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Valentine's Day Fort Lauderdale 2017 Dining Guide

Steak 954's romantic patio.
Steak 954's romantic patio. Courtesy of Steak 954

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click to enlarge Guac up the love at Rocco's Tacos. - COURTESY OF ROCCO'S TACOS
Guac up the love at Rocco's Tacos.
Courtesy of Rocco's Tacos
Rocco's Tacos
At Rocco's Tacos (1313 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), enjoy fresh tableside guacamole and then dig into some Mexican classics such as bistec con chiles rajas, enchiladas verdes ($23), and the famous Rocco's tacos (starting at $3.25). If champagne isn't your thing, Rocco's offers 425 varieties of tequila (ranging from $9 to $250) and the quintessential margarita ($9.50 per glass or $23 per pitcher). For other locations, visit roccostacos.com.

Steak 954
This boutique steakhouse nestled inside the W Hotel is pulling out all the stops for Valentine's Day. Chef Jonathan Capo is offering bigeye tuna and foie gras tacos ($19), local snapper tiradito and eight-ounce grass-fed filet mignon ($43), Colorado lamb chops ($47), and miso black cod ($39). Pair your meal with Steak 954's V-Day cocktail, aptly named Tuesday I'm in Love ($14), made with Grey Goose vodka, lemon, Crème de Violet, a prosecco float, and a heart-shaped pomegranate ice cube.
click to enlarge Wild Sea at Riverside Hotel - SOUTH MOON PHOTOGRAPHY
Wild Sea at Riverside Hotel
South Moon Photography
Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille
The seafood-centric restaurant at the Riverside Hotel (620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) is offering a four-course Valentine’s Day prix fixe. Appetizers include an oyster beignet with smoked creamed spinach and chive vinaigrette, confit pork belly served with fried quail egg, and lobster bisque. If you're more into cold starters, consider steak tartare or burrata served with radicchio, mango, lemon vinaigrette, basil oil, and microbasil. Entrées include ricotta gnocchi or herb-crusted lamb loin with charred brocco-flower, celery-root purée, pomegranate seeds, and black garlic. Another option is grilled Maine lobster with creamy white corn polenta, popped corn, cognac and lobster reduction, and truffle. Specialty desserts include a choice of Two Hearts Become One — milk chocolate mousse, cherry ganache, white chocolate pearls, and bourbon cream cheese — and Apple of My Eye, which is an apple-cinnamon cake roll with house-made marzipan, toasted almond bubble sugar, and lychee coulis. Diners can also go for a beverage package ($15) that offers two cocktails or beer or wine by the glass (excluding superpremium). Prices start at $90 per person. For reservations, call 954-467-2555 or visit wildsealasolas.com.
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Alona Abbady Martinez lives in Plantation. She writes about food and family on her blog, Culinary Compulsion, and is working on her book, My Culinary Compulsion, a global food memoir with recipes."