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For dinner from the heart, check out these Valentine's offerings

swthompson@herald-leader.com,By Sharon ThompsonFebruary 2, 2012 

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If you're looking for a romantic place, or a neighborhood hangout, to take your sweetheart on Valentine's Day, you have plenty of choices. Here are some places that are offering dinner specials on Feb. 14, unless otherwise noted.

Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will serve Valentine's dinners on Feb. 11 and 14. Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 253-0014. Menu items are seared half-rack of lamb with ginger cherry sauce and roasted asparagus, and lobster and spinach crepes with sun-dried tomato white wine cream, topped with Boone Creek Asiago cheese.

Brown's Bakery, 1226 Versailles Road, is taking orders for Valentine's Day goodies. Included are chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate truffles, mini cheesecakes, chocolate heart brownies and assorted valentine-themed cupcakes. Call (859) 225-8400 or go to Brownbakery.com.

CastlePost, 230 Pisgah Pike in Woodford County, is having a semi- formal dinner that begins at 6:30 p.m. with a complimentary champagne reception. Dinner is at 7 p.m., followed by dancing. Entree choices are Carmel Valley quail stuffed with Swiss chard, goat cheese and foie gras; and sea bass with beurre rouge served with brown-butter gnocchi. Dinner for two is $250. Call (502) 553-7852 or go to Thecastlepost.com. Roses will be provided by The Best of Flowers.

The Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, normally is closed Tuesdays, but it will be serving tea on Valentine's Day. Here's the menu for February: French onion soup, poppy-seed scone with cherry curd, Low Country shrimp and grits, corn salsa in phyllo cups, white pimento cheese and red radish ribbon tea sandwiches, strawberry cupcakes and chocolate pots de crème. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.

Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, will serve a prix fixe Valentine's dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10 to 14. The cost is $75. The menu features lobster bisque, poached pear salad, sea bass or beef Wellington, and red velvet soufflé. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to Jeanfarris.com.

The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, will have live music and dinner specials including lobster macaroni and cheese, beef tenderloin with truffles, and sole in phyllo. Call (859) 226-0300.

Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, will serve a four-course dinner for two for $49. Entrees include caramel chicken with cashews, chicken curry and ginger chicken supreme. Call (859) 288-2170.

W.C. Wieners, 289 South Limestone, is offering a "Double Dose" now through Feb. 14. The sweetheart special is classic Polishes, chips and sodas for two for $6.99. Call (859) 255-0055.

Specials

Winchell's, 348 Southland Drive, is offering menu specials for Super Bowl Sunday. Included are New England clam chowder, steamed mussels, New York strip steak, pastrami sandwich and New York-style cheese cake. Call (859) 278-9424.

Bourbon n' Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, is serving alligator etouffee in honor of the Kentucky-Florida game on Tuesday. Alligator will be on the menu Monday and Tuesday. Call (859) 335-0300 or go to Bntlex.com.

Accolades

Cardinal Hill Hospital, 2050 Versailles Road, held its annual Wild Game Dinner & Sport Auction on Jan. 27. Chefs competed for awards. Seth Russell, chef at the Hilary J. Boone Center at the University of Kentucky, won the people's choice award for fried rabbit and waffles with hazelnut butter, brown-sugar bacon, lavender-infused maple syrup and quail egg. The chef's choice award went to Cardinal Hill chef Cornelious Cunningham for bison and mushroom stroganoff.

Reach Sharon Thompson at (859) 231-3321 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3321.

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