Dining events: More Valentine's Day dining deals
More Valentine's Day deals
Valentine's Day is Sunday! If you haven't made dining plans yet, you're in luck as there are many suburban restaurants that are offering specials for dine-in and takeout. For a full list of Valentine's Day dining deals, see dailyherald.com/entlife/.
Aboyer and George Trois: 64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, (847) 441-3100, georgetroisgroup.com/. On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-14, Aboyer will offer a three-course menu for dine-in or carryout for $89 per person. Start with a choice of gem lettuce over warm mushroom and pear ragout or potato and perigord truffle soup before dining on the main course of chateaubriand of beef tenderloin or filet of wild Scottish salmon and lobster mousse "en croute." Finish with milk chocolate pot de crème, bourbon vanilla-chai truffles, a chocolate-dipped strawberry and espresso crème anglaise. The special George Trois Valentine's Day menu, available for dine-in only on Sunday, Feb. 14, features a seven-course menu and a complimentary glass of vintage Dom Pérignon for $280 per person. Reservations required.
California Pizza Kitchen: 1202 Commons Drive, Geneva, (630) 845-1731; 551 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 571-7800; and 1550 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, (847) 413-9200, cpk.com/. If you plan to dine in, CPK is offering the Sweet Deal for Two for $35. It includes one app (spinach artichoke dip, Mexican street corn, white corn guacamole and chips), two entrees (full-size salads, heart-shaped pizzas, pastas) and one dessert (red velvet cake, Key lime pie, butter cake). For online and takeout orders, there are Sweet Deal Packages for $35 that include one app, one entree, one heart-shaped pizza and one dessert. The deals are available now through Sunday, Feb. 14.
Einstein Bros. Bagels: Locations in Barrington, Glen Ellyn, Glenview, Hinsdale, Lake in the Hills, Lincolnshire, Naperville, Palatine, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, Wheaton and more; einsteinbros.com/. Feed your sweet or the fam with Einstein's $5 Family Pizza Bagel Box, which includes four cheese and four pepperoni pizza bagels. Order the half-price special on Einstein's mobile app now through Sunday, Feb. 14.
Fox & Turtle: 400 E. Orchard St., Itasca, (630) 773-1801, foxandturtle.com/. Valentine's weekend specials available for dine-in or carryout include sausage and peppers ($15), caprese salad ($14), veal parmigiana ($29), whitefish Milanese ($28), filet medallions velasco ($44), rigatoni San Marino ($28) and peanut butter explosion cake ($10). Reservations requested.
The Hampton Social: 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington, (224) 633-5414, thehamptonsocial.com/hssbi. Celebrate your love with half off rose bottles from 4-10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. Reservations requested.
Martini Room: 161 E. Chicago St., Elgin, (847) 741-0349, martiniroomelgin.com/. Order up the Love Potion Martini Flight to-go for Valentine's Day that includes the French Kiss (Razzmatazz Liqueur, dark crème de cacao, Skyy Vanilla Vodka, half and half, chocolate syrup drizzle and a raspberry), Cupid's Error (apple liqueur, watermelon schnapps, X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, orange juice and a lime and cherry), Chocolate Truffle (Skyy Vanilla Vodka, pomegranate liqueur, peach puree, pineapple juice, champagne float and a fresh strawberry) and Kiss Me (dark crème de cacao, Kraken Rum, Bailey's Irish Cream, Kahlua Coffee Liqueur, half and half, a dash of Bittermen's Burlesque Bitters, chocolate syrup and chocolate shavings) for $38 (includes $6 jar deposit).
Olive Garden: Locations across the suburbs, olivegarden.com/home. Show your love with the Valentine's Dinner for 2 To Go, which includes soup or salad, dipping sauce, breadsticks, chicken Alfredo or five-cheese ziti al forno for two and dessert to share. Dinners start at $35.99. Or consider the ready-to-bake classic lasagna for four that includes a jumbo house salad, a bottle of Italian dressing and a dozen ready-to-bake breadsticks for $39.99. Add on wine for $15 a bottle. Order now for pickup Friday through Sunday, Feb. 12-14.
Pinstripes: 7 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook, (630) 575-8700; 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook, (847) 480-2323; 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington, (847) 844-9300; pinstripes.com/. Now through Sunday, Feb. 14, all pizzas and flatbreads are 50% off when ordered for curbside pickup.
Real Urban Barbecue: 1260 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, (847) 947-6474, realurbanbbq.com/. Real Urban is offering a free whole chicken when you order a full slab of ribs, available for dine-in or to go on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-14. It's $24.99.
Stoney River: 20504 N. Rand Road, Deer Park, (847) 719-1596, stoneyriver.com/. The $100 Valentine's Dinner for Two includes a wedge salad, your choice of entree and sides and a dessert to share. It's available for carryout only Friday through Sunday, Feb. 12-14.
