Marcia Gagliardi (described as San Francisco’s cuisine concierge) writes a foodie e-column called The Tableopper and believes that certain bars and restaurants are more suitable than others for potentially awkward, nerve-wracking meetings among first daters who happened to meet online.
Her new bar and restaurant guide, “The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco: Find the Right Spot for Every Occasion,” provides restaurant recommendations for diners to find the right place for the right occasion, and identifies such places ideal for quick meetings should the need arise to make a speedy exit.
Beyond that, the setting is also critical. It’s important to pick a location that has the right atmosphere – not too romantic, but not too sterile either (and not a Starbucks). And not too loud either, where you can actually carry on a conversation and decide whether or not you should have stayed home and washed your hair after all, without a lot of people staring at a potential train wreck.
Other categories include: Girls’ Night Out, Dates One, Two, and Three, Bromance, Cheap Date, Late-Night Chow, Flying Solo, and Cocktail Quests, among others.
While this book currently focuses on the Bay Area’s dining and drinking scene, apparently there are plans to roll out the book for other cities as well.