With Valentine's Day approaching during the ongoing pandemic, Austin restaurants want to help make your evening special—even from home.
Here are some restaurants offering Valentine's Day takeout meals.
Aba, 1011 S. Congress Ave.
The Chicago based restaurant has taken South Congress by storm and is ready to share some love on Valentine's Day, Although completely booked on Feb. 14, Aba is offering a pickup or delivery Valentine's Day dinner for two. For $119.95, the dinner includes lobster bisque, hummus with bread, ahi tuna tabouli, brussels sprouts, beef tenderloin with truffled potatoes, chocolate cake and a bottle of Prosecco. If you're planning on spending the day with friends, Aba is also offering a smaller Galentine's Day feast available for two, four or six guests for $39.95 per person.
You can order your Valentine's day dinner from Aba here.
Il Brutto,1601 E. 6th St.
If you're looking to impress your loved one with cooking skills but need a little help, Il Brutto has the perfect takeout dinner for you. For $80, Il Brutto is offering a date night dinner for two featuring a margherita pizza, an agnolotti kit and tiramisu. The agnolotti kit includes instructions and supplies to make a perfect Italian meal. Il Brutto is also offering a wine pairing with your Valentine's Day dinner for $40 and $70.
You can order your Valentine's Day dinner from Il Brutto here.
Stella San Jac, 5th St. & San Jacinto
Stella San Jac is sharing the love this Valentine's Day with a takeout dinner for $70. The restaurant is offering a meal kit for two featuring filets, pommes puree, grilled broccolini, beef jus and strawberry shortcake in oven-safe packaging with heating instructions you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. The meal includes a bottle of Chateau Souverain to make your night even more special. Meal kits must be preordered by 10 p.m. on Feb. 8.
You can order your Valentine's Day dinner from Stella San Jac here.
Russian House, 307 E. 5th St.
Switch up tradition this year by trying Russian House for your Valentine's Day dinner. The restaurant is offering three different menus with meat, seafood and vegetarian options for $67.50. All menus include a three course meal with options to choose appetizers, entrees, desserts and unlimited champagne. Russian house is also offering a couples only caviar menu for $130 featuring 1 ounce of fish caviar, 100 grams of red caviar, dessert and unlimited champagne. Priyatnovo appetita!
You can order your Valentine's Day dinner from Russian House here.
Intero, 2612 E. Cesar Chavez St. Suite 105
Intero is offering a Valentine's Day dinner cooking kit to beat all others. With four different package options, you can choose between a steak package for $120, a hand-made pasta package for $85, a risotto package for $85 and a "week's in-house butchered protein selection with seasonal vegetables" package for $100. The cooking kits come with detailed instructions so you can impress your significant other with your cooking skills. Intero is also offering chocolate pairing flights to add a little sweetness to your Valentine's dinner. You can preorder online from Feb. 1 to 9 and pickup between Feb. 11 and 14.
Order your Valentine's Day dinner from Intero here.
Carve American Grille, 7415 Southwest Pkwy
Make your romantic evening special with a takeout meal from Carve American Grille. The restaurant is offering a prix fixe menu for $50 per person and a Valentine candlelight dinner for $99 per couple. Both menus include a three course meal which you can personalize. The prix fixe menu is only available on Feb. 14 and the Valentine candlelight dinner for two is available from Feb. 11 to Feb 14.
You can order your Valentine's Day dinner from Carve American Grille here.
Dai Due, 2406 Manor Road
Dai Due is offering a vegetable and wild game Valentine's Day menu. The vegetable menu is available for $72 and includes roasted cauliflower with mint yogurt and flatbread, peanut soup with greens, sweet potato and chile-cilantro gremolata, gnocchi with hominy miso-ginger butter and a strawberry layer cake. The wild game menu is available for $82 and includes antelope 'nduja with pickled beans and sourdough, rabbit-massa dumplings, braised wild boar crepes and a strawberry layer cake.You can order your Valentine's Day dinner from Dai Due here
Salt & Time, 1912 E. 7th St.
Meat lovers can add a steak dinner for two to their Valentine's Day plans this year from Salt & Time. The butcher shop and restaurant is offering the dinner for $200 including your choice of steak, an accompanying menu, a bottle of Azimut Cava sparkling wine and a choice of cocktail. The meal kit includes instructions on how to cook the dinner along with two options for the accompanying menu: steakhouse classics or Italian lovers. Along with the steak dinner, Salt & Time is also offering a cheese board for two featuring aged gouda with orange marmalade, truckle cheddar with red wine shallots and stilton stuffed medjool dates for $18.
You can order your Valentine's Day dinner from Salt & Time here.
Word of Mouth Bakery, 917 W. 12th St.
With so many options to choose from, it's hard to narrow down which Valentine's Day option is best for you and your partner. Word of Mouth Bakery is offering two dinner options and specialty desserts for Valentines. The first dinner option is available for $90 and includes a three-course meal with an arugula salad, beef tenderloin filet, shrimp skewers, parmesan polenta, roasted asparagus and cherry tomatoes along with your choice of dessert. The second dinner option is available for $72 and includes roasted tomato and goat cheese tart, pasta primavera cappeline, broccolini, focaccia breadsticks and your choice of dessert. Dessert options include french silk pie, tiramisu cheesecake and a chocolate decadence cake. All orders must be placed by 12 p.m. on Feb. 10.You can order your Valentine's Day dinner from Word of Mouth Bakery here.
The Carillon, 1900 University Ave.
The Carillon is offering a Valentine's Day dinner for two for $140 featuring a full course menu. The menu includes multiple breads and spreads, salad, an entree with filet mignon roast, lobster mac and cheese, smoked salmon, cream spinach, poached asparagus and truffles, chocolate covered strawberries and macarons for dessert. Orders must be placed by Feb. 9 and pick up will be available Feb. 13 and 14.
