You only get one chance to make a good first impression. With that in mind, here is a comprehensive list of foods you probably shouldn't eat on a first date.

Keep in mind, this is just my personal list, but if 20+ years of dating has taught me anything, it's plan ahead!

Also, it's a good practice to ask your date about things like food allergies and gluten sensitivity prior to picking a restaurant or even preparing a meal yourself.

*Disclaimer: I am lactose intolerant, so you may notice a recurring theme*


  • 1

    Ice Cream

    Although delicious and a great dessert, for those lactose intolerant folk (like myself), this tasty treat can potentially turn you into a flatulent beast... or worse!

    Just to be safe, leave it alone.

    OlgaMiltsova, ThinkStock Images
  • 2

    Hot Wings

    I personally love hot wings and finding a girl that also loves them is a match made in chicken heaven, but considering the general messiness of eating them, I wouldn't advise it for first date food, especially if they're bone-in!

    Also, the ensuing heartburn and vinegar-tinged breath isn't worth it.

  • 3

    Chilli (or anything with beans)

    To reiterate points from #1 and #2, messy and gassy.

    Moving right along.

  • 4


    This is such a hard one for me. I love Italian cuisine and literally anything with some form of Alfredo sauce is my favorite, but again... lactose intolerant. The heavy cream and cheese used to make it is a big no-no.

    Don't roll the dice with your digestive system. You'll lose every time.

    Olga Nayashkova
  • 5


    There is a little bit of wiggle room here. Mexican cuisine is almost always a good choice (because for real, who doesn't like tacos?), but be aware toppings and extras.

    I hate to sound like a broken record, but too much cheese, sour cream and beans... well, you get the gist.