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13 Valentine's Day Plans Better than Prix Fixe

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Well, Valentine's Day Black Thursday is tomorrow, and diners all over the city will be disappointed to find that beloved eateries have thrown out their typical menus in favor of overpriced and under-delivered prix-fixe fare. Even the restaurant greats will be trying to turn tables quickly to get the most out of this Hallmark holiday, which, of course, will lead to mediocre service at best. Eater's solution? Stay away from Amateur Night, and instead enjoy your time— whether it's alone or with that special someone— at one of these 13 establishments that are offering up way better options. From free food and drinks to s'mores, sappy movies, and aphrodisiac soups, this is your guide to V-Day 2013.


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1. Good Food Truck

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1280 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 733-5000
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From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, the Good Food Truck will be giving away free lunches. Bring a homemade valentine, then enjoy free food, a kissing booth, and live music. Show up early, though, or you may risk the food running out. [Photo]

2. Cacao Atlanta

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312 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 221-9090
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On February 14, Cacao's founder Kristen Hard will teach chocolate-making classes at the Inman Park location. Classes are 40 minutes long, and times can be reserved from 3 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. for $55 a person. Purchase tickets here.

3. Rí Rá Irish Pub

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1080 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 477-1700
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After 4 p.m. on Valentine's Day, buy one entree and get one of equal or lesser value free for your date! Nothing says romance like two-for-one deals.

4. Seven Hens

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2140 North Decatur Plaza
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 633-3000
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On February 14, Seven Hens is offering a buy one get one free deal on French-style schnitzel sandwiches. Again: That's true love, y'all.

5. Souper Jenny

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56 E Andrews Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 237-7687
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Souper Jenny's declared this week Aphrodisiac Soup Week, and the restaurant will be featuring recipes with aphrodisiac ingredients— like avocados, chili peppers, and tomatoes— until Sunday, February 17.

6. D.B.A. Barbecue

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1190 N. Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 249-5000
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20% of sales at DBA Barbecue on Thursday will benefit charitable organizations involved in the Thriving Children Gala: Childkind, Fragile Kids Foundation, and the Center for Children & Young Adults. Be sure to mention the Thriving Children Gala when placing your order.

7. Monday Night Brewing

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670 Trabert Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Monday Night Brewing will have tours as usual from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, but they'll also be playing sappy love songs and projecting old, romantic movies on the wall in honor of the holiday.

8. Joystick Gamebar

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427 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30312
(678) 472-2256
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Joystick's got you covered for Valentine's Day Black Thursday. The bar's gin-based drink special is the Pac-Man Amour— get one drink for $7 or two for $10—and the Ms. Pac-Man game will start with 99 free credits. They've also got a Voodoo doll/$2 shot thing getting on, so be sure to ask about that.

9. Cypress Street Pint & Plate

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817 W Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 815-9243
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Cypress Street Pint & Plate's Blackout Valentine Party will have drink specials like $1 canned PBR, $2 house beer, $3 Palm beer and a rose, and doughnut and beer pairings. The lights will be out from 7 p.m. to midnight.

10. Proof and Provision

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659 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 897-1991
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Show up at Proof & Provision in a grouping of one couple + one single person, and all three of you will each get a free drink and free appetizers. Yelp will be at the event with free swag, too. [Photo]

11. Serpas True Food

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659 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 688-0040
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Through Valentine's weekend, hang around the fire pit and make s'mores with Serpas gourmet s'mores kit. The price is $15 per couple and includes a gift blanket.

12. The Albert

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918 Austin Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 872-4990
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Lonely hearts are welcome at the Albert. The Inman Park bar is offering drink specials and a "one is the loneliest number" menu of single-serve items like crab cakes and shrimp deviled eggs.

13. Papi's Cuban & Carribbean Grill

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216 Ponce De Leon Ave
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 607-1525
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Buy two specialty entrees at Papi's Cuban Grill on Valentine's Day and get 20% off both entrees. Here's a list.

1. Good Food Truck

1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, the Good Food Truck will be giving away free lunches. Bring a homemade valentine, then enjoy free food, a kissing booth, and live music. Show up early, though, or you may risk the food running out. [Photo]
1280 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

2. Cacao Atlanta

312 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
On February 14, Cacao's founder Kristen Hard will teach chocolate-making classes at the Inman Park location. Classes are 40 minutes long, and times can be reserved from 3 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. for $55 a person. Purchase tickets here.
312 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

3. Rí Rá Irish Pub

1080 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
After 4 p.m. on Valentine's Day, buy one entree and get one of equal or lesser value free for your date! Nothing says romance like two-for-one deals.
1080 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

4. Seven Hens

2140 North Decatur Plaza, Decatur, GA 30033
On February 14, Seven Hens is offering a buy one get one free deal on French-style schnitzel sandwiches. Again: That's true love, y'all.
2140 North Decatur Plaza
Decatur, GA 30033

5. Souper Jenny

56 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Souper Jenny's declared this week Aphrodisiac Soup Week, and the restaurant will be featuring recipes with aphrodisiac ingredients— like avocados, chili peppers, and tomatoes— until Sunday, February 17.
56 E Andrews Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

6. D.B.A. Barbecue

1190 N. Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
20% of sales at DBA Barbecue on Thursday will benefit charitable organizations involved in the Thriving Children Gala: Childkind, Fragile Kids Foundation, and the Center for Children & Young Adults. Be sure to mention the Thriving Children Gala when placing your order.
1190 N. Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

7. Monday Night Brewing

670 Trabert Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Monday Night Brewing will have tours as usual from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, but they'll also be playing sappy love songs and projecting old, romantic movies on the wall in honor of the holiday.
670 Trabert Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

8. Joystick Gamebar

427 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30312
Joystick's got you covered for Valentine's Day Black Thursday. The bar's gin-based drink special is the Pac-Man Amour— get one drink for $7 or two for $10—and the Ms. Pac-Man game will start with 99 free credits. They've also got a Voodoo doll/$2 shot thing getting on, so be sure to ask about that.
427 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30312

9. Cypress Street Pint & Plate

817 W Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
Cypress Street Pint & Plate's Blackout Valentine Party will have drink specials like $1 canned PBR, $2 house beer, $3 Palm beer and a rose, and doughnut and beer pairings. The lights will be out from 7 p.m. to midnight.
817 W Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

10. Proof and Provision

659 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Show up at Proof & Provision in a grouping of one couple + one single person, and all three of you will each get a free drink and free appetizers. Yelp will be at the event with free swag, too. [Photo]
659 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

11. Serpas True Food

659 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Through Valentine's weekend, hang around the fire pit and make s'mores with Serpas gourmet s'mores kit. The price is $15 per couple and includes a gift blanket.
659 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

12. The Albert

918 Austin Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Lonely hearts are welcome at the Albert. The Inman Park bar is offering drink specials and a "one is the loneliest number" menu of single-serve items like crab cakes and shrimp deviled eggs.
918 Austin Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

13. Papi's Cuban & Carribbean Grill

216 Ponce De Leon Ave, Atlanta, GA 30308
Buy two specialty entrees at Papi's Cuban Grill on Valentine's Day and get 20% off both entrees. Here's a list.
216 Ponce De Leon Ave
Atlanta, GA 30308

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