffee bark, Jelly Belly candy corn, almond-fudge cookies, chocolate graham crackers, signature Sugar Factory chocolate bars, sweet and sour gummy lips, milk chocolate hearts and more, priced at $165.

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Max Brenner Valentine's Day collection for 2013.

• Max Brenner — Chocolate by the Bald Man offers the new Bursting Heart Chocolate Box and Sweet Love Bonbon Box at the shop in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The Bursting Heart Chocolate Box is a heart-shaped tin featuring coconut cubes and is $11.90 per tin. The Sweet Love chocolate box is a colorful square box with a heart-shaped window that features nine printed bonbons in a variety of flavors. The Sweet Love chocolate box is $12.90 and includes nine bonbons.

Specialty Valentine’s Day dining options and drink specials:

• Cabo Wabo Cantina at Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood presents the “Love Stinks, Let’s Drink” party featuring the Sangarita, a combination of margarita and sangria, for $10 a glass and $30 per pitcher. Anti-Valentine’s shots include the Ex-Boyfriend, a blend of Patrón XO Café and Bailey’s Irish Cream, and the Ex-Girlfriend, a mix of tequila and Tabasco, both priced at $5.

• Tender Steak & Seafood features a Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner for two for $75 per person with optional wine pairings for an additional $30 per person. The first course is lobster ravioli and artichoke crab ragout served with cognac lobster sauce and truffle caviar paired with Maso Canali pinot grigio. The second course is a crisp garden greens salad with Persian cucumber, fennel and radish with black currant vinaigrette. Entrée choices include black angus beef tenderloin medallion with roasted asparagus, turnips, baby beets, sweet potatoes and fingerling potatoes with creamed morel sauce complemented by Louis M. Martini cabernet sauvignon or Canadian Skuna Bay salmon with organic faro pilaf, Mediterranean succotash and sundried tomato pimento sauce paired with Yangarra Estate shiraz. The dessert course features the Tender Dessert Tasting Trio, complete with Grand Marnier crème brulee, cherries jubilee red velvet shortcake and chocolate sorbet served with Lamarca prosecco.

• Rice & Company offers a special throughout the month of February, offering a sushi and sake pairing for $48. Enjoy the Naughty and Spice Roll, featuring a blend of shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, cilantro and mango topped with salmon, avocado and sliced strawberries adorned with a spicy strawberry sauce, paired with Wakatake Onikoroshi sake. Guests can upgrade their meal to the “Get a Heart On” package which includes dinner for two at Rice & Co. plus two tickets to “Fantasy” and a copy of the “Barely Bejeweled” calendar featuring the ladies of “Fantasy,” for $175.

• Public House Las Vegas at Luxor offers a prix fixe menu with two glasses of champagne for $90 per couple. The first course will be a choice of house salad or classic Caesar salad. The second course features shrimp gambino served with assorted bell peppers in a lemon butter sauce. The entrée course offers a choice of filet mignon stuffed with goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, served with pan-seared asparagus and couscous or salmon Veronique in a crème sauce with grape tomatoes and red bell peppers served with fingerling potatoes.

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Trevi's Valentine's Day cocktail, Love Potion #9.

• Trevi offers the “That’s Amore” couples prix fixe menu at $70 per couple. Starters include the traditional Caesar salad or fresh field greens tossed in homemade balsamic vinaigrette mixed with tomatoes and crisp Italian crostini. Entrée choices include classic lasagna, penne diavolo or fettuccine al pesto con gamberi. For dessert try the spaghetti ice, a unique spaghetti and meatballs presentation completely made of vanilla and chocolate gelato topped with a sweet strawberry sauce. Cocktail specials include the Lotion Potion No. 9, priced at $9. Other pairing options include a bottle of 14 Hands Chardonnay or 14 Hands Cabernet for $30 per bottle.

• Bratalian offers an a la carte specialty menu featuring insalata de crescione and aragosta ($17), linguini al frutti de mare($26), mahi-mahi tropicale ($28) and tiramisu de fragole ($9) for dessert. The risotto of the day is risotto alle fragole ($22) featuring carnaroli rice with Champagne and fresh strawberries.

• Senor Frog’s Las Vegas hosts a “Kiss A Frog” event for singles starting at 8 p.m. Enjoy a one-hour open bar with well vodka cocktails for ladies. The party bar will also offer signature fishbowl drinks including the Frog’s Kiss, Frogasm, Hot Pants and Horny Cupid, all for $18. After kissing the frog, ladies will be entered to win prizes such as bar tabs, Senor Frog’s merchandise, dinner for two at the restaurant, “Mystère” tickets and the grand prize of a Tiffany necklace.

• New Summerlin restaurant My Healthy Meal will act as your personal chef this Valentine’s Day offering a three-course meal to enjoy at home. My Healthy Meal’s Chef Gene Villiatora prepares a pre-portioned gourmet and nutritious three-course including vanilla poached shrimp paired with a savory Thai cocktail sauce, grouper paired with a sweet potato puree & tear-drop tomato pistou. Dessert is a deconstructed cheesecake fondue with macerated strawberries. The special items are available Thursday, Feb. 14 and Friday, Feb. 15 for $35 total.

• Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas will offer a “Love Bites” anti-Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 4-11 p.m., priced at $40 per person. Executive Chef Matthew Piekarski begins the menu with an amuse-bouche of creamy garlic soup sure to deter any after-dinner kisses. The second course is “bleeding heart” arancini risotto balls with smoked salt beet gelee. The main entrée is dry-rubbed, barbeque pork ribs sure to lead to messy fingers. Dessert is the “cold hearted” vanilla semifreddo, topped with pistachio butter and burnt cherry compote.

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Dorito crusted mac and cheese at PBR Rock Bar.

• PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood offers a special meal, two-for-one glasses of Champagne and bull rides this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy the Doritos-crusted mac and cheese and the smokin’ hot barbecue chicken. For the main course, enjoy Texas-style beef brisket. For dessert, enjoy the Love Drunken Peach Cobbler.

• Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar celebrates Valentine’s Day from Feb. 14-17. Executive Chef Russell Skall offers two special entrees in addition to an a la carte menu. Enjoy roasted lobster tail and chateaubriand with crab Ggaçage. A dessert for two, Chocolate Budino, is also available. Wine Director Maeve Pesquera has crafted two specialty cocktails for the holiday: the Venetian Valentine, featuring Quady Elysium, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and Mionetto Prosecco, and the Mint To Be, prepared with Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur and POM Wonderful juice with fresh mint garnish. Fleming’s offers each couple dining Feb. 14-17 a complimentary $25 Fleming’s Dining Card to use at a later date.

• Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House offers a special Valentine’s Day menu featuring an eight-ounce filet and an eight-ounce lobster tail for $79. Dessert options include Godiva chocolate mousse cake for $12.

• The Barrymore offers a four-course meal for $110 with menu items such as Champagne gelee caviar, tuna poke with macadamia nuts, and a 16 oz. chateaubriand for two, plus the Rose Timbale for dessert.

• Border Grill offers an la carte menu featuring appetizers like tuna ceviche ($15) and braised oxtail quesadilla ($12); entrees such as chile-crusted porterhouse for two ($45), pan-seared ancho chile pork tenderloin ($29) and crab-stuffed chicken breast ($32). Desserts include the Upside Down Caramelized Plantain Cake ($8) and Spiced Columbian Chocolate Cake with Sweet Tomatillo Sauce ($8). Specialty cocktails are available for $12.

• Marche Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Shop in Desert Shores offers a special four-course prix fixe menu and a glass of Champagne for $75 per person. The menu starts with a choice of shrimp bisque or a winter vegetable salad followed by a choice of lobster risotto or seared foie gras. The main course is sole amandine or filet mignon. Finish things off with a chocolate mousse duo.

• Rao's at Caesars Palace offers a la carte specials including beef carpaccio, beef bolognese lasagna, red snapper and the red velvet heart for dessert. Specialty cocktails include the Cherry Drop Martini.

• Seafood Shack at TI offers a menu featuring lobster bisque followed by kumamoto oysters on the half shell, served with strawberry mignonette. The main course is a pan-roasted filet mignon and butter-poached prawn. For dessert, enjoy Chef Debbie’s chocolate coeur a la crème. The menu is available for $45 per person and is served from 5 to 10 p.m.

• Phil’s Italian Steakhouse at TI offers a choice of oysters on the half-shell, served with Champagne and wasabi cream or prosciutto-wrapped scallops to start followed by a choice of lobster chowder or Caesar salad. The main course is a choice of a rack of Colorado lamb, served with a port wine sauce, red pepper mash and asparagus, pan-seared Mediterranean sea bass, served with fennel cream, heart of beetroot risotto and baby carrots or chateaubriand for two, featuring a 16-ounce center cut tenderloin, fingerling potatoes, baby vegetables and tarragon demi-glaze sauce. Dessert is a chocolate coeur a la crème with a raspberry compote. The menu is available for $75 per person from 5-10 p.m.

• Summerlin’s Chocolate and Spice features Chef Megan Romano’s hand-crafted specials, including sweets available for pre-order such as strawberries and champagne ($20), three large dark chocolate Champagne truffles and three chocolate-dipped strawberries, and chocolate-dipped strawberries wrapped in a gift box (six for $12, 12 for $22, 18 for $32, 24 for $44). Other Valentine’s Day bakery specials include the dark chocolate raspberry torte ($25), chocolate brownie heart with cream cheese frosting ($5), raspberry macaroons with a chocolate ganache filling (five for $10), raspberry cheesecake with dark chocolate crust ($7), raspberry almond Linzer and heart-shaped sugar cookies ($3 each) and Valentine’s cupcakes ($3.75 each).

• Due Forni offers a prix fixe menu for two for $60. The feast includes stracciatella al forno with roasted cherry tomatoes, basil pesto and house-made bread, heart-shaped lobster ravioli served with butter sauce, pizza bresaola with thinly sliced cured tenderloin, creamy casatica, red onions and fresh spinach, and dolci cannoli filled with Valhrona chocolate and strawberries and topped with toasted almonds.

• Hussong’s offers a $35 four-course dinner including starters of vegetable soup and turkey lettuce wraps, an entrée of almond tequila sea bass with roasted red potatoes, almond and tequila sauce, Swiss chard and avocado, and Buñuelos y Cocados, a thin, fried tortilla with cinnamon and sugar and sweet coconut flakes, to round out the experience.

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White grape sangria at Meatball Spot.

• Meatball Spot at Town Square features a meal crafted by Executive Chef and Bravo’s “Top Chef” cheftestant Carla Pellegrino. Priced at $24.95 per person, the four-course feast includes a salad, appetizer, main course and dessert, plus a glass of sangria. Begin with a Caprese salad followed by a serving of classic meatball bruschetta. For the main course, enjoy rigatoni tossed in Meatball Spot’s signature spicy meat sauce. Dessert is a heart-shaped ice cream sandwich made with fresh baked cookies and ice cream. Guests 21 and over may choose from Meatball Spot’s strawberry and peach sangria or white grape sangria to accompany their meal.

• Lavo offers a special menu including Mediterranean King Crab Salad ($22) with roasted beets, mache and citrus; Rose Petal Shaped Pasta ($28) with shrimp, asparagus tips and black truffles; and a six-ounce filet mignon and baked langostino ($65). For dessert, enjoy a Valrhona Chocolate Parfait ($14) with preserved raspberries.

