If you clicked on this article, we’re guessing you’ve reached the age when guys aren’t just watching you down five tequila shots in a frat house as a warm-up for the keg stand. If you’re going on a mature, one-on-one date with a guy, you’re probably at a nice restaurant. It comes time to order, and although you’ve ordered food a million times, this decision suddenly seems more difficult than siding with Drake or Meek Mill. Am I setting myself up for failure by ordering a spicy tuna roll? How am I supposed to have soup without slurping it?
Luckily for you, we have the answers to all your date-ordering anxieties. Here are some basic guidelines to follow if you want to order right on your date.
Let’s start with the question of ordering healthy. If your eyes go straight to the salad section every time you look at a menu, don’t be shy about ordering a salad. It’s a totally logical thing to get, and if the guy cares that much that you eat healthy, he can find someone else who would rather the ninety-nine cent pizza next door. However, if you plan on ordering a salad, try to be low-key about it. In order words, don’t make the waiter too crazy with requests like “croutons on the size” and “only completely fat-free, carb-free dressings, please.” Obviously we’d rather get a root canal than eat crunchy fried onions and ranch dressing, but you don’t want to look psychotically OCD when you’re trying to come across as that chill girl who just happens to order healthy food.
On the other hand, let’s say you’ve had a long day at work, you haven’t eaten in hours, and all you really want is a giant bowl of Fettuccini Alfredo with extra cheesy sauce and enough napkins to destroy a rainforest. And hey, your metabolism is so fast you can obviously afford it. But as much as we understand, you should probably be careful with messy foods. Skip the personal pizza or chicken wings. Eating with your hands is barbaric. Feel free to order a hearty pasta dish, but don’t go over the top. Just because you’re at a café in Little Italy doesn’t mean you’re trying to eat your way through Europe.
Then comes the inevitable question: to drink or not to drink. Let’s be real. The only thing we’d love at a restaurant more than a good meal is the perfect cocktail to go along with it. No betch wants to come across as the alcoholic who can’t get through a sober conversation about your childhood without being solidly buzzed, so you should probably wait to see if he orders one first. If he does, order a classy glass of wine or a martini. If he skips the suggestion, chances are, the rest of the night isn’t looking too bright anyway. You can always pick up a bottle of Tequila at the end of the night to enjoy along with your Netflix and sweats waiting for you at home. Now that’s the kind of commitment we’ll drink to.