Allegedly, this coming weekend is a good one for amore.
That’s debatable, of course, depending on how your love life is looking.
What’s indisputable: It’s a great weekend for restaurants. This year, Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday, so presumably there’s a wider window (tonight might be a tad early, but tomorrow or Sunday works) of possibilities for the coupled to express their devotion over dinner.
If you’re not part of a dining dead duo (have nothing to say to each other, for those unfamiliar with the term, illustrated above) or go solo while you sup, then the thought of taking your main man (or woman) out for a bite to eat this weekend has probably crossed your mind.
I have three words for you: Don’t do it.
- High-expectation holiday = Recipe for disappointment. No restaurant, no matter how fabo, can live up to this kind of pressure.
- Restaurant kitchens and wait staff tend to be stretched thin on Big Night Out nights. Too much tension in the air. Who needs it?
- Chances are you’ll wind up spending more than you would on a regular night out. You just will. Trust me on this one.
- Food served up on a major holiday night tends not to taste as good as on a garden-variety evening. Little time for that careful attention to detail.
- Lingering over a meal may not be possible if an eating establishment is trying to squeeze in two or three seatings for the night.
- Tables tightly crammed into a small space to accommodate more people can preclude intimate conversation.
- Other diners may engage in behaviors you’d rather not witness, be they proposals or displays of passion.
So stay home. Cook. If you can’t cook, serve an awesome cheese platter and a stellar bottle of vino, spread a blanket on the floor and call it a picnic. Or find inspiration for special dishes for the day by entering the words “Valentine’s Day recipes” into the Food Blog Search directory.
Spontaneous. Private. Mood managed. What could be sexier? And what says I (heart) you more than taking the time to plan a celebratory meal for the person you (heart)?
Don’t take my word for it. Restaurant industry insider and food service professional Food Woolf says V Day dining out is a really bad idea.
Canada’s Globe and Mail reports that restaurant wait staff consider V Day one of the least romantic evenings of the year with more bickering, hostility, awkwardness, and tension on table 2 than on other nights. Not to mention the fact that some fellow diners perform sex acts others would rather not see. So sez the paper. I kid you not.
Are you a lover or a hater of dining out on Valentine’s Day? Got a V Day eating out story — good, bad, or ugly that you care to share? Bring it on.