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Although somewhat dark and odd in its origins, Valentine’s Day was made the sweet holiday it is today with the help of writers Chaucer and Shakespeare in the 14th and 16th centuries.  

Now, the holiday is big business. Very big business.

Other than cards, flowers and candy, the restaurant business pulls out all the stops for patrons hoping to impress the ones they love. Wilson restaurants are no different. 

Here’s a sampling of local restaurants serving special Valentine’s Day meals. Check with other eateries to see what they are offering.

• SoCo, located at 65 38 Slabtown Road, focuses on dining in an intimate setting, serving scratch made (and often home grown) food. SoCo will be serving a special Valentine’s menu Feb 14-17, and reservations are required. 

A four-course dinner, including N.C. ribeye, seared diver scallops and Yukon gratin will be served, ending with a double fudge brownie and Italian cherries for dessert. Wine pairings will be available for those who are interested.

SoCo is now offering accommodations in its recently renovated farmhouse, allowing guests to not only enjoy dining in a comfortable setting, but spend the night in one of its exquisitely decorated rooms. 

• Casual bistro Jac’s Grill, located at 2341 Madison Drive, will offer two seatings at dinner Valentine’s evening. Jac’s will offer a set menu with a selection of six entrees, and the special dessert is crème brulee with a chocolate-covered strawberry. Reservations are required.

In addition, each female patron will be presented with a rose. Sorry guys.

• Brewmasters, located at 2117 Forest Hills Road, will offer a twist to its usual Wednesday night “Wine Not Whine” on Valentine’s evening. Glasses of wine will still be offered at a special price of $2 each, but the first glass is on the house for every patron interested.

• Pup’s Steakhouse, in the Shoppes at Brentwood, is offering a prix fixe menu in addition to its regular menu. Wine, champagne and dessert specials will also be available. Reservations are required, and more details will soon be available on the Pup’s Facebook page.

• Daniel’s Casual Fine Dining, also located in the Shoppes at Brentwood, will offer its regular menu Valentine’s evening. Featured desserts will be favorites Bourbon pecan pie and crème brulee. Reservations are not required but are recommended.

• Ace’s Ale House, located at 3310 Peppermill Drive, had not finalized its Valentine’s night plans at press time, but owner Steve Davis promises an event that will definitely be talked about. Check Ace’s Facebook page for final plans.

• Western Sizzlin, 101 Bruton St., offers two specials all day on Valentine’s Day. Patrons can enjoy two USDA choice 10-ounce ribeyes with baked potato, a choice of side and a drink for $29.95. If less red meat is more to your liking, the Sizzlin will also offer  two 6-ounce sirloin steaks, salad bar, baked potato and a drink for $24.95.

• Italian — the language of love. Why would the food be any less romantic? Mama Mia’s in the Forest Hills Centre at 1700 Raleigh Road, will offer several entrees at special prices. The Valentine’s Day special includes two dinners, a free appetizer and dessert for $24.99. Entrees included offer a wide variety to suit patrons’ tastes, and include chicken parmesan, shrimp scampi, signature pastas, and a chicken sauté, to name a few.

• A Wilson dining staple since the 1950s, The Creamery Family Restaurant at 1616 Goldsboro St. will offer its annual Valentine’s ribeye dinner. The special includes two ribeye plates with a baked potato, salad, bread, two drinks and the restaurant’s famous hot fudge cake to split between two people. Don’t worry. The Creamery assures us that it is an extremely large dessert. In case you don’t want a baked potato or a salad, other sides are offered. 

• Wilson’s highly anticipated Da Bayou restaurant, 124 Barnes St., will be open and in full swing by Valentine’s Day. In fact, Da Bayou gets an early start on festivities with its Fat Tuesday celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Experience Mardi Gras right here in Wilson with a zydeco band, Cajun cuisine and colorful bead necklaces. Owner James Fountain promises “one heck of a party.”

• Very early in the month, Feb. 3, the annual YMCA Father Daughter Dinner and Dance will be held at Forest Hills Middle School, 1210 Forest Hills Road. This popular event features a DJ and dance and food provided by Chick-fil-A. Stocks Photography will be taking professional photos.  Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner is served until 7:30. Tickets are $25 per family (one adult) in advance and are available at Chick-fil-A and the Wilson Family YMCA. Tickets are $30 at the door. 

• Looking for something the whole family can enjoy but still be able to have a little grown-up time? Imagination Station Science and History Museum is offering “A Family Valentine” event on Feb. 14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Adults will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres by Big Harold and be serenaded by soulful, R&B musician Tyler Davis. Meanwhile, the children will enjoy group games and activities on the museum’s first floor and a hot dog bar, also provided by Big Harold’s. Tickets are $80 per couple and include up to four children. 

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• Later in the month, you can enjoy “Dinner With Your Sweetheart,” a steak dinner fundraiser to help Ascension Lutheran Church members attend an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America youth mission trip to Texas. The dinner will be served Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6 and 7:30 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2512 Nash Street. Tickets are$25 per person and include ribeye steak, salad, bread, baked potato and vegetable and choice of dessert, tea or lemonade to drink. Contact Jennifer Smith at 252-560-5860 for ticket information.

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