Some argue that Valentine’s Day is the worst dining night of the year — from pricey prix fixe menus that include obligatory “aphrodisiac” foods to panic around booking reservations. But this year, since the February holiday takes place in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, people are encouraged to order in and stay home. Whether romance is in the air or you’re looking for something different that weekend, Eater is here with picks for takeout Valentine’s Day specials, prix fixe meals, and meal kits from Nashville restaurants, as well as places to score sweets and other inspirational guides.
A few restaurants do have socially distanced, heated outdoor seating for brunch and/or dinner and are taking reservations: Daddy’s Dogs is offering a four-course dinner, served outdoors on paper plates complete with hot dogs, drinks, and milkshakes plus a gift bag and souvenir to take home. Reserve on OpenTable.
As of today, 5th and Taylor, Butcher and Bee, Emmy Squared, Henrietta Red, Lyra, South Side Kitchen and Pub, and Stoney River Steakhouse all still have patio tables available for either brunch or dinner on the 14th.
The clock is ticking — book those orders now, because many of these meals will sell out soon.
The 404 Kitchen: Matt Bolus’ Gulch restaurant continues its strong takeout game with a Valentine’s Day menu, available only for preorder by Feb 10 at 6 p.m. Entrees for the night include choice of filet au Poivre with chives and bourbon cream sauce. Meals run $96 for 2 people to place a pre-order, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-251 1404
Amerigo: Celebrate with a virtual cooking class for two! Amerigo has teamed up with Goo Goo Clusters to bring you a special Valentine’s Day Cooking Class with Chef Steven Robilio. Enjoy a delicious Valentine’s Day-inspired menu ending on a super sweet note with the addition of a Goo Goo Cluster Blonde Brownie. Meal kits are $70+ and feed 2 people. Orders are due by Wednesday, February 10th at 12pm. For more information and to order, click here. Additionally, the restaurant will be offering their full menu and chef – available for dine-in and takeout.
Barcelona Wine Bar: Barcelona Wine Bar will be offering a prix fixe set dinner for two for $85; special offerings for a couple to pick up and take home and enjoy. Think cheeses, charcuterie, and tapas, Spain’s romantic favorite finger food, tiny bites intended to pique the appetite and senses and ideally suited for a date night. Don’t forget to order a cheeky cocktail or eclectic wine from the menu of Spanish, Mediterranean, and regional favorites. Select the time you plan to pick up your order here.
Chef’s Market: Chef’s Market has packaged a special Valentine’s Take Away Dinner for Two for those wanting to safely celebrate at home this year. Dinners, which will be available for pickup on Feb. 13 between 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., will be packaged cold with heating instructions and includes a choice of salad, choice of entrée, choice of grain side, choice of vegetable, mini butter rolls, choice of dessert and a Cake Bite Truffle.Additionally, the Goodlettsville café will also be open on the Friday and Saturday prior to Valentine’s Day with Valentine’s Day weekend specials including Hannover Short Rib Wellington ($18) and Smoked Stuffed Pork Loin with a Pineapple Bourbon Glace ($14), each served with two accompaniments and house-made bread. Whether you are picking up or dining at Chef’s Market, you can also find their gift shop filled with Valentine’s Day gifts for your friends and significant others. Learn more and place an order at www.chefsmarket.com.
Embers Only: Sean Brock is rolling out the new Embers Only Supper Club this weekend — a recurring series of takeout meals served out of the kitchen of his highly anticipated restaurant, Audrey. Each week, the menu will focus on the best products they can find which can be prepared over the pop-up’s signature hickory coals. This week, options include prime rib and Ora King salmon, with options to add on a Julian cocktail or Perigord black truffles. Place orders online (preorders only) here. A portion of proceeds will go to partners at Rethink Food to provide relief meals back to the community.
Emmy Squared: Emmy Squared will elevate their recurring weekend date night pack with the addition of a self-named Emily pizza, with added truffle cheese, pistachios, and honey. The Valentine’s Day pack comes with choice of aps: eggplant parm, roasted cauliflower or wings; your choice of salad: Caesar or Brussels Sprouts salad; one pizza of your choice; a bottle of red, white, or sparkling wine, and our blondie for a sweet way to end the meal.
etc.: Chef Deb and her culinary team are celebrating all weekend long with dine-in and takeout options to share with your special someone. Enjoy a special prix fixe dinner February 13-14, or an a la carte brunch on Valentine’s Day. If you prefer to celebrate at home, order a date night meal kit for $100++. The kits feed two and are available for pickup on 2/13 and 2/14.
