The first date is equal parts anxiety and excitement. You're about to perhaps meet your future significant other, so you want the night to be nothing short of perfection.
Planning exactly what you want to do often comes with very little creativity (i.e. the dinner, movie and drinks combination) or includes trying way to hard and coming across as awkward and terribly out of place given that it's the first time you're going out with this person.
Somewhere in between the obvious and the overblown lies date that is exactly what you want out of a first date.
Of course, going to dinner and spending time chatting afterward over drinks, either that the same place or somewhere different, certainly isn't all bad. It's safe and allows you to stay within your comfort zone since most people don't get too worked up from just eating.
But the place you choose is almost as important as remembering not to chew with your mouth open. What you don't want to do is plan on a restaurant that would be deemed as fast food oriented, even if you've convinced yourself that Subway hardly falls in that category. Another big mistake is the buffet, which might sound like a great eating spot after two hours at the gym but won't do much for the first date atmosphere.
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