Valentine's Day is close at hand -- did you make a reservation at the swankiest restaurant in town yet? No? Well, how about the second-swankiest? No to that too, huh? Well, we've got you at least partially covered with this list of all the V-Day deals being hawked at restaurant chains around the nation. There's still time to do something! Even if it's not at the third-swankiest place you know.
DQ is letting people pre-order Red Velvet Blizzard Cupid Cakes (with vanilla ice cream, red velvet cake, and cream cheese icing) for $9.99. They're "Cupid" because they're heart-shaped!
Your Friday (or any day up until Monday the 16th) just got a lot better thanks to TGI Fridays' half-priced wine deal. Also: TGI Fridays has wine?!
Einstein Bros. Bagels and Noah's Bagels
You can order ahead until the end of today at both bagel shops for heart-shaped bagels to pick up on Friday and Saturday. Get your plans on lox, man.
As if offering customers Valentine's Day-themed donuts wasn't enough, Krispy Kreme is giving would-be romantics the opportunity to send donut-themed eCards all this week.
Buy one smothered burrito at Qdoba, and get another FREE... if you kiss someone. So you should probably go with someone you know.
You could be randomly selected -- at any time this week up until V-Day itself -- to "Pay with Lovin'," wherein a McD's cashier will ask you to perform a random act of kindness. Like dancing. They love seeing people dance.
California Pizza Kitchen
CPK's got a special menu promotion from Wednesday to Saturday, in which $32 nets you one appetizer, two entrees, and one dessert, plus two likely satiated people.
Similarly, PF Chang's is introducing a "Hot & Spicy Menu for Two" for $45 through the 15th, with new dishes like "Flaming Pork Wontons" that are not actually on fire. But your passion might be ignited anyway.
Steak 'n Shake
Get a free Valentine's Day milkshake when you buy $10 in gift cards. This deal is actually good until March 31st, so you can celebrate Valentine's Day whenever you damn well please, apparently.
The pizza chain is offering a coupon for one free New York slice with the purchase of any other slice.
In addition to these, Waffle House and White Castle are both accepting special Valentine's Day reservations with tableside service, and Starbucks is pairing up (hehe) with Match to hold what they're calling "the world's largest Starbucks date" on the 13th, wherein Match members can attend a gigantic coffee mixer at their local Sbux from 2pm until close. See? You've got some options, even if you don't have a date yet!
Adam Lapetina is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and has obviously gotta get pre-ordering heart-shaped foods. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.