Friday, February 4, 2011

Valentine's Day dining options

It's 5 p.m. on Valentine's Day. You're brainstorming romantic dining options. Does Olive Garden cross your mind?

According to research based on Internet search terms, many people might say yes.

I got an e-mail from Everspark Interactive, a search engine optimization company. They say the following nine search queries were classified as "volcanic" from the hours of 2-6 p.m. on Feb. 14 of 2010 and 2009. Here are the queries, listed in no particular order:

1. Olive Garden
2. Red Lobster
3. Applebee's
4. Outback
5. Outback Steakhouse
6. Outback Steakhouse coupons
7. Outback Steakhouse menu
8. Chili's
9. Macaroni Grill

I've always imagined an intimate local bistro as the ideal setting for a romantic dinner. But maybe there's no shame in having Valentine's Day dinner at a chain restaurant.