Friday, February 3, 2012

Valentine's Day Options in Los Angeles

People much less jaded and cynical than me are getting ready for Valentine's day. Between the Groupon/Living Social/Bloomspot etc emails and PR pitches, I've been reminded that the one day you can show you love someone is coming up. I've never been a fan, though I did have a great time last year cooking a simple dinner for a fabulous couple. However, if going out is much more thing and you don't mind fighting the crowds, here are some options for a nice evening out in the city of angels.

Mezze in West Hollywood is offering a $65/person prix fixe menu with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine per person. Options include a merguez flatbread, foie gras terrine, and white bass among other things. To make your dinner extra decadent, truffles can be added to any dish for an additional $30.

Naya Restaurant and Lounge is also offering a prix fixe menu at $55/person.You start with a rose water scented champagne cocktail ("Love") and move on to a five course meal with fresh bites like the amazing sprout street salad or butter chicken masala before moving into the lounge for an after dinner "Lust" cocktail and live entertainment.

Not all restaurants are offering prix fixe menus. Ombra Ristorante has many delicious options to choose from like risotto with rose petals ($17) and cannoli ($3.50/each).

My favorite new restaurant from last year, MB Post will also be offering some TBD specials as well as their wide variety of small plates.

On many lists as one of last year's favorite new restaurants, Picca Peru is serving up a prix fixe truffle menu. for $79/person with delicacies like truffle-stuffed grilled chicken, quinoa risotto, 63-degree truffle-infused egg.Wine pairing is also available for an extra $24/person.

If you're looking for a more casual option, Rush Street in Culver City is making a whole weekend out of Valentine's Day. Starting with a Calling All Singles Soiree on February 11th. Who knows, maybe you will meet a special someone in time to enjoy one of the above options by the 14th.

Lastly, for all the cynics/do-gooders, Caroline on Crack is hosting a Love Stinks karaoke party at Neat Bar in Glendale. There will be $6 Absolut cocktails and karaoke singing with a firing squad. The best part of this party is that a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Share Our Strength which raises money to end childhood hunger.

So there you have it. Whether you choose to stay at home or go out, I do sincerely hope you enjoy your Valentine's evening...while I'm stuck in the office...working.

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marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

Such a well thought out list! Thanks for sharing the best V-Day spots in LA

vanillasugarblog said...

I'll go with you to any of these!

angela@spinachtiger said...

As much as I like the idea of going out on Valentine's day, it's always a major disappointment. But I think in LA it might be possible to have a good time. In Nash, the prix fix menus come and the prices go up.