Ahh the season of love is upon us. That’s right… It’s February. Single or not (yes, those of us in relationships get lazy, too) February reminds us to dip a toe back into the romance pond. We know that there are a lot of fun and alternative date options in this great city of ours, so call us old fashion but we prefer going out to dinner on a date. To better prepare you we have put together a list of what you should & should not be ordering on your next date. So the next time you find yourself on another first date you will be ready to put your best food foot forward!
To start things off positively we put together the list of our top date friendly dishes. And the good news; the list of appropriate, kind of sexy and should lead to some easy conversation menu options are all absolutely divine.
For appetizers, crostini and/or cheese plates are easy winners. Crostini and cheese plates are great because they consist of a few clean bites and are totally shareable without getting knives involved. Plus shareable means you can chat and compare all those delicious details together (see: easy conversation starter). And seriously choosing between cheese or crispy bread topped with sweet tomatoes doesn’t suck. And not to judge, but if your date doesn’t like these options pass on date number two.
Alright time for the big show, the main dish and the options are endless. No really, there are so many things you can eat you would stop reading this right here if we listed them all. Which is why we’ll skip the things to eat and let you simply read the portion on what not to eat for the main below and you’ll be good to go!
Now for my favorite course… Dessert! If things are going well (like you wanna seriously lay the moves down) order something with chocolate and 2 spoons. Yes, I said it –share a dessert. Let’s face it –you wanna swap some spit after this, so worrying about germs is off the table. Just one rule: this is not an invite for feeding each other. That’s a line that should not be crossed. Ever. But dessert sharing, especially something chocolaty is just sexy. Spoons up!
Alright… Now it’s time for the naughty (food) list.
First up, starters. The lineup of don’ts includes mussels, chicken wings & salads. Random, we know. But all these foods are criminals in their own way:
Mains: now this is where things can get weird. Case in point: a friend of mine didn’t know ordering a lamb shank meant your dish came with a free caveman style bone. Hilarious for me receiving that text, mortifying for her surviving the rest of that date. Which leads to my first no-no:
While on the topic of meat. I shouldn’t have to say it, but, ordering anything cooked beyond medium goes far beyond a dating faux-pas, this is a sin against the animal that died to feed you. Seriously, are you going to ask for a bottle of ketchup, too? If you prefer your steak medium well or well done just stay home and burn your own damn steak.
Don’t act so surprised, there are desserts out there that are not date appropriate.
Ok, that’s enough food hating for me. It’s just too painful. But, you get the idea.
We hope you go out and enjoy a good meal with someone new without things getting weird (at least during dinner). And if you happen to have a dating/dining disaster that the single world would benefit from, share your story below!
Lover of all things food, foreign & fascinating. I grew up with two off the boat Italian grandmothers who taught me the joy of cooking and feeding people. Through my travels I have taken cooking classes at The Ritz in Paris, at the Les Halles Market in Avignon and the CIA in Hyde Park, NY. I also assist on the events team for CT based food blog CTBites.