Best Restaurant for a First Date - 2009
Let's get something straight: Movies make for crappy first dates. Sure, they can take the pressure off by providing conversation fodder — but only after you've sat side by side for two hours, silently, in the dark. A restaurant first date is a far superior way to get to know someone — plus, the diet's not limited to overpriced popcorn, soda and Raisinets. (Not that there's anything wrong with Raisinets.) Enter Nachomama's. It's a little off the beaten track, so you'll score originality points before you walk in the door. It's not expensive or fancy, which is good for your wallet and ensures you won't look snooty. (Don't get us wrong; splurging is OK. If this relationship makes it to Date Three, you might want to up the ante.) Nor is it cheap, so you won't look like a miser. You're confidently occupying the middle ground! Better still, the Tex-Mex menu's got something for just about every kind of eater, including vegetarians. (And beer. And margaritas.) Really, datewise Nachomama's only has one potential downfall: the delicious refried beans. Eat too many and they may, um, come back to haunt you. If by chance they do, we recommend acknowledging the fact. Anyone who's not impressed with first-date honesty isn't worth keeping anyway.