• Slice of Vegas presents a $40, four-course dining experience. Kick the meal off with Tomato Bisque Soup and Ensalata, a spring mix with candied nuts, pomegranates and bleu cheese topped with a pomegranate vinaigrette. Mare E Terra will serve as the entrée, consisting of a filet, shrimp, roasted garlic and basil mashed potatoes, asparagus and tarragon zabaglione. End the night on a sweet note with assorted Petit Fours with caramel sauce and candied strawberries.

• Strip House offers a special a la carte kataifi-wrapped crisp shrimp ($21) with chopped avocado, cucumber and flying fish roe or Bufala mozzarella and braised artichoke salad ($19) topped with a sun dried tomato vinaigrette and artichoke chips. Entrees include Surf and Turf ($58), eight-ounce filet mignon and broiled lobster or a 14-ounce Bone-In Filet ($54). Enjoy a warm red berry cake ($10) with roasted strawberries, raspberries and white chocolate ice cream for dessert.

• TAO presents a Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu for $55 per person. The first course selections include chilled shibumi oysters; a trio of shibumi oysters served with blood orange mignonette, pickled fresh turmeric and ginger flowers; or lobster risotto. Main course options include a dry-aged prime sirloin with maitake mushrooms, Japanese potato, roasted chestnuts and caramelized pearl onions or day boat black bass with roasted baby artichokes, golden beets and shiso lime vinaigrette. Dessert is a gluten-free velvet cake.

• Executive Chef Rick Giffen has created special menus for the Top of the World Restaurant and McCall’s Heartland Grill at the Stratosphere. Top of the World offers a gourmet four-course couples menu beginning with a lobster mango ceviche shooter, followed by a choice of starters including winter melon soup with speck, Peruvian scallops and oyster accompanied by soba noodle, baby bok choy and enoki mushroom or artisan lettuce with roasted rhubarb and strawberry. The shared main entrée features a duo of grilled beef tenderloins with chimichurri velouté and lobster tails with vanilla essence served with a winter vegetable medley, onion soubise and sunchoke puree. For dessert, enjoy a chocolate tres leches accompanied by raspberry cotton candy and passion fruit sorbet and tropical fruit brunoise. The menu is $180 per couple.

• The newly opened McCall’s Heartland Grill kicks off its special meal with sautéed lobster and scallop love puff appetizer served with roasted red pepper cream. The featured entrée is a grilled trio, including pistachio-crusted lamb chop, grilled shrimp with Valentine garlic cream, guava barbecue grilled quail served with golden raisin and pancetta risotto cake. 
For dessert, enjoy a chocolate chipotle brownie with mocha almond fudge ice cream and raspberry coulis. The meal is $49 per person, plus tax.

• Ri Ra at Mandalay Place offers an a la carte menu featuring shrimp Francesca ($10.95), roasted figs and almonds ($9.95), garlic chicken “Kiss of Death” (17.95), filet Oscar ($24.95) and lobster Newburg ($24.95). For dessert, try the mini wedding cake ($7.95) or The Bride and Groom dessert ($7.95).

• Cantina Laredo at Tivoli Village offers a three-course “Valentine’s Especialidad” menu available Feb. 9-16. The menu is priced at $35 per person, with an option for a $15 additional cocktail pairing. The first course includes a choice of ensalada de mango or sopa de pimiento, served with a white honey sangria. For the second course, choose from enchiladas de cangrejo, codorniz con cirulela or filet pasilla paired with passion fruit margarita. For dessert, choose between strawberry buñuelos or churros with chocolate rasberry sauce with Grand Mariner cajeta to dip, paired with the Heart Warmer cocktail featuring Corazón Añejo, Bailey’s and coffee.

• The Artisan offers a Valentine’s Day dinner menu priced at $99 a couple. The three-course meal begins with a choice between coriander-crusted ahi tuna or poached and chilled lobster. The second course offers a choice of a blue crab cake or fresh gorgonzola and sundried tomato ravioli. For the main course, enjoy Colorado rack of lamb, seared petite filet mignon or seared sea scallops and Baja shrimp with fettuccini pasta. Dessert is a six-layer white chocolate mousse for two.

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Flautas from Tacos & Tequila.

• Tacos & Tequila at Luxor offers a Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu at $29 per person. The menu features starters including shrimp ceviche shots, chicken quesadillas and beef flautas. Entrée choices include a trio of enchiladas, the Taste of T&T featuring pork carnitas, or the combination taco platter. All entrées are served with a side of Mexican black beans and rice. Desserts include traditional Mexican flan, a chocolate morenita sundae or tres leches cake. Couples can add Patrón Tequila flights that include silver, reposado and añejo for $15. Guests can upgrade their meal to the “Get a Heart On” package, which includes dinner for two at T&T plus two tickets to “Fantasy” and a copy of 2013 “Barely Bejeweled” calendar featuring the ladies of “Fantasy,” for $140.

• Rumor welcomes Valentine’s Day with a special prix fixe menu featuring a two-course meal and dessert for $30 per person. Start off with a choice of seared scallops or an Addiction salad as the first course, followed by grilled New York strip, pan-seared polenta or roasted Atlantic salmon as the main entrée. For dessert, choose from the Addiction bread pudding or the chocolate molten cake.

• The Resort on Mount Charleston offers a Valentine’s room and four-course dinner package on Feb. 14, priced at $214 per couple. Guests can choose a standard king or two queen guest room and a special four-course dinner for two, featuring an 18-ounce bone-in rib-eye, sea bass Oscar and Champagne chicken. Enjoy a raspberry mousse heart with chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert. Seating times are available at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., reservations required. Dinner for two is $130 or the Valentine’s Day room rates start at $134 per couple.

• The Golden Grill at Gold Spike celebrates the holiday with a special four-course dinner for two available every Friday and Saturday during February, plus Feb. 14. Your meal starts with a Cupid’s appetizer platter to share, followed by a salad for two. For the main course, enjoy an eight-ounce New York steak and shrimp scampi with your choice of a potato and assorted vegetables, plus a shared dessert. Dinner is $19.99.

