From Alejandra Owens. You can find her at her food blog,Â One Bite At A Time. Alejandra also writes forÂ City Eats DC,Â a Food Network site, where you can book dinner reservations. Email her atÂ [email protected]Â and follow herÂ on Twitter atÂ @frijolita.
There’s no time left. Or so it seems. You’ve no plans for Valentine’s Day. No reservations and like writer’s block when you’re on deadline, the best date you can think of is “dinner and a movie.”
Not that there’s anything wrong with dinner and a movie. But you can do better. And you don’t even have to try that hard.Â I polled the Borderstan contributors about where they’d like to be taken for their ideal Valentine’s Day meal â€” and as much one would think we’d all pick mainstream spots, there were some truly great off-beat spots that made the list too.
So, just how are these plans of yours going to come together at the last minute? Because honestly, word on the street is that reservations for the night of are all booked up, and this weekend and next aren’t looking great either. Here we go:
- Call them now. No really, now!
- When they tell you there’s no reservation, hit OpenTable and City Eats just in case.
- Consider an off-night. Monday being the best day to start with.
- Go early. Way early. You might feel like an AARP member eating dinner at 5:30 pm, but hey, you’re eating dinner.
- Screw dinner. Hit the bar and just do cocktails/appetizers. A boozey, long brunch is always fun. Â Or how about a coffee/dessert outing after a well thought out dinner at home.
And now, where will you do these things?Â Coming in at the top of the list, with multiple votes each:
- Hank’s Oyster Bar
- Bistro Du Coin
- Tabbard Inn
- Thai X-Ing
- Little Serow
- Home (no, that’s not a restaurant, that’s your couch)
Still high on the list:
- Birch & Barley
- Al Crostino
- Level One
The ones in green? They’re all in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.
Consider your predicament an opportunity to try somewhere new together. Or take a walk on the wild side and put together a date that doesn’t start at 7 pm! After all, eating good food and spending some ooey gooey time together is the goal.
And remember: If you can’t get into any of these great V-Day date restaurants on Tuesday, they are still great places to take a dateÂ â€” or on any other occasion.