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Jan 27, 2006 12:33 PM

[AUS] Dinner on Valentine’s Day—the best of what’s left?

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What’s the best place to go for dinner on Valentine’s Day for serious foodies who embrace any opportunity to enjoy a fine meal? Amazing food is the first and foremost requirement, though the appropriate atmosphere is important.

Aquarelle, a top choice, is no longer taking reservations. The Driskill Grill only has seatings after 9:45 P.M. I don’t know yet if Fonda San Miguel or Uchi is taking reservations that night because they don’t answer their phones until after 4 P.M.

Do any veterans of past Valentine’s-Day dinners in Austin have a good restaurant suggestion?

FYI: There are still reservations available at Cafe Josie, which is serving a $60 per-person prix-fixe menu only (posted at www. and Mirabelle, serving a prix-fixe menu for $65 per person, though their menu is not yet posted on-line.

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      Seamus Mitwurst

      Do it fast!
      Both your open places are good enough to go in blind.
      Though I would probably go with Cafe Josie.

      If you wanna go for the off-beat, the Bakehouse is doing a Valentine's Day Chateaubriand special. (For what that's worth. Plus, if your going out with a redneck girl, the best gun store in town is just next door)

      I know it doesn't help, but I agree with Brent. Do the romantic thing at home or at the park. It's usually better than the wait and the obnoxious preening that occurs on that one day.

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      1. re: Seamus Mitwurst


        Thanks for the feedback. I made a reservation for Cafe J's today.

        Dining out on Valentine's Day can be a drag, but what can you do? Sometimes you gotta bite the bullet. I try to look on the bright side. Most restaurants are just as crowded on weekends as they are on February 14. Plus, since mostly couples venture out, at least some regular dining nuisances will be neutralized (like screaming babies and large, loud parties).

        I had a mediocre lunch at the Bakehouse recently (I'll have to post to ask about their best dishes at a later date). But that gun store sure sounds tempting.


      2. Highly recommend Zoot for the quiet ambience and great wine list. You will not be disappointed with the Farmer's Market Tasting menu but I don't know if it is available Valentines.

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        1. re: salsa queen
          Seamus Mitwurst

          Second. I think Zoot has actually gotten better the last couple times I have been. I usually forget to add it to lists like this.

          There are some seats in the restaurant that are uncomfortable enough to make me squirm. I know it was at a table next to a window on the right side of the building as you face it. How's that for nit-picky?

          What about Fonda San Miguel? Are they booked up?
          They can be kinda loud and public, though.