I was dining out last night for the last time before I nestle safely into my own kitchen for the next few days. It was instructive to talk to the bartender, servers, and chef, who were all girding themselves mentally for a siege over the next two days. It was clear that while they were grateful for the coming surge in business, they still were in utter dread of the Valentine's Day weekend crowds.
I like to say (I know, ad nauseum) that it's silly to dine out on this weekend, as Valentine's Day is part of the great Overpriced, Overcrowded Amateur-Night troika that includes New Year's Eve and Mother's Day, but I guess some Hounds have not-so-terrible experiences or can't manage to duck their V-Day duty. So I've started this thread to capture: who's going out, where, and (in a day or two), how was it? Do you bring reduced expectations? Whatever your expectations, how well were they met?