You can find more information on the Valentine's Day dinner from The Carillon here and place your order by calling 512-404-3654.
Bar Peached, 1315 W 6th St.
Make your Valentine's Day dinner a little more comforting with an Asian inspired menu. Bar Peached is offering a three-course menu for $50 per person. The restaurant is giving the option of yucca fries, tamarind clams and steak tartare for dessert, glazed snapper, duck chow fun and cauliflower steak for an entree and cheesecake, coconut milk pudding or chocolate strawberry bingsu for dessert. Bar Peached is also offering wine pairings for $43 to go along with your Valentine's Day dinner.
South Congress Cafe, 1600 S. Congress Ave.
South Congress Cafe is offering a prix fixe menu for all the lovebirds in town. The three-course dinner for two is available for $85, featuring .veal roulade, eggplant napoleon, prosciutto wrapped asparagus or a charcuterie board for an appetizer. For entrees, the menu offers duck breast, grilled ribeye, swordfish or stuffed squash and to finish off your meal, a brandied creme brûlée or dark chocolate truffles for dessert. The prix fix menu is available on Feb. 13 and 14 from 5-9 p.m. If you're planning on dining in, reservations are encouraged but not required.
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Expect some whiplash this week, Austinites: with an expected high of 103 degrees, Monday is predicted to be the hottest day of the year, but a midweek cold front is on the way to bring that first glimpse of fall.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport could see its first 100-degree temperature this year on Monday as temperatures citywide are expected to exceed this year's record of 102 degrees.
The cold front arrives Tuesday afternoon to evening.#atx #atxwx #cbsaustinwx https://t.co/rQni6ug3y4 pic.twitter.com/PoFeHPYtnM
— Chikage Windler WX (@ChikageWeather) September 20, 2021
After a typical summery Tuesday with highs in the mid-90s, Wednesday will welcome the first signs of fall as a cold front drops lows into the 50s.
Expect more wind and a chance of rain come Tuesday with a 40% chance of scattered storms. The cold front, which should last through Friday, will bring drier, crisper air that could cause fire hazards on Wednesday.
Highs will be in the upper 80s and lows in the 50s and lower 60s for the front's final two mornings.
After near record heat today, a cold front arrives tomorrow! Hang in there South-Central Texas, we have almost made it. pic.twitter.com/yd9UbNo7hY
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Around 75 dogs died in a fire Saturday night at Ponderosa Pet Resort in Georgetown, according to the Georgetown Fire Department, leaving dozens of owners to mourn the losses of their furry companions.
The fire department arrived on the scene less than five minutes after 911 calls started flooding in at 10:56 p.m. At their arrival, they found flames and clouds of smoke, according to GFD Chief John Sullivan.
Twenty-five firefighters were on the scene, hoping to save as many lives as possible, initially trying to open some ventilation and control the smoke, though they were unable to save any dogs. Sullivan said his heart goes out to the families of the victims of the fire.
"I've been doing this for 29 years and this is the first incident that I've had where we've lost so many pets," Sullivan said. "I hate to use that term because, to me, a pet is a lot more than a pet—it is the closest friend. I wish I could convey my internal emotions adequately. I just wish I could go back in time to make it better."
Families of the fallen pets, who are believed to have died from smoke inhalation, have created a memorial outside the pet resort's fence complete with flowers, photos, notes and beloved toys of their friends.
No people were discovered at the scene—Ponderosa's boarding policies state that the staff feels that pets sleep better at night when no employees are there, so the pets are left unattended at night.
The fire department is still working to discover what caused the fire. Despite fire and smoke damage to the inside, the outer metal exterior survived the blaze. Based on the type of construction and occupancy type, the building was not required to have a sprinkler system.
"Quite frankly, I view my personal pet as probably my closest confidant, friend and the one that doesn't judge, so my heart just breaks," Sullivan said.
The fire claimed the lives of dog duo Bunny and Clyde, leaving owners and newlywed couple Don and Pam Richard devastated and angry KXAN reports, saying they wouldn't have left the dogs had they known they would be left unattended at night.
The Richard family is planning to petition the city of Georgetown, making it so that animals in professional care are never left unattended again.
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After months of speculation, a new report says political personality Beto O'Rourke is mulling a run for Texas governor that he will announce later this year.
Sources tell Axios the former congressman is preparing his campaign for the 2022 election, where he will likely vie for the position against incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott. The only other candidate that has announced he will take on Abbott for governor is former Texas GOP Chairman Allen West—no Democrats have announced they are running as of yet.
"No decision has been made," Axios reports David Wysong, O'Rourke's former House chief of staff and a longtime adviser, said. "He has been making and receiving calls with people from all over the state."
A new poll from The Dallas Morning News and University of Texas at Tyler shows O'Rourke is narrowing the gap between himself and Abbott's prospects for governor. In the poll, 37% said they'd vote for O'Rourke over Abbott, while 42% said they'd vote for Abbott.
Abbott has been in the hot seat due to his handling of COVID-19 and the signing of landmark legislation into law, including new abortion and voting rights laws; 54% of poll respondents voted they think the state is headed in the "wrong direction." Still, Texas hasn't had a Democrat as governor since the 90s.
O'Rourke's people-focused approach to the 2018 Senator race, which he lost to Sen. Ted Cruz, gave him a widespread following and many hoped he'd throw his hat into the ring since he said he was considering it earlier this year.
"We hope that he's going to run," Gilberto Hinojosa, the state chair of the Democratic Party, told Axios. "We think he'll be our strongest candidate. We think he can beat Abbott because he's vulnerable."