Folk: Philip Krajeck’s East Nashville favorite Folk will be offering two take-home options for Valentine’s Day this year: a pre-order-only ready-to-reheat meal for two or four, and a four-course prix fixe feast (not available for preorder). The ready-to-reheat meal feeds two or four ($70 or $140, respectively) and must be pre-ordered by Wednesday, February 10 at 2 p.m. It leads off with sourdough and seaweed butter, beets, and lacinato kale, then features a mushroom and Swiss chard lasagna as the main event, followed by chocolate mousse for dessert. The four-course prix fixe menu, not available for preorder, feeds two people at $65. It’s available Saturday 2/13 + Sunday 2/14 (cannot be pre-ordered). Lead off with a choice of two starters from options like salads, antipasti, and sweet potato. For the main course, at-home diners can enjoy a heart-shaped pizza
Henrietta Red: Sweetheart Dinner for Two, Sparkles and Snacks, or build-your-own Valentine’s Day feast. In addition to our pre-fixe menu, we’ll have all the oysters as well as seafood towers available for added treats! Don’t sleep on our beverage pairings - three wine pairings plus sinful dessert cocktails!
Husk: For Husk’s Valentine’s Day at Home, feast on pickled shrimp lettuce wraps, whole-stuffed trout, glazed winter carrots, and Anson Mills farro risotto — all ready to assemble and feast in your own kitchen. Two gin-based cocktails from Husk’s bar manager and cocktail book author Adam Morgan accompany the meal. Priced at $100, the meal kit feeds two and finishes off with olive oil cake for dessert. The regular dinner menu will also be available, the meal kits must be preordered online of by phone, for pick-up on February 13.
Josephine: Andy Little is offering Valentine’s Day To-Go boxes, available for pickup Feb. 12 - 14. The dinner for two features four memorable courses, from cream of crab soup to lobster risotto, so you can spend more time canoodling instead of cooking. $150, plus tax. Order by calling 615-292-7766 or email email@example.com.
Lou: The cozy Riverside Village restaurant is offering takeout via “lonely for lou only”, a festive way to celebrate the night of February 14. A taco board serves 2 with a choice of protein, sides, plus churros and ice cream to end. Preorder for pick-up.
Marsh House: To-go Valentine’s Day Menu – Fresh Oysters, Steak & Lobster, and to finish, a decadent White Chocolate Mousse with Strawberry Sorbet. Paired with bubbly, the offering is perfect for those having a virtual Valentine’s Day with loved ones, near or far. To place an order, email firstname.lastname@example.org. All orders must be placed before 7pm on Wednesday, February 10.
Nicky’s Coal Fired: Tony and Caroline’s Galzin are offering two options for Valentine’s Day weekend. The first: a cooking class date night on Saturday, Feb. 13. Cook along with Chef Tony as he demonstrates a traditional Italian dinner. Ready-to-eat apps and dessert are including with the cooking kit. On Sunday, Feb. 14 they’ll offer their annual Valentine’s Day special — heart-shaped pizzas available for dine-in or carry-out.
Peninsula: The Valentine’s Package will include a full spread of classic Peninsula dishes — or as chef Jake described it — “a feast for two people.” All dishes will be ready prepared, some requiring minimal reheating (for items that otherwise wouldn’t carry well). The Feast for Two is $200, with the option to add a supplemental caviar package for an additional $100. Contactless curbside pickup and delivery will both be available on Sunday, February 14. Pre-order here.
Rolf & Daughters: Rolf’s refreshing Valentine’s Day menu is inspired by clean, umami-rich Japanese flavors with sushi handrolls, pristine seafood, and green tea cake. Pre-order now for pickup on Sunday 2/14. The Rolf and Daughters Menu take-home Meal feeds two for $125, and must be pre-ordered by Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m. To start, there’s Mizuna salad, Jonah crab claws, Maitake miso soup. Then feast on Japanese hand rolls with sake lee boiled sea trout/smoked eel, and Matcha tea green cake for dessert. Preorder here.