Being covered in sauce, sucking grease off your fingers or having stuff between your teeth is never going to get you to date number two.

We’ve all been sitting across from the most gorgeous guy or girl, thinking how lucky we are to have scored a date with them, when suddenly we break dating rule number one… we order the most awkwardly messy food in the world. Being covered in sauce, sucking grease off your fingers or having stuff between your teeth is never going to get you to date number two. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Check out all the foods not to eat on a first date below. 


Be it Bolognese, Carbonara or Alfredo… don't to it. Lady and the Tramp lied to you. You won’t end up sucking on a perfect piece of spaghetti until your noses bump. You’ll end up making your date uncomfortable with your spaghetti slurping, and with those inevitable sauce stains all over your face and top. 


No. Just no. You want to order ribs? Just go home now. This is the absolute number one thing not to eat on a first date.  BBQ hands, face, shirt, hair… not a good look on anyone. There is absolutely no way to eat ribs and not look like a starved cave man, period.

Jelly Doughnuts

So you’ve gone out for a nice, quiet cup of coffee. You’re looking all sophisticated sipping on your low fat, soy milk, triple backwards shotted latte-chino, and then BAMB! That delicious looking jelly doughnut that you just couldn’t resist gives your shirt a brand new look. No amount of rubbing or wetting in the bathroom is going to remove that embarrassing red blob.

Crabs legs

The fact that you get given medieval torture instruments when you order this dish should tell you that it’s not the best option for a first date. If that doesn't sway you, then hitting your date in the eye with a tiny piece of shell you just ripped off a dead crab’s carcass should.


Were those lovely jeans expensive? Did it take you hours to decide which skirt to wear? Then don’t cover them in burrito filling. Although burritos may look like a nice friendly comfort food, the moment you take a bite out of one end, that filling is going to come popping out of the other, all over your lap. 


Oh boy… these cute, innocent little wings couldn’t do any wrong right? Wrong! No matter what sauce you choose, it is going to get everywhere. I’m talking about in your hair, under your nails, on your forehead when you wipe away that nervous first date sweat. Never a good idea. 


Ok, ok, I know olive managed to look past Popeye’s spinach obsession, but I’m sure on their first date even he stayed away from the green stuff. No one, and I repeat no one, looks good with a spinach spotted smile, those leafy greens get stuck in every little nook and cranny. 

Hot Dogs 

We’ve all seen those hot cheerleader type girls in the movies, suggestively eating a hotdog to attract a guy. Well, you’re not in a movie. You will drip ketchup and mustard all over the floor, your shoes and… you guessed it, your face. 

What's your worst first date food experience? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by Fern Coll