A Romantic Dinner That Fits the Budget

A Romantic Dinner That Fits the Budget

Food & Drink

A Romantic Dinner That Fits the Budget


By Cari Martens

Valentine’s Day. It evokes images of reservations for two, dinner by candlelight, with a three course meal. Well, enter the recession. All of a sudden, that dinner for two has priced itself out of the market.

Or has it? At least a couple of innovative restaurants – typically known as fast food – are slowing the pace just a bit to attract customers in for Valentine’s Day.

Get this: Reports say that participating Love . . . er, White Castle locations are offering a candlelit dinner on February 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. And participating Chick-fil-A stores are promoting themselves as the place to see and be seen for a romantic date. OK, they say in small print, “Couples, Singles and families welcome,” which is probably wise. After all, if chicken nuggets are as far as your budget will spread, odds are good you can’t spring for the babysitter, either.

Chick-fil-A’s invitation actually advises reservations, and offers a $10 adult meal including choice of soup or salad, entree, side, and a drink. The promotion we saw offered, “Your favorite Chick-fil-A meal served at your table as you dine by candlelight in our reserved seating area.”

It’s a sign of the times, and could be your hot trend for a hot night on the town. Happy Valentine’s Day, and eat a slider or a chicken strip for me.

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