AUSTIN, TX – It is now common knowledge that Valentine’s Day is largely a construct of greeting card companies and florists looking to increase their sales. But ignoring that day of romance by doing nothing for the significant other means preparing for the doghouse landing.
To prevent this, Patch has put together a restaurant guide that contains culinary offers for couples on a day in love. Many of the best restaurants in town go out of their way to create the ideal environment for love and romance.
We’ve done our part in putting together some of the best deals. Those who ignore the day are on their own.
Austin’s Aba Mediterranean restaurant is now offering special Valentine’s Day meals that can be pre-ordered for delivery and execution at their location on Music Lane on South Congress. In addition to the menu for two – including lobster bisque, smoky garlic hummus with homemade bread, ahi tuna tabouli, Brussels sprouts, beef fillet with truffle potatoes, isot chocolate cake and a bottle of Giuliana Prosecco – the people on amour also have the option to add a hand-picked plant from the local store and plant design studio Tropic of Capricorn. Orders can be placed online at abarestaurants.com/austin/ or at exploretock.com/abaaustin.
To make a restaurant reservation or order, you can visit www.abarestaurants.com/austin or call 737-273-0199. Follow Aba’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
AUSTIN FOOD & WINE ALLIANCE
While Valentine’s Day will be a little different this year, residents can still pamper loved ones with delicious treats. In support of local restaurants affected by the pandemic, the Austin Food & Wine Alliance will be bringing back their Citywide Sugar High online cake sales on February 14th.
“What could be nicer than playing Cupid than ordering sweet and savory treats made by Austin’s best bakers and pastry chefs?” The organizers wrote in an opinion. “The delicious boxes are ideal gifts for significant others, friends, family and anyone else who needs a little love.”
Curated appetizers include cakes, biscuits, cakes and more from the local favorites Lorraine Bakery, Bento Picnic, Cold Ones Pops, Contigo, Cookbook Bakery, El Alma Café and Cantina, Foreign and Domestic, Garbo’s, Julie Myrtille Bakery, Killa Wasi, Lola’s Donuts, Sara’s Sweets, SRSLY Chocolate and Sugar Mamas Bakeshop. The sale also features new local concepts such as Abby Jane Bakeshop, Chicken Salad Shoppe and Store House Market & Eatery.
The sweet and savory selection can be picked up free of charge from Last Straw at 914 East Sixth Street, Suite C, from February. Backers can also choose to ship to Austin. The fee is $ 10 and will benefit service industry workers affected by the pandemic. Each box also includes a $ 5 donation to AFWA to help the nonprofit continue its mission to support the central Texas community through culinary innovation grants and educational programs.
Orders can now be placed online until Wednesday, February 10th, 5pm by clicking here. Prices range from $ 12 to $ 55, depending on your selection. The items can be picked up on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Last Straw. Deliveries are also made on Valentine’s Day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The delivery drivers take care-free safety precautions and non-contact measures.
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1900 University Ave.
The Carillon has a take away option on Saturday February 13th and Sunday February 14th. This 4-course meal is for two and costs $ 140.
BREADS & SPREADS
- Simple tiger bread (ciabatta / baguette).
- Perfect foie gras.
- Herbal Compound Butter.
- Ham with jam.
- Cheese (blue / beemster).
- House vegetables, grapes, fresh berries, champagne vinaigrette.
- Chateaubriand & Smoked Salmon.
- Filet Mignon Roast, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Bordelaise Sauce.
- Smoked salmon, cream of truffle spinach, poached asparagus.
- Chocolate covered strawberries.
Reservations must be made by Tuesday, February 9, by calling (512) 404-3654. More information is available on the Carillon website. The romance providers also have a special hotel package for those looking to take things to another level of romance with a safe (and amarous) getaway. The offer, known as the Sweetheart Package, includes:
- Free upgrade
- Bottle of Bubbly – in room before arrival
- Sweet Welcome Treat – before arriving in the room
- Breakfast for two – take-away or take-away delivery
- Late check-out from 2 p.m.
9761 Great Hills Trail
Corner Bakery eClub and loyalty members will definitely feel the love this Valentine’s Day, Corner Bakery officials assure. From February 11-14, members can stop by their preferred location to purchase a starter from the neighborhood bakery and receive a free Valentine’s Day special. This offer is valid at participating locations and only for adults at full price.
FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR
320 E. 2nd St.
11600 Century Oaks Terrace
If you haven’t been to Fleming, you’re missing out. Even on days when St. Valentine’s tactics are not followed, the restaurant provides an intimate downtown Austin feel while waiting for its feast. The elegantly appointed downtown location is the perfect spot for a decadent but cozy meal that doesn’t match the hustle and bustle of the central business district that can be seen from the large windows surrounding the area.
