Where would you take your date for dinner?

Where would you take your date for dinner?

Muddog7998 Muddog7998
Assuming the food tastes just as good at either restaurant, which environment would you rather take your partner? A formal restaurant with monkey suits and cocktail dresses, somewhere family friendly like a chain restaurant, a little roadside mom and pops diner, the cheap and easy fast food, or are you the chef in your family?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Formal restaurant ($100 a plate minimum restaurants)
~LaUr3n~ , Porfiriato , Raggedy Andie , leatherlover , Kindred , Anjulie , Incendiaire
7  (8%)
Chain restaurant (Chili's, TGIF, IHOP, etc.)
Danielle1220 , Harlequin , Destri , Illusional , mariah , Shellz31 , Waterfall , popples , cherryredhead88 , Darling Jen , pfoof , Dusk , just a sub , C4ss , Crystal1 , GravyCakes , liilii080 , socceras , nicole07 , Shorty32 , themaddhatter , Feisty , rekarf , L&P3040
24  (29%)
Mom and Pops diner
Muddog7998 , Mistress Kitty , HisLittleGirl , jakjak , Airen Wolf , ToyGeek , SexyTabby , Lady Neshamah , Fuck it. , jc123 , melissa1973 , Sinfully , Rossie , cburger , LennaKieran , Sohotdinosaur , gsfanatic , glasskitten
18  (22%)
Fast food! (McDonalds, Wendys, Burger King, etc.)
Envy
1  (1%)
I can cook way better than all of them!
Tori Rebel , Not here , married with children , Rainbow Boy , Chilipepper , Redboxbaby , darthkitt3n , sbon , Avant-garde , moonch1ld , Tart , Mell , sexyk515 , Ansley , padmeamidala , zizfaye , MaryExy , ~Brittany~ , catalunalilith , Ninja Bunny , Ghost , M121212 , Ms. Spice , Dear Ruby , BabyL0ve , LostBoy988 , Rawr4483 , thisisadeletedaccount , Gina RPG Geek , amandaco2011 , Mistress Sassy , potstickers , SavingMyself
33  (40%)
Total votes: 83
Poll is closed
12/07/2010
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DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
Something in between a chain restaurant and a formal restaurant; a nice restaurant is perfect, but i'd rather it wasn't a hundred dollars for dinner.

And, for the love of all things holy, don't make me cook.
12/07/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
I always cook, but unless it's someone that I've known for a while, I cook on the 2nd date. That way if we don't hit it off, I don't have some weirdo in my house.

And if it were a restaurant it depends on the person...I'm NOT a fan of chain restaurants, so if the person is capable of doing so (of if I'm the asker and capable), by all means, go fancy and sweep them (or me) off my feet. Otherwise, I'm always good with a diner or privately owned casual place (I'm in NJ, the land of diners).
12/07/2010
Muddog7998 Muddog7998
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
Something in between a chain restaurant and a formal restaurant; a nice restaurant is perfect, but i'd rather it wasn't a hundred dollars for dinner.

And, for the love of all things holy, don't make me cook.
Haha do you not like to cook, or do you just happen to always burn water?
12/07/2010
Muddog7998 Muddog7998
Quote:
Originally posted by Tori Rebel
I always cook, but unless it's someone that I've known for a while, I cook on the 2nd date. That way if we don't hit it off, I don't have some weirdo in my house.

And if it were a restaurant it depends on the ...
Even if I had the money, I wouldn't take my wife to a formal restaurant. I've been to some of them, and I've never liked the service. I mean, yeah, the waiter shows up when I need some more to drink, but that's it. He's just there. There's no friendliness. Which is why I prefer a little mom and pops diner. Somewhere where we feel welcome
12/07/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
Quote:
Originally posted by Muddog7998
Even if I had the money, I wouldn't take my wife to a formal restaurant. I've been to some of them, and I've never liked the service. I mean, yeah, the waiter shows up when I need some more to drink, but that's it. He's just ...
It depends on the restaurant. Just like anything else, there are some good and some bad.
12/07/2010
Not here Not here
I'd much rather have a quiet evening at home, because my man and I are both really good cooks. If I were to pick a restaurant, it would be something that I could dress up and feel sexy, but not somewhere ultra fancy.
12/07/2010
Envy Envy
I'm not high maint. I wouldn't mind going to grab something at a fast food chain (Subway rocks) and then just take it back and sit on the couch and watch a movie. Food, comfort, privacy, I prefer that rather than sitting at some fancy place where it's loud and crowded.
12/07/2010
J's Alley J's Alley
Are we talking a first date? Anniversary? For me there are a lot of factors. Of course J knows when we go out I am happy as hell if there is Gelato involved...usually we just go to Little Italy and wander and get Gelato.
12/07/2010
Muddog7998 Muddog7998
Quote:
Originally posted by J's Alley
Are we talking a first date? Anniversary? For me there are a lot of factors. Of course J knows when we go out I am happy as hell if there is Gelato involved...usually we just go to Little Italy and wander and get Gelato.
Let's say you've been together for a while, and you two decide to go out for dinner one night.
12/07/2010
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
I agree with DeliciousSurprise. I would go somewhere that falls in between the high-end restaurants and chain restaurants. The best restaurants I've been to are usually locally owned, but they are much nicer than a mom-and-pop type diner. When the restaurant is locally owned, the owners usually put a great deal of effort into their products and services because they have a great deal of pride (and their family's reputation) invested into it.

One of our favorite places is a Thai restaurant that is run by a local family. Another is a Greek restaurant (run by, as you guessed it, a local family). Another is a Mexican food restaurant (repeat above theme), etc., etc. These are all restaurants with very pulled-together and professional ambiances, so they do not look like diners at all.
12/07/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
I would go somewhere that falls between high end ($100 dollars a plate is ridiculous) and the chain restaurants.

