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Haven't Made Valentine's Plans? You Can Still Book These Extravagant Prix Fixe Dinners

So it's T-minus three days to Valentine's Day and you've got no reservations, gifts or anything planned whatsoever — it's time to throw some money at the situation and hope for the best, my friend. If you'd rather someone else handle everything from the wine to dessert and everything in between, book one of these pricy prix fixe menus that require little more than making a reservation, showing up and whipping out that wallet.

While some offer courses with options, for the most part, these seemingly endless meals should keep you busy for a few hours and some even include booze paired with each individual course — if you've got the dough, it doesn't get much easier than that. If your date is like us, an extravagant meal is a gift unto itself. Why buy stuff for your date when you can buy memories? Delicious, pan-seared, red-wine-reduction memories. 

Here are six prix fixe options — with a few bookings still available as of Wednesday afternoon — that'll set you back at least $130 for the two of you. Book fast — now that we've spilled the beans on these open tables, they won't last long.

Zen Sushi
Where: 380 W 7th St.
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
The damage: $179 for two; includes "custom flower arrangement"
The booze: Included
The menu: 
Michael David Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi, California
Aquinas Pinot Noir, Napa California
Lychee White Sangria Carafe
ZEN Margarita Carafe

Curry and Coconut Milk Kabocha Squash Soup

Six Kumamoto Oysters on the Half Shell with Yuzu Granita

Pan-Seared Duck Breast Steamed Buns

Tuna, Salmon, Yellowtail, Xalapa Roll

Two Canadian Cold Water Lobster Tails steamed in Seaweed and Sake bath
8 oz Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Petite Vegetables

Passionfruit Crème Brûlée
Book Zen: 214-946-9699

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro
Where: 2406 N Main St., Fort Worth
When: Saturday and Sunday
The damage: $190 for two
The booze: Not included
The menu: 
Tapas Platter Of:
Hamachi Tartare Crème Fraîche, Avocado, Chili Oil, Crispy Hominy
Tuna, Blood Orange Ponzu, Serrano
Arctic Char, Roasted Pepitas, Warm Peanut Oil

Choice Of:
Roasted Hen Of The Woods, Shallot, House Vinegar, Organic Egg
Butter Lettuce Salad, Smoked Tomato-Blue Cheese Vinaigrette, House Bacon
Brussels Sprouts, Cotija, Currants, Toasted Pine Nuts
Acorn Squash Ravioli, Brown Butter, Crispy Sage

Choice Of:
Buffalo NY Strip, Carrot Puree, Grilled Bok Choy, Shitake
Lamb Chops Scottidito, Maitake Oatmeal, Citrus Aioli
Blackened Redfish, Charred Tomatoes, White Bean Stew, Crispy Basil

Chef’s Sweet Surprise
Book Lonesome Dove: 817-740-8810

Stephan Pyles
: 1807 Ross Ave.
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a la carte ordering available Friday and Saturday
The damage: $190 for two
The booze: If you add wine pairings, the price comes to $280 for two.
The menu
Bay Leaf Panna Cotta, Jonah Crab, Rose Granola, Grapefruit Gelée

1st Course

Lobster Bisque
Pear Labneh, Torn Brioche, Chervil

Carrot Truffle Composition
Kale, Pecans, Pachi Pachi Goat Cheese

Venison Tartare
Smoked Parsnip, Coffee Paste, Huckleberry

Moët & Chandon, “Impérial,” Brut, Champagne – France NV

2nd Course
Duck Confit Corizetti
Aji Panca, Confit Mallard Yolk, Chimichurri, Cippolini Onion

Blue Corn Tamale Tart
Ricotta, Mitake Mushrooms, Baby Squashes, Tomatillo

Charred Snapper Crudo
Creamy Cabbage, Cabbage Glass, Quince Jam

Caelum, Chardonnay, Mendoza – Argentina 2014
Yannick Rousseau, Rosé of Tannat, Russian River Valley – Sonoma County – California 2014

3rd Course
Beef Tenderloin
Red Pepper Tamal, BBQ Onion Marmalade, Epazote Black Beans, Chili Puffed Beef

Maine Scallops
Smoked Beets, Chocolate Granola, Greens, Horseradish Whip

Pheasant Roulade
Olive Oil Celery Root Puree, Brussels Sprouts, Haikuri Turnips, Apple Jus