• The Firelight Buffet at Sam’s Town offers a special Valentine’s Day Menu priced at $12.99 per person, served from 4 p.m. to close. In addition to normal offerings, the Valentine’s menu will feature a carving station with prime rib and turkey breast, roulades of chicken, pork, osso bucco and linguini with seafood scampi. Desserts include a chocolate fountain with fresh fruits and Bavarian cream puffs, 10 flavors of hand-scooped ice cream, fresh baked pies, cakes, cookies, pastries and fruit cobbler. The meal includes a glass of Champagne.

• Billy Bob’s Steak House and Saloon at Sam’s Town offers a Valentine’s menu for $25, served from 5 p.m. to close. Enjoy menu items such as a choice of sweetheart steak and seared scallops, blackened ahi filet and sautéed chicken chateau. The meal includes a house soup or salad, baked potato or rice and Billy’s bread basket. Desserts include a choice of chocolate mousse torte, red velvet cake or ice cream du jour.

• Willy and Jose’s Cantina at Sam’s Town offers a special meal from 5 p.m. to close. Entrees include Willy’s Surf & Turf ($22).

• La Parilliada offers a mixed grill for two ($27.50) and house-made banana bread pudding with pineapple sauce, vanilla ice cream and cinnamon crisps ($7).

• Redwood Bar & Grill at Sam’s Town offers a special menu from 5:30 p.m. to close featuring a grilled shrimp appetizer served in an artichoke with light Cajun sauce for $10, Chilean sea bass wrapped in spinach and phyllo dough on top of a mango puree with a grand marnier glaze and served with asparagus plus a house salad, choice of potato and bananas foster cheesecake for $35.

• Pasta Pirate at Sam’s Town offers a Valentine’s Day dinner for $25, served from5:30 p.m. to close. Begin with an appetizer of bruschetta with shrimp, tarragon and arugula. Next, enjoy sautéed shrimp, scallops and clams, accompanied by tri-colored bell peppers with applewood-smoked bacon over fettuccini in a light basil cream sauce. For dessert, enjoy cappuccino cheesecake drizzled with hazelnut liqueur.

• The Market Street Café at Sam’s Town, open 24 hours, offers filet mignon served with grilled shrimp topped with bleu cheese cream sauce, chives and chopped applewood bacon. Dinner includes a twice-baked potato and steamed asparagus for $12.99.

• Second Street Grill at Fremont Hotel and Casino offers a special dinner for $45, served from 5 p.m. to close. The menu features filet and stuffed prawns plus soup or salad and your choice from the chef’s dessert selection. Each lady dining on Valentine’s Day will also receive a complimentary rose.

• Triple 7 Restaurant and Microbrewery at Main Street Station offers a Valentine’s Day dinner priced at $21.99. Enjoy a panko-crisp Atlantic salmon filet served with poached asparagus topped with hollandaise sauce, accompanied by steamed white rice, pineapple chutney and a seasonal fruit compote served with soup or house salad.

• Eldorado Casino offers “Mariana’s Sweetheart of a Deal” for $20, featuring a jumbo shrimp cocktail appetizer, petite filet mignon with steamed fresh asparagus and rice pilaf, plus the chef’s special dessert. The promotional price is with a players card.

• Nobhill Tavern by Michael Mina offers Valentine’s diners a chance to enjoy some of Chef Michael Mina’s signature dishes including the American Osetra caviar parfait which Chef Mina created while he was on his honeymoon. Other menu highlights include Maine lobster pot pie and the tartare of ahi tuna. This four-course meal is $135 per person.

• Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria offers a menu featuring Almas Ara caviar and vodka cream, seared sea scallops with lemon cauliflower sauce, fried onions, garlic and capers and the grilled Angus 300 Wagyu filet mignon. Dessert is a bittersweet chocolate soufflé.

• Social House inside Crystals at CityCenter offers an a la carte menu for a Valentine’s Day featuring a menu by Executive Chef John Chien Lee, paired with a complimentary glass of sparkling sake. Menu items include sesame garlic poached lobster with forbidden rice, goat cheese crumbles, lap cheong (Chinese sausage) and garnished with sesame brittle or Inaniwa udon noodles with shitake broth served with grilled shrimp, green onions and ginger oroshi. Desserts include a savory chocolate spice layer cake.

• Ron’s Steakhouse at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur is offering an eight-ounce filet mignon paired with a six-ounce lobster tail served with a twice baked potato and a medley of carrots, mini squash and zucchini, served with Ron’s famous breadbasket complete with flavored butters and a special Valentine’s Day dessert. The meal is $59 with a players card and $65.55 without and is served from 4-9 p.m. on Thursday.

• Sourdough Café at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur offers a petit filet mignon and slipper lobster tail served with soup or salad, a choice of potato, vegetables, rolls and butter. For dessert, enjoy strawberry cheesecake. The meal is available February 14 and 15, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is $14.99 with a players card, or $16.66 without .

• Frisco Market Buffet at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur features rib eye steak and fried shrimp along with its usual buffet offerings including American, South of the border, Italian, and seafood items along with a salad bar and dessert. The special additions are available Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and February 15 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Lunch is $7.49-$9.99 depending on the level of players card and dinner ranges from $8.99-$11.99.

• Yukon Grille at Arizona Charlie’s Boulder offers three entree specials: Champagne quail with mushroom risotto, filet mignon stuffed with crabmeat, wrapped in bacon and served with potatoes or salmon and shrimp served with spinach and rice pilaf. Each entree is served with a choice of soup or salad, fresh vegetable and chocolate fondue with fruit or ice cream for dessert. The menu is available Feb. 14, from 4-10 p.m. and is $26.99 with a players card or $29.99 without.

