Food and love were often discussed in the same breath by famous romantics. So try a little romance on your Valentine this weekend at the following Maryland restaurants.
AE (American Express), DC (Diners Club), CB (Carte Blanche), MC (MasterCard), V/C (Visa/Choice). "Free parking" indicates the establishment has a parking lot; otherwise, expect street or commercial parking. "Full bar" indicates the restaurant is licensed to serve spirits, wine and beer. "Reservations" indicates they are required. Restaurant specialties and price ranges are noted.
Blair Mansion Inn, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. 588-1688. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch Monday through Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner Monday through Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Cards: AE, MC and V/C. Free parking. Full bar. Reservations recommended. Entree price range: $5.95 to $14.95. Specialties: crab imperial, scaloppine marsala, veal cordon bleu, roast duck, steak au poivre. This mansion once belonged to Montgomery Blair, postmaster general from 1861 to 1864, during Lincoln's administration. It is decorated with numerous antiques and has seven working fireplaces.
Cafe Roval, 9812 Falls Rd., Potomac. 299-3000. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cards: DC, CB, MC, V/C. Free parking. Wine and beer only. No reservations. Entree price range: $4.50 to $9 for lunch, $6.95 to $15 for dinner. Specialties: seafood and fish dishes, such as lobster American with tomato tarragon sauce over fresh pasta, duck breast salad with spinach in orange sauce and fresh fruit tarts.
Clyde's of Columbia, 10221 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. 596-4050. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday. Sunday brunch until 3 p.m. Cards: AE/Optima, DC, CB, MC, V/C. Free parking. Full bar. No reservations. Entree price range: $5.95 to $15.95. Specialties: hamburgers, pasta, salads. Valentine's Day menu includes fresh seafood, prime rib of beef, lobsters, sole stuffed with crabmeat, lamb, baked goods and ice cream made on the premises.
Hampton's, in the Harbor Court Hotel, 550 Light St., Baltimore. (301) 234-0550. Hours: 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. for brunch, dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V/C. Free parking. Full bar. Reservations suggested. Entree price range: $15.95 to $22.95 for Sunday brunch, $19 to $32 for dinner. Specialties: Valentine's Day menu of American cuisine, such as stuffed rainbow trout with scallops and crab, roasted rack of lamb, filet mignon basilque (stuffed with plum tomatoes, prosciutto and basil), seafood appetizers and heart-shaped desserts (meringue hearts with fresh berries, chocolate espresso terrine, cherry clafautis -- a sweet dough with cherries).
La Ferme Restaurant, 7101 Brookville Rd., Chevy Chase. 986-5255. Hours: noon to 2 p.m. for lunch Tuesday through Friday, 6 to 10 p.m. for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. Free parking. Full bar. Reservations. Entree price range: $5.75 to $8.50 for lunch, $13.75 to $18 for dinner. Specialties: seafood combination (lobster, scallops and shrimp with brandy and cream sauce), veal with morels, grilled swordfish with white butter sauce, rack of lamb, chocolate and Grand Marnier souffles. Live piano music nightly and a working fireplace.
Le Vieux Logis, 7925 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. 652-6816. Hours: noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V/C. Free parking in rear. Full bar. Entree price range: $5.50 to $8 for lunch, $12 to $16.75 for dinner. Reservations. Specialties: red snapper with sauce Marseillaise, tournedoes with sauce Dijonaise, veal scallopine with avocado sauce, Concorde cake (combination of chocolate mousse and chocolate meringue). Dine by candlelight at a table for two.
Sakura Palace, 7926 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 587-7070. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday. Cards: AE, MC, V/C. Free parking. Full bar. Reservations suggested. Entree price range: $4.50 to $12 for lunch, $6.50 to $26 for dinner. Specialties: Japanese cuisine, such as sushi, tempura, sukiyaki, teriyaki and homemade green tea ice cream. Restaurant has typically large Japanese rooms with floor seating; private rooms available.
Schooner Bay Cafe, 1500 University Blvd. East, Langley Park. 434-2233. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Wednesday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V/C. Free parking. Full bar. Reservations. Entree price range: $4.95 to $6.95 for "Early Bird Specials" until 6 p.m. daily or $7.95 to $22.50. Specialties: stuffed lobster tail, snapper with Creole sauce, Admiral's Platter for two and nightly specials. Lounge area and dining room lit with candlelight. Happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday night is shrimp night (50 cents per shrimp from 7 to 11 p.m.).