6 Sexy Foods Nikki Buchanan Wants to Eat on Any Day But Valentine's Day

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Lobster Degustation
Gross's most popular foie dish -- terrine of Hudson Valley ABC foie gras with sweet Pedro Ximenez reduction -- cleverly brings all three grades of foie gras together in a layered, multi-textured terrine: the premium A grade made as a classic terrine, the B grade roasted in the wood-burning oven and the C grade transformed into silky mousse ($24). It's become a widely copied classic. If, on the other hand, the budget's tight but you crave a bit of luxury, try the wild mushroom soup, simmered in duck stock and port, topped with foie gras, dusted with wild mushroom powder and fluffed with whipped cream. It's incredibly rich but wonderfully light at once ($18).

Shellfish

And because Valentine's Day is often as much about lust as love, I'd head to Mastro's Ocean Club for something decadent and sexy -- maybe Alaskan King crab legs ($62 per pound) or broiled live Maine lobster ($34 per pound), both sweet, both luscious swathed in dripping in drawn butter. For a more refined but affordable rendition, I'd go to Kai for the Lobster Degustation, a menu staple tweaked now and again by chef de cuisine Josh Johnson ($28). It's always an elegant "lobster three-ways" presentation reflecting indigenous ingredients and a Native American sensibility. At the moment, it's this: butter-braised tail with avocado mousse, tear drop salsa and lobster coral; lobster knuckles in sweet corn panna cotta with sour radishes; and lobster cobbler with mesquite meal and burnt Irish Porter cheese.

Location Info

Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge

2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

J&G Steakhouse

6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Binkley's Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Mastro's Ocean Club

15045 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Searsucker

6900 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

BLT Steak

5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Vincent on Camelback

3930 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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