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When Valentine's Day comes, many people scramble to find the bigger, more expensive dinner options to woo their Valentine. This year, take a step back and focus on the person for a Valentine's Day celebration.

Several local restaurants offer delicious dinner options that leave money in your wallet for another date night. Check out some favorite options.

Da Lobsta

Who said that a lobster dinner has to cost a small fortune? Da Lobsta offers a variety of lobster rolls and dishes that satisfy your lobster craving without breaking the bank. The delicious lobster rolls vary from traditional to more adventurous flavors. Other options include lobster mac n cheese and a Gold Coast menu item that combines three favorite seafood choices. Da Lobsta has two locations in the Chicago area.

Big Chef Burgers

Your love on Valentine's Day should be as big as your heart. Share your love with a heart shaped, Neapolitan pizza from Big Chef Burgers. Any of the restaurant's pizzas can be made into a heart shape for the day of love. Don't forget to end your meal with an "adult" milkshake. Sharing is optional. Big Chef Burgers is located in Schamburg.

Bites Asian Tapas

Bites is a casual, stylish and comfortable Asian bistro in Lakeview featuring a wide range of homemade small plate favorites from Thailand, Japan, China, Vietnam, and Korea. Special for the love weekend is the Valentine's Day menu. These special offerings highlight the colorful Asian cuisine. Some choices include Drunk Chicks(whiskey sauce or spicy hot sauce and sour cream), Crying Amigo Tacos, with Grilled Rib-Eye, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Avocado, Cilantro with Lime Sauce; or Korean Sliders, Pork Shoulder Marinated in Korean Sauce, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Sesame Seed. Bites Asian Tapas is located at 3313 N. Clark St., Chicago.

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