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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Davis kissed with Valentine’s Day dinner specials

Local chefs are getting saucy this Valentine’s Day, and couples looking to get in on the action should make their reservations soon.

The Mustard Seed is already nearly booked for its annual “Enhance Your Romance Dinner” next Thursday. Diners pay $69 for four courses — four very sensually-described courses. Greens are “caressed” with vinaigrette, “embracing” raspberries and jicama hearts. Beef tenderloin is “climaxed” with truffle-laced mushrooms with an “afterglow” of Bearnaise sauce. There’s even a dish called “Menage a Trois Gnocchi.”

Osterio Fasulo is booking up as well. The upscale Italian restaurant in West Davis is serving a special menu all day — four courses for $85 or five courses for $95. Each course has two options, and diners can expect to see oysters, lobster bisque, fresh pastas and other temptations.

Another sure-to-be popular destination: Tuco’s Wine Market and Cafe, with a more affordable four-course menu at $45. Entree options include steak with chimichurri, crab and cheese ravioli, wild mushroom risotto and pork loin with Valentine relish. In fact, “Valentine” sauces and jellies dot the menu, though we’re not so sure what “Valentine” tastes like.

Little Prague’s Valentine’s Day dinner starts off romantically with champagne and strawberries, segueing into four courses for $59. A live jazz trio will serenade all evening.

Our House is preparing a five-course meal, plus an amuse-bouche, for $75. Openers — hamachi or curried nuggets of lobster — have an Asian flair, which move on to soup and salad, ravioli, a choice of four entrees and dessert. The standout entree: filet mignon topped with jalapeno hollandaise and a poached egg.

de Vere’s Irish Pub’s special might be a steal — for $40, a couple is served three courses each and a bottle of wine to share.

Bistro 33, Seasons and Monticello Seasonal Cuisine are also expected to have special menus, though they haven’t been finalized yet. Monticello will host live music, too.

Did we miss anything? Put your Valentine’s Day destinations in the comments!


The Mustard Seed – $69 – 222 D St. #11 – (530) 758-5750

Osterio Fasulo – $85-95 – 2657 Portage Bay E #8 – (530) 758-1324

Tuco’s Wine Market and Cafe – $45 – 130 G St. – (530) 757-6600

Little Prague – $59 – 330 G St. – (530) 756-1107

Our House – $75 – 808 Second St. – (530) 757-1232

de Vere’s Irish Pub – $40 for two – 217 E St. – (530) 204-5533


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