97.6% of most first dates begin with dinner at a restaurant (often a fancy-shmancy restaurant, at that). The menu items you choose can greatly impact the overall success of the date.
Here are a few tips to make sure that you make a good first impression while enjoying your first of (hopefully) many meals together:
Share an appetizer.
Even if you’re watching your waistline, bite the bullet (or rather, the calamari and stuffed mushrooms) and order an app! Sharing food is an easy and fun way to connect with your date early in the meal. Food helps to break the ice and almost always alleviates any awkward beginning-of-the-date moments of silence.
Order food that you enjoy.
If you’re a steak-loving gal, order a steak! If you’re a mean, green salad-eating man, order one! Don’t sit there wondering what your date is going to think of you based on the food you order. First of all, if your date judges you that quickly on something so insignificant, he or she isn’t worth dating anyway. Second, the fact that you order a food that you love means that you’ll be happier and your date will be that much closer to getting to know you and what makes you tick.
Stick to easy-to-eat foods.
In other words, step away from BBQ ribs, spaghetti, and crab legs. Messy foods are difficult to eat; you’ll spend more time focusing on how to eat the food rather than on your date sitting across the table from you. Raise your hand if you want to have messy sauces dripping down your face on a first date? Yeah, I didn’t think so. When in doubt, stick to foods that can easily be eaten with a fork and knife.
Grab a breath mint on your way out.
Or better yet, keep some breath mints on you. If you’re lucky enough to get that first date kiss, you’ll want it to be memorable. And not memorable in the bad breath sort of way.
First dates can be nerve-racking. Don’t let food add to that anxiety. Think twice to make sure that your menu choices don’t have the potential to knock out your chance for a second date!