Even though it’s built for year-round romance, the restaurant is ready for a Valentine’s Day meal for that extra umph. Did we mention decadence? Impress your Valentine’s Day date with a 35-ounce divisible prime tomahawk paired with lobster tail scampi and crab-stuffed prawns. The three-course Surf & Turn for two is available from February 12th to 15th. Price: $ 240 for two guests. The full evening menu will also be available.
Make reservations by clicking here. Call to pre-order a roadside pickup. The downtown number is (512) 457-1500, while the Century Oaks Terrace website can be reached at (512) 835-9463.
101 Red River St.
Make Valentine’s Day unforgettable at Garrison, which is hosting the second edition of its pop-up dinner series this Valentine’s Day weekend, February 12-14. Treat yourself to an unforgettable five-course tasting menu with wine recommendations for a romantic evening in the heart of downtown Austin.
Dedicated to open fires, wafting smoke and meat, seafood and local produce of the highest quality, Garrison is known for the exceptional experience and spirit of culinary exploration it offers guests. Served by the truly passionate and prepared by the most expert flavors, they start with superior ingredients defined by unique concoctions.
Garrison, winner of the Wine Spectator Restaurant Award and AAA Four Diamond Restaurant, is redefining food in the heart of Austin. Find out about information and dates for this extraordinary pop-up dinner series leading up to Garrison’s reopening in early 2021.
Reservations can be made through OpenTable
WHEN: February 12th, 13th, 14th.
WHERE: Garrison at Fairmont Austin, 101 Red River St.
PRICE: 125 USD per person | + $ 40 with wine pairing | + $ 100 Supplementary Course for Two: Garrison Reserve Platinum Ostera Caviar.
SOUTH CONGRESS CAFE
1600 S. Congress Ave.
The South Congress Cafe will be offering its guests a three-course Valentine’s Day menu on February 13 and 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. The $ 85 menu for 2 is available for dinner, takeaway, and delivery via Grubhub. Reservations are welcome, but not required. The menu can be found below and here.
- Veal roulade.
- Filled with goat cheese, pickled peppers, cauliflower puree, tomato relish.
- Eggplant Napoleon
- Eggplant, pumpkin, crispy tomatoes, herb goat cheese, balsamic reduction
- Asparagus wrapped in ham
- Charcuterie Board
- 2 meats, 2 cheeses, fruit, nuts, pickles and bread
- duck breast
- Honey and chilli glaze, Spanish tortilla, white asparagus
- Grilled rib
- Leek smashed potatoes, sauteed vegetables, crispy mushrooms, burgundy demi
- Macadamia nut crusted, celery root puree, green beans, Fresno oil
- filled pumpkin
- Smoked acorn squash, wild rice, broccolini, heirloom tomato, herb beurre blanc
- Brandy Creme Brulee
- Banana pistachio crumbs, berries
- Dark chocolate truffles
- English cream, dulce de leche, sea salt, crispy puff pastry
701 E Stassney Lane
Everyone has a different idea of what makes a romantic place. Against this background, the Twin Peaks company locations invite guests from February 11th to 14th to enjoy their loved ones and drinks. The ultimate sports hut offers the following specials:
- $ 3.75 – 22 ounces Dirty Blonde, Dropdead Red Head, or Knotty Brunette.
- $ 3.99 – Deep Eddy Ruby Red, Fireball, Jack Fire, or Skrewball.
- $ 5 – Beach Sex, Cinnamon Toast, or Twin Peaks Sundae.
- $ 7 – Disaronno, Amaretto Sour, Dirty Martini, Knob Creek, or Blackberry Smash.
- Bucket – $ 13 domestic beers (five bottles), $ 15 imported beers (five bottles), or $ 20 trulys (five cans).
WILLIAM CHRIS VINEYARDS
10352 US Highway 290, Hye, Texas.
Think of a virtual wine and chocolate tasting. William Chris Vineyards and Lost Draw Cellars are teaming up to bring attendees a virtual home tasting on February 13th. William Chris will send participants 4 bottles of wine and a 6-pack of locally made handcrafted chocolates from Wiseman House Chocolates to pair with each wine.
This tasty line-up includes:
- Lost Draw Cellars 2018 Reserve Roussanne.
- William Chris Vineyards 2018 Cinsault, La Pradera Vineyards.
- William Chris Vineyards 2017 Sangiovese, Phillips Vineyards.
- Lost Train Cellars 2018 Syrah, Alta Loma Vineyard.
Buy the wine pack for $ 130 by clicking here. Participants must order by February 9 at 5 p.m. in order to receive their order in time for the virtual tasting with winemaker Chris Brudenrett and his wife Katharine at 4 p.m. on Facebook Live. Those who add something else from the wine store get free shipping.
Restaurant operator: Those offering Valentine’s Day meals and who would like to be included in this guide are encouraged to email Austin Patch Editor Tony Cantú at [email protected]