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Restaurant guide

Valentine's Day dining specials

A guide for you and your valentine

I want to list some great local specials for the big V-Day. Here’s a sampling of some culinary goings on in the Tucson area.

Doubletree offers magical evenings this Valentine’s weekend

Make this Valentine’s Day memorable at the Doubletree Reid Park with a special four-course dinner for $34.95 at the Cactus Rose Steakhouse and an award-winning show, Carnival of Illusion-An Evening of Intimate Magical Wonders!

The Cactus Rose Steakhouse, serving delectable continental cuisine, will be offering a four-course meal with tasty dishes like Chili Spiced Rubbed Jumbo Shrimp, Steak and Lobster, Prime Rib and Vegetable Strudel. Guests can choose from indulgent desserts including a White Chocolate Banana Crème Brûlée, Bread Pudding with Jack Daniels Caramel Sauce or Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Champagne. Dinner also includes a glass of wine from the “By the Glass” selection.

Following dinner, relive a Victorian-inspired magical experience of the highest caliber at the Doubletree Hotel recreated by National Touring Illusionists and 2009 National Recipients for “Excellence in Magic,” Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed. They will be recreating a unique magical performance that was performed for European high society in the mid-1800’s. Shows are February 12th and 13th at 6 pm and 8:30 pm. Reservations are required.

For a Special Offer of dinner, the Carnival of Illusion show and a stay at the Doubletree, please call 881-4200. To place reservations at the Cactus Rose Steakhouse, please call 323-5220. To reserve a place at the Carnival of Illusion, please visit www.CarnivalOFillusion.com or call 615-5299.

Make a date with Fox Restaurants this Valentine’s Day

Treat someone special to a romantic and memorable Valentine’s Day at your favorite Fox Restaurant. Wildflower, Montana Avenue and NoRTH are pleased to offer special three-course prix-fixe menus for $55 per person from 5:30pm to close. Early evening special prices are $35 per person from 4:00pm to 5:30pm at each restaurant. In addition, Sauce, Zinburger and Blanco will offer tempting Valentine’s Day specials. Please see below for details.

Wildflower, 7037 North Oracle Road. Call 219-4230 for reservations.

Enjoy an inviting and casually sophisticated Valentine’s Day at Wildflower in the Casas Adobes Plaza. Wildflower’s special prix-fixe menu features popular favorites such as the Asparagus Bruchetta, Butternut Squash Soup, Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, Braised Prime Short Rib and Pan Roasted Mediterranean Sea Bass. For dessert, guests can savor the sinfully delicious Bars of Sin, or the sweet and simple Crème Brûlée.

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Montana Avenue, 6390 East Grant Road. Call 298-2020 for reservations.

Known for serving great American cooking at its finest, Montana Avenue will offer special dishes this Valentine’s Day. Guests can choose from mouth-watering starters like Warm Brie, Black Mussels or White Truffle Potato Soup. As a second course, choose between the ever-popular Potato Crusted Scottish Salmon, Kurobuta Pork Chop or Bone-in Rib Eye among others. Enjoy a Chocolate Flourless Torte or a Warm Cinnamon Sugared Doughnut for dessert.

NoRTH, 2995 East Skyline Drive Call 299-1600 for reservations.

Indulge in modern Italian cuisine at NoRTH at La Encantada this Valentine’s Day. Nosh on flavorful starters including Dungeness Crab, Poached Shrimp or Grilled Artichoke. Entrée options include Filet Mignon, Short Ribs “Osso Bucco” or Grilled Tuna Steak made with roasted root vegetables and chickpea fondue. Choose from enticing desserts such as Tiramisu or a Nutella Mousse Cake, served with toasted hazelnuts and fresh berries.

Sauce

For a casual and delicious Valentine’s Day feast priced just right, swing by any Sauce location to enjoy a pizza, a crisp salad, two glasses of select wines and one dessert to share for only $20!

