YOUR WEEKEND: Plan ahead for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is right smack in front of us and many have yet to solidify plans. Usually, I am an advocate of sitting back and rolling with the punches, but when it comes to grabbing a meal on one of the most popular days to dine out, I suggest you plan ahead.

If you find you’re too late to land dinner reservations, consider going out for a late lunch. After all, it is the first Valentine’s Day to fall on a Saturday in seven years – take advantage of it. If you do a Valentine’s Day lunch, then you can plan something romantic in the evening, such as drinks and dessert, a show or a relaxing stroll (preferably in a safe neighborhood).

If your heart is set on taking your loved one to dinner, there are several restaurants around town with special menus to celebrate the day of love. Some have even included aphrodisiac ingredients to inspire romance.

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Brio Tuscan Grill, (dessert shown right) at 6653 Las Vegas Blvd. South, will serve a $75 dinner-for-two special, alongside its regular menu, that includes soup or salad, two 7 ounce lobster tails, two 4 ounce filets, vegetables and tuscan potatoes, vanilla pannacotta with berries, two glasses of Prosecco. For reservations, call 914-9145.

Orgin India, at 4480 Paradise Road, will offer both vegetarian and non-vegetarian courses that include aphrodisiac ingredients, such as eggplant caviar, lamb loin, and truffle oil. For reservations, call 734-6342.

ENVY The Steakhouse, inside Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel at 3400 Paradise Road, will serve a $65 four-course menu that features crispy ginger snapper, coriander scented crab, vanilla butter poached snapper, anise-scented Black Angus filet mignon, truffle carrot mashed potatoes, garlic oil blanched asparagus with desserts including vanilla soufflé and blackberry compote, plus a glass of sparkling wine. For reservations, call 784-5716.

Tommy Bahamas, at 6635 Las Vegas Blvd South, will feature both a $79- and an $89-per-couple menus. The $79 menu includes salad, choice of Freeport flat iron, little palm island pasta, shrimp and scallops or snapper, and choice of piña colada cake or Barbados brownie. The $89 menu includes choice of goat cheese, coconut shrimp or crab to start, and choice of island cowboy, prawns, stuffed chicken or filet, and choice of piña colada cake, chocolate cake or pineapple upside down vanilla cheesecake. For reservations, call 948-8006.

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