The dating Web site How About We just released the results of an in-depth study about the dating habits of singles across America. And, rightfully so, our dear Houston was one of the cities involved in the study. (We are so hot right now, you guys. I can't even.)
We took a look at their list of H-town's Most Popular First Date Eats and put together our top spots for each type of cuisine using our 2012 Best of Houston® winners.
Side note: Apparently, Houston singles prefer to woo their dates at places like Lucky Strike, the Saint Arnold Brewery and, of course, the Houston Zoo. Because nothing says romance like a couple of shit-flinging monkeys doing it in front of you.
Here they are:
Chinese (30 percent): Mala Sichuan
Going for Chinese food is the perfect first date. It's cheap, delicious and probably the best way to tell if you're compatible -- it'll never work out if your takeout orders don't pair well.
Bellaire has its fair share of amazing Chinese restaurants, but our top pick, Mala Sichuan, is a true gem. With authentic Sichuanese cuisine and modern flair, every dish is a winner...especially if you like spice. The ultra-hot live tilapia dish is one of the restaurant's most popular.
Frozen Yogurt (15.4 percent): The Yogurt Spot
Of course Houston's singles love froyo dates; It's a great way to get your sweet on while pretending to live a healthy lifestyle. It says, "I'm fun and easygoing, but don't worry...I'm not going to let myself go."
While we didn't choose a frozen yogurt place for our Best Of this year, we always love The Yogurt Spot. You can't go wrong for 39 cents an ounce.
Tacos (12.6 percent): Karanchos
We can promise at least a peck on the cheek for introducing your date to Karanchos' trompo -- a sweet and tangy pork marinated with pineapple as it slow-cooks on a rotating spit. Enjoy it stuffed into corn tortillas and topped with cilantro, onions and some fiery, screaming-hot salsa verde. Trust us...you won't be sorry.
Vietnamese (9.4 percent): Cafe TH
BYO plus great prices plus killer Vietnamese cuisine. Done, done and done. Owner and super-friendly front-of-house man Minh Nguyen has transformed this East Downtown eatery into the perfect date spot with a cool, casual vibe and a menu full of classics like bahn mi, pho and vegan curry. The banh mi bo kho, a hearty beef soup served with French bread, is a must-try.
It's great for a quick lunch or on Thursday and Friday nights (the only nights Cafe TH is open), when it offers a three-course prix fixe menu.
Sushi (7.6 percent): Kata Robata
If you think sushi is sexy, then Kata Robata is the sexiest place in Houston.
James Beard-nominated executive chef Manabu Horiuchi's always fresh, always top-quality sushi and sashimi never disappoint. And with the strong French influence on the menu, you can also enjoy some of most inventive dishes around.
Seafood (5 percent): Brasserie 19
Impress your date with a cozy afternoon lunch of crisp white wine and shucked-to-order oysters as you people-watch River Oaks' rich and famous. Nothing brings a couple together like a mutual jealousy of wealthy people.
Food Trucks (4.8 percent): H-Town StrEATS
It's no surprise that one of the hippest and hottest food spots in town is a food truck. Grab some $3 tacos stuffed with globally inspired foods like curried butternut squash, Asian barbecue-braised pork belly or chicken mole.
Bonus points: If the date goes sour, you've only spent a few bucks.
Thai (3.1 percent): Thai Gourmet
Your date may wince when pulling into a strip mall to meet you, but once they try the authentic fare at Thai Gourmet, they'll be singing your praises. Traditional dishes can be ordered to spice level, from mild to "Thai hot."
Ice Cream (2.8 percent): Le Mistral
Though it's known for its French cuisine, Le Mistral serves some fantastic house-made ice creams. Up your ice cream game by popping in for a coffee and dessert. Try the fruit sorbets or the decadent mini profiteroles: a trio of pastries filled with strawberry, coconut and vanilla ice cream.
Other (9.3 percent): Underbelly
If you're unsure of where to eat, you may as well go with our 2012 Best Restaurant winner, Underbelly. Because if you're gonna do it, do it right.
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