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Where to go for Valentine’s Day — even if you’re single

CEK VDAYPlenty of restaurants are doing something special for couples on Valentine’s Day and I’ll get to that in a minute, but first I want to share this event geared toward single folks who get the shaft on the romantic holiday. Ducey’s Bar & Grill in Bass Lake is having a S.A.D. Party, which is short for Single Awareness Day. It’s not really a sad event, they say. In fact, they’re also calling it a “Cupid is Stupid” party. They’ll have a DJ, drink specials and lots of anti-Valentine’s decor. $5 cover charge, 9 p.m. to midnight.

For those of you lucky enough to have someone to celebrate Valentine’s Day with, my column last week has suggestions for where you can dine out. They range from the budget friendly (heart-shaped pizza from Me-N-Ed’s) to dinners designed to wow your date (a Valentine dinner at Erna’s Elderberry House). Remember, reservations are must.

A few restaurants that shared their Valentine’s plans after deadline include:

  • Plaza Ventana. Both restaurants are offering a meal for two for $39 that includes a choice of salmon with shrimp, a chicken mango salad, pollo en mole or a rib eye steak. It also includes two margaritas, and dessert.
  • Vino & Friends is having a Valentine’s dinner Thursday and Friday. For $60 per person (plus $20 for wine witch each course), diners get a three-course meal. Entrees include pork chop with sweet potato gnocchi, seared sea bass, duck breast with apricot jam or a roasted filet. A blood orange creme brûlée — doesn’t that sound amazing? — is one of three options for dessert. Full menu here.
  • Pinot Wine Bar and Taste Kitchen are hosting a three-course Valentine’s dinner Friday too. For $40, you can choose from entrees Tandoori-spiced chicken, pan-roasted swordfish or a winter ratatouille made from grilled portobello mushrooms, kale, roasted red bell peppers and polenta. Three yummy options are offered for dessert, including a bread pudding with apple-cinnamon puree, caramel and cream. Wine pairings are extra. They’ll also be a special Valentine’s cocktail menu that night. Full dinner menu here.

Responses to "Where to go for Valentine’s Day — even if you’re single"

George "Duke" Feist says:

We will be watching movies on Valentines Day….but on Sunday our anniversary we will combine it with our 40th wedding anniversary….and will go to CAMPAGNIA where we use to frequent earlier in our marriage since it it opened…..I always enjoy your columns. (I had lunch today at the MEZCAL TAQUERIA downtown across from CVS (former Longs #6)….love the tacos…This place just opened….I checked out the CART HOP across the way too….but wanted Mex. tacos…YOU SHOULD SEE (tell your news photographer to get down there) the new MURAL that is being painted as I type….on the wall near CVS….OUTSTANDING FRESNO ICONs….in the picture.

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