First dates are inherently awkward. As if worrying about discussion points and thinking of jokes that will convince your date you’re funny weren’t enough, there’s also the added pressure of deciding what to order. As you mull over the choices, be sure to avoid these 11 foods that will undoubtedly ensure you never make it to date number two.
1. Tacos and burritos
More food will end up on the plate than in your mouth. Don’t make your date watch that, it’s just mean.
Anything that requires you to wear a bib is a no-go.
3. Corn on the cob
Because it is impossible to eat without getting at least one kernel stuck between your teeth.
Better to avoid accidental sound effects and spills.
5. Leafy greens
These vibrant vegetables love to steal the stage from your pearly whites. Don’t let them be the star of your show.
6. Carbonated drinks
Bubbles usually resurface as a burp, which will certainly make for an awkward break in the conversation.
Gas makes both you and your date uncomfortable.
These tricky little guys hide in salads or sauces, waiting to wriggle their way in between your choppers for refuge. They won’t go down without a fight.
Reality check: you are not in Lady and the Tramp. There’s nothing sexy about slurping pasta into your mouth.
10. Wings and Ribs
Finger foods are a social faux pas. Eating with your hands is unattractive and unsophisticated. Plus, who wants to deal with that whole sauce mess?
Let’s not beat around the bush: no one wants to see your mouth open that wide, or watch meat juice drip off your chin. Put down the quarter pounder and back away.