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15 Foods You Should Avoid On A First Date

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Let’s face it — the foods we love most are not always the best choice for a first date. Sure, eating intense amounts delicious food together can be a bonding experience (“Remember that time we finished that entire bucket of habanero wings and then, 8 months later, got married?”), but who wants to worry about food stuck in teeth, stinky breath, stains or worse when you’re already nervous?

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We asked some of our favorite food bloggers about which foods they love, but avoid at all costs on a first date. Some of their answers may surprise you.

Sarah De Heer, Editor at FoodNetwork.com

gave us her thoughts on the problem of pasta and getting trapped by souffle.

On Pasta: “A lot of people recommend staying away from red-sauced pasta dishes like spaghetti and meatballs. I disagree with this. If you’ve got the craving, enjoy it, but order a short cut of pasta like penne or farfalle so you don’t have to twirl, slurp or deal with awkward splash-backs. You don’t want to spend the night with abstract artwork on your shirt.”


On Pub Food: “It’s common sense to stay away from spinach dip (small green pieces lodged between teeth), soup (slurpable), burgers (overly sloppy, save for third date) and spicy food (don’t want to spend the night in the bathroom).”

On Dessert: “Two things: chocolate cake sticks to teeth and God forbid you’re on a bad first date, the last thing you’ll want to order is the souffle — it can take forever.” Photos: avlxyz via Flickr
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Sara Schwartz, Editor at Delish.com

weighed in on hand-cuisine and flossing on a first date.

On Eating With Your Hands: “No main-courses you eat with your hands (for example: sandwiches, pizza with toppings, fajitas).” Why not? “Bites from these dishes usually don’t come away clean, leaving the door wide open for food on your face, clothing, etc.” Photo: Jer Kunz via Flickr


On Picking Your Teeth: “Avoid fork-tender meats (barbecue!), leafy salads, and, of course, corn on the cob. Unless you’re cool with picking your teeth in front of potential romantic companions, it’s best to avoid these fibrous foods.” Photo: Boston_Camera via Flickr
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Amy Cao, Food Blogger and Head of Social Media, Foodspotting

got specific about a certain unwieldy crab dish and a noodle dish that will leave you unkissable.

On Messy Shellfish: “The Dungeness Crab is one classic dish at Fatty Crab that you absolutely must eat with two bare hands cause there’s no other way to get the meat out. The red sauce they put on it splatters everywhere and your hands smell like crab for days after. You don’t want to go there on a first date.


On Noodle Breath: “I would also advise against the spicy noodles at Xi’an Famous Foods. It’s one of the most tasty – and famous! – NYC dishes (thanks to Anthony Bourdain and his Travel Channel show, No Reservations) but I had spicy chili oil breath for 12 hours and no amount of teeth brushing and mouthwash could make it go away. It’s worse than eating garlic.”

Photos courtesy of Foodspotting

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