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5 reasons to eat at Waffle House in Waveland or Gulfport for Valentine's Day


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Diners can make reservations for a candlelight dinner at select Waffle House locations across the country.
COURTESY WAFFLE HOUSE WEBSITE Diners can make reservations for a candlelight dinner at select Waffle House locations across the country.

Who doesn't want to spend the most "romantic" day of the year with something scattered, smothered, covered and chunked? If you're date's feeling saucy, you can even get your hashbrowns -- or anything else for that matter -- peppered at Waffle House.

Waffle House released a list of locations that are taking reservations for a candlelight dinner on Valentine's Day, and the Waveland location and Gulfport spot on East Past Road are welcoming couples with open arms.

I'm a firm believer in the Waffle House. When friends visit from other places, it's often the first place I bring them. And on the day where love blooms in chocolate hearts and fancy dinners, there are a couple of reasons why you should choose to replace that steak dinner for two with the sirloin and eggs special at Waffle House.

1. There (most likely) won't be a long wait.

Waffle House will get you in and get you out. Even on Valentine's Day, you'll probably be done with your meal before the candle burns out. That way, you have time to do other things, like listen to the "Our Love Story" Spotify playlist your spouse humbly made for the drive to and from dinner. Try not to be so excited.

2. You can actually see your food.

The bright lights at Waffle House allow you to see your lover and your food, and possibly make you question decisions that led you to a blueberry waffle and a cheesesteak sandwich at 3 a.m. I don't know about you, but I hate having to squint to read the descriptions at fine dining restaurants because the source of light is reminiscent of the oil-burning lanterns of the 1600s.

3. You can choose your own music.

There's a 99% chance that every sit-down restaurant planning Valentine's Day events are going to play ridiculously sappy elevator music or a lot of instrumental jazz. My idea of a Valentine's Day playlist include "We Found Love" by Rihanna with a dash of "What Do You Mean" by the Biebs with just a touch of "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift. At Waffle House, most jukeboxes can be controlled from an app on your smartphone. If not, you can just throw in a five-dollar bill, and the options are all yours.

4. You can schedule a late-night reservation and have TWO V-Day dinners.

You're probably going to pay $100 for a two-ounce piece of meat and some crostini, so after dinner and dancing and a couple of cocktails, you can have second meal at the Waffle House. Who doesn't love cheese-scrambed eggs way past bedtime?

5. Why wouldn't you want to eat at Waffle House?

I mean, seriously. This one needs no explanation.