The Zin Room has an all new bar menu that's half off during the downtown restaurant's happy hour.
Chef Kirk Wright created the new menu, which includes salmon and regular sliders, spicy crab spring rolls, ranch fries, bacon-wrapped dates, tempura-battered asparagus, and shrimp and artichoke dip.
All the dishes are half-price during happy hour, daily from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Happy hour drink specials include $4 wells, $3 house wine, $2 off specialty cocktails and $1 off beer. For more information, call 402-991-0660. The Zin Room is at 316 S. 15th St.
Restaurants prepare for special wine dinners
A handful of restaurants have wine dinners coming up:
→ Dante Ristorante is featuring wine from Italy's Fruli region during its Monday wine dinner. The region, between the Alps and Adriatic Sea north of Venice, is known for its stunning landscapes and world-class wine. A three-course menu will include antipasti, pasta and a secondi, or entree. Seatings take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and the dinner is $55 a person before tax and tip. Dante is at 16901 Wright Plaza. For more information or to make a reservation, call 402-932-3078.
→ Salt 88 is focusing on pinot noir for its Feb. 26 wine dinner. Bill Adelshiem of Adelshiem Wines will be at the restaurant to describe the five pinot varieties, which will be paired with a five-course dinner. The meal is $55 per person before tax or tip. For more information on the dinner, call 402-991-9088. Salt is at 3623 N. 129th St.
→ Le Voltaire is having an unusual French Caribbean wine dinner Sunday. The menu will be based on a Caribbean-French fusion paired with wines from around the world. Ten percent of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to a nonprofit in Haiti; the meal will be prepared by Chef Wilson Calixte, a native of Haiti. Courses include a Labadee fish cake with caper, Parmesan, plantain chips and paprika avocado aioli; yellow snapper with a black rice cake, braised kale, mango jam and anchovy cream sauce; boneless lamb loin with beets, creme fraiche, parsnip yucca mash and black bean ice cream; stuffed quail with a fennel onion tart and banana duck jus; and mango mousse with passion fruit, marshmallow and coconut for dessert. The dinner is $80 per person before tax or tip. For more information, or to reserve a seat, call 402-934-9374. Le Voltaire is at 569 N. 155th Plaza.
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Valentine's Day is three days long at Fleming's Steakhouse
Fleming's Steakhouse is celebrating Valentine's day on three nights, Feb. 13, 14 and 15, with a specially priced two-course menu.
Dinner begins with a pan-seared scallop with light goat cheese polenta, chives and seared grape tomatoes. Diners get an entree choice of either a petite filet mignon served with a baked blue crab and bearnaise sauce and potatoes paired with either a pecan-crusted salmon filet with fennel mustard sauce or an 8-ounce lobster tail with drawn butter.
The steak and salmon pairing is $59.95, and the steak and lobster is $69.95.
The featured Valentine's Day cocktail is a French Kiss 75, and the special dessert is house-made cinnamon and sugar doughnuts with homemade lemon custard and blueberry dipping sauce, $9.95.
The Omaha location of Fleming's is at 140 Regency Parkway. For more information, call 402-393-0811.
Take your sweetie to fixed-price meal at Le Voltaire
Le Voltaire will have two Valentine's Day seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. and will serve an all-inclusive, fixed-price meal.
Appetizer choices include lobster bisque with lardons and roasted pecan, pistachio cherry duck terrine or zucchini-wrapped goat cheese with tomato coulis.
Entree choices include tenderloin with shallots, compound butter and parsnip mashed potatoes; escolar with blood orange beurre rouge and quinoa cakes; or chicken with crawfish butter and parsnip mashed potatoes.
The dinner is $140 per couple and includes tax, tip, a bottle of Champagne or wine and a shared dessert, a pomegranate chocolate mousse bomb or dulce de leche.
For more information, or to reserve a seat, call 402-934-9374. Le Voltaire is at 569 N. 155th Plaza.