Here are some of the many restaurants in the area that are offering specials for Valentine's Day.
--Laura Alberts: A Valentine wine dinner will take place at Laura Alberts on Daniel Island Saturday. The four-course dinner by executive chef Matt Brigham will be paired with wines from Kestrel Vintners of Washington State. Cost is $55 plus tax and gratuity. The menu is posted at www.lauraalberts.com. Reception begins at 7 p.m. and dinner seating at 7:30 p.m.. Reservations are required. Call 881-4711. Laura Albert's is at 891 Island Park Drive, Daniel Island.
--Peninsula Grill: Peninsula Grill ups the ante for Valentine's Day dinners with their menu of aphrodisiac-laden foods. This special menu will include rosemary for remembrance; truffles, whose musky scent was said to stimulate the senses and sensitize the touch; asparagus, which is said to "stir up lust in man and woman"; and arugula, which is considered an aphrodisiac. Saturday-Monday for $60 each, plus tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, call 723-0700. Peninsula Grill is at 112 North Market St. www.peninsulagrill.com
--Starfish Grille: Starfish Grille will offer a special Valentine's Day menu Friday-Monday. They also will be serving their regular menu. Starfish Grille is at 520 Folly Road. www.starfishgrille.com. Reservations suggested. Call 762-9252.
--Circa 1886: A five-course, prix fixe menu will feature truffles, rib-eye steak and chocolate. Cost is $100 each, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. There will be two seatings at 6 and 9 p.m. To reserve, call 853-7828. Circa 1886 is at 149 Wentworth Avenue. www.circa1886.com.
--Glass Onion: The Glass Onion will offer a local-inspired tasting menu to celebrate Valentine's Day from 6-10 p.m. Monday. The Glass Onion is at 1219 Savannah Highway and will be open for reservations only. The four-course menu provides two options per course. The cost is $35. The restaurant will have its usual Monday half-price bottles of wine, and will feature Duval Leroy, a French Champagne, as the suggested pairing with the meal at $30 per bottle. www.ilovetheglassonion.com.
--McCrady's: On Monday, McCrady's will offer a three-course Valentine's Day menu for $60, plus tax and gratuity. A paired wine option can be poured for an additional $30. This historic restaurant is at 2 Unity Alley. 577-0025.
--Med Bistro: Med Bistro is dealing for Valentine's Day with its offer of a complimentary Champagne toast, three-course menu and a bottle of wine, all for $75 a couple. Med Bistro is at 90 Folly Road. www.themedbistro.com.
--Woodlands Inn: The Woodlands Inn celebrates February with a special Valentine's Day three-course menu for $65 ($87 for a wine-pairing feature) on Monday; a Wines of the World Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday that includes a tasting of 12 wines, cheeses and charcuterie and a four-course dinner for $79; and on Sunday, in celebration of President's Day Weekend, Sunday Brunch will be served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tax and gratuity are not included in all meal prices. The Woodlands Inn is at 125 Parsons Road, Summerville, 875-2600. www.woodlandsinn.com
Oak happy hour
Oak Steakhouse introduces a new happy hour, which will feature $5 martinis, $5 specialty drinks and $2 Fat Tire pints Monday through Thursday each week.
Executive chef Jeremiah Bacon will launch the restaurant's first-ever bar menu, featuring a 10-oz. house-ground CAB burger, Cajun fries, country-style pork terrine and grilled artisanal bacon priced from $5 to $10.
Hours are 5-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday each week.
Oak Steakhouse is at 17 Broad St. 722-4220. www.oaksteakhouserestaurant.com.
Barbecue and oysters
There is always room for barbecue and oysters, not to mention beer, wine, Firefly and jump castles.
Come out and support Windwood Farm Home for Children at a Daniel Island barbecue and oyster fest 3-6 p.m. Feb. 26.
It is an all-you-care-to-eat event priced at $30 in advance ($35 at the door) and $10 for kids 4-15. Purchase tickets at www.windwoodfarm.org.
Pierce Park Pavilion is on Pierce Street on Daniel Island.
O-Ku opens for lunch
O-Ku Sushi has announced that it will open for lunch beginning Feb. 28, serving a diverse selection of Japanese cuisine and sushi from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Executive chef Sean Park's lunch menu will feature appetizers such as dumplings, sushi and sashimi selections; specialty rolls and a variety of combination choices.
O-Ku also will offer a modern take on a traditional bento, a Japanese-style lunch box featuring an assortment of sides, salads, noodles and sushi for $10-$15.
As an added incentive for the neighborhood locals, O-Ku will offer a 10 percent discount to Upper King Street residents, students, and businesses on Mondays. O-Ku Sushi is at 463 King St. www.okusushi.com, 737-0112.
Jam's Buffalo Cafe at 792 Folly Road, James Island.
Heard on the street
WOK (World Oriental Kitchen) has now closed at its present location with plans to move from its 349 King St. location. Follow it on Facebook for details of the move.
Twist Restaurant on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard in West Ashley.
Woo, Hoo Wando
Wando High School's Culinary Arts Team won the 2011 Carolina's Pro-Start Invitation Cooking Competition.
This high school team will now compete, along with a team from North Myrtle Beach, at the National ProStart Invitational held in Kansas this spring.
Future eaters of America, things are looking good on the local talent scene.
For more information, www.prostart.restaurant.org.
Roast your own
Southern Living Magazine has featured Mike Lata of FIG Restaurant and Dana Sinkler of Terra Chips out on Wadmalaw Island's Rosebank Plantation hosting an oyster roast.
The magazine has a step-by-step guide for DIY mollusk fest.
King St. mini-grocers
Justin Croxall, the owner of Bull Street Gourmet, plans to expand his operation and open Southside Market and Cellar, a cafe, deli, mini-grocery and prepared foods to go.
He will operate in the space of the former Mary Helen McCoy Fine Antiques. A June opening is planned at 120 King St.
Rustling up grub
The Longhorn Steakhouse at 1845 N. Highway 17 Mount Pleasant has recently been remodeled to represent the brand's current image.