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BIG FAT LOVE LIFE: If you are new to this Valentine's Day business, you should know that going out to dinner is as tried and true as flowers on a winning pony. This year, as usual, plenty of restaurants are offering special menus to mark the solemn occasion. If you like old-fashioned wine goblets and want your lover's ribs to shimmer with the sheen of a square meat-and-potatoes meal, you are cordially invited to celebrate Valentine's Week (February 11-18) at Murray's (24 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis; 339-0909), which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Bring your sweetie in for lunch or dinner and enter a drawing for a 5-pound box of chocolates (drawn daily) and a chance to win the grand prize, an entire basket of chocolates (a $150 value). If your aesthetic swings toward less meat-based cuisine, Cafe Brenda (300 First Ave. N., Mpls.) has concocted a menu to celebrate the day. You'd do well to see your loved one's face leering at you over a big plate of free-range pheasant and winter vegetable shepherd's pie as you moon back at her/him over your own broiled fresh mahi mahi topped with a raspberry-ginger sauce and served with julienne vegetables and basmati rice almond pilaf. And that's not to mention the selection of amorous desserts and champagne. Call 342-9230 for reservations...

Café Un Deux Trois (114 S. Ninth St., Mpls.) is not to be undone; they offer a "Valentine's Day Love Fest." The lunch menu begins with Aphrodiza--seared Coos Bay oysters with lemon basil and shallots. Entrées include black tiger prawns and roasted chicken curry salad with tangerine vinaigrette; Ahi Tuna au Poivre with wilted greens; and fettuccine with lobster essence. Franchine Roche, a familiar sight on the Twin Cities cabaret scene, will fill the cafe with the sonorous sounds of her sweet voice, doing up renditions of chansons d'amour made famous by Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour and Yves Montand. Call 673-0686 for reservations... If you're willing to travel a bit, you might want to make more than an evening out of it and visit Schumacher's Historic European Hotel. Owners John and Kathleen Schumacher invite former guests to creatively and tastefully share a romantic tale from a visit to their enchanting establishment. The individual who submits the entry judged "most romantic" will win a--what else?--Romantic Weeknight Stay package; two runners-up will receive dinners for two. Entries no longer than 100 words should be submitted to: Romantic Weeknight, Schumacher's Historic European Hotel and Restaurant, 212 West Main Street, New Prague, MN 56071, and must be postmarked by Valentine's Day. Even if you lose, you can still sup on special items like chilled cherry soup, lobster and crab stuffed scampi with golden chanterelle mushrooms, and white chocolate almond cake drizzled with caramel sauce...

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Campiello

1320 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Category: Restaurant > Brunch

Region: Uptown/ Eat Street

If you think you might be finding yourself alone this Valentine's Day, Tobie's Tavern and Grill (23 N. Sixth St., Minneapolis; 376-9614) invites you to join them for an "Un-Valentine's Day" celebration featuring specials on Dear John Cabernet and Chardonnay, and Broken Heart Cake for Two. Maybe you'll even meet someone who's good to go, especially after they've slurped down a dozen fresh oysters from the Gulf of Mexico and knocked back some Valentine martinis made with Campari and vodka. If not, then take your place among those supping on dinner for one, which starts off with a choice of tomato soup or jello salad, moves on to Mom's Meatloaf, and finishes big with a hot fudge sundae. And forget about those cheesy strolling serenaders: here, counselors and matchmakers will be milling about throughout the evening to lend an ear or offer words of advice if you just can't keep from crying in your soup.

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