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Dear Cupid,

Should I take my best girl to an expensive dinner at 5-Star “sport coat only” dinner at a Country Club restaurant this Valentine’s season? I can’t really afford it – but I don’t want to disappoint my true sweetie. Please help!

Culinarily Confused in KC

Dear Culinarily Confused,

CC, look at it this way: On Valentine’s Day, why make a reservation at a stuffy, white-tablecloth sparkling-water joint only to be seated elbow-to-elbow with 200 other starving sweethearts – and then plopping down a week’s worth of hard-earned greenbacks for a flavorless, “prix fixe” meal that doesn’t fill your plate – let alone your appetite?

For the love of Q, CC (and other loving couples of KC), why not consider a casually-cool V-Day celebrated in true Kansas City style – by this Cupid of course means a hearty and delicious table for two at legendary Zarda Bar-B-Q! After all, is there anything that says “I love you” more sincerely than tender, juicy, hickory-smoked BBQ – enjoyed in the laid back and casual-comfortable atmosphere that is Zarda BBQ?!

Why not treat your sweetheart to a romantic V-Day meal at Zarda – that includes one of Zarda’s oh-so-tasty Ltd. Reserve specialty sandwiches? Or, perhaps a plate of Limited Reserve Burnt Ends with a delicious side order, like Zarda’s new and quite fabulous Loaded Fries?

No matter your meal choice CC, when you choose Zarda, your sweet one will love your great taste in choosing classic, yet pragmatic romanticism – not to mention Zarda’s lovely choices of meats, specialty sandwiches, sauces and sides – all guaranteed to tickle the tongue while teasing and tantalizing the taste buds!

What’s more, CC, you can dine-in at either the Lenexa or Blue Springs Zarda locations – or call ahead and place a romantic order of BBQ to go! Zarda will have your order – hot and ready to roll – when you arrive. With Zarda’s convenient drive-through, you’ll be home in plenty of time to cozy up by the fire, click on the Netflix, relax and chill – primed and ready for a Valentine’s  feast certain to make her heart throb (and your wallet sing!). Here’s to you, CC, don’t forget the beans!