• Sourdough Cafe at Arizona Charlie’s Boulder features a surf and turf special including a New York strip steak and sautéed garlic shrimp served with fresh vegetables and a choice of potato. The menus is available February 14 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and is $12.99 with a players card or $14.43 without.

• Wild West Buffet at Arizona Charlie’s Boulder offers a specialty menu featuring beef stroganoff with buttered noodles, chicken piccata with tarragon cream sauce, shrimp scampi with pasta, pork loin with Madagascar pepper sauce, salmon with dill butter, garlic mashed potatoes, buttered fresh vegetables and much more. The menu is available Feb. 14 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Lunch is $6.99-$9.32, depending on players card level, and dinner ranges from $8.99-$11.99.

• Comme Ça at Cosmopolitan offers taste of Parisian romance with a prix-fixe menu on Thursday, Feb. 14. The four-course menu is $99 per person or $149 per person with the wine pairing option. Menu highlights include choices of creamed cauliflower soup with cold water lobster paired with Simonnet-Febvre Brut Crémant de Bourgogne or Primetime Farms heirloom tomato toast with fromage blanc, wild arugula and olive oil paired with Domaine Bichot Gamay, to start. The second course includes choices of confit of duck agnolotti with kurri squash, apple and sage paired with Domaine Parent Pinot Noir or black truffle risotto with mascarpone and beech mushroom (a $25 supplement) paired with Ramey Wine Cellars Chardonnay. The third course offers s choice of Snake River Farm American Wagyu ribeye with pommes fondantes, king crab, asparagus and béarnaise paired with Nelms Road Merlot or vegetarian “steak & potato” with butternut squash steak à la plancha, pommes fondantes, smoked cippolini onion and leaves of Brussels sprouts paired with Easton Wines Zinfandel. Dessert is a white chocolate and raspberry heart bavarois with raspberry crémeux and vanilla-champagne ice cream paired with Domaine Renardat-Fâche Rosé du Bugey-Cerdon. Reservations are recommended, please call 698-7910.

• Hachi inside Red Rock Resort offers a special eight-course menu and taste of sake for $75 per person, or include an optional sake pairing for an additional $35 per person. Courses include a white chocolate and avocado mousse, seared Hokkaido scallops with a dark chocolate miso, yuzu butter poached black bass with chocolate pralines and more.

• Origin India Restaurant and Bar offers a special five-course menu featuring aphrodisiac-inspired delights priced at $65 per person. Menus highlights include crab gulnar (crab cake with dried rose petals), chicken boti kebab (breast pieces marinated in yogurt and spices served with fresh herbs) and shahi gilawat kebab (ground lamb patty made with green papaya and spices). Vegetarian specials include anardana aloo tikki (spicy potato patties stuffed with pomegranate & mint) tulsi ka paneer pakora (fried cottage cheese stuffed with fresh basil and sun dried tomatoes in a gram flour batter) potli samosa (cauliflower and peas stuffed in a pastry) and aloo bonda (fried mashed potato balls in gram flour batter).

• Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay offers specials including lobster thermidor ($80), surf and turf with Wagyu beef and a 2 lb. deshelled lobster ($80). Dessert is a dark chocolate soufflé with Raspberry Lambic Ale crème anglaise ($12).

• Rhumbar offers special holiday rum and cigar pairings for $20. Suggested pairings include: Romeo y Julieta Real Short Churchill cigar complemented by a glass of Rhum Barbancourt 15-Year Estate Reserve, La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Robusto paired with El Dorado 15-Year Special Reserve rum and the Padron Series 1926 No. 2 Maduro accompanied by the barrel-aged Ron Zacapa 23.

• Brio Tuscan Grille offers a special menu served Thursday through Saturday. The dinner includes a bottle of wine and four- course meal for $79.99.

• Through February 14th, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant offers a Valentine’s Appetizer Platter for $11.95, which includes popular menu items like the mozzarella tempura. Mio Sparkling Sake is also available served on ice in champagne flutes for $14.95.

• View Wine Bar & Kitchen at Tivoli Village offers a special starter dish on Feb. 14 featuring a shareable braised lamb chop served with market vegetables and red wine reduction. The dish is accompanied by a wine flight featuring Hahn Vineyards and the dish and wine together is priced at $15.

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Andrea's is the newest dining hot spot to open at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.

• Andrea’s, the new Asian dining location at Encore, offers a specialty menu from Executive Chef Joseph Elevado. The special “Look of Love” prix-fixe tasting menu available on Thursday features kumamoto oyster served with caviar and yuzu crème fraiche, salmon sashimi, crispy king crab, Wagyu strip loin, yellowtail yuzu tobiko and an albacore miso roll plus a tasting of sweets for dessert. The tasting menu is $100 per person and is served beginning at 6 p.m.

• Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro offers a special four-course menu for $65 per person. The menu includes items like the carrot ginger soup, foie gras terrine, gateau des legumes or tuna crudo salad followed by a choice of roasted chicken, braised short ribs or roasted Saint Pierre as the main entrée follwed by a dessert of fresh vanilla bean mascarpone with vanilla pound cake and vanilla bavarois or coffee pain de genes with mascarpone espresso cream and Guanaja chocolate mousse.

• Restaurant Guy Savoy offers a menu priced at $360 per person which includes 10 decadent courses featuring some of Chef Savoy’s signature dishes. Menu highlights include the restaurant’s famous “concassé” of oysters followed by the scallops and caviar in cold steam and egg black truffle. Subsequent dishes include crispy French sea bass, foie-gras bitter infusion, and Chef Savoy’s famous artichoke and black truffle soup with toasted mushroom brioche. Main course options include the crispy veal sweetbreads and lentils and black truffle plus Guinea hen with basmati rice and Albufera jus. For close out the meal, enjoy comté mousse black truffle, blood orange and the final chocolate.

