In case you’re so lazy that even Tinder is too much work for you, there’s Clover. With this dating app, you don’t even have to waste your time talking to a potential
hookup love of your life – just pick a place and the service sets you up with someone who agrees with your choice. However, the choices are pretty awful. According to Clover, the top spot is Starbucks, followed by Chipotle and Panera. Soo…you’re pretty much saying these people don’t even want to pay a tip?
Don’t get me wrong – I love Starbucks as much as the next basic chick. I had my birthday dinner at Olive Garden like three years in a row. And Applebee’s was amazing for half price apps (when I was in high school). But could these date spots be more generic and boring?
I understand that these are the top places because many are chain restaurants that are located all over the country, but if you agree to meet a total stranger for a first date at In-N-Out Burger, you’re teetering on the edge of desperate. I would say you’re meant for each other, but the place ranks 9th on the list. Let’s take a few places for example…
Getting coffee sounds like a good date idea in theory, but it’s going to get awkward really fast when you can’t find a place to sit, people are giving you death stares for talking too loud, and you realize he probably only took you there so he could figure out your name by the barista shouting it across the crowded line. I’ve been on a first date at a coffee place before…it’s not a great idea.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
This is a place you should only go with good friends or after you’ve been dating for a few months. Things get messy, and it’s not a good look when you’re trying to make flirty eyes while taco sauce is all over your face.
I can understand trying to ball on a budget, but at this point, why don’t you just go to McDonald’s? I know Five Guys’ fries are amazing and they have that fancy soda machine, but step it up – preferably to a place where you don’t have to go up to a counter to order.
I could go on, but I’ll resist. Pretty much the only places on this list that are acceptable are fro-yo (yum) and the ones that serve alcohol (because social lubricant). Essentially what I’m saying is you don’t want to tell your future children that you and daddy met at a fast food joint. Luckily, we have a plenty of date ideas that are much better that Chili’s.