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.
13 Valentine's Day Plans Better than Prix Fixe
1. Good Food Truck
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Buy two specialty entrees at Papi's Cuban Grill on Valentine's Day and get 20% off both entrees. Here's a list.