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Spiraling Toward Valentines Night

While the idea of going to a busy spot on Valentine's night fills me with roughly the same level of apprehension as being renditioned to a blacksite in Albania,I can't help being curious as to everyone's plans on this hallowed evening.

What are your Valentine's plans?

Why did you pick that place?

Anybody heading out to the hinterlands of Austin[Taylor,Winchester,Spicewood]?

Are any local restaurants getting with the program and offering reasonably priced couples deals?

Anybody grabbing takeout and calling it a night in front of the Panasonic? What's your favorite takeout spot that actually has good food?

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  1. After more than 30 years of dining out in Austin/Central Texas on Valentine's Day—everywhere from the Four Seasons to the humble Lazy Daisy (for all you oldtimers out there)— I've come to the conclusion that Valentine's Day (in fact just about any holiday) is definitely a dud night to dine out. In Europe you reserve a table, it's yours for the evening. Not so in the U.S. of A. It's my belief that Valentine's Day, and similar holidaze, bring out the worst in restaurants. It's profit-making time and food and service suffer in the rush to turn tables. St. Valentine smiles down on lovers 365 days a year, so the stars of romance, restaurants and lovers are more apt to align on most any other night, no? As for the actual Feb. 14th, I can think of nothing more romantic than cooking a wonderful meal together whilst sharing a bottle or two o' vino.

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    1. re: xalapenocharlie

      Well, V-day happens to fall on a Saturday this year, so I think I may just head to the Farmers Market that morning and see if I can put together a nice seasonal local dinner. (beets, cabbage, a nice fatty cut of pork?). I know the Fredericksburg Grass-Fed folks were running low on beef last weekend because of the draught, but maybe they'll surprise.

      All in all that seems way more romantic than a chaotic restaurant scene.

      1. re: jwynne2000

        What a great idea! I was thinking we'd just go to Dirty's, sit at the bar, order some burgers/tots and share a limeade.

        1. re: jwynne2000

          Fredericksburg Beef is not going to be back at the Farmer's Market until April because of the drought. There's still the lamb people and the chicken/dug/boar guy, neither who's names I can remember right now.

      2. On the off chance I am not chained to the oven, I stay as far away from restaurants as possible on this evening and NYE as well!! In the past, the best V day experiences I've had have included another couple or two, great food, conversation, and wine! Usually followed by a game of Catch Phrase or Foodie Fight!

        1. We'll be in Fredericksburg. We are planning to have an amazing burger at Alamo Springs (super low key) and finish the evening at the Lincoln Street Wine Bar. We may even stop in Luckenbach for an hour or so. I can't wait for this getaway.

          http://www.alamospringscafe.com/

          1. Can 179 Statesman readers be wrong? The online edition has a poll with Carmelo's housing the competition for most romantic restaurant in Austin.Has anyone ever eaten there? I've driven by there a 1000 times...

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            1. re: scrumptiouschef

              Definitely a nice spot, soft candlelight and music. Good food and great service

              1. re: scrumptiouschef

                I've eaten there and the food was good. I took my mom for a special dinner and she had the beef stroganoff. It's prepared tableside and was to die for. I had a pasta dish that was fine, but not as good as hers. We also got bananas foster for dessert and it's flambed tableside. Tableside preparation and flambe is not an experience you get very often, so for me it was a special occasion type of place.

              2. I personally never have gone out for V day. I hate to.
                I am making a simple elegant but comfort food for just a good friend. Nothing elaborate.
                His place, nice kitchen, mine is too small, besides he has a jacuzzi, pool and is on the
                beach with an amazing view ... YES just friends
                I do have friends that live in Austin and all staying in, I have been there before but don't
                the restaurants, they all decided too busy and just as easy to cook in
                Most of those I know who live there, a quick chinese or maybe a quick pizza and nothing
                more.