The Hippo


Oct 20, 2019








Love bites
Find special eats for Valentine’s Day

By Angie Sykeny

 Here are a few of the places offering special menus, prix fixe meals, beer and wine pairings and more for Valentine’s Day. Seats fill up fast, so be sure to call for reservations ahead of time. If you know of another place offering Valentine’s Day food specials, let us know at and we’ll include it in next week’s Weekly Dish. 

• 110 Grill (27 Trafalgar Square, Nashua, 943-7443, will serve a special menu on Valentine’s Day from 4 to 10 p.m. 
• Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St., 753-6631, is taking reservations for Valentine’s Day sweetheart dinners for two. The special menu will include crunchy chicken with broccoli over fettuccini alfredo, tender pastry-stuffed chicken, broiled Maryland crab cakes, grilled center-cut swordfish, prime rib of beef au jus and more. 
• Alpine Grove Banquet Facility (19 S. Depot Road, Hollis, 882-9051, will host a Valentine Dinner & Dance on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 5 to 10 p.m., featuring a meal with red fruit and mozzarella salad, roasted tomato and feta orzo pasta, sour cherry chicken with stir-fried vegetables, bacon-wrapped beef Wellington and more, plus black bottom creme brulee and passion fruit sorbet for dessert and a cash bar. Tickets cost $35 per person or $300 for a table of 10. Reservations required by Feb. 6.
• Angela’s Pasta and Cheese Shop (815 Chestnut St., Manchester, 625-9544, offers a Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two takeout menu for couples who want to enjoy a gourmet meal at home. Choose from three entrees (beef Wellington with Cabernet demi-glace, roasted haddock fillet with seafood Newburg sauce or Dijon rosemary-crusted rack of lamb with pan ju), four wines (pinot noir, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon or pinot gris) and either a Caesar salad with Parmesan crisps or a Champagne and brie bisque. All meals include potato cakes, roasted tomatoes, rolls, tiramisu and limoncello mascarpone cake. The cost is $59.95. Order by Feb. 9. 
• Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano (11 Depot St., Concord, 228-3313, will serve a special six-course dinner on Valentine’s Day accompanied by live music. Dinner hours are 5 to 9 p.m.
• Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, will serve a Valentine’s Day dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m., featuring a four-course prix fixe menu with an amuse bouche, various appetizers, salads, entrees including giannone chicken breast, pan-roasted sea scallops, eggplant and roasted tomato crepes, veal loin medallions and more; and desserts including vanilla bean creme brulee, triple citrus sorbet, a chocolate tasting for two and more. The cost is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Optional extras like a bottle of Champagne or wine delivered to the table, a rose to lay at the place setting and custom flower arrangements or centerpieces are also available. Reservations are required. 
• Birch Wood Vineyards (199 Rockingham Road, Derry, 965-7359, will host Valentine’s Day at the Vineyard on Friday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and four-course dinner. The menu features arugula and yuzu salad, bronzed sea scallops, filet mignon and molten chocolate lava cake. The cost is $65 and includes tax and gratuity. Purchase tickets online.
• The Bistro at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, will serve a special Valentine’s menu with wine pairings from Friday, Feb. 10, through Tuesday, Feb. 14, with expanded hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The menu features beet carpaccio, green lentil soup, lobster bolognese, veal porterhouse, tenderloin oscar, free-range chicken breast, red velvet heart cake, a French macaroon assortment and wine pairing flights. Reservations are recommended. 
• Buckley’s Great Steaks (438 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-0995, will serve its regular menu and Valentine’s specials on Monday, Feb. 13, and Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 9 p.m.
• Cask & Vine (1½ E. Broadway, Derry, 965-3454, will serve Valentine’s Day dinner with seatings at 4:30 or 5 to 7 p.m., and 7:30 to 10 p.m. Reservations are required. 
• Colby Hill Inn (33 The Oaks, Henniker, 428-3281, offers a two-night Chocolate Lover’s Weekend from Friday, Feb. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 12, which includes a wine and cheese social hour with house-made chocolate truffles, chocolate cocktails and desserts, breakfast with Belgian hot chocolate and other chocolate treats, a chocolate cooking class, a four-course wine-pairing dinner and a chocolate gift to take home. The package costs $650 per couple, plus tax and gratuities. 
• Copper Beech Winery (146 Londonderry Turnpike, Building 3, Unit 23, 400-2595, will host a wine tasting and cupcake pairing with Queen City Cupcakes of Manchester on Saturday, Feb. 11. More details to come at 
