A Case For The Breakfast First Date

A man way over-doing the first date…

The first date is the worst date and that’s just the way it is. It’s a high-pressure situation. In one way or another, you’re making a first impression. With online dating being what it is, there’s a good chance this is the first time you’re actually meeting this person face-to-face. If this doesn’t make you a little bit nervous, way to go. You’re superhuman.

The rest of us are facing a big dilemma; how can I make it through this decidedly awkward situation, make a good impression, and find out if I’m interested in seeing this person again?

A lot of people seem to think the obvious response to this dilemma is to involve alcohol. Let’s go to a dark, likely loud place, and consume liquids that slightly alter our personalities and comfort levels, so we can stumble through getting to know a slightly-altered version of our date.

I’m here to offer an alternative: The Breakfast Date.

A super fancy breakfast that’s probably still cheaper than two Manhattans.

The Breakfast Date is casual. It’s early, so you haven’t had time to hype yourself up about the situation. You haven’t spent the entire day worrying about what’s going to happen. You’re fresh, and so is your date.

The Breakfast Date is cheap. Breakfast foods are significantly less expensive than dinner and booze. You’re not risking a lot monetarily, regardless of whether or not your date offers to split the bill.

The Breakfast Date is delicious. Breakfast food is the best food, and everybody knows that. Plus, every decision creates an easy conversation. Is your date a sweet or savory breakfast person? Coffee, tea, or caffeine-free? Whole milk, 2%, or soy? Water or orange juice? Your decision-making skills are sharp in the morning, and your choices say a lot about who you are as a person and what you value.

The Breakfast Date is over in a flash. Breakfast can’t really last longer than a couple of hours tops, and then it’s done. Maybe you’ll grab coffee quickly after, but that’s about it. The date is over, and you’re too busy going about your day to stress over how it went.

The Breakfast Date has no strings attached. The question over what happens at the end of the date just isn’t there. You both have places to be, so you don’t have to worry about whether you’re going out for drinks or if you’re going to take your date home. If it was a good date, it’s easy to make future plans. If it was a dud, no problem. You don’t have to make excuses about where you need to be or why you have to wake up early tomorrow.

Ditch the tired cocktail hour, and take your date for waffles. Your stomach and your anxiety-level with thank you. Plus, if it all goes well, soon it may be breakfast in bed.