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A Viral List Of Unacceptable First Date Spots Is Backfiring In A Major Way

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A Viral List Of Bad First Date Spots BackfiresScott Olson / John Greim / Getty Images
  • One recently crowdsourced list of unacceptable first date spots is now going viral.

  • The most polarizing pick is at the very top of the list: the Cheesecake Factory.

  • The overwhelming online response was an emphatic defense of the Cheesecake Factory.


Picking where to take someone for a first date can set the tone for your entire relationship. Something too casual, like a fast food chain, can be a let down, while going too formal can feel stuffy and uncomfortable. But one recently crowdsourced list of unacceptable first date spots is now going viral—and it seems like some seemingly solid options are off limits.

Some locations on this list are no-brainers. Netflix and chill nights are passé. Taking a first date to a family function is premature. But several of the bad first dates mentioned are stirring up controversy. And the most polarizing pick is at the very top of the list: the Cheesecake Factory.

Sure, the beloved restaurant chain isn’t exactly the most intimate, romantic spot you could go. But how can you hate the sweeping, Tuscan-style decor? The brown bread? The transparent amount of menu options? The Cheesecake Factory truly has something for everyone; so you don’t need to know exactly what your date likes to eat for both of you to have a good time.

The overwhelming online response to this list is an emphatic defense of the Cheesecake Factory. One X user wrote, “Please take me to the Cheesecake Factory—I’m saying yes every time.”

Another user commented, “When did y’all become too good for Cheesecake Factory?? Please pass me an order of the avocado egg rolls, bang bang chicken and shrimp and an Oreo cheesecake.”

While the Cheesecake Factory clearly must be a mistake, here's the full list of supposedly bad first date spots that's going viral:

  1. Cheesecake Factory

  2. Applebee’s

  3. Chili’s

  4. Chipotle

  5. Olive Garden

  6. The Movies

  7. Your House

  8. Any Fast Food Chain

  9. Buffalo Wild Wings

  10. Wingstop

  11. Red Lobster

  12. A Buffet

  13. IHOP

  14. Denny’s

  15. The gym

  16. Church

  17. Starbucks

  18. Coffee dates

  19. Ice cream dates

  20. Family functions

  21. Movie night (Netflix, Hulu, and etc.)

  22. Somewhere that requires a long drive

  23. Bowling

  24. Nightclubs

  25. Hookah Bar

  26. A bar for just drinks

  27. Waffle House

  28. Sports events

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