Ten Places to Spend Valentine’s Week


Jordan Locke

In my household, we don’t celebrate birth-days, but rather birth-weeks, because who wouldn’t want a week of celebration dedicated to them? The same goes for all holidays, at least in my household, centered around another person. We celebrate all seven days of father’s week, mother’s week, etc. What better way to celebrate the unfortunate landlocking of Valentine’s Day between Wednesday and Friday than by making a week out of it? So, for your perusing pleasure, here are 10 great ways to spend your Valentine’s Day Week.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Located a convenient stone’s throw away from the UTSA Main Campus, Perry’s Steakhouse is a fine-dining experience that is sure to leave you and that special someone impressed. Normally, I would say this is a little pricey, however on Fridays during lunch, you can enjoy their famous pork chop with mashed potatoes and applesauce (for the white meat portions of your chop) for a little more than you would spend on a fully-loaded Whataburger!

Li’s Sichuan Restaurant
Sometimes you want authentic Chinese food, and sometimes you want Americanized Asian-fusion food. At Li’s Sichuan Restaurant you don’t have to choose. Located just off Stone Oak parkway, the food is guaranteed fresh and delicious. It’s also a great place to practice your Mandarin.

Very few things are more romantic than an Italian restaurant. It brings thoughts of sharing a spaghetti noodle with that special someone and meeting in the middle. This year, Paesano’s celebrates it 50th anniversary of bringing excellent Italian cuisine to the city of San Antonio. This restaurant is a great place to come and have a nice glass (or bottle) of wine and enjoy the company of your favorite person.

Alamo Drafthouse
Dinner and a movie? Yes, please. Dinner during a movie? Bigger yes. Alamo Drafthouse is the perfect marriage of food, drink and entertainment. With a craft beer menu and tasty delights from the kitchen that change every few months, Alamo Drafthouse is an essential part to any great evening that requires both peace and quiet, and loud explosions.

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, Top Golf, iFLY
Whether you despise the mundane or just want to experience new and interesting things with your best friend, the corner of 1604 and I-10 has a host of fun and new things to try. Win Valentine’s Day by letting your significant other beat you at golfing, or kart racing. Alternatively, lord your win over them to assert dominance. Whether you fly, or fall with style, the evening will certainly be one to remember!

Silo Elevated Cuisine
Sometimes you want to save your money and do something small and sweet. This is not one of those times. Silo cuisine is possibly one of the most delicious things that San Antonio has to offer. They offer an assorted menu of American-fare. With three locations that are more delicious than the last, you are certain to experience flavors and emotions you have never felt before. Let’s just hope you have a sugar-momma/daddy or you over-borrowed on your student loans.

Sapporo Sushi and Asian Fusion
Never had I been able to use the words delicious, sushi and inexpensive in the same sentence. Until now! Sapporo is an absolute treat, located just off I-10 and Hausman road. Sapporo features absolute units of sushi rolls that could fill the stomach of a grown man for about the same as any other place. Value? Absolutely! Delicious? Of course!

The Block SA
For me and my SO, deciding on where we want to eat every night can be compared to several things. Pulling teeth comes to mind. What if I were to tell you of a place with as many as six to seven options within chancla-throwing distance of each other (my wife can get some distance). The Block is right off UTSA Boulevard and Roadrunner Way and provides a delicious compromise to people of all tastes. The bar serves beer, wine and has recently added liquor for those who dabble in spirits. As a minister, I know I do!

Have you ever thought to yourself, “sure, this Italian place is good, but I wish it was like, three times more fancy!” Have I got news for you! Open for lunch and dinner, Piatti is a wonderful Italian experience like no other. Flex on your date by ordering an interesting sounding wine off the menu and requesting a taste before accepting the glass or bottle. With locations by the Eilan hotel and the Quarry, Piatti’s fresh and delicious food is just like Nonna used to make.

For those of you that have made it this far, put down your pizza peels and pitchfork’s. Freetail’s is a craft brewpub that also serves food, but don’t let that fool you, their food will still drive you batty. With amazing pizza, sandwiches and salads, this pizza joint by 1604 and NW Military Highway will leave you wanting to hang around for more.