Sauce 7117 North Oracle Road 297-8575

Sauce 2990 North Campbell Avenue 795-0344

Sauce 5285 East Broadway Boulevard 514-1122

Zinburger and Blanco

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Visit Blanco or Zinburger on Feb. 14th and enjoy a special Valentine’s Dinner for two for $35 from 5pm to close. Enjoy one appetizer, two entrees, one dessert and two drinks.

Zinburger 1865 East River Road. 299-7799

Blanco 2905 E Skyline Drive. 232-1007

Valentine’s Day for seafood lovers

Bluefin Seafood Bistro

Make this Valentine’s Day memorable by celebrating at the award-winning Bluefin Seafood Bistro, 7053 North Oracle Road. Executive Chef Jim Murphy has prepared an à la carte menu which will include special items and a mix of favorite dishes from Bluefin’s dinner menu.

À la carte items include the Cashew Crusted Mahi-Mahi and Bluefin Bouillabaisse made with lobster, cod, shrimp, scallops and mussels. Specials for the evening include a flavorful Lobster Bisque, Cedar Planked Hawaiian Escolar, Roasted and Carved Beef Tenderloin and Grilled New Zealand Sea Bass. Most entrées are accompanied by Texmati rice and sautéed vegetables. Prices for entrées $21-$30.

For dessert, Bluefin will feature signature dishes including the Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Torte, Vanilla Crème Brûlée and Ginger Molasses Cake made with roasted pear cinnamon caramel.

Reservations are recommended at Bluefin Seafood Bistro by calling the restaurant at 531-8500 or visiting www.BluefinTucson.com.

Kingfisher

This Valentine’s Day, make reservations at Tucson’s best seafood restaurant. Treat your sweetheart to dinner at Kingfisher Bar & Grill, 2564 East Grant Road. A special Valentine’s Day menu of house favorites will be available from 5pm-10pm; the late night menu will be available from 10pm-midnight.

Share a bottle of wine and savor oysters, grilled shrimp, smoked ruby trout and scallop ceviche from Kingfisher’s famous Oyster Bar Tasting. The Valentine’s menu also includes tasty appetizers like New England and Manhattan Clam Chowder served with oyster crackers, and the Baked Oysters “Storyville” made with crab meat, champagne, crème fraiche, cayenne, parmesan and sweet butter.

Entrées prepared especially for the evening include live New England Lobsters steamed with drawn butter, with Texmati rice pilaf and julienne vegetables, and Kingfisher’s Cioppino with crab, scallops, littleneck clams, mussels, shrimp, codfish, tomato, leeks, fish broth and basil pesto crouton. Entrées are priced between $24 and $34.

Dessert includes the ever popular Kahlua Cheesecase with dulce de leche sauce and the Apricot Ginger Poundcake with butterscotch ice cream and hot buttered rum sauce.

Reservations are encouraged for Valentine’s Day. Please call 520.323.7739 or visit www.KingfisherTucson.com.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Hacienda del Sol

The Grill at Hacienda del Sol, 5501 North Hacienda del Sol Road, invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a $75 prix-fixe four-course meal prepared by renowned Executive Chef Ramiro Scavo. Ladies each receive a beautiful red rose.

Consistently praised for its unrivaled Southwestern ambiance, The Grill at Hacienda del Sol is an elegant choice this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy piano music while sipping on a bottle of wine from the Grill’s first-class wine cellar, with more than 2,000 labels and 25,000 bottles to choose from. Wine pairings for the evening come at an additional cost.

The dinner will begin with complimentary amuse-bouche. Scavo’s appetizers for Valentine’s Day include Pan Seared Foie Gras with candied apricot, Herbed Gnocchi and Oysters on the Half Shell served with citrus caviar. Special entrees prepared especially for the evening include Braised Rabbit Leg with sous vide loin, Whole Roasted Barramundi and a Vegetarian Plate with house-made hummus, cucumber relish, currant couscous, fresh tzatziki, house-made pita bread and baby vegetables.

As a special Valentine’s Day indulgence, guests can enjoy one of Hacienda’s famous desserts. Hacienda’s exclusive fine cheese cart will be offered at the very end of the meal.

