Ten Dishes Not to Order on a First Date

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Your palms are sweating, you inadvertently raised another awkward conversation topic, and you're pretty sure your pants seam just ripped. Aren't first dates stressful enough without a cursed dinner order?

What goes on during the meal will make or break what happens -- or doesn't happen -- afterward. Here are some menu items to avoid if you're hoping for a round two.

1.  The Meal Salad
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Unless your first date is a midweek lunch -- which feels disappointing from the get-go -- salad does not constitute a full meal. Yes, even with the obligatory strips of grilled chicken or seared tuna.

Go for this instead: If you've got to have your greens, start with a small appetizer salad before moving onto a heartier entrée, showing your dining companion you can commit -- at least to a whole evening of dining. Chances are the conversation will improve after the first glass of wine, anyway.


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Analog File
Analog File

Real spaghetti are 12-14 inches long and any italian (except kids) will eat them with a fork, without cutting them and without help from a spoon. With no slurping or shoveling. "any noodle that lends itself to a single forkful" is basically just any noodle, if you learned how to do it.

San Francisco Bar Whiz
San Francisco Bar Whiz

Yeah, but the "mile long noodles" can be pretty sexy.  I know if was seafood or something in Flashdance, but it could easily have been the mile long noodles.

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Michaela Chatman
Michaela Chatman

I hear you on the vodka red bull. Had a date last night and that's what he wanted to order. I asked him, "What were your plans for this evening?" lol

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Jo Qatana

It is a little known fact that if two people eat garlic they CANNOT SMELL OR TASTE it on the other person's breath. And really, you can earn a hell of a lot about a person by watching them take apart a lobster...

Sarcastic Traveler
Sarcastic Traveler

I keep hearing that about garlic but I can confirm it doesn't seem to work for me. ;-)

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Cleanplate

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