Love is a wonderful thing, but when more than one-quarter of all Americans jockey for a dinner reservation on Valentine's Day, its reason enough to celebrate romance in the comfort of your home. Though we're the first to admit our affection for restaurants, Valentine's Day may be the one holiday we'd rather avoid our favorite eateries.
Turn the page for Squid Ink's Top Ten reasons why you should avoid booking a Valentine's Day dinner reservation. (With all apologies to our many favorite L.A. restaurants.)
1. There's no such thing as a romantic table for two on Valentine's. Restaurants must economize on space on this high-volume holiday. If what you want is a cozy little table for two, be prepared for a tight squeeze. Every inch of the dining room will be utilized for seating diners. See next point.
2. TMI in that PDA: Deep kisses and pawing may be fun, but when the lovemaking is brought to the tiny table next to yours, it becomes painfully clear that the romance has gone too far. Regardless of the levels of intimacy shared in a packed dining room, there's no avoiding the abundant public displays of affection.
3. Reservations are nearly impossible. According to a study by the National Restaurant Association, Valentine's Day is the second most popular holiday to dine out. Consequently, reservations at trusted restaurants are hard to come by. Save yourself the stomachache from an unknown eatery and make dinner at home.
4. Restaurant kitchens are pushed to the limit on Valentine's. If you're interested in indulging your lover with an impeccable dining experience, choose a night when the kitchen staff isn't killing themselves to get hundreds of plates of food out in a short period of time.
5. A leisurely dining experience is frowned upon. Restaurants are in the business of making money by selling food and giving great service, not renting out camping spots. If you desire an all night dining experience, do so at home. You will be expected to eat and leave the restaurant of your choosing within an hour or two of sitting down.