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Valentine's day dinner: Unusual places

For many, Valentine's day means getting all dressed up and heading out for dinner at a fancy restaurant. Sure, the food is often good or even great, but when the bill comes, your evening of love and romance can quickly change to regret and despair. What started out as "Order anything you want, because it's Valentine's Day and I Love You" turns into "Why did you have to order the Lobster?"

If you are one of the thousands of Cincinnatians that currently find your budget a lot tighter then in years past, there is still hope for having a great, romantic evening without leaving a hole in your wallet. Three greater Cincinnati restaurants are offering a wonderful Valentine's day dinner at a very reasonable price. You may know these restaurants more as the drive thru you hit before heading out on a road trip then a fine dining experience, but do not let that deter you from stopping in, with your special someone, this Valentine's day weekend. You may just find that you have a nice diner and a wonderful time, all while not blowing your budget.

1. White Castle - The fast food chain best known for it's sliders, actually puts on a very nice Valentine's day event. Table service, flowers, and candlelight are just a few additions that transform the normal White Castle experience into a romantic dinner for two. Reservations are required and can be made in Cincinnati by calling 513-559-0575 extension 10. Dinning hours are 4:00 to 8:00 pm.

2. Chick-fil-a - The Florence, Kentucky, Chick-fil-a restaurant is featuring a romantic Valentine's dinner on Saturday the 13th. The candlelit dinner offers a special menu of soup or salad, an entrée, dessert and drink for $20 per couple. Along with table side service, there will be a violinist and roses for your loved one. The best part of the entire evening, besides the great food, romantic atmosphere, and low cost, is that this dinner is a fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky. Space is limited so call Kimberly at (859) 393-5282 for a reservation. Dinner served from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

3. Skyline Chili - The Skyline Chili in Blue Ash, Ohio, offers a three course Valentine's day meal, complete with Maitre D', candlelight, tuxedo clad servers, a violinist and roses for the ladies. The meal, consisting of salad, chili, and cake is $26.99 per couple. Dinner will be served from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. For reservations call (513) 489-8488 soon. Only a limited number of reservations are still available.

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