Valentine's Day falls on a Friday this year, which is shaping up to be great news diners and patrons alike.
Unofficially at least, Valentine’s Day is being celebrated in restaurants starting on Thursday, Feb. 13 and going through Saturday, Feb. 15. Restaurants offering special Valentine’s Day menus are making them available not just on Valentine’s Day proper but all weekend.
“The dreary weather has made this winter slower than usual,” said Downtown Partnership of Baltimore president Kirby Fowler. “Valentine’s Day means big business, especially when it falls on a Friday night. We’re hearing from restaurants that they’re excited to follow up Valentine’s Day weekend with the start of Winter Restaurant Week and the ‘Absolutely Febulous’ promotion. The combination of events is should be a perfect storm, figuratively, to make up for the actual storms that have slowed business and kept diners home.”
Most of the fixed-price menus follow the traditional appetizer-entree-dessert format and are priced from about $35 dollars to $75, depending on the restaurant.
But there are a couple of unusual options this year, each first-time events. Dooby’s in Mount Vernon (802 N. Charles St., 410-702-5144, doobyscoffee.com) is presenting a five-course dessert dinner on Feb. 14 designed by its pastry chef Katie Boyts. The dinner will be held in The Hatch, Dooby's incubator space at 4 W. Madison St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for one seating, and dinner starts at 8 p.m.
And Choux, a cafe in Hampden (830 W. 36th St., 410-235-3442, mapetiteshoe.com) is serving a vegan Parisian prix-fixe Valentine's dinner on Feb. 14 with seatings at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The cost for the dinner, whose main course is cassoulet with sweet potato souffle, is $30 ($25 in advance).