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"Never let a man take you to a restaurant that doesn't have a waiter," said my college friend, Carl. He told me that after laughing about a guy who surprised me with a Dutch date. How does one blow up another person's phone for two days, ask her out, confirm that she's coming and then expect her to pay? Well, that guy did. And I left him sitting alone and made lunch plans with a family member who also laughed just as hard at this joker.

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But Carl's issue wasn't so much the Dutch date as it was he couldn't believe a man would take a woman somewhere without waitresses. In the case of this date, it was Portillo's in downtown Chicago.

"If you have to walk up to a counter to order your food, you keep walking right out the door," Carl continued.

From that day on (back in 2003), I took Carl's advice. But I also learned a few more reasons restaurants should be the first place to go on a date. Check out the photo gallery (above) to find out why.

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