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Valentine’s Day 2019 restaurant, flower and other gift deals
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Valentine’s Day 2019 restaurant, flower and other gift deals

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Valentine’s Day 2019 restaurant, flower and other gift deals

Valentine’s Day is Thursday and time is running short to pick up that special gift for your sweetheart.

Below are a few restaurants, flowers and other gift ideas you may want to consider for that special someone.

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(Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring Valentine’s Day deals, so be sure to check with local restaurants to confirm which deals are available before you go. Most offers can’t be used with any other discount or coupons. Prices may vary with location. Many deals are for dine-in only orders.) 

Restaurants

  • Auntie Anne’s: Get an original or cinnamon sugar heart-shaped pretzel at Auntie Anne’s on Thursday. 
  • Bakers Square: Get the Sweetheart Dinner and Pie special for two for $19.99. The deal includes two entrées from a special selection and two slices of pie. Offer valid Thursday through Saturday.
  • Baskin-Robbins: Get a Love & Kisses Sundae for $5 on Thursday. The sundae features scoops of cherry cordial ice cream with Hershey’s Kisses, Love Potion 31 and Very Berry Strawberry ice creams.
  • Black Angus Steakhouse: Black Angus will be offering a prime rib and crab cake special Thursday through Sunday for $29.99. The deal includes prime rib, a crab cake, choice of two Classic Sidekicks and bread.
  • Bojangles: Bojangles is offering a heart-shaped Bo-Berry biscuits now through Thursday. 
  • Buca di Beppo: Get a heart-shaped lasagna on Valentine’s Day at Buca di Beppo. For $49.99 you can get the lasagna, a Buca small mixed green or Caesar salad, garlic bread and mini chocolate chip cannoli. It feeds up to three. 
  • California Pizza Kitchen: From Wednesday through Sunday, you can order your favorite CPK pizza on a heart-shaped crust or get a meal for two from a prix fixe menu for $35.
  • Carrabba’s: Get a Valentine’s special for two for $45. The four-course dinner for two is available through Saturday.
  • Carrows Restaurants: From Thursday through Sunday get a dinner for two from a special menu for $32.99. 
  • Carvel: Carvel is offering a Chocolate Decadence Heart cake on Valentine’s Day.
  • Chevy’s Fresh Mex: Get a three-course meal for two through Thursday. The menu includes steak fajitas, chicken fajita nachos and more.
  • Chick-fil-A: Get a heart-shaped tray of 30 Chick-fil-A Nuggets, 10 Chick-n-Minis or six Chocolate Chunk cookies.
  • Dairy Queen: ;DQ is offering a heart-shaped dipped strawberry Cupid Cake made with Ghirardelli chocolate. It serves two.
  • Dunkin’: Dunkin’ will have heart-shaped doughnuts through Thursday. 
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: Get a three-course Valentine’s prix fixe meal at Fleming’s for $70 through Monday.
  • Green Mill Restaurant and Bar: Get a large, two-topping, heart-shaped pizza and an appetizer for $19.99. 
  • Hooters: Hooters is inviting guests to burn, bury, rip or shred a picture of their ex to earn 10 free boneless wings with the purchase of 10 wings. You can use a shredder provided at participating Hooters restaurants or shred virtually at Hooters.com/ShredYourEx. Customers who go to the online shredder will receive a digital coupon for the deal.
  • Krispy Kreme: Krispy Kreme is offering Conversation Doughnuts with phrases including “DM ME,” “ALL THE FEELS” and “BE MINE.” The doughnuts feature four flavors -- cake batter, strawberries and Kreme, raspberry filled and chocolate Kreme filled.
  • la Madeleine French Bakery & Café: La Madeleine’s bakery is offering heart-shaped cheesecakes for two topped with raspberries or chocolate ganache. 
  • Max & Erma’s: Get dinner for two for $29 through Thursday.
  • McAlister’s Deli: Participating McAlister’s restaurants are offering up to two complimentary kids meals with the purchase of an adult entrée on Valentine’s Day. 
  • Mimi’s Cafe: Mimi’s is offering a three-course meal for $19.99 Thursday through Sunday.
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse: Through Saturday, get an 8 oz. filet topped with a Maine lobster for $59.
  • Mrs. Fields: Mrs. Fields is offering 15 percent off your order through Thursday when you use the code LOVE.
  • Olive Garden: Get dinner for two to-go for $35.99 on Thursday.
  • Papa Murphy’s: Papa Murphy’s is offering a heart-shaped HeartBaker take-and-bake pizza through Thursday. Pizzas start at $9.
  • Potbelly: Potbelly Sandwich Shop will give free cookies to anyone who comes into a Potbelly without a significant other with the purchase of an entree sandwich or salad.
  • Qdoba: Buy one entrée and get one free when you kiss anyone (or anything) on Thursday.
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Get a three-course dinner for two for $45 per person on Thursday.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse: Get a surf and turf deal through Monday at Ruth’s Chris. Get two cold-water lobster tails with a filet or rib eye. The 6 oz. filet dinner is $49.95; the 8 oz. is $56.95; the 11 oz. is $64.95; the 16 oz. rib eye $67.95.
  • Shoney’s: Shoney’s is offering dinner for two for $24.99 on Thursday from 4 p.m. until closing.
  • Soulman’s Bar-B-Que: Soulman’s is offering a one meat plate with two sides, dessert and a drink for $24.95 for two.
  • Texas Steakhouse: Get unlimited shrimp for $15.99 on Thursday.
  • Tim Hortons: Tim Hortons in the U.S. is offering the heart-shaped Vanilla Be Mine Donut and Chocolate Be Mine Donut through Thursday. The Vanilla Be Mine Donut is a raspberry-jam filled donut dipped in vanilla fondant topped with red shimmer. 
  • Waffle House: Select Waffle House restaurants will be offering white tablecloth dining on Thursday. Nearly 200 restaurants will be taking reservations. A list of participating locations and phone numbers is available at wafflehouse.com.
  • White Castle: White Castle is accepting reservations for a special dining experience on Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m

