I usually save this kind of information for my “news” page but I am getting so many questions about Valentine’s Day suggestions that I thought I’d post on some of the specials that I have heard about this week.

But before I do that…if you are in the Western suburbs of Chciago this Sunday.  Make sure you stop by RA Sushi in Lombard between 1-3 PM to help support me and the 100 Club of DuPage County in the Foodies Show Heart Event.

My tradition is to cook a meal for my sweetheart or my husband each year.  But for those of you who can’t make dinner it is time you make reservations!


Local Folks here in Northwest Indiana there are some great dinner menus being planned at Duneland Beach Inn, Sahara and Bistro 157.  (Let’s face it odds are we are going to be snowed in and will eat at one of our local favorites.)


This Valentine’s Day, taste the romance at Shaw’s Crab House in Chicago! On Friday, February 14, 2014 and Saturday, February 15, 2014, all lovers are invited to indulge in a special four-course menu with optional wine pairings. The price for the dinner is $80 or $120 per person with the wine pairings (excluding tax and gratuity). Shaw’s full a la carte menu will be offered in addition to the prix fixe menu.


 Show your special someone that you really love them and treat them to Mercat’s 4-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner! Highlights include Ostras con Padrons, Mar I Muntanya, Wagyu Zabuton & a special Caliente y Frio Xocolata for dessert.


$85 per person, does not include tax or gratuity. $40 per person, optional Wine Pairings.

Mercat a la Planxa’s Valentine’s Day Menu 2014 offered on Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th from 5pm-11pm.

Fish Bar Chicago couples can eat lobster and love longer with a four-course lobster prix fixe menu. This Lakeview seafood staple invites guests to indulge in a lobster feast for two to celebrate the most romantic time of the year.


Michael Jordan’s Steak House

505 N. Michigan Ave

(312) 321-8823

Michael Jordan’s Steak House will be serving their full menu on Valentine’s Day as well as seasonal specials. Diners can enjoy signature dishes such as the Prime Porterhouse For Two ($92) or the Roasted Sea Scallops ($33). Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 312-321-8823.


Blackfinn Ameripub is ready to set the mood for romance and fun inRiver North this Valentine’s Day. Blackfinn invites guests to skip the

fuss and cozy up with that special someone while enjoying the

restaurant’s delicious four-course menu filled with Blackfinn’s

signature, craveable dishes. A complimentary glass of champagne

is included when guests order this mouthwatering meal.


Seduce your lover this Valentine’s Day with the intimate, late night “Ada After Dark.” The Michelin recommended restaurant is turning out the lights, lighting the candles, and titillating guests’ senses with aphrodisiac-infused cocktails and a touch of skin.


This Valentine’s Day, Slurping Turtle (116 W. Hubbard St.) invites guests to celebrate the most romantic day of the year by slurping noodles and watching vintage love movies with that someone special. This spin on the classic “dinner and a movie” date begins with romantic dinner menus crafted by Executive Chef Aaron Cuschieri and Owner/Chef Takashi Yagihashi. Guests can choose between the four-course “I Think I Like You” Menu ($45 per person) or the seven-course “I Know I Love You” Menu ($75 per person) featuring favorites and new dishes from the restaurant.


What better way to celebrate love this Valentine’s Day than over fresh, house-made Italian cuisine in a warm, neighborhood setting? From Thursday, February 13 through Saturday, February 15, Azzurra (1467 N. Milwaukee Ave) invites guests to enjoy flavorful fare while cozying up for a savory celebration of amore. Azzurra will present its seasonal a la carte menu – featuring favorites such as Grilled Octopus ($11), Bucatini Amatriciana ($14) and Chianti-Braised Beef Short Rib ($19) – as well as a special prix-fixe menu ($30 per person).



1400 W. Randolph

(312) 563-1010

Owner/Chef Bill Kim is giving food-loving couples a reason to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. Along with serving bellyQ’s full a la carte menu for the evening, the restaurant is also offering up a six-course tasting menu ($75) with a grill at the Chef’s Table for just six lucky couples. Other couples can cozy up by the grill at one of bellyQ’s grill tables with the order of a grill feast. The dining room will be offering three seatings for the night: 5-7pm, 7-8pm and 9-10pm. The Chef’s Table will seat at 5pm, 7:30pm and 10pm. Reservations can be made by calling (312) 563-1010.


DMK Burger Bar

2954 N. Sheffield / 2370 Fountain Square Drive

Chicago, IL             Lombard, IL 60148

(773) 360-8686      (630) 705-9020

For a Valentine’s Day sweet treat, DMK Burger Bar (Lakeview and Lombard) is offering a perfectly pink strawberry milkshake for the entire month of February ($5). Those looking to celebrate by enjoying something sweet can head over for a good old-fashioned date with your sweetie this year to enjoy this special shake of the month. Grab two straws and get sipping!


mk The Restaurant

868 N. Franklin

(312) 482-9179

For the holiday of love, mk the Restaurant has developed a special tasting menu. Guests looking to dine in an atmosphere filled with romance can enjoy the following menu and wine pairing options the evening of February 14.


Roka Akor

456 N Clark St

(312) 477-7652

Romance and Roka Akor go hand in hand this Valentine’s Day. Roka Akor invites guests to celebrate the day of love with an expertly crafted tasting menu of fresh sushi, premium seafood and succulent steak all in a chic and sexy setting. Roka Akor will feature a five-course tasting menu from Executive Chef Brett Vibber available from Thursday, February 13 to Sunday, February 16. The menu is priced at $125 per person, and beverage pairings (guests’ choice of wine or sake) can be added for $40.

Hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day!