This quote is for John to prove that I am not alone in disliking first dates at restaurants:
Contrary to popular mating-ritual practices, dinner is not the best first-date activity. Sitting at a table with someone you don’t really know can be uncomfortable, and the conversation is always the same – what do you do?, where are you from?, how long have you lived here?, blah, blah, blah – and therefore has the potential of becoming dull and tedious. Sometimes within the first five minutes, you’re blinking at the salt and pepper shakers, wondering why … you exchanged numbers. … According to my sources, the best first dates are those in which you’re doing something, so that you can see how the person interacts in a natural and spontaneous way.
The Go-Girl Guide, Julia Bourland
(Julia goes on to suggest a bike ride, a baseball game or a concert as a first date activity.)
My best first date so far was at Grumpy’s. I met the new dude there (instead of asking him to pick me up) and we drank a ridiculous amount of beer, but it was so awesomely comfortable. No food involved!