I'd go to a nicer, less known place that had a semi dress code. I voted the high end because that is closer to what I'm talking about than the chain restaurants.
12/07/2010
Kim! Kim!
If I'm going out on a date and escaping the not so little one I definitely would prefer to go someplace with fewer children. I love my son dearly but getting out doesn't happen all that often and I'd like to avoid excessive amounts of noisy children when I get the opportunity.
Aside from that I don't really mind where we go.
12/07/2010
Porfiriato Porfiriato
Quote:
Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
I would go somewhere that falls between high end ($100 dollars a plate is ridiculous) and the chain restaurants.

I'd go to a nicer, less known place that had a semi dress code. I voted the high end because that is closer to what I'm ...
I agree, there's a big gap between $100 a plate and chains like Chilis.
12/07/2010
Muddog7998 Muddog7998
Quote:
Originally posted by Porfiriato
I agree, there's a big gap between $100 a plate and chains like Chilis.
Sorry lol I just did a quick few choices.
12/07/2010
married with children married with children
Quote:
Originally posted by Muddog7998
Assuming the food tastes just as good at either restaurant, which environment would you rather take your partner? A formal restaurant with monkey suits and cocktail dresses, somewhere family friendly like a chain restaurant, a little roadside mom and ...
i dont think the amount of money spent is as important as good food and a romantic atmosphere. that shows alot more thought put into your night out then just throwing money around to eat someplace expensive.
12/07/2010
Illusional Illusional
I HATE super fancy smancy places. I was raised as a tomboy and until RECENTLY, I refused to even touch a dress. I also have a loud laugh and giggle, so I'd hate all these uppity people to glare down at me while I was eating. I prefer some place like TGIF and such so I can relax, and wear a nice blouse or something and then still enjoy myself and not break his bank.
12/07/2010
Raggedy Andie Raggedy Andie
If we have been together for a while and have not been on a date in a bit I would have to say the higher end places but not $100 a plate. I mean, I love good food and to get all dressed up but I also like to be a bit reasonable.

Mind you, if it's seafood we are talking about, $100 might be some good eatin'!

We went to a really nice restaurant for our 1 yr anniversary back in October and they were so attentive and pleasant. We didn't have a window seat at first and so they seated us near the window at the first opportunity. It took about 5 minutes. It was important to get one because it was a revolving restaurant on top of a tall building. lol

We also had free cocktails because of an error they made with one of our dishes. Score.

I got to get all dressed up and so did the Mister and man, did he ever look sexy! hehe
12/07/2010
Annemarie Annemarie
Quote:
Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
I would go somewhere that falls between high end ($100 dollars a plate is ridiculous) and the chain restaurants.

I'd go to a nicer, less known place that had a semi dress code. I voted the high end because that is closer to what I'm ...
Agree. Somewhere in the middle between higher-quality chains (think Olive Garden and Red Lobster) and $100 a plate place.
12/07/2010
Rainbow Boy Rainbow Boy
I'd be OK with taking them to a chain restaurant (someplace nice), but I'd much rather make dinner myself. I think it's more romantic and intimate.
12/07/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I like it when both myself and the other cook together ... preparing food just for each other is quite a sensual experience. I put so much of myself into my cooking and baking that I feel I'm offering my love that way. To be able to share such an intimate ritual with someone else is quite special to me.

For going out, just about any place is fine as long as it suits the occasion and they clean their tea brewing equipment regularly.
12/07/2010
ToyGeek ToyGeek
I prefer something just below that formal level, too. Not a chain, but an independent restaurant with unique dishes -- that's what I look for when traveling. Applebee's just isn't an experience, imho.
12/07/2010
Destri Destri
Hey, just shoot me if you must, but I love Red Lobster
12/07/2010
mariah mariah
i guess it depends on the partner personality? and how long you have been dateing. i mean i woundt take my first date so something WAY fancy or something less then fancy..
12/07/2010
Illusional Illusional
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
I like it when both myself and the other cook together ... preparing food just for each other is quite a sensual experience. I put so much of myself into my cooking and baking that I feel I'm offering my love that way. To be able to share such an ...
I just cooked for my darling tonight, and I know what you mean. He was like "OMG, this... is good, well no... EXCELLENT."
I was like, SQUEE.
12/07/2010
Redboxbaby Redboxbaby
I answered for my husband. He is an amazing chef! We definitely have the best place to eat right here at home!
12/08/2010
Shellz31 Shellz31
It depends on the situation.
If I wanted to casually treat a partner, then it would be a chain restaurant. But I do love Maccas and I'm a decent cook myself.
If it was a special occasion then I'd take a partner for a formal meal but personally, I don't usually see the point in paying for over priced food when you can get great quality meals for under $100 (between the chain restaurant and the formal).
Then again, I'm going by AU prices.
12/08/2010
Fun Lover Fun Lover
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
Something in between a chain restaurant and a formal restaurant; a nice restaurant is perfect, but i'd rather it wasn't a hundred dollars for dinner.

And, for the love of all things holy, don't make me cook.
Bump I feel the same way may $30 to 50 per person.
12/08/2010
Waterfall Waterfall
I would prefer something like Chili's for most occasions just becuase the environment is not as formal, and I'm not a very formal person. However, on special occasions, not just ordinary dates, I like to go to more expensive places. Some where that I can get a nice Filet Mignon and grilled seafood, yum
12/08/2010
Mr. E Mr. E
We try to have a monthly date night, but not $100 a plate. Oh hell no!

I personally prefer romantic dinners at home. We actually enjoy cooking together.
(I just pictured that scene in the wifeswap parody movie.)
12/08/2010
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