While many restaurants offering special dinners are sold out, it’s still worth calling your favorites in case there are cancellations.
Note, a number of restaurants still have space, including Taj Mahal Indian and Pakistani Cuisine, Riverside Grill, Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria (Eagle Island and Boise locations) and Crossings Winery in Glenns Ferry.
As of Monday afternoon, a few spots were left at the Backstage Bistro at the Village Cinema, and there were a couple of late slots at Saint Lawrence Gridiron.
And don’t forget about restaurants that don’t take reservations, including those tried-and-true neighborhood favorites. Many are offering special deals. Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill, for example, is offering free chocolate-covered strawberries on Valentine’s Day with the purchase of an entree.
In case you’re still scrambling, here are some other possibilities:
Quick gifts: flowers, chocolates and ...
1. Something clay and hand-made: The Ceramics Club of Boise State will be selling handmade items, including mugs, bowls, vases and more, from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday on the Quad at Boise State University. Stop by, shop and enjoy a warm drink. Weather-allowing, there will even be pottery demos.
2. A take-out dinner can be a great option. For instance, place your order for pick-up from Cucina di Paolo for Valentine’s Day. The three-course dinner (plus dessert) is $39.50 per person and offers several choices. And you can pick up a calendar featuring the iconic Betty the Washerwoman with sales benefiting The Idaho Foodbank. 1504 Vista Ave. 208-345-7150.
3. Chocolate and other treats: Because it’s Valentine’s Day, and there’s nothing wrong with the classics. Read our recent story about lots of great local chocolate and sweet treats available in Boise here.
The City Peanut Shop, at 803 W. Bannock in Downtown Boise, sells a variety of nutty treats — including many items with a nuts and beer theme.
4. Brews: Have $1,000 to spend on your sweetheart? Boise Brewing is still offering shares of brewery stock for $1,000. Barring that? Why not buy a growler or two of local brew. Read more here for some local favorites. Payette Brewing, the aforementioned Boise Brewing, Mad Swede, Barbarian Brewing, Mother Earth are just a few of our great locally-brewed beer choices in the Treasure Valley.
The Boise Co-op, 888 W. Fort St., 208-472-4541, is offering Satellite of Love beer from local Woodland Empire, brewed with boysenberries and cacao nibs ($8.99) and local truffles from the Chocolat Bar with Satellite of Love beer in the center ($4.99). Buy them together and save $2.
5. Idaho wines: From Cinder to Koenig to Split Rail wineries, there are lots of great Gem State options for your wine lover on Valentine’s Day.
In the mood for bubbly? Coiled Wines and Crossing Winery make sparkling Idaho wines. Read about Idaho wine and chocolate pairings as well as Coiled’s Rizza and Crossing Winery’s Bubbles here.
6. Flowers: Like chocolates, flowers are never a mistake. Among just a few of the local florists you can check out:
Boise At Its Best, 851 S. Vista Ave., 208-342-4885: The shop hired 20 extra drivers on Valentine’s Day, so is prepared for last-minute orders. The shop can accommodate most any budget, say staffers, from $9.95 for a single rose in a vase, to $89.95 for a dozen roses (delivery charges apply). Order online boiseatitsbestflowers.com.
Also try Flowers at Will, 2500 W. Overland Road, 208-286-8184; Capital City Florist, 5200 W. Fairview Ave., 208-488-6053; and the Boise Co-op, which is selling a dozen red roses for $9.99.
Not a rose person? We get that. Whole Foods in Boise has 20-stem tulips on sale for $15 through Valentine’s Day.
Out and about
1. Love and laughs: Liquid Laughs, 405 S. 8th St., will host a local Valentine’s showcase at 7 p.m. Tuesday for $10. Comedians on the roster: : Emma Arnold, Jeni Adams, Alisha Donahue, Jynx Jenkins, Sophie Hughes, Brett Badostain, Eli Nary, Eric Lyons, Kaz Gable and Thomas Paul. 208-941-2459.