Table at Crate: 35 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 590-9444, tableatcrate.com/. Order up the Valentine's Day chef's special, which is sauteed shrimp and zucchini noodles for $25 (add skirt steak for $14). Call for reservations.
Victory Meat and Seafood: 116 N. York St., Elmhurst, (630) 359-5599, victorymeatandseafood.com/. Victory, which is now open on Sundays, is offering a special surf and turf dinner all weekend for Valentine's Day. Reservations required.
White Castle: Locations throughout the suburbs; whitecastle.com/. Drive on in to White Castle's Slider Lover's Point, which is a socially distanced carhop-style event happening in the parking lots of select locations on Sunday, Feb. 14. Once parked, a staff member will take your order and deliver it right to your car. Check whitecastle.com/#vday to see if your preferred location is offering the Valentine's Day option. Reservations required through Open Table.
Big Bowl will be serving banana cheesecake to celebrate Chinese New Year.
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Chinese New Year
Big Bowl ushers in the Year of the Ox Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 11-14, with special dishes including Moo Shu Pork, Long Life Noodles with Shanghai Beef to symbolize longevity, Black Pepper Sea Scallops and banana cheesecake to symbolize bringing a sweet life to the new year. Available for dine-in or carryout. Reservations required.
Big Bowl is at 215 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 808-8880, and 1950 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-8881, bigbowl.com/.
Big Bowl is offering specialty dishes Feb. 11-14 for Chinese New Year.
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Saving Tiny Hearts
Order up your favorite meal from Katie's Kitchen and feel good about it, too. Now through Sunday, Feb. 14, the breakfast and lunch cafe is honoring Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week by donating 10% of every bill -- dine-in or carryout -- to the Saving Tiny Hearts Society. For info on CHD, see savingtinyhearts.org/.
Katie's Kitchen is at 623 N. Wolf Road, Des Plaines, (847) 803-3544, katieskitchenonline.com/.
Mardi Gras is Tuesday, Feb. 16, and Scratchboard Kitchen is celebrating by opening early that day -- from 7:30-11 a.m. -- to offer King Cake Donuts (topped with purple, green and gold sprinkles) and paczkis (filled with housemade raspberry hibiscus jam). A dozen doughnuts is $30 and a dozen paczkis is $40. Or order a combo box -- two King Cake Donuts and two paczkis -- for $12.
Scratchboard Kitchen is 5 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, (847) 749-3103, scratchboardkitchenah.com/.
Fresh oysters on the half shell are only $2 each at Shaw's Schaumburg on Fat Tuesday.
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Fat Tuesday specials
Shaw's Crab House: 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-2722, shawscrabhouse.com/schaumburg/. It's already time for Mardi Gras?! Shaw's is celebrating with $2 fresh oysters on the half shell, chilled mussels and shrimp cocktail all day, plus all draft beer is on special for $5 and glasses of wine and select drinks are $8. Deals are available from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, for dine-in at the restaurant or on the heated patio and carryout. Reservations required.
Tokio Pub: 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 278-5181, tokiopub.com/. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, Tokio Pub is hosting a socially distanced four-course Fat Tuesday Cocktail Dinner for $65 per person on the all-seasons patio. Dine on Po' Bao with fried oysters paired with a Sirarcha Bloody Mary, the Crazy Cajun Roll paired with a Tsunami Slammer, the Creole Ramen paired with a Gin Gin Fizz and the bananas Foster paired with Shinshu Sazerac. Reservations required.
North Shore Restaurant Month
There's still time left to take advantage of North Shore Restaurant Month: Takeout Edition, which runs through the end of February. Check out the participating restaurants' deals at visitchicagonorthshore.com/winter_restaurantmonth.
Melted Queso Fundido is back on the menu at On The Border during Queso Fest.
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Margaritas & queso
While it might seem a little early to celebrate National Margarita Day, which is Monday, Feb. 22, On The Border is honoring the day now through Feb. 28 with a $5 1800 Grande 'Rita made with 1800 Silver Tequila. Add a Meltdown, which is extra tequila, Blue Curacao, Sour Apple or other liqueurs, to your 'rita for a bit extra. Since you'll probably be hungry, On The Border is obliging with the return of Queso Fest. Now you can indulge in Texas queso fries, melted queso fundido, queso steak torta (fajita steak with Mexican white cheese, pico de gallo, lime chimichurri and queso in a toasted bolillo roll), cheesy queso enchiladas (two cheese enchiladas topped with queso and pico de gallo that's served with Mexican rice and beans) and grilled queso chicken (mesquite-grilled chicken breast under queso and sliced avocado accompanied by sautéed vegetables and cilantro lime rice).
On The Border is at 1512 S. Randall Road, Algonquin, (847) 960-3915; 1915 Glacier Park Ave., Naperville, (331) 472-8740; 535 N. Lakeview Pkwy., Vernon Hills, (224) 433-5450; ontheborder.com/.
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