Victorian Valentines: Restaurants across the Bay Area are pulling out all the romantic stops for Valentine's Day with Cupid-centric prix fixe menus and such, but this may be the most intriguing possibility. Port Costa's terrific new Bull Valley Roadhouse is hosting a special Valentine dinner Feb. 14, and the historic Burlington Hotel next door, which is managed by the same team, is hosting a Victorian Valentine soiree from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Think torch songs, live music, flowery tisanes, pastries -- and 78s spinning on the old Victrola. The soiree is free, with tea and pastries available for sale.
For details on the Roadhouse, go to http://bullvalleyroadhouse.com (Read our recent 3½-star review at www.mercurynews.com/restaurants). Get details on the Burlington Hotel at www.thehotelburlington.com.
Wine bar redo: Remember Cioccolata di Vino in Berkeley? The wine bar paired vino with, well, cioccolata and a few savory dishes as well. Now the chef, owner and possessor of quite possibly the best name ever for someone with a wine bar -- Rebecca Bernstein Redwine -- has given her 4-year-old establishment a do-over. The new Oggi Restaurant and Wine Bar, which opened Jan. 24, focuses on seasonal savory small plates, pasta, pizza and hearty rustic dishes, such as a roasted pork chop with soft polenta. The idea, Bernstein-Redwine says, is "to offer something for everyone, whether you want to eat heavy or light." Details: 1801 Shattuck Ave., Suite C; www.oggiberkeley.com.
Bay Area launchpad: The Westin Hotels & Resorts are rolling out a new restaurant concept for North America, with the food-centric Bay Area chosen for the first location. Grill & Vine at the Westin San Francisco Airport in Millbrae features a tavern-style menu developed with the help of executive chef Werner Fankhauser. Look for pulled pork on brioche, deviled eggs, sweet potato bisque, plus a number of ultra-healthy options such as steel-cut Irish oats and a Caesar made with kale. And you can't beat those hotel restaurant hours (for us diners, anyway): Grill & Vine will serve continuously from 6:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. -- perfect for those early-morning or late-night drives on Highway 101. Details: www.westin.com.
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