For those who'd rather skip the day altogether - sort of
You're a rebel. A nonconformist. Let the other love fools drive themselves crazy trying to score a Valentine's Day reservation - you're going to celebrate when you want to, and Estelle's Southern Cuisine is going to help. The South End restaurant is going to serve its special V-Day menu all weekend long, so you can stop in from 5 PM-1:30 AM on Friday, February 14, or Saturday or Sunday. Whenever suits your contrary whim.
What to order: The Estelle's Valentine's menu is all about spicy seafood. Selections include Cotuit Bay oysters two ways: with pickled watermelon rind and jalapeño mignonette, or baked with lump crab, cornbread crumbs and Cajun butter. Pepper grilled yellowfin tuna comes with a mustard-chile-soy sauce, and blackened-bacon-wrapped scallops are served with tomato-chile-chutney.
How much it will set you back: Special starters are in the mid-teens, entrees in the mid- to high-$20s.
Date points scored [On a scale of 1 to 5]: 4, if you explain beforehand that you'd like to do your date on a different, well, date. Otherwise you're demoted to 2 because they'll just think you forgot.
Plan B: Empire is also running three days of Valentine's specials, from Thursday, February 13, through Saturday, February 15. Pick your date, then decide between a $49 prix fixe menu with crab "cocktail" and stir fried udon noodles, or special à la carte options like lobster "cupcakes."