The Herald Bulletin

February 6, 2013

Memorable meals for Valentine’s Day

By Abbey Doyle
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — From $99 to $10, Madison County restaurants are offering diners a variety of options for cozy meals for two on the year’s most romantic holiday.


Pendleton’s new Puzzles restaurant is giving guests four days to take advantage of their Valentine’s Day special — available from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 13 to 16 at the eatery, 118 N. Pendleton Ave. Reservations for a four-course dinner — at $30 a person — are requested.

“We want to give people something different,” chef and co-owner Trenton Parker said. “We are bringing a fine dining experience to a smaller town in a relaxed, yet romantic, setting.”

One local man has already made reservations for two with a wedding proposal in mind.

The menu offers soup with the options of chick pea and leek or tomato and sweet chili pepper; a choice of entrees including stuffed duck, Tuscan flat iron steak, chicken mole or fried lasagna; and dessert with the options of chocolate molten cake, cherry bread pudding, creme brulee and celeste croissant.

Also, look for roses on  tables and romantic music.

The Edge

The Edge will offer a romantic five-course meal by reservation only during its Valentine’s special from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. Each couple will leave with a box of Good’s chocolates.

“It will be a classy and elegant experience,” Edge General Manager Kris Sandman said. “Guests will have the opportunity to sit next to the fireplace or in the pub. It will be a nice romantic evening.”

For $90 a couple, the meal includes a choice of one appetizer of smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail or spinach and artichoke dip; two salads including deconstructed Caesar salad, a mozzarella and tomato basil tower or blue cheese wedge with tomato; two soups including French onion, lobster bisque or Chicken Plantation; two entrees including filet and scallops, Chicken Kiev or seared tuna; and two desserts from creme brulee, chocolate mouse or cheesecake with raspberry sauce.

“We want to be able to provide a nice evening for couples because we know things get so crazy, they work a lot taking care of children and running errands,” Sandman said. “They hardly ever get to treat themselves. So we want to provide them a nice place to come, something unique for Anderson.”

This is the third year for the special Valentine’s meal at the Edge, and guests wanting to surprise loved ones with roses can arrange to do so when calling for reservations.

Hoosier Park

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino offers guests options for Valentine’s Day dining and entertainment — both affordable and with fine dining, Director of Marketing Becky Young said.

“This seems to be one of our guests’ most favorite events year after year so we try to bring it back each year with new and exciting options,” she said. “There’s dining options, free gaming entertainment with the slot tournaments and music.”

There will be a free slot tournament for Club Centaur card members from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 14 through 16 where players can win $50 per session and two winners can take home $1,000 each night.

“We are providing a great dining experience for you and your sweetheart, friend or others to really enjoy an evening of dining, entertainment and fun opportunity to win money,” Young said ,pointing out they will have blues and jazz in the Homestretch Steakhouse.

A couples’ special at Homestretch requires a reservation and is available Feb. 13 to 15 for $99 per couple. The four-course meal includes options like crispy stuffed wontons, honey pecan crusted New Zealand lamb, filet of beef Wellington and pan-seared yellow fin tun with sherry lacquer marinade. Dessert options include chocolate or raspberry zuccotto cake with each meal also including a box of chocolates.

The Valentine’s dinner buffet will be from 4 to 11 p.m. on Valentine’s night with a price of $21.95 with a $5 discount for Club Centaur members. Options at the buffet include fresh seafood on ice, hand-carved prime rib and apricot glazed ham, a chocolate fountain and several other desserts. Champagne for two is available for $2.

White Castle

And an unlikely romantic eatery is offering diners table cloths, table service and romantic ambiance for just $10 a couple — White Castle.

The Anderson location is taking reservations now for the quirky Valentine’s destination where the fast food eatery is offering “our own version” of fine dining, marketing representative Jessica Thompson said.

The restaurant will be decorated for the day with table cloths. Diners will be seated by a host or hostess and then waited on after ordering from a keepsake menu. The regular menu is available throughout the night and currently features four different options for the “share a meal promotion” at  $10 for food for two. Choices include popular items such as 20 chicken rings, five original sliders and two medium fries or 12 original sliders and two medium fries.

There will be special desserts, candles on the tables, a photo backdrop where couples can either take their picture or have staff snap a pic to be posted on White Castle’s web page and Facebook.

“We are in our ninth year doing this and always have an awesome turnout,” Thompson said. “When we take reservations we hear so many stories about people having such a fun time with this. It is something affordable for families still allowing them to make the day special.”

The Station

The Station in Lapel is hosting a special Valentine’s Day dinner. They are asking people to call and make reservations for the meal offered on Feb. 14. Appetizers include shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, lettuce wraps and tomato soup. Entrees — all $20 — include beef tenderloin medallions with creamed mushroom sauce, half a roasted cornish game hen with chicken demi-glace, sauteed tilapia with mango salsa, apple wood smoked barbecue pork ribs and smoked turkey breast with velvet sauce. Desserts — all $4 — are chocolate Angel Food cake, creme brulee, chocolate cloud with raspberry truffle and Bananas Foster ala Station.

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