• Serendipity 3 features an “Adam and Eve Special Menu” for $75 per person. Enjoy a bottle of Serendipity brand sparkling wine to share plus a choice of salad, entre and a shared dessert. Menu highlights include the garden of Eden Parmesan stacked salad with roasted tomatoes, cucumber and beet ribbons, the “sweetheart half-roasted chicken panzanella” served atop panzanella with chicken jus, the “mighty Aphrodite angel hair” comprised of rock shrimp, garlic, asparagus and roasted tomatoes over angel hair pasta or “the moons of Venus rib-eye steak” served with potato gratin, garlicky baby carrots and haricot vert. For dessert, enjoy the Cupid’s molten chocolate cupcake.

• All American Bar & Grille offers a special three-course menu from 5-11 p.m. Thursday featuring a fruit-filled salad ($8) with baby salad greens, butter-poached carrots, strawberries, raspberries, walnuts, currants and warm baked Brie cheese. Main courses include black canyon filet and poached lobster tail ($55) or chicken marsala with chanterelle mushrooms ($22). A duet of buttery crème-filled vanilla and chocolate long john crust ($7) is offered for dessert.

• Buzios has a special three-course Valentine’s Day menu will be featured. Starter options include bloody Mary oyster shooters and mojito shrimp ceviche ($13) or the lump crab, avocado and basil salad ($19). Main entrée choices include the petite filet mignon, lobster and rock shrimp ($43) or the poached Chilean sea bass ($33). For dessert, enjoy a Neapolitan bavarois crème with a light French cake.

• Martorano’s offers a three-course prix fixe menu featuring choices of the mozzarella stack ($22) or eggplant Parmigiana ($18) to start. Main entrée choices include the pescatore with linguini pasta, San Marzono tomato, scallops, shrimp, lobster and fresh basil ($52), Chilean sea bass in a light lemon butter sauce with sautéed lump crab ($48), shrimp risotto and asparagus ($28) or lasagna ($26). For dessert, enjoy a Neapolitan bavarois crème dressed with a light French cake and a selection of mignardises ($8).

• Voodoo Steak offers a four-course menu with a great view of the city for $65 per person. The menu includes creamy root vegetable soup to start, California seabass, blue cheese-crusted Wagyu tenderloin, and Neapolitan bavarois crème with a selection of mignardises for dessert. The menu will be offered from 5–10:30 p.m.

• Center Cut Steakhouse at Flamingo offers a special four-course prix fixe menu for $85 per person. Two glasses of Champagne accompany the first course of lime-poached shrimp cocktail for two and following Center Cut Caesars salad for two. The main entrée features a choice of eight-ounce beef Wellington filet mignon or eight-ounce steak Diane filet mignon. Shared sides include the jalapeno bacon creamed corn, lobster mac & cheese and grilled asparagus. Dessert is chocolate mousse-spiced raspberry or white chocolate passion fruit cream.

• Gordon Ramsay Steak offers a four-course menu for $95 per person. Starters include the Scotch egg and domestic caviar followed by a second course featuring a choice of smoked beef tartare, fried Blue Point oyster or Maine lobster. The third course includes choices of beef Wellington for two, roasted chicken breast or fisherman’s stew for two. Finish off the meal with a chef-selected dessert.

• Bally’s Steakhouse offers a three-course menu for $150 for two people. Highlights include seafood on ice to share featuring shrimp, king crab claws and oysters. Main entrees include Wagyu eye of rib eye or albacore tuna with lobster plus a dessert to share.

• Bellagio welcomes the prestigious Diaoyutai State Guesthouse to the United States. This is only the second time this has occurred so if you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, this could be it. Typically reserved for royalty, heads of state and other world leaders, Diaoyutai State Guesthouse of Beijing will host a series of exclusive dinners within Bellagio’s Tuscany Kitchen Thursday, Feb. 14-Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The dinner offers an eight-course menu featuring dishes showcasing rare ingredients and techniques that follow strict nutritional requirements. Prepared and served by the Diaoyutai culinary team and led by Executive Chef Hao Baoli, who has hosted more than 1,000 world leaders in his decades at the Guesthouse, this special meal is $500 per person and all-inclusive. For reservations, call the Bellagio Concierge at 866-406-.

• Sushi Roku offers its regular menu as well as two exclusive Valentine’s Day Specials. The first is the “Tuna met Salmon” featuring tuna and salmon sashimi with mizore ponzu and flower bouquets for $22 and the Cherrytini cocktail consisting of pitted cherries, simple syrup, Grey Goose Cherry Noir, Domain de Canton Ginger Liquer and sour for $14.

• Executive Chef Mark LoRusso at Botero has created a five-course tasting menu featuring ahi tuna parfait with hamachi and American caviar, ricotta raviolini with black truffles and beurre blanc, crispy skin black bass with Dungeness crab grits and roasted artichokes, and rack of Colorado lamb with goat cheese soufflé and creamed spinach. For dessert, enjoy a ‘deconstructed’ candy bar with dark chocolate ganache and salted caramel ice cream and milk chocolate pot de crème with vanilla pecan blondie and Bailey’s Chantilly cream. The prix fixe menu is $95 per person. The regular menu is also available.

• In addition to its usual menu, Country Club – A New American Steakhouse offers an "Aphrodisiac Tasting Menu" from Executive Chef Carlos Guia. The menu features chilled oysters on the half shell, grilled white and green asparagus, pan roasted sea scallops, grilled filet mignon with toasted garlic-bleu cheese fingerling potato fries and creole mustard-bourbon demi-glace. Dessert is a decadent chocolate fondue. All may be ordered a la carte, or enjoyed as a complete, multi-course meal, priced at $95 per person.

