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• Seed to Stalk will offer take-home dinners for pickup at Milltown Market, 1053 Elm St., Manchester. Gorgonzola, cranberry and walnut ravioli with roasted root vegetables and walnut brown butter sauce, Atlantic seared salmon with wild mushroom quinoa with leeks and citrus coulis, Apple, pear and seed-stuffed hen with roasted fingerling potatoes and green beans will be among the entree selections. Orders must be in by Sunday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m., and can be placed by calling 218-3191 or sending e-mail to amber@jbeanstalk.com.





For the love of food
Restaurants offer romantic Valentine’s Day specials




You can argue that Valentine’s Day is a holiday born out of commercialism, but you can’t ignore the decadent menus created by local restaurants for the occasion. Be sure to make your reservations early.

• 36 deLux, 36 Lowell St., Manchester, 644-1180, 36delux.com, will offer its regular dinner menu, a rib-eye steak for two and a seafood special on Tuesday, Feb. 14, starting at 5 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
• Airport Diner, 2280 Brown Ave., Manchester, 623-5040, thecman.com, will offer its Valentine’s Day menu on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The menu will feature Potato Skins, Mozzarella Sticks, Caesar Salad, Chicken Parmesan, Diner Sirloin Steak, New England Coastal Haddock and, for dessert, Cupid’s Chocolate Indulgence Cake. The dinner costs $29.95 per couple.
• Alpine Grove, 19 S. Depot Road, Hollis, 882-9051, alpinegrove.com, will host a Valentine’s Day cabaret dinner show on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. The buffet dinner will feature Caesar Salad, Roast Turkey with Cornbread Stuffing, Roast Loin of Pork, Seafood Stuffed Filet of Sole, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable Rice Pilaf, Chef’s Vegetable of the Day and Strawberry Shortcake. Red Hot Society will perform a cabaret show at 8 p.m., followed by dancing to the music of DJ Lorenzo, from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Tickets cost $40 at 809-8531.
• Amphora, 55 Crystal Ave., Derry, 537-0111, amphoranh.com, will serve a la carte Valentine’s Day specials on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Specials will include a salad made with field greens, dates, pears, goat cheese and candied walnuts, topped with raspberry vinaigrette; local Rack of Lamb, and Amaretto Chocolate Cheesecake. Call-ahead seating is available.
• The Barley House, 132 N. Main St. in Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com, will offer its regular menu with Valentine’s Day specials all day on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Jazz musicians will perform in the dining room. Reservations are recommended.
• Bedford Village Inn, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com, will serve a four-course prix fixe menu for $75 in the dining room on Tuesday, Feb. 14, with seatings available from 5 to 9 p.m. The meal will feature such selections as Vanilla Scented Parsnip Soup, Lobster Salad, Potato Gnocchi, Beef Tar Tar, Baby Field Greens, Arctic Char, Grilled Filet Mignon, Open-Faced Lasagna and for dessert, Bête noire and Champagne Sorbet. The Inn’s Tavern will offer a three-course prix fixe dinner with a limited selection from the dining room menu, for $45. The Inn will also celebrate Valentine’s Day from Wednesday, Feb. 8, through Tuesday, Feb. 13, by offering a three-course prix fixe sweetheart menu. Reservations are required.
• The Black Forest Café, 212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, theblackforestcafe.com, will not only celebrate Valentine’s Day with dinner and cocktail specials on Tuesday, Feb. 14, starting at 5 p.m., but will also offer a Valentine’s Day brunch on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended for both.
• Brookstone Grill, 14 Route 111, Derry, 328-9250, brookstone-park.com, will offer a four-course menu on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 10 p.m. The cost is $79 per couple. Reservations are recommended.
• Buckley’s Great Steaks, 438 DW Highway, Merrimack, 424-0995, will be open for dinner Sunday, Feb. 12, and Monday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 5 to 9 p.m., and will serve its regular dinner menu, with Valentine’s Day specials. Reservations are recommended.
• Clark’s Tavern, 40 Nashua St., Milford, 769-3119, clarkstavern.com, will hold a “Restart Your Heart” party on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. The $20 admission price will include a 12-inch “Broken Heart” pizza, a beer or cocktail, and dessert. The evening will also feature live entertainment and speed “chatting,” at 8 p.m. Tickets must be reserved by Feb. 12. Call 554-6343.
• The Common Man, 25 Water St., Concord, 228-3463; 304 DW Highway, Merrimack, 429-3463; 88 Range Road, Windham, 898-0088; 96 State St., Portsmouth, 334-6225, thecman.com, will serve a special Valentine’s Day menu on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m. Menu selections will include Uncommon Flatbread, Almost Escargot, North Country Crêpe, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Lobster Macaroni & Cheese, Roast Prime Rib, Butternut Squash, Stuffed Sole and for dessert, Cupid’s Chocolate Indulgence Cake. The dinner costs $49.95 per couple.
