EATS, SWEETS AND TREATS FOR ALL AGES
The Broadway hit “Hamilton” is performing a show on Valentine’s Day and with the digital ticket lottery, there’s a good chance you could score some coveted tickets. Forty orchestra tickets will be sold two days prior to each performance for just $10, with a two ticket limit. If you’re feeling lucky, register on the official app for “Hamilton” on iOS and Android devices and may the odds be ever in your favor to “be in the room where it happens.” Valentine’s Day show starts at 7:30 p.m.
1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe
Breakfast is served all day at this ’50s style family-owned diner in Chandler, so feel free to sleep in. This Valentine’s Day, Chase’s is slinging two specialty pancake combos. The Red Velvet cake combo includes two red velvet pancakes, two eggs any style and your choice of bacon or sausage ($4.59). If you have a sweet tooth, try out the red velvet stack. Red velvet pancakes are draped in homemade cream cheese and served with coffee or juice ($6).
2040 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler
For the Love of Yoga
Arizona-based yoga instructor Veronica Clark teaches a 90-minute yoga class Feb. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to noon to kick off Valentine’s day weekend at Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley. Go alone, with a friend or your partner and experience techniques designed to strengthen and renew your central chakra. This session is $45 for one or $80 per couple, cost includes parking, class and “devotini” cocktail with vodka, ginger and carrot juice.
5445 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley
Original Breakfast House
Phoenix’s own Original Breakfast House is offering a series of specials this Valentine’s Day including red velvet pancakes ($9.99) and filet mignon and eggs ($16) during their regular business hours.
13623 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
The breakfast and lunch spot in Scottsdale is serving up Belgian waffles with strawberries and Chantilly cream drowning in maple syrup ($9.99). We hope the syrup is as sweet as your sweetheart (or your kids, depending who you go with).
6501 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale
We Banjo 3
Galway, Ireland-based band, We Banjo 3 is slated to perform Feb. 16 at an all-ages event at the Musical Instrument Museum in North Scottsdale. The quartet’s unique style, deemed “Celtgrass,” is a combination of Celtic and bluegrass, drawing fans from all genres. Composed of two sets of brothers; Edna and Fergal Schall and Martin and David Howley, the band was named “Galway Band of the Year 2016” by the Galway Advertiser. Cost of attendance is between $38.50 and $43.50. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.
4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Scottsdale
ROMANTIC NIGHT OUT
Love Bites Vampire Ball
If the stereotypical Valentine’s dinner doesn’t sound romantic enough, go goth. In its second year, the Love Bites Vampire Ball will be held Feb. 9 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Grand Ballroom at The Grand in Downtown Phoenix. Guests should dress in their spookiest, vampire/goth costumes and prepare to work the stage in the sweetest vamp costume contest. Drag Divas Stella Prince and Faris Duval will host the 21 and over event. Tickets, if purchased online are $20 until Feb. 9 and $25 at the door.
718 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Artizen Crafted American Kitchen & Bar
Renowned Valley Chef Dushyant Singh is treating patrons of Artizen Crafted American Kitchen & Bar to a four-course Valentine’s Day feast featuring dishes like bay scallops, crunchy cauliflower salad and succulent beef cheek wellington. For dessert, tantalize your taste buds with either chocolate chili fudge cake or meyer lemon cake. The feast is $75 per person. Reservations recommended.
2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Chef Charles Wiley of Hearth ’61 in Paradise Valley has prepared a four-course meal for Valentine’s lovers escaping to Paradise Valley. Dishes featured include amuse-bouche citrus cured beets and burrata and your choice between a surf and turf dish or rack of lamb. Closing the meal is a vanilla bean panna cotta. The price of the meal is $79 per person, including tax and gratuity. Reservations recommended.
5445 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley
Liberty Station American Tavern and Smokehouse
Exclusive to Valentine’s Day, Liberty Station is offering two specialty dishes. If you love seafood or savory pork, this is the place to be. From 5-9 p.m., guests can order three diver scallops in a champagne vinaigrette, with couscous salad, and sautéed spinach with balsamic reduction ($24) or smoked pork loin paired with cheesy grits, grilled asparagus and raisin brandy compote ($27).
34522 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Lon’s at the Hermosa
For Valentine’s Day this year, Lon’s Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco has crafted a delicious pescatarian-friendly menu. In addition to an amuse bouche, guests choose between four starter courses which include a citrus-flavored Kauai shrimp and creamy porcini mushroom soup, and four savory entrees like Norwegian halibut or La Belle Farms duck breast. Dinner is $79 per person, tax and gratuity not included. Reservations are required so call now to make yours.
5532 N Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley
Love and Lobster
If money is no object, Roy’s Love and Lobster special is the Valentine’s dinner for you. From 5 p.m. to close on Feb. 14, the chefs at Roy’s are crafting a four-course prix-fixe menu. Among the offerings are steamed Maine lobster, hand carved filet mignon, misoyaki “butterfish” and Chilean sea bass. As as special treat, those who dine at Roy’s on Valentine’s Day will receive a $20 dining card for a future visit. Price ranges between $65 and $89 depending on main course. Reservations highly recommended.
7151 W. Ray Rd., Chandler
Market Street Kitchen
Chef Michael Hunn is offering a delectable addition to Market Street Kitchen’s usual offerings this Valentine’s Day. The special “Aphrodisiac Menu” is priced at $120 per couple and comes with four courses. Start the night off sharing classic oysters with calvados mignonette and raw pear, choose your own second course and entree and finish it all off with a shareable dessert. Dessert will be a decadent chocolate heart cake with banana pastry cream covered in amaretto strawberry sauce.
20825 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Match Restaurant and Lounge
Chef Alex Stratta is giving patrons an extended time period to indulge in his Valentine’s Day menu this year, serving it up Feb. 9, 10, 14, 16 and 17, so there’s no excuse not to check it out. The meal kicks off with an oyster tasting, followed by entree choice, including Nantucket Bay scallops sweetened with roasted pear and toasted hazelnuts and charred Kobe sirloin paired with shallot mustard, and two desserts for those with a sweet tooth. The offering is $75 per person. Reservations recommended.
1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
The Market by Jennifer’s Restaurant and Bar
Valentine’s dinner at The Market by Jennifer’s is a four course journey beginning with an amuse bouche of ahi tartare crostini followed by your choice of first course. Options include lobster bisque, jumbo shrimp cocktail and more. The next stop on the journey is the entree course and while the options look hearty and meaty, there are vegetarian options available, too. Cap off the night with a creme brulee or other sweet treat. Available seatings at 5, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., only. Dinner for two is $120 with an additional wine pairing available for $25.
3603 E. Indian School Rd., Suite A, Phoenix
Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant
From 5 to 10 p.m. this Valentine’s day, long-time Scottsdale staple Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant is featuring classic specialty Italian dishes for visitors to enjoy. Recipes include red velvet fettuccine Alfredo al tartufo accompanied by truffle sauce ($25) and lobster tail crustacean fra diavolo over a serving of decadent squid ink pasta ($44). The same menu will be available at Tomaso’s second restaurant, Tomaso’s When in Rome. Reservations are highly recommended.
3225 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Zappone’s Italian Bistro
Treat your sweetheart to an Italian feast without maxing out your credit card at Zappone’s Italian Bistro in Gilbert. The special three-course meal includes a salad course, entree of filet and lobster tail and dessert for only $50 per person. Compared to others on this list, that’s a steal. Reservations recommended.
1652 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert