V-Day Options, The Ocean Room Re-vamp, 181 Palmer 

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Planning to get Lucky this V-Day?

So, what are your plans for Saturday? A ton of restaurants have announced special prix-fixe menus (see cuisine calendar, p. 53), and if that's what you want to do, you better call and make reservations now. For those looking for alternatives, you could let Coco cater your V-day night. Coco's Cafe in Mt. Pleasant now has a "Coco's Comes to You" service that brings the best of the restaurant right into your dining room. No shopping, no cooking, no clean-up. They'll prepare a gourmet French meal, pair it with wine, and serve it to you. Ted's Butcherblock also has a cool option with a sensual four-course menu — grilled country pâté, jumbo lump crab, duck, and basil-encrusted lamb. This one requires that you place your order by noon on Friday and pick up anytime after 4 p.m. on Saturday. Great option for non-cooks with a limited budget. And if you're single or just a hater, you could attend one of the anti-V-day parties. Mellow Mushroom's free "F-Cupid" party will have a Friday 13th/My Bloody Valentine twist with dirty-sexy house music and slasher flicks. And at the Vue at Ripley Point, they'll be hosting a "Shred Your Ex Valentine's Day Party." It's $40 and starts at 9 p.m. with music from Quiana Parler.

From Sanctuary to Steakhouse

Apparently The Ocean Room at the Sanctuary, despite being a high-end restaurant with expensive talent, just wasn't the right concept for the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. So, they've revamped the Sanctuary's restaurants, hitting on some of the hottest trends going these days. The Ocean Room will heretofore be known as a steakhouse called Ocean Room Prime, specializing in, you guessed it, hand-selected cuts of steaks and chops. It reopened last week. The Atlantic Room at the Ocean Course Clubhouse is now Kiawah's premier seafood restaurant and a member of the Sustainable Seafood initiative. And the Turtle Point Clubhouse has reopened as Tomasso, an Italian-themed gathering place specializing in classic cuisine from all regions of Italy. Jasmine Porch, Osprey Point Grill, and the Loggerhead Grill will all stay the same, focusing on what they do best. If you want to eat at any of these restaurants, call ahead for reservations and tell the guard at the gatehouse that you'll be dining there. They'll give you a day pass.

Trident Dining Room Opens for Business

181 Palmer, the dining room at Trident Tech's Palmer Campus, reopened for business this week, and they've got a brand new menu. For 15 bucks, you get three courses and a beverage! The menu features appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, and desserts. Some highlights of the new menu: Palmetto Porter-braised short ribs with Anson Mills grits, caramelized onions, and crispy sage leaves; skillet oyster stew with braised leeks, Yukon Gold potatoes, Nueske's bacon, and toasted benne seeds; Fazzoletti pasta with chicken, tomato and green olive ragu, ricotta salata, orange gremolata; and a peanut butter and milk chocolate mousse with coconut crunch and caramelized banana. Oh yeah. Dean Layes, the owner of Six Tables in Mt. P., will be running the front of the house classroom operations. Reservations are a must, so call (843) 820-5087, ext 2.

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