• Cotton, 75 Arms St., Manchester, 622-5488, cottonfood.com, will offer its regular menu along with drink and food specials Friday, Feb. 10, through Tuesday, Feb. 14. Dinner will be served on Valentine’s Day, from 5 to 10 p.m., and reservations are required.
• Dancing Lion Chocolate, 917 Elm St., Manchester, 625-4043, dancinglion.us, will host a “Romanza!” chocolate tasting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The tasting will feature a variety of handcrafted artisan chocolates created by master chocolatier Richard Tango-Lowy including cacao del Xoconusco. Tickets cost $40. Call to reserve a spot.
• Divots on the River at the Intervale Country Club, 1491 Front St., Manchester, 566-7576, divotsontheriver.com, will offer a three-course dinner for $39.99 per couple. Appetizer options will include Valentine’s Winter Salad (mixed greens, bleu cheese, candied walnuts, dried cranberries and balsamic vinaigrette), Petite Baked Brie en Croute and Fried Ravioli. Statler Chicken Breast, Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, Honey Pepper Salmon and Butternut Squash Ravioli will serve as entree selections. Tiramisu, Cheesecake and Chocolate Pot du Crème will be served for dessert. Reservations are recommended.
• Eden Restaurant & Lounge, 2323 Brown Ave., Manchester, 249-3336, edenrestaurantandlounge.com, will offer its regular menu and a chef’s tasting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 4:30 to 10 p.m. The chef’s tasting costs $40 and reservations are recommended.
• Firefly American Bar & Bistro, 22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, fireflynh.com, will feature a la carte menu specials on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 10 p.m., including Buttermilk Fried Oysters, Pan-Seared Swordfish Provençal, Peppercorn-Crusted Beef Tenderloin and Strawberry Cheesecake. Reservations are recommended.
• Fratello’s, 155 Dow St., Manchester, 624-2022, fratellos.com, will offer dinner specials for two in addition to its holiday menu, a collection of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 10 p.m.
• Giorgio’s Ristorante & Meze Bar, 542 Nashua St., Milford, 673-3939, giorgios.com, will offer a “Romance Dinner” on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 5 to 9 p.m., serving its regular menu with specials. A string trio will perform. Reservations are recommended.
• Granite Restaurant and Bar at the Centennial Hotel, 96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9000, graniterestaurant.com, will offer specials the weekend before Valentine’s Day and a three-course prix fixe menu on Tuesday, Feb. 14, for $45. Reservations are required.
• Greenwood’s at Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, 783-4238, shakers.org/greenwoods, will host a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. The menu will features such dishes as Salmon Mousse, Tuscan Style Vegetables and Pasta, Grilled Sirloin, Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Cippino and desserts from the Crust and Crumb Bakery. The dinner costs $65 and reservations are required.
• Hanover Street Chophouse, 149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, hanoverstreetchophouse.com, will open for Valentine’s Day from 5 to 9:30 p.m., and will offer specials in addition to the regular dinner menu. A pianist will perform. Reservations are required.
• Hooked, 110 Hanover St., Manchester, 606-1189, hookednh.com, will celebrate both Valentine’s Day and its one-year anniversary on Tuesday, Feb. 14, by serving its regular menu and specials. Seating is first come, first served.
• How’s Your Onion?, 91 W. Broadway, Derry, 216-8838, howsyouronion.com, will celebrate Valentine’s Day by offering a Tower of Toast (10 pieces of sweet honey French bread) topped with homemade strawberry whipped cream and two chocolate-covered strawberries for $9.49 on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Ignite, 100 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-0064, ignitebng.com, will serve its regular menu with Valentine’s Day specials on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Seating is first come, first served.
• The Lakehouse, 281 DW Highway, Meredith, 279-5221, thecman.com, will serve a three-course Valentine’s Day menu for two on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m. The menu will feature such selections as Polenta Fries, Baked Brie, Lakehouse Pizza, Atlantic Salmon, Roasted Stuffed Butternut Squash, Hanger Steak, Roasted Chicken and, for dessert, Cupid’s Chocolate Indulgence Cake. Dinner costs $59.95 per couple and includes complimentary champagne and a flower.
• MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, 212 Main St., Nashua, 595-9334, mtslocal.com, will offer a special Valentine’s Day menu from Saturday, Feb. 11, through Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 4 p.m. The restaurant will also be open for lunch, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Valentine’s Day. The menu will include Lull Farm Potato Pancakes, Brown Butter Maine Lobster on Field Greens, Pan-Seared Sea Scallops over Jasmine Cilantro Rice, Wood Grilled Cleason-Horst Farm Sirloin and for dessert, White Chocolate Raspberry Swirled Cheesecake with Chocolate Chambord Truffles. Reservations are required.
