Date Night: Five Ideas for Valentine's Day

It’s the mother of all date nights…and it is right around the corner. Get those Valentine’s reservations, guys and gals.

We like this idea: a dinner-and-a-movie date, all rolled into one, at Alamo Drafthouse (Mason Park). For $36 per person (not bad), lovebirds can enjoy a four-course meal and a screening of that 1953 classic romantic comedy, Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Wine pairings are available for each course. Backsteet Café (1103 S. Shepherd) is serving a divine four-course feast, with live jazz by Bob Chadwick ($69 per person). Prego (2520 Amherst) is offering up a special three-course menu and live jazz guitar for $60 per person. And Pico’s Mex-Mex Restaurant (5149 Bellaire) is hosting a tapas, seafood paella and Spanish wine dinner; at $35 per person, this one sounds like a delicious deal. Reservations are recommended…just about everywhere.

Broke? Invest in the third edition of Houston Dining on the Cheap: A Guide to the Best Inexpensive Restaurants in Houston, and spend Valentine’s at one of author Mike Riccetti’s top spots — his thorough, well-researched book includes 300 of them. Your sweetie will know it’s the thought that counts. -- Paul Galvani and Cathy Matusow

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