June 16, 2024

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First Date Dining: Women’s No-Go List for Date Night

First dates can set the tone for a potential romantic connection, and women are making their preferences known when it comes to choosing the ideal first-date location. A group of women has compiled a list of places they’d rather avoid on that initial outing, highlighting their desire for a unique and thoughtful experience, especially in San Antonio when those establishments are here.

So without further ado, here are the top five San Antonio places on the list of first-date no-nos:

1. The Cheesecake Factory: Known for its extensive menu, The Cheesecake Factory may be a bit overwhelming for a first date.
2. Applebee’s: Chain restaurants like Applebee’s may not offer the ambiance and intimacy that a first date often requires.
3. Chili’s: Casual dining establishments like Chili’s may not set the right mood for a romantic evening.
4. Chipotle: While delicious, fast-casual options like Chipotle may not offer the desired level of refinement for a first date.
5. Olive Garden: While Olive Garden is beloved for its unlimited breadsticks, it might not scream “romantic” to some.

Ladies, do you agree with this list?

Let’s add some San Antonio spots to the list according to our date data:

6. Fred’s Fish Fry: You should never take a first date here, ever.

7. Luby’s: Are you out of your mind? Why would you even consider this spot.

8. Sea Island: Not really a first date night kind of spot.

9. Peter Piper Pizza: Unless you want to bring your kids on the first date, this isn’t the spot to make first impressions.

10. Bill Miller BBQ: There’s other places to take a first date.

The list also extends to activities and venues, with movie theaters, inviting a date to one’s own house, casual eateries like Wingstop, attending family functions, and bowling alleys considered less-than-ideal for first dates. Even sports events made the list, coming in at number 28. Would your first date really want to go to a Spurs game where you can’t even hear each other talk. First dates are about intimacy and getting to know one-another. Save the game day for later.

In essence, women are expressing a desire for a first-date experience that goes beyond the ordinary and embraces creativity and thoughtfulness. It’s not about the cost or exclusivity but rather the idea that a memorable first date can set the stage for a promising connection.

This list was inspired by a viral video that showcased a woman adamantly refusing to leave her date’s car when they arrived at The Cheesecake Factory for their first date. While there has been some debate over the authenticity of the video, it has struck a chord with many who have shared their own first-date horror stories.

It’s evident that first dates are about more than just the venue – they are about creating a connection and making a lasting impression. While it’s not necessary to dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, thoughtfulness and a touch of creativity can go a long way in ensuring a successful first date.

We’ve compiled a short list for men of top spots in San Antonio to consider taking on a first date.

  1. Tower of the Americas: If your date is not afraid of heights, dining at the Tower of the Americas provides stunning views of the city.
  2. An upscale restaurant at the Historic Pearl that is not at the Food Hall: There are many fine dining options over at the Historic Pearl. Just don’t do anything at the food hall.
  3. San Antonio Museum of Art has a restaurant nearby called Tre Trattoria. It has views of the San Antonio river with seating either inside or outside.
  4. Toro Kitchen and Bar: This spot is perfect for fine wine and dining experience with a bit of Spanish flare if you don’t mind sharing a paella.
  5. Colette at the Phipps: Make sure that you bring your date on a beautiful day or night because this spot is open aired but with stunning views of the San Antonio skyline.