• O Steaks and Seafood, 11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurant.com, will open for dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 5 p.m., and will serve its regular menu with specials. Reservations are recommended.
• PastAmore, 103 Route 101A, Amherst, 578-9696, will offer two options for diners on Tuesday, Feb. 14, starting at 3 p.m. The restaurant will offer a three-course dinner with a glass of champagne for $32 per person and a three-course dinner with a bottle of wine for $82 per couple. Reservations are recommended.
• Patrick’s Pub, 18 Weirs Road, Gilford, 293-0841, patrickspub.com, will serve Valentine’s Day specials on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 10 p.m. Selections will include Lobster Cakes, Veal Marsala, Prime Rib, Rotisserie Sirloin, Baked Stuffed Scallops and, for dessert, Fried Cheesecake. Reservations are recommended.
• Planet Marshmallow Dessert Café, 81 Hanover St., Manchester, 625-8111, planetmarshmallow.com, will offer a special dessert menu on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 5 to 10 p.m. Diners should expect to see Chocolate Mousse Cups, Red Velvet Cake, Poached Pears in Vanilla Sauce, Heart-shaped S’mores and Chocolate Fondue. Reservations are required.
• The Quill restaurant at Southern New Hampshire University, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester, 629-4608, will serve a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner on Friday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. (cocktail hour starts at 5). Appetizer options will include Antipasto Skewers, Duck, Cherries and Pistachio Terrine, Scallop Ceviche, Euro Cucumber with Honey Dill Cream Cheese, Shrimp Martini, Classic French Onion Soup, Lobster Bisque, Arugula with Poached Pear, Baby Greens & Mandarin Oranges, Candied Pecans and Cranberries with a Toasted Walnut Vinaigrette, Green Asparagus Spears, Sweet Tomatoes in a Cucumber Tuil with Raspberry Vinaigrette. Maple Brined Duck Breast, Grilled Filet of Salmon, Porcini-dusted Beef Tenderloin, Pan-Seared Scallops and Shrimp and Vegetarian Shepherds Pie will be among the entree selections. Dessert options will include Spiced Orange Fool, Mascarpone Cheesecake, Bitter Chocolate and Sweet Cherry Bavarian Torte and Drenched Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Gelato. The dinner costs $35 and reservations are required.
• The Saffron Bistro, 80 Main St., Nashua, 883-2100, thesaffronbistro.com, will be serve its regular menu with specials including dessert for two on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 10 p.m. Reservations are required.
• Sunny’s Table, 11 Depot St., Concord, 225-8181, sunnystable.com, will serve a three-course Valentine’s Day menu on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. The dinner price will range from $35 to $60. Reservations are required.
• Surf, 207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, surfseafood.com will be open Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will serve its regular dinner menu, with Valentine’s Day specials. The specials will also be run on Sunday, Feb. 12, and Monday, Feb. 13, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
• Thousand Crane II, 116 W. Pearl St. in Nashua, 579-0888, will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 5 to 10 p.m., by doling out roses and Lindt chocolates to all customers. The restaurant will also offer a special Love Potion cocktail.
• Tilt’n Diner, 61 Laconia Road, Tilton, 286-2204, thecman.com, will offer its Valentine’s Day menu on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The menu will feature Potato Skins, Mozzarella Sticks, Caesar Salad, Chicken Parmesan, Diner Sirloin Steak, New England Coastal Haddock and, for dessert, Cupid’s Chocolate Indulgence Cake. The dinner costs $29.95 per couple.
• Tuscan Kitchen, 67 Main St., Salem, 952-4875, tuscan-kitchen.com, will serve a special four-course Valentine’s Day menu on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 3 to 11 p.m. The meal will feature such selections as an Oyster Trio, Slow Roasted Duck Confit Cappellacci Salad, Herb Crusted Veal Loin, Pan-Roasted Black Bass and for dessert, assorted in-house made truffles. The dinner costs $60 and reservations are recommended.
• Unums, 49 E. Pearl St., Nashua, 821-6500, unums.com, will offer a special four-course Valentine’s Day dinner on Saturday, Feb. 11, Monday, Feb. 13, and Tuesday, Feb. 14. The dinner costs $60 and reservations are required.
• Villa Banca, 194 Main St., Nashua, 598-0500, villabanca.com, will serve its regular dinner menu with specials on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 9 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
• XO on Elm, 827 Elm St., Manchester, 560-7998, xoonelm.com, will serve its regular dinner menu and Valentine’s Day specials from Friday, Feb. 11, through Tuesday, Feb. 14, but will be closed Sunday. The restaurant will also serve a special “Love Potion” martini for two. Reservations are recommended.
• Z Food & Drink, 860 Elm St., Manchester, 629-9383, zfoodanddrink.com, will serve its regular menu with specials starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Reservations are recommended.






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