Forget what you’re wearing, it’s the food you order that can make or break your chemistry with the person sitting across from you. We know there are certain foods NOT to order on a date, but what are some foods that men actually love to see a woman order? Fox News Magazine set out to find some great dishes that’ll make for a steamy, sexy, delicious date.
If you really want to impress your man, order a steak. We’ve been told that it’s insanely sexy when a girl knows how to cut a steak, so don’t jab it with your fork, don’t hack it with a knife and certainly don’t swallow a four-inch piece of meat. When a man sees you take control of a steak, it’ll make him think of you taking control in the bedroom later on, and what’s sexier than that?
If your date takes you to a nice Italian restaurant, have no shame in enjoying a plate of pasta. When done correctly, eating pasta can be very sexy. We suggest opting for a variation that’s easy to eat and won’t end in a messy, not-so-romantic “Lady and the Tramp” moment (which is why we advise against ordering spaghetti on a first date). Potato gnocchi is a great choice. If you’re at a true Italian restaurant, they’ll whip up these delicate little pillows of potato from scratch, top them with a secret sauce and some silky mozzarella, and transport you straight to Italy.
When we asked men what the sexiest food a woman could order on a date is, almost all of them responded, “Not salad.” Despite this, we couldn’t resist including salad on our list. While ordering a salad does give off the impression that you’re a health-conscious herbivore and will likely make your man feel uncomfortable for ordering his man-steak (which he shouldn’t), we say it’s okay to play it on the skinny side. While men claim they like a girl who has no reluctance in ordering a hearty steak, we also know they like a girl who takes care of her body. So, if you do decide to order a salad on a date, just know that for better or for worse, it comes with a side order of judgment.
You can’t go wrong ordering a beautifully cooked filet of salmon on a date. The methodology is two-fold: You won’t be judged for ordering a plate of leaves, and you won’t have to worry about throwing off that diet you slaved all week to maintain.
After a glass of wine, you’ll start to relax and enjoy yourself on the date. And when you’re relaxed, you’ll be yourself, which will naturally give off a sexier vibe.
If you’re not at a fancy French restaurant, we say it’s okay to order a burger. It may not be the most elegant of foods to order on a date, but it’ll show your man that you can let loose and enjoy the many flavors of life. And if he brought you to a burger joint in the first place, he’s probably not looking for a high-maintenance, calorie-counting drama queen (not to say there’s anything wrong with watching what you eat). Rather, he’s looking for a girl who can hang with the guys. And while we support the theory that eating a burger can make you look sexy (can’t we all look like Kate Upton in this Carl’s Jr. commercial?), we wouldn’t oppose your asking the waiter to hold the french fries; it’ll show that while you do have a wild side, you still care about your body and what your man thinks of it.
Figs are an aphrodisiac food, but not in the obvious kind of way. In addition to them being visually erotic, they’re full of manganese, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc, which are all vital for sexual health. And did you know that Adam and Eve actually wore fig leaves to cover themselves? (That's also a good conversation filler for an awkward first date moment.) However you order them (wrapped in bacon, stuffed with blue cheese, fried in honey) we have no doubt they’ll evoke a sexy sentiment.
If you want to scream sexy, just order the world’s most well-known aphrodisiac. You won’t have to worry about any miscommunication at the dinner table.
Chicken is one of the safest bets for a dinner date for three reasons: it’s easy to eat, it's lean and it isn’t smelly. But we also see it as the “vanilla” of meats. So, if you order the chicken, make sure it’s the chef’s special to avoid coming off as boring on your date.
Sushi is a great date food if you stay away from the king-size sushi rolls (see foods NOT to eat on a date). Not only do sushi restaurants provide a lively, authentic date environment, but there is a certain gracefulness to eating the Japanese cuisine (which, needless to say, is far from the way we Americans have been known to attack a quarter-pounder). After marveling at your meticulously crafted platter of sushi, take the opportunity to show off your chopstick skills by popping a "you-have-got-to-try-this!" roll right on your date's tongue. Pretty soon, he’ll be asking for a taste of you, too.
Seared Scallops or Shrimp
Mild but sweet, firm yet fine, these slippery sea creatures are easy to eat and full of flavor. When seared just right, the outside crunch will catch your mouth and the buttery inside will make it melt, much like we hope your date does.
Risotto requires slow, careful preparation. When cooking, things can easily go awry, but done just right, risotto is an unforgettable dish — hopefully just like the one sitting across from you.
Cappuccinos are a delicious nightcap, and if you shamelessly choose to let just a bit of foam linger on your upper lip for the purpose of licking it off, we certainly won’t find any reason to judge you.
Ice cream cone … licking … you get the picture.
Anything Dark Chocolate
Nothing screams sexy like dark chocolate desserts, such as chocolate-covered strawberries, molten chocolate lava cake or dark chocolate gelato. It may seem like the easy way out, but the rich taste and disarming texture of dark chocolate will stimulate the senses, rev up the libido, and make seducing your date just another (sexy) walk in the park.