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Feb 11, 2010 08:12 AM

Low-key, cheap Valentine's Day Recs?

Looking for a good place to go for V day, in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, JP-- I'm pretty open to location. I'd like it to be on the cheaper side, and laid back, nothing fancy or with a specific V-day menu. Last year we went to Picco which was great, and I'd actually be open to going there again but I thought I'd ask the board for recs.

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  1. Elephant Walk in Boston and Cambridge is a good option. Low-key, fairly reasonable, good food, etc. We went to the Cambridge one a couple of years ago on Valentine's Day and it was a great experience.

    1. What about Lil'Vinny's or Vinny's at Night both in Somerville for their enormous vinegar pepper porkchop? It is definitely a dinner for two. Get that and a salad and both of you are all set. Or maybe Pescatore in Ball Square, although I have to admit I'm annoyed that they don't serve their pizzas in the restaurant. Unless they've changed, they're take out only. Also, although I know opinions are mixed, I think Diva's special veg dinner for two is a terrific deal for everything it includes (soups, apps, naan, 2 entrees, desserts & coffee for $34) and there's a groupon deal for $15 for $35 of food at Diva today. You really can't beat $15 for that dinner.

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      1. re: Parsnipity

        mmmm....haven't been to Vinny's at Night in forever, good idea!

      2. I know that The Channel Cafe on Summer St is doing a Prix Fixe Valentines day dinner on Saturday night- $30 (I believe) for 4 courses and a beer.

        1. I've never found it enjoyable dining out on Valentines Day in the evening. I do, however, enjoy going out for lunch. It can be local, like Siros at Marina Bay with their nice views, even Bay Point. In town I may opt for a drink at Oceana lounge at Long Wharf and move into the north end. I just think lunch gives you way more options without the pressure.

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          1. re: Pegmeister

            Since it's on a Sunday this year, there are some great brunch options. My wife and I were looking for a low-key option and decided to try the "disco brunch" at Gargoyles.

          2. I wonder whether brunch might be insane at most places this year. For dinner, you are wise to avoid any place that smacks remotely of fine dining. I'm wondering if Chinese and Chinese-heritage (Vietnamese, Malaysian, etc.) restaurants might also be crowded because Spring Festival starts that day.

            With Monday a holiday for many, and school vacation week starting, it should be a totally bonkers day for dining out. Frankly amazed that Chowhounds insist on dining out on Valentine's Day. It's right up there with New Year's Eve and Mother's Day in my book: bloody Amateur Hour, a great day and night to stay home.


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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              I'm making dinner this year with ingredients I normally wouldn't buy to avoid getting torched by the V-Day upcharge. It just doesnt make sense for us to go out. We've decided to find a special place for drinks in the city after dinner. Any suggestions on new places that will be fun that night?