It can be stressful choosing a place to meet a date for the first time. Take them somewhere too casual and they might think you’re cheap. But if you go somewhere too fancy, you might send the wrong impression. So what’s the perfect place to take someone on a first date? Well the dating app Clover might have a few suggestions.
Clover recently launched an On Demand service that allows people to select the type of person they want to meet, the place and time for a date, and Clover helps find a match. Using the data from OnDemand, they’ve created an infographic showing the 30 most popular places their users go on first dates. Take a look:
So the first five aren’t that surprising, but after that it gets a little weird. Is there no actual Italian restaurants near these people so they have to resort to Olive Garden? And why are so many people going to Applebee’s on dates? Are they trying to signal to their romantic interest that they have a terrible palate? In-N-Out we sort of understand. Spending thirty minutes in line then another half hour for your food to be ready gives a lot of time to get to know a person. Then again, it’s not too surprising giant chains dominate the list. How many people are using this app are going to “Mamma Roselli’s Local Pizzeria” compared to how many people are going to Buffalo Wild Wings? Doesn’t mean B-Dubs is necessarily more romantic.
It’s also interesting that guys prefer going to restaurants over coffee shops by a wide margin, but women prefer coffee shops. Seems like men are much more willing to shell out for a meal than girls want to eat a free one. (Although this writer has let his date pay for their meal on multiple occasions.)
Honestly, this list should be “the 30 places to avoid taking your date.” You don’t want to be the 34th person to take her to Starbucks for a caramel macchiato. You want to stand out from the rest.
Also never take a date to Applebee’s. Or a family member. Or a friend. Or your worst enemy.
Joseph Misulonas is an editorial assistant for Playboy.com. He’s not ashamed of splitting the bill. He can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.