Every year I’m just mentally and physically wiped out heading into Valentine’s Day. As I’ve mentioned before, my wife’s birthday is on Christmas Day, so I’ve got a double whammy there. Then our wedding anniversary is on January 16. So by February 14 I’ve exhausted any gift ideas I’ve managed to come up with and I’m running on empty. Also, the wallet is usually pretty light too.
So needless to say I was THRILLED when Laura said to me in early February that given everything we’ve got going on, lets not do anything for Valentine’s Day. I’m pretty sure the clouds parted and some heavenly light fell upon me as I thanked Jesus for a holiday reprieve.
Valentine’s Day hasn’t treated me well in the past. Heck, just last year it kind of slipped my mind to make a reservation anywhere and Laura and I spent a good portion of our night driving all over the place looking for a halfway decent place to eat dinner that didn’t have a three hour wait. We ended up at a local sushi and hibachi place. For whatever reason they didn’t have a wait. We quickly found out its because all of their customers must have given up and left in frustration because it took us two and a half hours to get some pretty basic meals. We haven’t been back…
But back to this year, I was given permission to not do anything.
Flash forward just a little bit to about a week before Valentine’s Day. I was out and about when I got a text message from the Chick-Fil-A located out by SWIC. I had signed up for their text alerts that typically have some pretty good deals. This one happened to be a buy-one-get-one-free combo meal coupon. I called Laura, who works nearby, and asked if she wanted to grab lunch. She agreed and we went to eat some chicken.
As we were completing our meal we noticed a sign saying that Chick-Fil-A was taking reservations for a Valentine’s Day dinner on Saturday, February 13 (not the 14… closed on Sundays!). We joked for a bit about how it would be nicer to go to Chick-Fil-A than White Castle, who has gotten a lot of press over the past few years for offering a Valentine’s Day dinner. Well, we joked so much that we ended up talking ourselves into it and making a reservation.
While I know many of you may have taken your wives or girlfriends out to a fancy, expensive restaurant this past weekend, I can assure you that you didn’t have a better meal experience than I did.
When we arrived we were greeted and seated at a table with a tablecloth and flower arrangement. From there a waiter came by and took our drink and meal order. From there, our food was served to us on actual plates. It was all topped off with a red velvet cupcake, a rose made of Hershey Kisses for Laura, and a Valentine’s Day card with some free food coupons inside.
Please don’t think I’m mocking our experience or making fun in any way. We had a really great time and definitely plan on going back next year, as let’s be honest, what other restaurant can we take a nine-month-old baby to and receive table side service without bothering everyone else in the place?
Ultimately, Valentine’s Day is the king of the Hallmark Holidays (holidays designed to sell useless junk and excessive amounts of candy and greeting cards). But you don’t need to spend a ton to have a good time. Going out with someone you love and care about should be plenty. And, don’t assume that a place like Chick-Fil-A won’t do a nice Valentine’s Day dinner just because they’re a fast food restaurant. They seem to have the customer service thing down, which is about 99 percent of the battle.
So yeah. This year for Valentine’s Day my wife and I experienced a classy dinner in the intimate environment offered up by our local Chick-Fil-A.