• Copper Door (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677, is taking reservations for a prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner, served in lieu of the regular dinner menu, on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The menu features soups and salads like fresh berry salad and crab bisque; small plates and snacks like lobster tartlet and chicken rangoon; entrees including filet mignon, ginger haddock, coffee-rubbed pork loin, macadamia-crusted short rib, lobster ravioli and jumbo seared scallops; and desserts including almond and chocolate creme brulee, red velvet cupcake and chocolate fondue.  
• Cotton (75 Arms St., Manchester, 622-5488, will serve Valentine’s food and drink specials from Friday, Feb. 10, through Tuesday, Feb. 14. Early reservations are recommended.  
• The Cozy Tea Cart (104 Route 13, Brookline, 249-9111, will have a Valentine’s afternoon tea on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $34.95 per person, including tax and gratuity. Registration is required. 
• Epoch Restaurant & Bar (90 Front St., Exeter, 778-3762, will serve a special four-course prix fixe meal on Valentine’s Day from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The cost is $65, or $90 for a dinner with wine pairings. Call to reserve. 
• The Farmer’s Dinner (, will present Love at First Bite, a farm-to-table Valentine’s dinner, on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at North End Bistro (1361 Elm St., Manchester). The seven-course menu will feature salmon rose and hummus, an oyster flight, seared torchon of foie gras, smokey mirrors, steak picasso and shades of chocolate. Tickets cost $69.99. Purchase online. 
• Firefly American Bistro & Bar (22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, will serve its regular menu and specials from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
• Flag Hill Winery & Distillery (297 N. River Road, Route 155, Lee, will have a Valentine’s dinner on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m., featuring a multi-course menu with maple bourbon bacon-wrapped scallops, Caesar salad, a choice of bacon-wrapped filet or lobster macaroni and cheese, and a dessert, along with wine and spirit pairings. Tickets cost $65 per person. Reservations are required. 
• The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille (40 Andover Road, New London, 526-6899, will serve Valentine’s dinner specials all week including starters like red wine and sweet potato soup, oysters on the half shell and strawberry and spinach salad; entrees like seafood paella, bacon and three cheese lasagna and honey-lime chicken; a raspberry amour tarte for two for dessert, and chocolate milk stout. 
• Fulchino Vineyard (187 Pine Hill Road, Hollis, 438-5984, will host “It’s Amore!,” a Valentine’s wine pairing, on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., and from 3 to 5 p.m. The Vineyard will debut its first rose wine, called Amore. Wines will be paired with cheese, gelato and black and white petit fours including royal chocolate, carrot cake, coffee liqueur, French vanilla coffee, brownies in triple chocolate and cookies ‘n’ cream, and bonbons in white almond and milk chocolate. A special musical guest will be featured. Tickets cost $39. Purchase online. 
• Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House (62 Lowell St., Manchester, 669-9460, will have special festivities from Friday, Feb. 10, through Tuesday, Feb. 14, including live Brazilian music on Friday and Saturday, a brunch buffet (10 a.m.) and live jazz music on Sunday, $6 martinis on Monday, and more live jazz music on Tuesday. Dinner starts at 4 p.m. each night. 
• Giorgio’s Ristorante & Bar (524 Nashua St., Milford, 673-3939; Pennichuck Square, Merrimack, 883-7333; 270 Granite St., Manchester, 232-3323, will serve Valentine’s specials in addition to the regular menu from Thursday, Feb. 9, through Tuesday, Feb. 14. On Valentine’s Day, there will also be a special four-course prix fixe menu with appetizers, soups and salads, four entree options and dessert for $39.99 per person. Items on the special menu can also be purchased a la carte. Dinner hours are Thursday through Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m.; Sunday all day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Monday from 4 to 9 p.m., and extended hours on Valentine’s Day from 4 to 10 p.m. 
• The Grazing Room at Colby Hill Inn (33 The Oaks, Henniker, 428-3281, will serve a chef’s Valentine menu on Friday, Feb. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 12, Tuesday, Feb. 14, and Wednesday, Feb. 15. Seatings are available from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
• Hanover Street Chophouse (149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, is taking reservations for its four-course Valentine’s Day dinner. The menu features multiple appetizer, soup and salad, entree and dessert options. The cost is $195 per couple. Dinner hours are 5 to 9:30 p.m. Reserve early. 
• Highland Wine Merchants will have a Valentine’s wine tasting on Friday, Feb. 10, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Angela’s Pasta and Cheese Shop (815 Chestnut St., Manchester). 
