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CRAVE Cupcakes ready to satisfy your sweet tooth
CRAVE Cupcakes ready to satisfy your sweet tooth
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Houston restaurants won’t let their dedicated patrons down on Valentine’s Day with an overabundance of extravagant choices to delight any palate.

JUST TREATS:
On February 14, from 8 a.m. until their sweet treats run out, the CRAVE Cupcakes at Uptown Park at 1151-06 will set up a kiosk outdoors and offer ready-to-go boxes of four, red velvet cupcakes adorned with heart toppers, along with a card for $20. This is available only through curbside pick-up. CRAVE Cupcakes can also ship orders with a dozen Red Velvet cupcakes for $40 and shipping. The 5600 Kirby location as well as the Uptown Park site will offer vanilla, dark chocolate and red velvet with a Valentine heart until February 16.

At Quattro in the Four Seasons Hotel Houston, daily decadent chocolate experiences will be held until February 15. The schedule includes Tuesday: A cocoa lesson by local chocolate artisans, Araya; Wednesday: Texas chili-chocolate cake versus Buried Hatchett stout chocolate cake; Thursday: Chocolate Buffet provided by the original Chocolate Bar; Friday: Watch them fry up some Italian Zeppole’s with chocolate & bananas and Saturday: DIY Chocolate covered strawberries workshop. Details at www.quattrorestauranthouston.com/promotions/valentines_week.

SPECIAL MENUS:
Tony Mandola’s: $149 per couple four-course dinner with a complimentary glass of champagne for each guest. Call 713-528-3474 for reservations.

Hubbell & Hudson Bistro at 24 Waterway Avenue; 281.203.5641; www.hubbellandhudson.com/bistro
Indulge in a four-course, prix fixe menu from dynamic, Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, Austin Simmons, who has worked with culinary luminaries including Wolfgang Puck, Dean Fearing and John Tesar. Priced at $84 per person.

Prego, 2520 Amherst; 713/529-2420; www.prego-houston.com
Chef John Watt will offer a special 3-course menu on Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s weekend, February 15 &16. Cost is $46 per person plus tax and gratuity. There will be live jazz guitar on Valentine’s night from 6 to 9 p.m. Regular menu will also be available. Reservations highly recommended.

The Union Kitchen will be celebrating Valentine’s Day at all three restaurants with a three-course prix fixe menu. Cost: $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Visit TheUnionKitchen.com or call 832-644-9067.

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar, 1985 Welch; 713-533-0200; mockingbirdbistro.com
This Valentine’s Day, Chef John Sheely is offering a 3-course pre fixe menu. Menu is available February 14 & Saturday February 15. Cost is $65 per person plus tax & gratuity, or $95 per person plus tax & gratuity with the Sommelier’s wine pairings. Reservations highly recommended.

Osteria Mazzantini, 2200 Post Oak Blvd #140; 713-993-9898; www.osteriamazzantini.com
Osteria Mazzantini was recently named the Best New Restaurant Opening for 2013 by Houston Chronicle restaurant critic, Alison Cook. Mazzantini will offer a special 3-course menu on both February 14 & 15. Reservations highly recommended.

Eleven XI Restaurant & Bar at 607 West Gray Street; 713.529.5881; www.elevenxihouston.com
Join Eleven XI for a feast of your own and indulge in either a three or four-course, prix-fixe menu. The three-course menu for two is priced at $190 per couple with optional, tiered beverage pairings – including wine, beer or cocktails - for $50 or $100.

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop at 3701 Travis Street; 713.524.6922; www.sparrowhouston.com
Monica Pope is creating a four-course, prix fixe menu, which will be priced at $150 per couple with wine pairings available for $30 per person.

Triniti at 2815 S. Shepherd Drive; 713.527.9090; www.trinitirestaurant.com
Executive Chef Ryan Hildebrand will be offering a six-course, sharing menu on Valentine’s Day, priced at $100 per person with optional wine pairing for $50 per person.

Caracol, 2200 Post Oak Blvd. #160; 713-622-9996; www.caracol.net
Valentine’s Day $79 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity. Valentine’s Weekend Couple’s Menu Offered Evenings, February 15 & 16. to Share: Ruben’s dessert platter $105 per couple plus beverage, tax and gratuity.

Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer @ Mandell; 713/524-7744; www.hugosrestaurant.net
The restaurant has special menus for Valentine’s Day and for the weekend following. Full bar and award-winning wine list. Reservations required. Valentine’s Day $95 per couple, plus beverage, tax & gratuity

Latin Bites at 5709 Woodway Drive; 713.229.8369; www.latinbitescafe.com
Enjoy Chef Roberto Castro's, three-course Valentine’s Day menu, which is priced at $75 per person. Diners will also enjoy a complimentary glass of Col de’Salici Docg Valdobbiadene Prosecco.

LINE & LARIAT – Hotel ICON at 220 Main Street; 832.667.4470; www.hotelicon.com/dining
Executive Chef Tyler Malson is spicing up Valentine’s Day with a three-course menu priced at $65 per person. Find romance at Hotel ICON throughout the month of February with two special packages offered each weekend. Share the fun with the “Double Date Valentine’s Dinner” priced at $2,014. “Love Blooms” with the aptly named overnight package for two, Rates start at $1,214 per couple. The package offers a room upgrade option to the hotel’s three-story penthouse suite, which brings the rate to $2,014 per night.

The Bistro – Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE at 800 Sorella Court; 713.827.3545; www.bistrosorella.com
Priced at $79 per person, the menu highlights numerous offerings, and guests can also
make their celebration last all night with Hotel Sorella’s “Ti Amo – I Love You” Romance Package, starting at $295 on February 14. The package includes luxurious overnight accommodations, breakfast for two in your room or at The Bistro, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and complimentary valet or self – parking.

ARA Restaurant – Royal Sonesta Hotel at 2222 West Loop South; 713.627.7600
www.sonesta.com/royalhouston
ARA will be offering a special, four-course menu priced at just $88 per couple. Complete your evening in one of Royal Sonesta’s chic and newly renovated accommodations starting at $139.

Wyndham Houston West Energy Corridor Hotel at 14703 Park Row; 281.558.5580
www.wyndhamhoustonwest.com
Spend a romantic evening at the Wyndham Houston West Energy Corridor and choose from two Valentine’s Day packages. The first package, Romance Discovered is priced at $279. The second package, Fantasies Fulfilled, includes all of the amenities from the Romance Discovered package but guests will enjoy it from the Wyndham’s Presidential Suite overlooking the Houston skyline. The Fantasies Fulfilled package is priced at $1,500.