Restaurant Preview: Valentine’s Day Specials

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and while this year will feel different due to the pandemic, there are still plenty of great options for having a memorable, romantic meal at home if you aren’t ready to venture out into the public just yet. Let’s take a look at where you can order some great eats in Chicago to share with someone special.

Momotaro: Located in the Fulton Market District, Momotaro offers dinner for two Valentine’s meals prepared by Chef Gene Kato. The first option is Cupid’s Plate featuring hamachi, yuzu vinaigrette, glazed chicken wing with gyoza filling, Kakuni beef short ribs, and mochi brownies for $140. The second choice is Fishing For Love featuring 12 pieces of Shige-San selected Nigiri, Momomaki and Negi Hamachi maki rolls, and mochi brownies for $95. Each meal comes with heating instructions. Go all out with a purchase from Momotaro’s impressive wine list featuring Maison Foucher, Jason Pahlmeyer Red Blend, and more. Click here to find pre-order.

mfk.: This Lakeview favorite located at 432 West Diversey Parkway has a delicious five-course tasting menu for your special night, which is available for pick up Saturday, February 13, and Sunday, February 14. Choose your entree – either braised short rib with horseradish mash and asparagus, lump crab cake with old bayoli and tomato escabeche, or couscous with broccoli, hummus, fresno, and olive chimi. Each meal is complemented with suzuki crudo, brown butter broccoli, poached shrimp aguachile, and chocolate pot de creme tart with macerated strawberries. The whole spread costs $70 per person. Be sure to order fast as pick up times are selling out. Find more info here

Marz Community Brewing Company: Sure, you can pick up a pre-ordered meal, but how about making V-Day a more hands-on occasion with your significant other? Marz Community Brewing Company, located at 3630 South Iron Street in Bridgeport, supplies everything you need to create your own hand-rolled sushi with their temaki kit. The kit includes citrus cured hiramasa, ahi tuna, tea cellar smoked trout roe, tamagoyaki, seasoned tamaki gold rice, crab and cucumber sunomono, radish sprouts, pickled myoga, fresh wasabi and pickled ginger, and Ito Shoten 3-year aged tamari. And that’s just the starter. The main course consists of 16oz Carrara or Miyazaki Wagyu strip steak, potato puree, wasabi, and more. The meal ranges from $140 to $200 depending on your choice of steak. Don’t forget to add the I Love Pretty Cool Ice Cream Float Kit to top off the evening’s culinary celebration in style. Find more info here.

Uncommon Ground: Located at 3800 North Clark Street in Lakeview, Uncommon Ground has a three-course menu Valentine’s Day dinner package that takes the headache out of what to do for dinner. Choose from salmon cakes or roasted beet salad for your first course. For your second, choose either seared scallops or Pappardelle pasta with braised short rib. Round it out with your dessert choice: chocolate hazelnut tart or dark cherry bread pudding, bourbon caramel, and candied walnuts. The meal costs $45, and you must pre-order for pick up. Delivery must be placed on the day you’d like to receive the meal. Find more info here.