Here are some deals on flowers for Valentine’s Day:

  • 1-800-FLOWERS: Use code “VDAY” for 20 percent off flowers and other gifts delivered Tuesday through Thursday. 
  • Bouqs: Use code “refresh20” to take $20 off your purchase. Or you can use code valentines20 for 20 percent off.
  • FTD: Get up to 25 percent off some arrangements.
  • Urbanstems: Use code “MAXIM” to take 15 percent off your order through Thursday. You’ll get free shipping on every order with same-day delivery in New York City and Washington D.C., and next day delivery everywhere else.
  • Teleflora: Use code "FEBRUARY20" to get 20 percent off flowers, plants, and gift baskets. 
  • ProFlowers: Get 25 percent off with a minimum purchase of $39. Not available with same-day gifts.

Other deals:

  • Belk’s: Get $10 off $50; $20 off $100 and $30 off $150.
  • Kohl’s: Take an extra 20 percent off fine and silver jewelry through Thursday. Use the promo code “Shine20.”
  • Lids: Shop online and get 30 percent off purchases of $40 or more.
  • Macy’s: Get an extra 20 percent off select items. Use the promo code “Love” online.
(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 10: Heart-shaped boxes of Mint Meltaway chocolates are seen in a Fannie May Candies store February 10, 2006 in Park Ridge, Illinois. With Valentine's Day just a few days away, consumers are reportedly spending more this year on sweets and such than in the past.  
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CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 10: Heart-shaped boxes of Mint Meltaway chocolates are seen in a Fannie May Candies store February 10, 2006 in Park Ridge, Illinois. With Valentine's Day just a few days away, consumers are reportedly spending more this year on sweets and such than in the past.  

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