• In addition to Sinatra’s usual menu, Chef Theo Schoenegger presents the four-course Sinatra Seduction menu, featuring seared Sonoma foie gras with black peppered pears and candied kumquats, hand cut angel hair pasta in chive sauce with Osetra caviar, Mediterranean branzino with lobster and baby vegetable ragout or petit filet mignon with rosemary-garlic potato gratin and black truffle reduction. For dessert, enjoy a dark chocolate molten cake with raspberry flambé and amaretto crunch gelato. The prix fixe menu is $150 per person.

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Banana split from Gary's Cafe at The Range 702.

• The Range 702 offers a unique dining option for Valentine's Day. Choose from several Valentine's Day packages including one that offers 20 rounds with a .22 Pistol, 20 rounds with a 9mm handgun, 50 rounds with any sub-machine gun, targets, two tickets to "Raack N Roll" at the D Las Vegas and a three-course dinner for two at The Range 702’s own Gary’s Café. Menu items include shrimp cocktail, stuffed mushrooms, chicken Caesar salad with garlic bread, rib-eye Philly cheese steak sandwich with fries and a brownie sundae, chocolate-dipped strawberries, banana splits or fresh fruit for dessert. The package is $249.95 for two people.

• Society Café at Encore offers a special menu from Chef Bryan Forgione featuring items like butternut squash soup with spiced chestnut cream, baked Taylor Bay scallops in the half shell, slow braised beef short rib with whipped black truffle potatoes and lobster and organic pioppini mushroom cavatelli. Desserts include a toasted macadamia and chocolate lava cake, dark chocolate and mint petit fours accompanied by a glass of Brachetto d’ Acqui. The four-course prix fixe menu is $65 person.

• Wynn’s head Mixologist, Patricia Richards, introduces a new cocktail, Cupid’s Kiss, to the menu at Parasol Up and Parasol Down. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the cocktail that combines Zing Red Velvet Vodka, Godiva chocolate liquor, rock candy syrup and a red, marshmallow heart garnish. It is $14 and available at both Parasol Up and Parasol Down.

• Scarpetta at the Cosmopolitan offers a prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu for $110 per person featuring items like tuna crudo, diver scallops, ricotta and truffle ravoilini, Waygu strip steak and flourless chocolate cake for dessert.

• Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan offers several Valentine’s Day menu additions like lobster fra diavolo, Hawaiian hearts of palm salad with passionfruit vinaigrette, miso-glazed California sturgeon, sauteed abalone and sunchokes with a vanilla beurre blanc and Champagne steamed mussels. For dessert, enjoy treats like raspberry marshmallows amd lemon strawberry cloud tarts.

• Simon Restaurant & Lounge at Palms Place offers a tasting menu for two for $149. Enjoy menu items like French onion soup, a salad of hearts with bleeding heart radish, hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, celery heart, pomegranate vinaigrette and hot and cold shrimp. Main courses include grilled marinated hanger steak and seared diver scallops. Enjoy a “Sweetheart Sweets Platter” for dessert.

• Silverado Steakhouse at South Point features a unique Valentine’s Day menu, priced at $49 per person, featuring smoked duck breast, crab legs Francaise, white sea bass and medallion of beef and shrimp. Side dishes include the Cupid Salad or soufflé potatoes and Parisian vegetables. For dessert, enjoy a combination of raspberry and blackberry mousses.

• Don Vito’s Italian at South Point offers guests a special menu, priced at $35 per person, featuring grilled shrimp or spinach salad followed by a choice of seafood asti or medallion of beef Rossini. Dessert is a mudslide cannoli with a special Champagne toast.

• Primarily Prime Rib at South Point offers a specialty menu for $29 per person featuring items like a “Lover Salad” paired with a choice of medallions of beef or salmon Oscar with chateau potatoes and fresh green beans. Guests will finish the evening with a special Champagne toast and pears belle Helene to share for dessert.

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Chocolate heart Valentine's Day dessert at Central by Michel Richard.

• Central by Michel Richard offers a three-course dinner for two, priced at $50 per person and $65 per person with a glass of French Champagne. Menu highlights include a choice of sunchoke soup or warm spinach salad followed by a choice of grilled loup de mer and ratatouille with lemon vinaigrette or filet mignon with syrah sauce and root vegetable pearls. Dessert is a chocolate heart for two.

• Baja Miguel’s Mexican restaurant at South Point offers a special $19.95 holiday menu including a choice of traditional or strawberry margaritas leading into a choice of shrimp Rockefeller or fish ceviche tostadas to start. The main entrée is the “Baja Combination” featuring salmon and a flat iron steak. Enjoy a tequila strawberry flan for two for dessert.

• Culinary Dropout offers a specialty menu from Feb. 14-16 in addition to the Single’s Awareness Day drink specials on Friday, Feb. 15. The four-course a la carte menu features the gastropub’s signature appetizers, salads, main entrees and desserts such as the bistro steak Oscar ($36) topped with king crab and peppercorn gastrique and served with a side of hand-cut fries. Desserts include the apple monkey bread, peanut butter and chocolate tart and salted caramel custard. On Feb. 15, cocktail specials include $5 champagne, $2 paper bag beers and $8 specialty cocktails including the Cat Lady and SADCakes.

• Aureole at Mandalay Bay offers a four-course Valentine’s Day offering two seating options: $95 in the main dining room or $105 in the swan court with optional wine pairings from the restaurant’s famous wine tower for an additional $55. The four-course meal offers items like oysters and king crab leg, Dover sole filet, duo of veal tenderloin and sweetbreads and a dessert of strawberry and Champagne vacherin.

• Fleur by Hubert Keller offers a specialty meal for $75 per person featuring items like kusshi oysters, jumbo lump crab cake, seared scallops, petite filet and a chocolate hazelnut bar for dessert.