Reservations start at 5pm and are strongly encouraged for Valentine’s Day. Please call 529-3500 or visit www.haciendadelsol.com.

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Oro Valley's Harvest Restaurant

Join the award-winning Harvest Restaurant, 10355 North La Canada Drive, this Valentine’s Day and enjoy a romantic $55 three-course prix fixe dinner and carefully selected wine pairings.

This Valentine’s Day, Harvest’s special first course menu will feature Maine Lobster Bisque with butter poached little neck clams and a Seafood Antipasti for two that includes Oysters Rockefeller, citrus and fennel steamed mussels and Dungeness Crab. As a second course, dishes include a Salmon River Braised Pork Shank, Lemon Braised Lemon Sole stuffed with blue lump crab, and Chateaubriand with a cognac demi glaze served with cauliflower gratin, oven dried roma tomatoes and wild mushrooms. Wine pairings for the evening will be an additional charge.

Harvest’s pastry chef will prepare a special Valentine’s Day inspired shared chocolate dessert.

Recently awarded a Three Diamond rating from AAA/CAA for high quality of standards in food, personal service and décor, and renowned for offering imaginative seasonally-inspired cuisine, Harvest has become an Oro Valley neighborhood favorite.

To make reservations, please call 731-1100 or visit www.marketrg.com.

Restaurant A-Z

Acacia at St. Philip’s, 4340 N. Campbell Ave.

232-0101, www.acaciatucson.com

Enjoy a three course meal with choices for $55/person (not including tax and gratuity). Hours are 4pm-10pm. Reservations are recommended

Chad’s Steakhouse & Saloon, 3001 N. Swan

881-1802, www.chadssteakhouse.com

In addition to the regular menu, Chad’s will offer a 10 oz. NY Strip Steak with three jumbo fried shrimp for $19.95 (not including tax or gratuity). Hours are 11am- 9pm. Reservations are recommended.

Cup Café/Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress

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622-8848, www.hotelcongress.com/cup

Serving a four course meal with choices for $45/person (not including tax and gratuity). Hours are 5pm-close. Reservations are recommended.

Delectables, 533 N. Fourth Ave.

884-9289, www.delectables.com

Serving a four course menu including a glass of wine and live music for $80/couple (not including tax and gratuity). Menu items will also be available a la carte. Hours are 11am-9pm.

Dove Mountain Grill, 12130 N. Dove Mountain Blvd, Suite 194, Marana

579-8999, www.dovemountaingrill.com

Serving the regular menu along with a special three course prix fixe dinner for $48/person (not including tax and gratuity). There will be an optional wine pairing with three wines for an additional $19/person. Dinner will be served from 4pm-close. During the day they will be open for their new a-la-carte brunch from 11am-2pm.

Eclectic Pizza, 7065 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

886-0484, www.eclecticpizza.com

In addition to the regular menu, Eclectic Pizza will serve a meat or vegetable lasagna for two, including a salad of your choice and two glasses of organic house wine for $30 (not including tax or gratuity). Add a slice of Chocolate cake and coffee for $36 (not including tax or gratuity). Hours are 11am-9pm.

El Charro, 311 N. Court Ave.

622-1922, www.elcharrocafe.com

Valentine’s weekend special, offered Feb 13th, 14th & 15th. Enjoy a meal for two including a Petite Fiesta Salad, any two new Platitos de Carlotta and a chocolate dessert for $19.22 (not including tax and gratuity). Hours are 11am-9pm.

Elle, a wine country restaurant, 3048 E. Broadway Blvd.

327-0500, www.ellerestaurant.com

On Feb. 13th, in addition to the regular menu, Elle will host their fourth annual “All Red” wine dinner. A five course, wine-paired dinner for $85/person (including tax and gratuity) starting at 6pm. On Valentine’s day Elle will offer the regular menu along with specials ranging from $10-$28. Hours are 1pm-9pm.

