We spent our Valentine's dinner with our buddies Dr. Dale, Carol and their daughter Jen enjoying the finest Waffle House has to offer. It is, after all, tradition at this point. I know it's the third year but when the hostess (and yes, there is a hostess on Valentine's night) said this was the fifth year, we could have been there more.
I suppose some would scoff at idea and they'd get no argument from me that it's not exactly the most romantic or "special" place that comes to mind. But we don't take ourselves too seriously.
I was shocked to read that the average shopper would spend $142.31 this year on candy, flowers, apparel and more just to celebrate February 14. Love is grand but $142? You can buy a lot of waffles for that!
We don't go to Waffle House because we're cheap, although I will admit I'm too cheap to spend $142 on Valentine's Day. We go because it's fun. The paper hearts and tinsel wreaths that adorn the windows, stools and booths are kind of campy but somehow it just feels right. After all, how else would you decorate a Waffle House? Everyone from the busy wait staff to those patiently waiting for their turn at one of the dozen or so booths has a smile on their face. Like I said, it's just fun...and a whole lot less hassle than somewhere more glamorous and exclusive.
Give me the chance to spend a relaxing evening in the company of people close to my heart and I'll take it every time, no matter what the surroundings might be. A hot waffle swimming in sticky syrup and the pretty little pink rose handed to me as we left were just a bonus.