Noshing Around

In the Swim

Bluefin Seafood Bistro opens Feb. 11 with a splash at 7053 N. Oracle Road (formerly Millie's Pancake Haus). This Kingfisher spin-off will serve mostly fish--raw, grilled, sautéed, baked, pan-fried, chowdered, steamed, smoked and marinated, daily for lunch, Sunday brunch, dinner and late night; 531-8500.

Very Voluptuous Dining

It's that time of year when many of you will scramble to take spouses, partners and dates out for a romantic dinner. Here are some delicious options:

Bistro Zin: Three-course dinner with entrées like butter poached prawns, roasted Colorado lamb and grilled filet mignon. Served from 4:30-10:30 p.m., $100 per couple plus tax and 18 percent gratuity; located at 1865 E. River Road; 299-7799.

Enoteca: Chef Doug McElfish, formerly of Terra Cotta, whips up a four-course prix-fixe dinner plus live entertainment and two glasses of wine or champagne for $69.95 per couple at 58 W. Congress St.; 623-0744.

North: Sitting pretty in La Encantada, North's views captivate along with the three-course modern Italian menu, including steak Delmonico, grilled ahi tuna and veal chops Florentine at 2995 E. Skyline Drive; $90 per couple plus tax and 18 percent gratuity; 299-1600.

RA: Get in the mood with heart-shaped sushi for two plus a split of Pommery Pop champagne for $20 per couple, excluding tax and gratuity at 2905 E. Skyline Drive from 5-11 p.m.; 615-3970.

Soleil: Seventeen people have popped the question on previous Valentine's Days. (It must be something in the bubbly.) A three-course dinner costs $55 per person; tax and gratuity not included. Check out for the menu. Soleil probably has the best diamond-like (hint) city views at 3001 E. Skyline Drive; 299-3345.

Wildflower: Northwest residents may want to stay close to home and choose a three-course dinner with pan-seared scallops, Chilean sea bass or crispy duck with forbidden rice for $90 per couple plus tax and gratuity at 7037 N. Oracle Road; 219-4230.

Candy is Dandy

Valentine's Day wouldn't be complete without chocolate roses or chocolate handcuffs from Choc-Alot (at 6350 E. Broadway Blvd, 748-8889) or kinky chocolate tattoos from Fascinations (at 3658 E. Speedway Blvd., 322-0757).
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