El Parador, 2744 E Broadway

881-2744, www.elparadortucson.com

In addition to the regular menu, El Parador will have a few “Sweetheart Specials”. Entrée specials include a mixed greens salad and chefs vegetables. Enjoy special sweetheart desserts as well. Prices range from $5.95-$19.95. Hours are 4pm-9pm.

Enoteca, 58 West Congress

623-0744, www.enotecarestaurant.com

Enoteca will offer a four course set menu only. Price $47, call for details. Hours are 5pm-10pm.

Feast, 4122 E. Speedway Blvd.

326-9363, www.eatatfeast.com

Serving a four course prix fixe menu with choices for $65/person or $95/person with wine pairings (not including tax and gratuity). Hours are 5pm-9pm. Reservations are recommended.

Hungry Fox, 4637 E. Broadway

326-2835, www.thehungryfox.com

In addition to the regular menu, Hungry Fox will be offering a breakfast special for $3.99 and a lunch special for $5 (not including tax and gratuity). Hours are 6:30am – 2pm.

Janos Restaurant, 3770 E Sunrise Dr.

615-6100, www.janos.com

Starting on February 13th, Janos will feature a special five course Valentine’s Day menu for $80/person and $125/person with wine pairings (not including tax and gratuity) in addition to the regular menu. On Feb. 14th, only the Valentine’s Day menu will be offered. Hours are 5pm-close. Reservations are recommended.

Jax Kitchen, 7286 N. Oracle

219-1235, www.jaxkitchen.com

Jax will be serving a three course set menu with an amuse for $40/person (not including tax or gratuity). Hours are 5:30pm-9pm. Reservations are recommended.

Jonathan’s Cork, 6320 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

296-1631, www.jonathanscork.com

Serving the regular dinner menu along with Valentine’s Day specials. Prices range from $5.50- $38. Hours are 5pm-close. Reservations are recommended.

Kingfisher, An American Grill, 2564 E. Grant Rd.

323-7739, www.kingfishertucson.com

Serving a special a la carte Valentine’s menu with prices ranging from $6.50 – $34. Hours are 5pm-10pm. See above for more details.

Lodge on the Desert, 306 N. Alvernon Way

325-3366, www.lodgeonthedesert.com

Lodge on the Desert will be offering a special a la carte menu on Saturday Feb. 13th and Sunday Feb. 14th from 5-9pm with prices ranging from $7-$32.

Magpie's, 4654 E. Speedway

795-5977, www.magpiespizza.com

Magpie's is offering to send a heart-shaped pizza with a card to your loved ones. Prices range from $7.99-$16.99 (not including tax and gratuity). Please place orders before Feb. 14th.

Mama Louisa’s Italian Restaurant, 2041 S. Craycroft Rd.

790-4702, www.emol.org/mamalouisas

In addition to the regular menu, Mama Louisa’s will be offering some “early bird” specials from noon-6:30pm. Hours are 12pm-9pm. Reservations are recommended.

Maynard's Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave.

545-0577, www.maynardsmarket.com

A celebration of aphrodisiacs! Enjoy a multi-course dinner for $60/person or $80/person with wine pairings (not including tax and gratuity). Hours are 5pm-10pm. Reservations recommended. A separate, more casual a la carte menu will be offered at the bar.

Pastiche Modern Eatery, 3025 N. Campbell Ave.

325-3333, www.pasticheme.com

In addition to the regular menu, Pastiche will offer a special three course meal the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. Feb. 10th- Feb. 16th, enjoy a three course meal with choices for $29/person or $58/couple (not including tax or gratuity). On Valentine’s Day, a special limited menu in addition to the three course menu will be offered. Hours are Tuesday-Friday11:30am-Midnight, Saturday and Sunday 4:30pm- Midnight.

Venice, 7848 E. Wrightstown Rd.

885-8946, www.7848venice.com

Special dinner for two including a soup or salad, choice of entrée, a dessert and a split of champagne for $29.99 (not including tax or gratuity). Hours are 4pm-9pm.

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