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Crimson Lion offers a fun Valentine's Day dinner

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Valentine’s Day is a special day to spend with a special person at a special place. Luckily, we (Jacob and Cormac, Life+Arts Editor and Intern, respectively) spent it together at the Crimson Lion. For V-Day this year, the Crimson Lion offered a fixed price meal: a $50 three-course meal for two. We decided to go and try out this offer.

The Crimson Lion was decorated with teddy bears, white tablecloths and more romantic decor. The serving staff were dressed to the nines, creating an atmosphere of Valentine's Day delight.

We were handed a large menu with an abundance of options. For appetizers, they offered a lobster bisque, oysters or a salad. We both chose the bisque. For the entree, there were beef short ribs, lemon and thyme chicken breast, lump crab cakes, grilled salmon, roasted garlic risotto or vegan crab cakes. We both went with the short rib. Finally, for dessert, they offered ice cream, cheesecake, chocolate layer cake or red velvet cake. We split cheesecake and red velvet.

The short rib was a triumph. The meat melted in your mouth, with the potatoes offering a subtle complement to the dish. Topped with cabbage, the entree was exceptional — arguably the best dish the Crimson Lion has ever served.

The same cannot be said about the lobster bisque. Topped with a mysterious green oil, the bisque left much to be desired. It was disturbingly potent in both taste and smell.

The desserts were excellent. The cheesecake was superb; it was as creamy as a cheesecake in a New York diner. The red velvet was equally as tasty, with its frosting sweet, but not overwhelmingly sweet.

Overall, our experience at the Crimson Lion’s Valentine’s Day dinner was one we’ll never forget. It was romantic, exciting and lovely — a Palentine’s Day for the ages.

This is the opinion of Jacob Cornblatt and Cormac Dolezal, sophomore film studies and film production majors from Gaithersburg, MD and Woodbury, MN, respectively. Tweet comments to @jacobcornblatt or email comments to

Cormac Dolezal is a sophomore film production major from Minnesota. When he's not listening to the Beatles or procrastinating his homework, he's probably making movies.

Jacob Cornblatt is a junior film, television, and media studies major who watches a movie every day. He enjoys laying in a hammock under a palm tree, longing for the suffocating humidity of Gaithersburg, MD.

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