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Special Valentine's Day offerings from local restaurants

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Restaurants around town are getting ready for the biggest night of the year this side of Mother's Day. Valentine's Day is this Wednesday, Feb. 14, and many potential romance destinations hope to lure you with the promise of special menus and live music. Strawberry Street Vineyard is offering its "Sweetheart of a Meal" deal again. It's a dinner for two — two live Maine lobsters, two petite filets, a split of champagne and a box of chocolates — you pick up and take home to your beloved. $65. 355-1839. near VCU will set a mood with pianist Ashby Anderson hitting mellow jazz notes from 7-11 p.m. The four-course, fixed-price menu is $100 per couple. Reservations required. 358-3619. offers a duo: mandolin player Joshua Walker (a regular at the restaurant) and bassist Darrell Muller. Dinner specials for two available. 355-8558. ticket has Walter Bell and the Latin Jazz Unit, celebrating the release of its latest CD, "Standard Room Only." Belle B offers an … la carte menu and two dinner seatings, at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. 261-4500. in the West End doesn't have live music, but it does have a gargantuan new menu, unveiled Feb. 10. The emphasis is on creative seafood, with other interesting choices like quail and lamb. 288-3600. Valentine's Day meal is a five-course dinner served with a glass of rosé champagne and "a little Valentine surprise." The package price is $59 per person. Make reservations at 649-2822. For the adventurous, we recommend . It's a hike to Short Pump (for city dwellers, at least), but the menu should make it worthwhile. Where else will you find lobster tostada with avocado and ancho sour cream, and a cedar-planked salmon and scallops dish with yucca steak fries and cilantro dipping sauce?

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