Familia Schroeder, “Saurus,” Pinot Noir Patagonia – Argentina 2012
Anciano, Tempranillo, Valdepeñas – Spain 2007

4th Course

White Chocolate Cheesecake
Yogurt Granita, Pistachio Sponge, Honey Cremeaux

Warm Chocolate Gateau
Strawberry Lambic, Malted Milk Ice Cream

Vanilla Panna Cotta, Mango, Pineapple Compressed Coulis

Seifried, “Sweet Agnes,” Late Harvest Riesling, Nelson – New Zealand 2010
Broadbent, “Auction Reserve,” Ruby Port NV
Book Stephan Pyles: 214-580-7000

Valentine's Vintage Getaway

Where: Two Corks and a Bottle, 2800 Routh St. No. 140
When: 6-9 p.m. Sunday
The damage: $170 for two
The booze: Wine tasting included
The menu
Toast to an evening that is unforgettable, beginning with a wine tasting at cozy Two Corks and a Bottle winery, accompanied by a rustic cheeseboard. Savor romantic thoughts over a delicious gourmet dinner of chicken cordon bleu, green bean amandine and gruyere potatoes au gratin, crowned by a decadent dessert. As you sip more wine to the sounds of smooth live jazz, the magic seems neverending. Price includes wine tasting, dinner, bottle of wine and entertainment. Limited to 12 couples. Ticket price shown is per person.
Book it: Online via Dallas by Chocolate

Lavendou Bistro Provençal
Where:19009 Preston Road
When: Saturday and Sunday
The damage: $140 for two
The booze: Not included
The menu:
Velouté des Champignons Sauvages au Porto
cream of wild mushroom soup with port
Croquant de Chèvre Chaud Sur Son Lit des Jeunes Pousses
crispy warm goat cheese with mixed baby greens
Gâteau de Crabe Dijonnaise
crab cake with mustard sauce and microgreens
Terrine Maison aux Foies de Canard
Chef's terrine with duck livers and confit of figs

Plat Principal
Filet de Sole au Crabe Sauce Champagne
filet of sole with crab and champagne cream sauce
Poitrine de Volaille aux Champignons Sauvages
chicken breast with wild mushrooms with marsala sauce and linguini
Filet de Boeuf Bourguignonne
beef tenderloin with red wine reduction and gratin dauphinois
Jarret d'Agneau aux Petits Légumes et Couscous
braised lamb shank with vegetables and couscous

Chocolat Marquise
chocolate ganache mousse cake
Gâteau de Fromage et Coulis des Framboises
white chocolate cheese cake with raspberry sauce
Mousse au Chocolat et Zestes d'Orange
chocolate mousse tulipe with candied orange zestes
Feuillantine aux Fruits de Saison
mixed berries in pastry with Chantilly cream  
Book Lavendou: 972-248-1911

DISH Preston Hollow
Where: 8611 Hillcrest Ave., Suite 100
When: Sunday
The damage: $130
The booze: 20 percent off any bottle of wine over $90 with purchase of prix fixe
GULF SHRIMP BISQUE fried okra, spanish chile oil
TUNA PESCE CRUDO compressed watermelon, sunflower sprouts, macadamia nuts
BURRATA CHEESE marinated heirloom cherry tomato, paladin toast, volcano sea salt
WINTER GREENS strawberry, blue cheese, brioche crouton, candied pecan, pomegranate dressing
BEEF TATAKI chilled soba, citrus ponzu, mango, snap peas, avocado, sesame seed

CORNMEAL CRUSTED LEMON SOLE brussel sprouts, crisp pancetta, honey-mustard brown butter
ROASTED SALMON avocado crab relish, whipped sweet potato, jalapeño beurre blanc
BEEF TENDERLOIN ROAST candied garlic mashers, cipollini onion soubise, spinach mornay
HOUSE MADE SAFFRON LINGUINI jumbo shrimp, baby spinach, cranberry beans, parmesan broth
SPICY FRIED CHICKEN roasted marble potatoes, baby bok choy, caviar garnish

CHOCOLATE SALTED CARAMEL dark chocolate ganache
WARM CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES oven-ready gooey goodness
VANILLA BEAN CHEESECAKE macerated berries, chambord
Book DISH: 214-363-3474
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Beth Rankin is an Ohio native and Cicerone-certified beer server who specializes in social media, food and drink, travel and news reporting. Her belief system revolves around the significance of Topo Chico, the refusal to eat crawfish out of season and the importance of local and regional foodways.
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