If you’re reading this, congratulations. You have the motivation to do something other than sitting on a couch surrounded by Dove chocolate wrappers that say mildly uplifting things. No matter if you’re looking to celebrate on a heated patio or with a great meal at home, these specials should give you some inspiration. Happy Valentine’s Day.
We’re all familiar with the ubiquitous heart-shaped pizzas that appear at every pizza spot this time of year. But if you’re in the mood for something heart-shaped that’s not a pizza, order from French Quiche. They have a $55 brunch box for two that includes a heart-shaped quiche, raspberry croissants, raspberry crème brûlée, a cheese plate with dry fruit, jam, bread, and chocolate-covered strawberries. It can be picked up February 12-14. Call 773-857-0097 or email email@example.com to order.
This Greek restaurant has a couple of carryout and delivery specials you should know about. The first is a Valentine’s Day cocktail gram you can send to someone. It includes a cocktail, housemade truffles, and a kitschy card. The second is a Valentine’s meal box. There are a few different boxes available (like papoutsakia or lamb shoulder) with optional add-ons like wine, roses, and an Avli Taverna condom. Yep, you read that right.
If you want to celebrate with an upscale dinner at home but don’t want to risk f*cking it up, order from RPM Steak. Their Valentine’s Day meal is $150, and includes lobster bisque, chateaubriand, baked potato with truffles, and the 14K chocolate cake, which incidentally, we’d be happy with as the main course. Just be aware, orders must be placed 48-hours prior to pick up.
Summer House (and its adjacent restaurant Stella Barra) have a DIY Valentine’s Day Date Night for $65.95. It includes things like meatballs, a pizza kit, a salad bar with 11 toppings to choose from (Do we miss salad bars? Yes, actually, we do.), and heart-shaped cookies you decorate yourself.
Sugargoat is a very good bakery from the Girl & the Goat team that opened last year in the West Loop. And if you haven’t checked this place out yet, Valentine’s Day seems like a good time to do it. They’re offering a variety of decorated cookies, a heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie cake, and a vanilla cake with caramel and strawberry frosting. Oh, and for $20 you can get an assortment of five Valentine’s Day cupcakes.
Boka has a $190 surf and turf meal kit available for the holiday. It’s $190 and comes with marinated prawn skewers, a 20oz steak, and a bunch of other stuff - like roasted artichokes, truffle creamed spinach, and passionfruit mousse.
This Southern restaurant in Hyde Park is offering a $200 three-course dinner for two. It comes with a bottle of rosé, and your choice of things like roasted oysters, a beet salad, and cheesecake or chocolate truffles. There’s also the option to add lobster for $18. FYI: we ordered from Virtue for Thanksgiving, and it was very good.
The best steakhouse in the city has three different Valentine’s Day carryout packages, with either ribeye, filet mignon, or dry-aged ribeye. Each package comes with crab legs (or crab cake if you prefer), salad, a bunch of sides, and your choice of chocolate cream pie or carrot cake. The price ranges from $195-235, and you can add a bottle of champagne for an additional fee.
This sushi place is offering a virtual class where you’ll learn how to make some cocktails, and a mochi. It costs $110, you get the Zoom link after you register, and they provide all the ingredients (plus a list of the kitchen equipment you’ll need). And don’t worry, part of the fun is that you’ll be able to ask the bartender and pastry chef questions.
El Che understands how important it is to be boozed-up for Valentine’s day. The $90 short rib carryout dinner for two includes “welcome” (to your house, apparently) cocktails, and two bottles of wine to pair with your dinner. The braised meat is bone-in and grilled, and comes with polenta, greens, chimichurri, and your choice of dessert.
Well, we think this is pretty neat. Althea, an upscale vegan restaurant on the Mag Mile, is offering a $55 six-course chocolate-themed menu for carryout. You’ll find dishes like hearts of palm ceviche made with white chocolate, beet and chestnut gnocchi with cocoa nib pesto, and mushrooms with a chocolate demi-glace. Yes, there will also be dessert, and yes, it will be chocolate.
This tasting-menu restaurant is offering a fancy four-course dinner that includes options like foie gras ganache, and caviar pancakes. You pick sole or short rib, and both come with things like endive salad, truffle rutabaga and turnip gratin, and a chocolate tart. The price ranges from $123-178, and (full disclosure) the order form has an asterisk indicating *some cooking required.
Indian restaurant Chiya Chai has a carryout prix fixe dinner they’re doing for Valentine’s Day. It’s $70 per couple, includes a cocktail, appetizers like chili chicken or samosas, several curries to choose from, and masala or kashmiri chai for dessert. It’s available from the 12th-14th.
Jordan's Food of Distinction
Until recently, Jordan’s Food Of Distinction was solely a catering spot. But they’ve recently started offering delivery and carryout, and this includes a $100 Valentine’s Day dinner for two. The meal has a range of options, with things like corned beef egg rolls, pumpkin risotto, mango brie tarts, and short rib ravioli. And staying true to their catering roots, there’s an optional $80 golden “tablescape” add-on, which includes a table runner, heart-shaped plates, roses, vases, tea lights - basically everything but your date.
Travelle (the restaurant located in the Langham) is offering two meal kits for Valentine’s Day meal kits. A $100 “Breakfast in Bed” that has quiche Loraine, a meat and cheese spread, and chocolate-covered strawberries, and the $124 “Quarantined Love” dinner that has crab cakes and a filet, along with the option to add on an ice cream sundae kit.