2. Romancing the Pen: Here’s something that’s a little different from the usual Valentine suspects. The Old Idaho Penitentiary is offering visitors a chance to stroll through the site and learn the true meaning of “ball and chain.” Visitors can read through special exhibits “Romancing the Pen: ‘Love’ Stories from the Penitentiary” and “In the Name of Love” while enjoying complimentary hot chocolate, fireside chats with experts and self-guided tours. Presentations are indoors, first-come first served, and have a limited capacity and take place half past the hour beginning at 12:30 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m. Dress warm and bring a flashlight. Noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday (last admission 8 p.m.) at the Old Pen, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road. Admission fees are 2-for-1 all day. 208-334-2844.
3. Prime rib behind the wheel!: The iconic Westside Drive-In is cooking up a special prime rib dinner for two from noon to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at both Boise locations, 21st and State Street and 1113 ParkCenter Blvd. The $38.95 special includes the main course and sides, plus two cream puffs for dessert. First come, first serve. 208-342-2957.
4. Boise Classic Movies: “When Harry Met Sally”: 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St. in Boise. Arguably, one of the most-beloved romance movies around. Tickets are $9 online at boiseclassicmovies.com, $11 at the door.
5. Kiss Me Baby: Been pining to make a piece of Valentine-themed art? Here’s your chance. The one-hour class is for painters (beginners, et al), age 21 and over. Each participant will be able to enjoy a wine bar and leave with an original art piece. 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at Paint ‘n Sip, 5626 W. State St. in The Shops at State and Bloom. $25, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-505-0004.
6. Bowling and Bubbly: Get a free glass of champagne or sparkling cider while you bowl with your sweetheart (one per person while supplies last). 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Pinz Bowling Center, 1385 S. Blue Marlin Lane, Meridian (next to Roaring Springs). 898-0900, wahoozfunzone.com.
7. Valentine’s Day Romantic Comedy Night: Featuring Sean Peabody, Big Chuckles. 6 and 9 p.m. Tuesday (two shows), Playhouse Events and Dinner Theater, 8001 Fairview Ave., Boise. $99 couples dinner package for 6 p.m., $20 each show only. $20 each for 9 p.m. show (no dinner available). Brown Paper Tickets.
8. Dinner and a Movie: Experience a “Night in Italy” with a catered dinner and Audrey Hepburn classic film, “Roman Holiday.” Dinner at 6:30 p.m. and movie at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Langroise Center, College of Idaho campus, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell. $10 movie, $25 dinner ($8 wine w/dinner). 459-5275, caldwellfinearts.org.
9. Frim Fram Four: Love is in the Air: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, The Sapphire Room, Riverside Hotel, 2900 E. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $12 general, $16 preferred. eventbrite.com. $15 and $20 at the door.
10. Looking for a weekend option instead? The Fabulous Chancellors will perform classic rock ’n’ roll from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Riverside Hotel’s fifth annual Valentine’s Ball. It costs $15, or you can buy room packages: (208) 343-1871.
2. Donuts: Krispy Kreme, 1525 N. Eagle Road is making heart-shaped donuts. 208-846-8500.
3. Cookies: Boise Co-op is selling “Eat Your Heart Out” sugar cookies made from scratch in their bakery for $1.99. There are also heart-shaped cakes in the bakery.
Check out your local bakery or the bakery in your grocery stores for many other heart-shaped options. Gaston’s Bakery at 3651 W. Overland Road in Boise, for instance, has palmier, heart-shaped cookies. If you missed our treats story, check it out here.
Other last-minute Valentine details
Wondering how to keep those flowers fresh? Check out this video.
And finally, there are many local stores to buy your valentine that perfect gift. Check out our gift galleries from the Christmas holiday issues of Treasure Magazine for some fun locally-inspired ideas that would still be perfect for Valentine’s Day (minus the Christmas ornaments, of course). See gallery one here, featuring Idaho art and more, and gallery two here, featuring Idaho T-shirts, hats and more.