• Hooked Seafood Restaurant and Ignite Bar & Grille (110 Hanover St., Manchester, 606-1189; 100 Hanover St., 644-0064, are both taking reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner which will feature specials with Champagne, roses and balloons alongside its regular menu.  
• IncrediBREW (112 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 891-2477, will host a couples wine tasting, “The Romance of Wine,” on Valentine’s Day from 6 to 8 p.m. Couples will enjoy a wine flight and hors d’oeuvres and will take home a bottle of chocolate raspberry port. The cost is $30 per couple. Space is limited, and registration is required. 
• Mile Away Restaurant (52 Federal Hill Road, Milford, 673-3904, is taking reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner. Entree options include prime rib, grilled duck breast, maple salmon, a vegetable dish and more, and each comes with a choice of appetizer, salad, potato-based side, vegetable side and dessert. 
• Mint Bistro (1105 Elm St., Manchester, 625-6468, will serve its regular menu and specials, including shareable specials, on Valentine’s Day from 4 to 10 p.m. 
• Molly’s Tavern and Restaurant (35 Mont Vernon Road, New Boston, 487-1362, is taking reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner, when a special menu will be served. The menu will feature chocolate-covered strawberries and Champagne, raw oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, prime rib, swordfish and gorgonzola-stuffed chicken. 
• MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar (212 Main St., Nashua, 595-9334, is accepting reservations for Valentine’s dinner from Friday, Feb. 10, through Tuesday, Feb. 14. Serving hours are Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m., and Sunday through Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m. 
• O Steaks and Seafood (11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, will serve its regular menu and some Valentine’s specials. Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner hours are 5 to 9 p.m. 
• Pasquale’s Ristorante (143 Raymond Road, Candia, 483-5005; 87 Nashua Road, Londonderry, 434-3093, will serve a special menu on Valentine’s Day at both locations. Reservations are required. 
• Piccola Italia Ristorante (815 Elm St., Manchester, 606-5100, will offer menu specials on Valentine’s Day during regular hours, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Pipe Dream Brewing (49 Harvey Road, Londonderry, 404-0751, is teaming up with Londonderry restaurant Harold Square to host a five-course Sweetheart Dinner Pairing on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. The menu features grilled chorizo-wrapped shrimp with On Island Time IPA; strawberry-infused watermelon and goat cheese salad with Mango IPA; asparagus and braised pork belly with Bombshell Brown Ale; seared short rib and mushroom ragout with West to East IPA; and chocolate-dipped strawberry beignet with Coffee Coconut Porter. Tickets cost $60 per person. Space is limited, and registration is required.
• The Puritan Backroom (245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, will have Valentine’s Day specials during regular hours, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 
• The Quill Restaurant at Southern New Hampshire University (2500 N. River Road, Manchester, 629-4608, will serve a Valentine’s Day romantic Italian dinner at 6 p.m. The menu features appetizers like squash ravioli, fried artichoke hearts and sauteed oysters; a variety of salads and entrees including sauteed boneless chicken breast, coffee-brined and -rubbed roasted pork loin, sole and truffled mac and cheese. The meal costs $35. 
• The Red Blazer (72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101, will offer a special dinner menu on Valentine’s Day from 4 to 10 p.m. 
• Restaurant Tek-Nique (170 Rt. 101, Bedford, 488-5629, will serve a 6-course choice menu and glass of sparkling wine on Valentine’s Day from 4 to 9 p.m. The cost is $100 per person. Wine flights will also be available for $30 per person. Call for reservations. 
• Roots Cafe at Robie’s Country Store (9 Riverside St., Hooksett, 485-7761, will serve a Valentine’s farm-to-table dinner on Friday, Feb. 10, and Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. The four-course menu will include brie bites and jam, local mussels, salad served in endive cups with pomegranate, crab and avocado; seared salmon with goat cheese risotto and beet puree, braised local short ribs, mashed potatoes, white chocolate-covered cherry, chocolate bark and vegan coconut ice cream. The meal costs $45 per person. Reservations are required. 
• Surf (207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, is accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day, when it will serve a special menu from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
• Tuscan Kitchen (67 Main St., Salem, 952-4875, will serve its regular menu and specials from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

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