Spreading love, not health violations, in this week's Restaurant Report

Rounding up the coziest, most romantic spots for Valentine's Day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Looking for the perfect date night spot for Valentine's Day? We checked in with health inspectors to find out which restaurants had critical violations and which restaurants will sweep your valentine off their feet. 

In St. Augustine, Salt Water Cowboys on Dondanville Road closed briefly on Friday. A surprise visit from a state inspector revealed a repeat violation for rodent droppings. State records show nearly two dozen of them were spotted on shelves, in dry storage and under the oven. The restaurant reopened a day later with a perfect score.

In Duval County, the Trio Hookah Lounge on Old Kings Road on the Southside also closed for a day. Inspectors said they saw five roaches crawl by the kitchen sinks and wall. Their report also shows a citation for hookah coals that were dumped on the ground outside. Pest control arrived during the inspector’s second visit. The business reopened a day later without any high-priority violations. 

For a cozy, romantic night out, River and Post in Jacksonville's Riverside neighborhood may be just the place to fall in love all over again. 

The seafood and steak restaurant on Riverside Avenue features a rooftop lounge with handcrafted cocktails. The lounge is open until 2 a.m. on the weekends while the restaurant is open until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Hyperion Brewing Company at 1740 North Main Street is offering an Italian-themed beer pairing dinner. For $40, you’ll get a four-course meal that includes shrimp scampi linguine, tiramisu cheesecake and four different beers. The Be Mine: Beer Pairing Dinner will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Brunch lovers can get a sweet treat at the Biscuits and Bouquets Valentine’s Day event at the Maple Street Biscuit Company. Nothing says love like heart-shaped biscuits, a sweetheart waffle and flowers. For locations, visit its website here.

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