One of the most common first dates involves dinner. I also believe that the first impression a man makes, other than his appearance, is directly related to what he orders for that dinner. Unless your dating a neanderthal don't eat like one. Finger foods are fun down the road but positive first impressions are made with knives, forks and spoons.
As much as I love ribs they make a bad first date choice.
No woman can look at this guy romantically!!
Speaking of dribbling; avoid noodle soups, especially the Chinese kind, that produce excessive slurping. To me slurping is akin to farting at the dinner table. OK for a child but not an adult.
Also avoid things that get stuck in your teeth like pesto dishes or even meatloaf. It can be quite unsightly.
Avoid garlic filled foods. Garlic chicken is wonderful but may lose you that good night kiss.
Finally; do not order the most expensive thing on the menu. It may look like you are either a show off or unable to control spending. Two less than desirable situations.
A good date ends with dinner together but an awesome date ends with breakfast together", Unknown.
I have broken all these rules, lol. Experience is a great teacher.