February 14 is arguably one of the worst days of the year to dine out, second only to Mother's Day brunch. Prix-fixe menus are generally dumbed down and overpriced, restaurants squeeze in as many two-tops as humanly possible, and subpar molten chocolate cake for dessert is all but guaranteed.
Thankfully, each year the Southern cultural phenomenon that is Waffle House offers a refreshingly populist alternative by offering reserved tables complete with white tablecloths and candlelight. This is the chain's ninth consecutive year offering a one-night-only chance at smothered hash browns and romance; more than 140 locations will participate.
The Valentine's Day setup will vary from store to store, but a Waffle House employee at a Dallas, Texas location says their location will "definitely be set up a lot more romantic," including red lights and possibly even a solo live music performer. In addition to the typical lineup of waffles, eggs, and bacon, they'll offer a T-bone steak special. And, much like every other restaurant on February 14, Waffle House expects to be packed: "The only way you come is if you make a reservation," says the employee.
If red lights and T-bone steak don't inspire amorous feelings within, perhaps feasting on sliders at White Castle's annual Valentine's Day celebration is a viable alternative. Then again, if Waffle House is good enough for Kim and Kanye, it should probably suffice for us mere mortals.