Clover — one of the newer mobile dating apps — did a survey of 200,000 of its users to determine the most popular first date spots. Local hangouts didn’t make the list, so the “winners” were just a bunch of popular national chains.
Starbucks, unsurprisingly, was the No. 1 spot for an awkward first encounters for online daters, followed — strangely enough — by Chipotle. Panera, Cheesecake Factory, and Texas Roadhouse rounded out the top five. Buffalo Wild Wings also ranked surprisingly high up on the list at No. 6 (honestly, who wants to eat messy foods on a first date?). Olive Garden and Applebee’s were similarly puzzling choices at No. 7 and 10, respectively.
No matter what a dating app tells you, hanging out for a couple of hours at that newly opened speakeasy or neighborhood pub will probably impress your date much more than, say, Red Lobster (No. 16, in case you were wondering).