Valentines Day is one of the busiest days for restaurant owners in Denver so instead of dreading the date, they want to create a romantic environment for you and your sweetheart to enjoy a meal and a glass of wine, flowers and of course some chocolate.
Executive Chef John Broening at Argyll Whisky Beer at1035 E 17th Ave. has put together a three-course Valentine’s Day menu that offers three dessert choices: make it spicily sweet with the spicy chocolate fondue for two to round out your meal, or choose the tart and velvety Vanilla Passionfruit Parfait. If the dulcet tones of a rich cheesecake are calling you, listen to the call and order the walnut cheesecake with dried fruit compote, where the gently sweet cake forms the perfect base for rich, dark fruit compote.
At Humboldt Farm, Fish & Wine at1700 Humboldt Street, Valentine’s Day diners can choose from the Vanilla option, which tops a gorgeous Grand Marnier bread pudding with housemade vanilla bean ice cream and garnished with fragrant orange honey. Or choose the yin to Vanilla’s yang by opting for the Chocolate choice, which features Humboldt’s famed chocolate flourless cake and chocolate pan cotta finished with the triple chocolate brownie salted caramel
The Centennial ViewHouse at7101 S. Clinton Street, Centennial special Valentine’s Day menu romantically serves a plate for sharing – although no one says you have to share. Indulge in assorted house-made chocolate truffles, rich raspberry mousse cups, decadent red velvet hearts and finished with a creamy white chocolate crème brûlée, a satisfying end to a romantic meal.
14th and Session Kitchen at 1518 S. Pearl St has the perfect dessert menu to celebrate with an after-dinner sweet. Pastry Chef Levi Kuettel offers the all-time favorite Cronuts in chocolate or cream cheese glaze, the Nitro Vanilla Porter Toffee Donut with chocolate & peanut crumble, Carrot Cake served as three mini tasty treats, Chocolate Cake Trio with German Chocolate, Peanut Butter Caramel and Black Forest (all gluten-free) and the stunning Cookies & Milk with butterscotch & peanut butter cookies, white Russian crème anglaise and cranberry frosting served in a mason jar.
Check out Stout Street Social at 1400 Stout St. for dessert or a late night social (9:30 pm-close) on Valentine’s Day with live music from Dave Connelly. The evening includes drink specials from Van Gogh Vodka, the release of a brand new barrel-aged old fashioned cocktail and chocolate dipped strawberry shots. Not to be missed sweets specials include the Lonely Pint with porter ice cream, shake stout beer and chocolate cake or the Flourless Chocolate Cake with Nutella Mouse and Van Gough drunken strawberries.
If you are getting tired of chocolate you can check out the adult milkshakes at Punch Bowl Social at 65 Broadway like the Milk-Xologist #2 with Leopold Bros French press liqueur, Branca Menta liqueur, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, nutmeg. Or the Malted Maple Royale with crown maple, malted milk, vanilla ice cream, nutmeg and candied bacon. (Yes we said BACON) While you’re there check out the brand new private karaoke rooms and sing out your feelings about this February holiday.
Lastly, in honor of Mardi Gras, Chef Scott Parker from Session Kitchen is offering a southern-inspired Cajun charcuterie plate with New Orleans style meats and cheeses.
Punch Bowl Social is honoring the holiday with a Green Plate Special southern specialty of Veggie Gumbo and the Blue Plate Special of Étouffée, Red Beans and Rice w/ Andouille sausage, and cornbread. Of course, the Hurricane Punch Bowl special is not to be missed. The lively spot will be playing Cajun Jazz music and offer bunches of beads for all.