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Where to Eat on Valentine's Day

FYI, it's on a Friday.

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This year, Valentine's Day is on a Friday. In other words, everyone will be vying for a reservation at one of the many Houston restaurants offering a special meal on the day of romance. Don't be that guy or gal who forgets to make a reservation in advance, especially if your special someone is expecting a romantic evening with incredible and decadent food.

Let one of these Houston restaurants help you out on Valentine's Day this year. All you have to do is get the flowers and the chocolates and write something sweet in a card; they'll do the cooking for you.

Rustic romance at Rainbow Lodge
Rustic romance at Rainbow Lodge
Mr. Peeples has caviar.
Troy Fields
Mr. Peeples has caviar.

Latin Bites

5709 Woodway, 713-229-8369

For $75 per person, Latin Bites will offer a three-course Valentine's dinner featuring pork belly and South American corn dough, duck cannelloni prepared two ways (leg confit and wine demi-glace breast), and a Venezuelan chocolate mousse served with passion-fruit cream and hazelnut gelato. Latin Bites will also serve a complimentary glass of prosecco to each diner.

Brennan's of Houston

3300 Smith, 713-522-9711

Head to Brennan's for a truly romantic evening and enjoy a $75 per person three-course meal between 5 and 9:45 p.m. on Valentine's Day. Brennan's will offer a Matagorda Bay oyster shooter with pickled vegetables before the meal begins. Choose from a variety of starter options, including the crispy oyster BLT, classic turtle soup au sherry or a strawberry wine-poached foie gras torchon with a foie gras mousse-stuffed fig, duck confit and foie gras rillette peanut butter brioche. Entrée selections include dishes such as pecan-crusted mahimahi, lamb chops and Louisiana jumbo lump blue crab cakes. Order the table-side bananas Foster, or indulge your sweet tooth in a strawberry shortcake, strawberry white chocolate cobbler or chocolate Doberge cake plated with mint julep ice cream. You may also order a Mardi Gras Mambo King Cake complete with a Creole cream-cheese filling. Add a bottle of sparkling rosé from Sonoma/Napa for $55, a Russian River Chardonnay for $70 or Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast for $62. Brennan's is also offering a special cocktail made with Godiva chocolate vodka, crème de cacao and dark cherry sirop for $11.

Caracol

2200 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 160, 713-622-9996

Check out the new restaurant from Hugo Ortega this Valentine's Day. Caracol will offer a $79 per person meal complete with a complimentary Champagne toast. Starter options range from creamy corn and poblano soup to garlic mushrooms with griddled bolillo. Enjoy spicy hashed fish turnovers with cilantro cream or small herb-marinated crab tostadas for the second course, and butterflied boneless whole fish wood-grilled in a basket, or fire-roasted lobster served with flour tortillas and playa la ropa beans for the entrée. Choose from a variety of sweet treats, such as the chocolate coconut shell with coconut butter cream, coconut ganache, coconut streusel and whipped coconut, or the assortment of Mexican cookies and chocolates.

Caracol will also offer a Valentine's Day Weekend menu on February 15 and 16 for couples. The entire meal for two costs $105 and includes items such as a shareable tuna ceviche made with plantain, lime and cilantro cream; a watercress salad with grapefruit and avocado; mixed shellfish with frog legs and rice; and ­Ruben's Dessert Platter to share.

Charivari

2521 Bagby, 713-521-7231

Choose from two five-course prix fixe Valentine's Day menus at Charivari, each costing $65 per person. The first menu features an amuse-bouche of eggplant with American sturgeon caviar canapés, broiled maple-miso glazed Chilean sea bass with winter greens for the entrée and Swiss hazelnut chocolate tart with homemade bourbon vanilla ice cream for dessert. The second menu begins with Berkshire pork rilletes for the amuse bouche, and grilled filet mignon with Muenster cheese, verjus reduction and roesti potatoes for the entrée. End the meal with a blood orange cobbler and homemade bourbon vanilla ice cream.

Rainbow Lodge

2011 Ella Boulevard, 713-861-8666

A meal at Rainbow Lodge is unforgettable. Reserve a spot for you and your special someone at this four-course meal for $75 per person on Valentine's Day. Start with Southern fried Texas quail with an acorn squash tart, then move on to a second course of smoked duck gumbo with andouille sausage and wild rice pilaf or a roasted beet salad with butter lettuce, Texas goat feta and fig vinaigrette. For the entrée, enjoy duck prepared two ways (roasted breast and confit leg) or a duo of venison loin with grilled wild boar chop served with jalapeño and French brie bread pudding with brussels sprouts and a wild huckleberry sauce. End on a sweet note with warm croissant bread pudding with bourbon caramel, vanilla-bean ice cream and an almond tuille, or a dark chocolate pot de crème with mint chocolate truffles and a blood orange chantilly.

Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

6401 Woodway, 713-334-7295

12637 Westheimer, 281-679-8300

Beginning on Monday, February 10, Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen will offer a weeklong Valentine's menu at both locations. The Sweetheart Menu includes an appetizer dish of picomole and an entrée. Choose from carne asada beef fajita steak with a cheese enchilada; a mixed-grill platter for two featuring quail, shrimp, chicken and carne asada; or Sylvia's Enchilada Culinary Tour with four small enchiladas from north and south of the Mexican border for the main course. Dessert options include either a white chocolate or chocolate tres leches cake. Sylvia's will also offer diners a complimentary house margarita if they order off the Sweetheart Menu between 2 and 5 p.m.

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