Because getting locked into a pricey prix fixe isn't the kinda screwed you wanna get on V-Day, lock a res at one of these eateries thoughtful enough to feature a la carte menus, giving you a delicious, romantic meal, and leaving you with enough cash to still cover a Motel 6, but like, one of the nice ones
Higgins (1239 Southwest Broadway; Downtown; 503.222.9070) The rep of the storied farm-to-table eatery's enough to make her scream "fingerlings!", before she enjoys a la carte specials like smoked oyster stew, a housemade porchetta, and crab cocktail, also a movie where Elisabeth Shue's done one too many tricks in a bar herself.
Hit this link and feel the romance from Higgins' menu
Nostrana (1401 Southeast Morrison; Inner Southeast; 503.234.2427) The locavore Italian joint has left space at the pizza counter for you and your date to bask in the wood-fired oven's glow while chowing on pies like the shiitake, bacon 'n parm Funghi, which'll prove you're one, at least until you make that exact joke in front of her.
Check out all the toppings, but don't stare too long at Nostrana.com
Bar Avignon (2138 SE Division; Southeast; 503.517.0808) The intimate mid-century Euro low lit digs of the oft-overlooked eatery 'n bottle shop're the ideal place to hide your crippling lack of wine knowledge, thanks to staff that'll pick the perfect pour for dishes like cassoulet or tender mussels, also what you have if this date goes like you plan. And you end up working out on a Bowflex afterwards.
Hit their website to get a look at their goods
Papa Haydn (701 NW 23rd Ave; Nob Hill; 503.228.7317 ) The high-class favorite'll be rocking date standards like Cornish game hens, but the money's on their many cakes, including cheese varieties, a chocolate truffle number, and the Kahlua/espresso-soaked Cassata, none of which, luckily, will ruin your appetite for pie.
Check out even more of their sweets on their website
Le Happy (1011 Northwest 16th; Northwest; 503.226.1258) The Northwest crepe go-to -- heavy on Franco-cute charm with its deep red walls and candlelight -- is a perfect place to soften her up with sweet talk over savory crepes, as opposed to salty creeps, which is the reason she's dating you in the first place.
The adorable Frenchy-ness begins at their website, where you can check out the menu
Metrovino (1139 NW 11th Ave; Pearl District; 503.517.7778) In addition to their 90+ wines by the glass and menu options like braised buffalo cheeks, Vino's also repping a la carte V-Day specials like baked oysters on the half topped w/ creamed spinach, absinthe & bacon breadcrumbs that'll hopefully make her wanna Rockefeller.
So much swank at metrovinopdx.com