• Alain Ducasse’s Mix at Mandalay Bay offers a meal for $80 per person featuring items like marinated Maine scallops with Chioggia beets and mache topped with fresh black truffle shavings and beef tenderloin with Hawaiian heart of palm, sautéed red oak, and barbeque marmalade.

• Executive Chef Pierpaolo Pittia has created a five-course meal at Fiamma for $85 per person. Menu items include a white asparagus soufflé mixed with a crispy prosciutto langoustine sauce and baked singing scallops followed by tortellini with foie gras. The main course is surf and turf featuring tenderloin of beef and fresh Maine lobster. Dessert is tiramisu.

• Shibuya’s Valentine Omakase menu offers menu items like salmon tataki, ama ebi, nori-crusted tuna, Colorado lamb served with wasabi relish, king crab tempura, a selection of sushi and soup, and sweet rice pudding with earl grey Ice Cream. This Japanese feast is available for $240 per couple.

• P.J. Clarke’s offers a four-course menu, priced at $199 per couple, including a jumbo shrimp cocktail followed by a variety of signature salads and soups, entrees including lobster tails and lamb chops plus deserts such as cinnamon chocolate dipped strawberries and “Sinful Red Velvet Cake.” The specialty menu includes a bottle of wine from a selective wine list.

• Hyde Bellagio celebrates Valentine’s Day with the second installment of Hyde’s complimentary wine tasting event from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy wines from Terra Valentine Winery plus chocolate rouge chocolate red wine and La Marca Prosecco. Gourmet small plates from Circo are available to order until 9 p.m. to complement the wines. In honor of “Singles Awareness Day,” Hyde and match.com also will welcome 300 of Vegas’ sexiest singles hoping to be struck by Cupid’s arrow. Following the tasting, guests can stay for Live Music Thursdays featuring music from “American Idol” contestant and acoustic guitarist Mahi Crabbe. Admission is complimentary and guests must be 21.

• Hash House A Go Go’s four local locations feature specials ranging in price from $6.95 to $29.95 in addition to their regular menu offerings. Specialty menu items include roasted tomato basil bisque with crème fraiche ($6.95), 18-ounce bone-in certified Angus beef ribeye ($29.95) and salmon pasta ($18.95). Speciaty cocktails include the “Blackberry Bellini” ($5.95) and “Tangerine Kiss” ($7.95). Desserts include the Snickers bread pudding and the cherry chocolate cheesecake ($7.95 each).

• Platinum’s Valentines Weekend menu is priced at $50 per person for a three-course meal featuring items like tomato gin bisque, grilled salmon with roasted pepper coulis and beef tenderloin with port wine reduction served with garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed asparagus. Dessert options include tiramisu or cheesecake.

• STK at the Cosmopolitan is offering a complimentary shot of Orgy with the purchase of a strawberry rhubarb cobbler cocktail, which is priced at $18. All couples dining will also receive a chocolate cup shot with Grey Goose Cherry Noir.

• Guests who get married on Valentine’s Day are invited to spice up the evening at Bagatelle Restaurant & Supper Club as they throw the “world’s largest wedding reception.” Enjoy drink and dinner specials, live entertainment, thousands of dollars in giveaways and music from DJ Kaycee. In addition, Bagatelle is offering a four-course prix fixe menu prepared by Executive Chef John Zamarchi, priced at $99 per couple. Menu items include kushi oysters with orange foam and caviar, frisse and endive salad with poached bosc pear, camembert cheese and cider vinaigrette, pan-roasted filet mignon, sautéed shrimp with pastis flambé, plus a chocolate soufflé for two. The menu is $99 per couple.

• Valentino offers a five-course prix fixe menu prepared by James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef Luciano Pellegrini. Menu items include kumomoto oysters with Osetra caviar and Chervil, lobster medallion, sea urchin custard and watercress tangerine salad, spaghetti alla chitarra and lamb meatballs with creamy herb pesto sauce and chocolate mousse with liquid raspberry center and orange passion fruit sorbet, priced at $105 per person. A wine pairing option is available for an additional $55.

• Twist by Pierre Gagnaire offers five-course and eight-course dinners with menu items including duck foie gras, Colorado lamb with swiss chard, gnocchi and gorgonzola butter, orange glazed Skuna Bay salmon, and a dessert of passion fruits, lemongrass macaroons, vanilla parfait, winter fruits marmalade with sauterne and saffron orange sorbet. The five-course menu is $165 per person with wine pairings for an additional $120 per person. The eight-course menu is $230 per person with wine pairings for an additional $180 per person.

• Mozen Bistro offers a specialty five-course menu from Feb. 14-17 featuring dinner, house-made gourmet chocolates and two glasses of champagne per couple, priced at $75 per person.

• Mandarin Bar offers specialty cocktails Feb. 14-17, including the “Delectable Delicacies & Bubbly” featuring lobster gelee with caviar and crème fraiche, two glasses of Champagne and a box of gourmet chocolates from the hotel’s pastry chef, for $95 per person. The “Sweet Sensation” option features sweet strawberries marinated in Veuve Clicquot Champagne and covered in rich chocolate for $25.

• Mandarin Oriental Lounge offers a Valentine Afternoon Tea featuring tea service and heart-shaped, house-made gourmet chocolates. Afternoon tea is $45 per person. For reservations, call 590-8882.

• Fogo de Chao offers a special Valentine’s Day weekend offer where couples who dine at Fogo for lunch or dinner between February 14 and 16 will receive a card good for a complimentary lunch or dinner on their next visit.

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  1. Ethel M simply doesn't make good chocolate and its expensive. Godiva -- available at several places -- is simply much better.

    Fogo de Chao in my opinion is simply an expensive gimmick.

    I can't imagine why Hash House A Go Go tries to get into V-Day. It's simply not its cup of tea.

    I've never had a good food experience at South Point other than Steak N Shake. Ever.