FARGO — The biggest card-company holiday is almost here. Valentine's Day is coming up this Thursday, Feb. 14.
Do you have plans? Maybe hitting the town to celebrate your sweetheart, or attending Theatre B's production of "Love Letters" or enjoying a romantic dinner at Fargo-Moorhead's restaurants?
Well, if packed restaurant lobbies with long waits don't appeal to you — or, if you're alone for the night and don't want to be subjected to people who are "happy" and "in love" — there's always delivery.
Liz Sniegocki, a media relations manager for Bite Squad, says Valentine's Day is the second biggest day for the food-delivery company.
"Historically, it has been one of the busiest nights of the year for Bite Squad," Sniegocki says. "It's pretty easy to see why — instead of eating shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers, you can order your favorite food, set the stage at home and enjoy a quiet meal with your loved one."
Keeping the night at home can also help to save money and provide a larger variety of options to choose from.
'I'll have the fish'
According to data from Bite Squad, tacos, burgers and pizza are popular foods delivered every day, but salad tops the list at No. 1 on Valentine's Day. Also making the list: fries (No. 5), cake (No. 7) and burritos (No. 10).
What is surprising, however, is the spike in fish and seafood that goes out for delivery on Valentine's Day, compared to typical days. Orders for fish increase by more than 350 percent, according to Bite Squad, while sushi boasts a more than 320 percent increase and crab orders increase by 220 percent.
Cake also sees a huge spike in orders on the day of love — the delicious, romantic dessert sees a more than 200 percent spike in deliveries.
"Fargo offers a wealth of choices for a romantic dinner delivered," Sniegocki says. "Enjoy sushi from Izumi Sushi & Hibachi or Poke Bowl; try the fresh catch at Deep Blue Seafood or a gourmet salad from Blarney Stone Pub and swoon over the flourless white chocolate spice cake from Twist or the regal red velvet cake from Speedway Steakhouse."
Bite Squad options
For a full list of restaurants in the area that offer delivery by Bite Squad, or to order, visit www.bitesquad.com or download the app.