We are a nation of dating dullards

In-N-Out Burger

This way for middlebrow romance.

Credit: Kevin Dinkel via Flickr

A mobile dating app called Clover has crunched data from 200,000 users to determine where people between the ages of 18 to 65 like to go on that crucial first date (or pre-date, depending on your point of view). 

And while we weren't expecting "the skydiving place" or "that new Ethiopian restaurant," Clover's list of top "first date hot spots" makes us all seem so safe and, we don't know, dull.

Not the entire list, which runs to 30 locations. It's the top 10 we find uninspiring:

 1. Starbuck's

 2. Chipotle Mexican Grill

 3. Panera Bread

 4. The Cheesecake Factory

 5. Texas Roadhouse

 6. Buffalo Wild Wings

 7. Olive Garden

 8. Chili's Grill & Bar

 9. In-N-Out Burger

10. Applebee's

We know, we know, there are a lot of those places around, so it makes sense. 

(Related article: Bartenders describe the painful yet amusing spectacle of bad Tinder dates)

Further down the list, it gets a bit more interesting with BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse at No. 14 ("Would you like to go to In-N-Out Burger or BJ's?"), Yogurtland at No. 23, Torchy's Tacos at No. 25, and Bareburger at No. 27. 

Still, does anybody really want to tell their kids someday about mom and dad's first romantic meeting at the Olive Garden next to the mall? 

On the plus side, McDonald's is not on the list.

This story, "We are a nation of dating dullards" was originally published by Fritterati.

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