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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Study Shows People Prefer Chain Restaurants/Coffee Shops for First Dates

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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Based on a recent survey of dating app users around America, people prefer chain restaurants and coffee shops to other potential date locations for their first dates.

The dating app Clover analyzed data taken from 200,000 of its users around the country to get statistics about where people prefer to go on first dates, and found that Starbucks, Chipotle, and Panera Bread were the top three (out of 30) places. The study also found that 51% of men and 35% of women would rather a first date at a restaurant, whereas 52% of women and 31% of men prefer a coffee shop date.

We had some ideas of similar first dates around San Francisco that aren't so...well...basic. (Starbucks date, really? How much more unoriginal can you get?)

1. Starbucks alternative: Philz and Dolores

Take your date to Philz Coffee on 18th Street. It's  #19 on the list, but since it started in San Francisco, we think it counts as less of a "chain" — and then walk down the street to Dolores Park. Even if you decide to skip the view and just do the brew, Philz's plethora of unique flavors with crazy-ass names — not to mention the confusing ordering process—is bound to make it way more exciting than your typical Starbucks date.

2. Chipotle alternative: Real Mexican food

Chipotle is good and everything, but it's about as authentic as Taco Bell. (Taco Bell did not make it on the list, thank goodness.) If you want more authentic Mexican food with the same custom-order feel, take your date to El Castillito on Church St. or Pancho Villa on 16th St. Not to mimic ourselves, but Dolores-plus-burritos is just as good a date idea as Dolores-plus-coffee. 

3. Panera alternative: Boudin bakery

Yes; there are Boudins all over California, but again, the first one started in San Francisco. Take your date to the one on Pier 39 for bread bowls and people watching. If you still want to hang out at the Pier after lunch, spice it up a little with the "Tourist Drinking Game.

Have fun and good luck!



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