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The 10 most popular spots for a first date
That first date is fast approaching. So where are you going to go? - photo by Herb Scribner
Not sure where you should go on a first date? Clover, a mobile dating app, wants to help you decide.

In a new study Clover compiled user data to track where its 200,000 users go on a first date. The answer: Starbucks, followed closely by Chipotle Mexican Grill, which was also the top restaurant choice among those ages 18-24.

Starbucks might seem like a pretty basic first date meetup, but look on the bright side: If it goes well, at least we already know that the chain hosts weddings! Time magazines Laura Stampler reported.

The study also found a stark difference in what men and women want from their first date. Fifty-one percent of men prefer to go to a restaurant on the first date, while about the same number of women want to meet at a coffee shop, the Clover study said. Bars were the lowest desired place for a first date among both men and women.

But lets get specific about where daters are most likely to go. Here are the top 10 spots for a first date.


Who wouldnt want to go to Starbucks for a first date? After all, the restaurant is still performing random acts of kindness, so youre bound to get some free food or drinks, and definitely a story to tell later. Plus, the cafe just released Kale smoothies and other healthy drink options, so you can keep things light and healthy while getting to know your new potential partner.

Chipotle Mexican Grill

This is where you can get some Mexican food thats a step above Taco Bell. Chipotle ranks second on this list of first date spots. Just make sure your date isnt banking on ordering those carnitas or anything pork. Theres still a shortage at the restaurant, according to Bloomberg.

Panera Bread

Panera Bread has got some tasty options, but the soup and sandwich company may impress a date for another reason. The restaurant hosts charity events like the Pieces of Hope for Autism Fundraiser in Cleveland thatll make your date see you as altruistic, which, as I wrote about before, is an attractive quality for men and women.

The Cheesecake Factory

You can get some delicious meals and desserts at The Cheesecake Factory. Just know this may be a costly venture.The restaurant suffered some losses in the last quarter of 2014 because consumers were turned away by their high prices.

Texas Roadhouse

If youre one of those people who gets into music artists before they hit the mainstream, youll love Texas Roadhouse. The barbecue mesquite restaurant just opened new locations in Michigan and Kentucky, showing its still a growing franchise across the nation. And like they say, everythings bigger in Texas. Hopefully your relationship blossoms into something big, too.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Youve got everything you could want at Buffalo Wild Wings chicken, an absurd amount of sauces, and sports games for days. And you dont have to worry about getting distracted over which games are or arent on the screens. BWW has now hired workers who change the channel for your viewing pleasure, Business Insider reported. This makes it all the easier for you to spend time getting to know your potential new love while watching your favorite sports teams play.

Olive Garden

Olive Garden may sound like a cliche place to go on your first date. But the Olive Garden of today isn't the Olive Garden of yesterday. Business Insider reported that Olive Garden recently retooled its brand after a hedge fund pointed out some of the flaws with the restaurant. Now, the breadsticks are warmer, the sauce is tastier and prices are more affordable. Not a bad spot for the first date.

Chilis Grill & Bar

Chilis babyback ribs may be what brings your baby back for another date. But Chilis is more than just a place for some Southwestern and spicy food. Recently, the restaurant has shared photos of its customers on its social media pages and website. Taking a selfie with your date may be the right move to make the first date a memorable experience.

In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out doesnt seem like the most glamorous date spot for your first date. But you can make some memories by unlocking the (not) secret menu and picking fun food items for the night. Still, East Coasters beware. You may not see this restaurant for a while.


And then theres Applebees the old-fashioned restaurant thats full of comfort foods and tasty dishes. Its also hoping to attract more millennials, according to The Huffington Post, making it an attractive spot to check out on a first date.
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