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Four restaurants guaranteed to spark the romance this Valentine's Day

Four restaurants guaranteed to spark the romance this Valentine's Day

So you’ve survived the holidays and have hopefully settled into the long Minnesota winter. Now, one of the best ways to add some heat to your February is to celebrate your love for Valentine’s Day. 

Forager Brewery

Reservations are being taken for a lavish five course meal that will treat your special person to ultimate gourmet romance. Enjoy delectable foods prepared by Forager’s team including smoked duck breast or beet tartar as your starters.

The second course gives you the choice of Fire Roasted Carrot Salad with Candied Pistachio, Mezthra, Barrel Aged Honey Vinaigrette, Pea Tendril, and White Balsamic Reduction or Lobster Bisque with Poblano Salsa, Roasted Corn and Poached Lobster Tail.

Your romantic main course will impress your date with the always popular Surf & Turf including Grilled Filet Mignon, Vanilla Demiglace, Seared Scallop, Citrus Buerre Blanc, Truffled Potato Gratin, and Roasted Asparagus. Vegetarians will be won over with the option: Ratatouille Galette with Chinese Eggplant, Zucchini, Cherry Tomato, Puff Pastry, Whipped Camambert, and Arugula.

Couples who don’t want to limit their evening to amazing food can add a drink pairing package to the meal with options such as Forager’s own beer or carefully selected wines and craft cocktails.

ZZest Cafe & Bar

2 seatings: 6 and 8:15 p.m.

The six-course menu is in the works but here are some ingredients being tossed around in the kitchen: Foie gras, fresh scallops, fresh pasta and dry-aged NY strip.

Canadian Honker

Specials begin at 4 p.m.


Prime Rib

8oz or 12oz cut served with soup or salad and choice of dinner side.

Lobster Stuffed Walleye

Grilled freshwater Canadian walleye wrapped around homemade lobster stuffing and topped with a zesty cream sauce. Soup or salad and dinner side included.


Chocolate Sphere with a strawberry mousse

Bleu Duck Kitchen

Recently voted Rochester's "Best New Restaurant," Bleu Duck is incorporating the 19 proven aphrodisiac foods to "spark" the romance. Enjoy an innovative (optional) 4-course menu for the evening.


Scallop Crudo

Watermelon / Micro Cilantro / Olive Oil / Lime Crème Fraiche / Chili Peppers


NY Strip / Arugula / Pine Nuts / Pecorino Cheese


Garlic Broth / Crusty Bread / Herbs


Oyster Soup

French Bread / Brie Cheese / Thyme

Butter Lettuce

Grapefruit / Avocado / Shallot / Champagne Vinaigrette / Lamb Bacon

Goat Cheese

Pistachio Crust / Fig / Strawberry / Honey Vinaigrette


Rack of Lamb

Lemon Potato / Grilled Artichokes / Mint & Pumpkin Seed Crust

Duck Breast

Chai Tea Smoke / Assorted Mushrooms / Snow Peas / Pomegranate


Olive Oil Poached / White Bean / Fennel / Panchetta / Heirloom Tomato


Porchini Puree / Roasted Cauliflower / Coffee Demi



Forager's 'Chef Series' gets cooking this week

Forager's 'Chef Series' gets cooking this week

Forager asking customers for help in deciding its new pizza menu

Forager asking customers for help in deciding its new pizza menu