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A whole lotta love
This year, celebrate Valentine’s Day three nights in a row

By Linda A. Thompson-Odum food@hippopress.com

This year, you’ve got a whole weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Many area restaurants are offering special menus or items to mark the day — some are even running their special menus all weekend long. As for any holiday, reservations are a good idea to secure your spot at a favorite location.

• The Barley House, 132 N. Main St. in Concord, 228-6363, www.thebarleyhouse.com, is closed Sunday and will offer a menu of special Valentine’s Day dishes on Friday and Saturday. Look for a berry trifle dessert, entrees of ossobuco and sugar cured steel head trout and a lobster dumpling appetizer.

• The Bedford Village Inn, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, has three romantic ways to enjoy dinner that evening. First, the dining room will serve a prix fixe dinner menu for $75 per person. For something a little less grand, the Tavern will offer a scaled-down version of the dining room menu for $55 per person. And the Corks wine bar will feature a five-course menu for $75 per person. To see the complete menus, visit www.bedfordvillageinn.com.

• The Black Forest, 212 Rt. 101, Amherst, 672-0500, www.theblackforestcafe.com, will offer a special dinner menu on Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13. Dinner begins at 5 p.m. and the hours will be extended those two nights to allow seating until 9 p.m. The menu will feature dishes such as mini baked brie and walnut salad with dried ranier cherries, seafood paella, boeuf bourguignon, and roasted eggplant Napoleon. On the day itself, the restaurant will offer some brunch specials since it’s a Sunday.

• Commercial Street Fishery, 33 S. Commercial St., Manchester, 296-0706, www.csfishery.com, will offer a special three-course menu on Sunday. Some of the menu highlights include lobster & tempura avocado maki roll; pan-roasted duck breast; sesame-crusted sea bass, and caramelized blood orange tart. The cost is $60 per person, and the restaurant will be accepting Valentine’s reservations for 5 to 8 p.m. that day only.

• Cotton, 75 Arms St., Manchester, 622-5488, www.cottonfood.com, will offer its regular menu along with drink and food specials Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

• Gaucho’s Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House, 62 Lowell St. in Manchester, 669-9460, www.gauchosbraziliansteakhouse.com, will celebrate Friday through Sunday, opening at 2 p.m. on Valentine’s Day itself.

• Giorgio’s Ristorante & Meze Bar, 542 Nashua St. in Milford, 673-3939, www.giorgios.com, started celebrating Valentine’s Day at the beginning of the week. All week long, it will offer a three-course dinner featuring an appetizer, entrée and dessert to share along with an Asti toast. Then, Valentine’s morning from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., look for a brunch featuring a selection of salads, pastries, breakfast and lunch hot items, carving meats, personalized omelet, a pancake station and a chocolate fountain. The cost is $9.99 for kids and $21.99 for adults. That evening, enjoy a $55 fixed-price menu including a meze, appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert with an Asti Spumante Toast.

• Granite Restaurant and Bar in the Centennial Hotel, 96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9000, www.graniterestaurant.com, will run appetizer, entrée and dessert specials the entire weekend, along with the regular menu.

• Hanover Street Chophouse, 149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, www.hanoverstreetchophouse.com, will open for Valentine’s Day from 5 to 9:30 p.m.  and will offer a special tasting menu in addition to the regular menu.

• Ignite, 100 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-0064, www.ignitebng.com is normally closed on Sundays, but will be open for the holiday. There will be three seatings — 5, 6:30, and 8 p.m. The full menu will be offered along with some holiday specials for all three seatings.

• The Inn at Danbury’s Alphorn Bistro, 67 NH Route 104 in Danbury, 768-3318, www.innatdanbury.com, will serve a three-course prix fixe dinner menu for $29 per person. The menu features corn chowder, winter bistro salad with candied walnuts, dried cherries, and feta cheese, Wiener schnitzel, herb-crusted prime rib, and sausage and apple stuffed pork roast.

• J. W. Hill’s, 795 Elm St., Manchester, 645-7422, www.jwhills.com, will have a special Valentine’s Day menu with an appetizer to share, one salad and one entrée per person, plus a dessert to share, two glasses of champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries for a cost of $49.99 per couple. The menu highlights include roasted tomato spinach dip, grilled swordfish with a roasted red pepper coulis, chicken marsala over linguine, three-cheese manicotti with a cream rosa sauce, an 8-ounce top sirloin, and triple chocolate cake.

• Mint Bistro, 1105 Elm St., Manchester, 625-6468, www.mintbistronh.com, will offer customers a special Valentine’s Day dinner menu on both Saturday and Sunday. Order anything off the menu, or select the entire five-course menu for $75 per person, red roses included. Some of the menu’s highlights are a slow-roasted coriander duck breast, blackberry-balsamic glazed short ribs, orange spiced black tea salmon, bronzed lavender day boat scallops, and vanilla scented floating island. The restaurant will also offer a special Valentine’s Day champagne brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• 900 Degrees, 50 Dow St., Manchester, 641-0900, www.900degrees.com, will offer the new 16-ounce bone-in rib-eye with oven roasted potato, marinated asparagus and salad for $24.95. For people who want to save money, the restaurant will offer a specialty pizza not normally seen on the menu as well as signature pies, choice appetizer or salad, select dessert, and a select bottle of wine for two people to share, for $55 per couple. And the holiday falls on the restaurant’s live music night. Instead of the normal blues, there will be an acoustic session for entertainment.

• Richard’s Bistro, 36 Lowell St., Manchester, 644-1180, www.richardsbistro.com, will serve a special Valentine’s Day dinner from 4 to 9:30 p.m.

• San Francisco Kitchen, 133 Main St., Nashua, 886-8833, will offer special pre-order deals, and guests can purchase a bottle of champagne for $10 with two entrees.

• Stella Blu, 70 E. Pearl St. in Nashua, 578-5557, www.stellablu-nh.com, will hold a “Love Bites” Black Valentine’s Day party all weekend long with special tapas items and “anti-love potions,” according to the Web site.

• Sunny’s Table, 11 Depot St., Concord, 225-8181, www.sunnystable.com, will offer a prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu on Sunday. Some featured entree items will include preserved lemon and sushi rice stuffed Cornish hen for two; truffled-miso risotto with grilled shrimp, pickled exotic mushrooms and sunchokes; and Sunny’s surf and turf — Japanese-style bruleed split lobster and bistro steak with soy-beef butter.

• Thousand Crane II, 116 W. Pearl St. in Nashua, 579-0888, will celebrate Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year on Sunday with an all-you-can-eat buffet for $19.95 per person. Enjoy Chinese food, sushi, special rolls, fruit, desserts and more.

• Unwined, 865 Second St. in Manchester, 625-WINE, www.unwined.net, will take reservations for parties of two or more for Friday through Sunday.

• Washington Street Café, 88 Washington St. in Concord, 228-2000, www.washingtonstreetcatering.com, will offer its five-course Lebanese dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. Call for reservations.

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