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
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.