...or booshie, as I have been referred to by some friends. But there are some things I cannot get with, for instance chain restaurants. Or rather, heavily chained restaurants. In an effort to set up a potential date, a young man asked me if I liked Chilis. He was referring to the Mexican inspired restaurant chain that you have seen in many-a-mini-malls. I had to think long and hard how to reply truthfully and not come across as a snob. I opted for a text that stated, 'not particularly a big fan of Chilis, but I'm open'. Since he likes tacos, I suggested a place in the Bridgeport neighborhood. He was game and we continued from there.
Now you can call me 'booshie', but I am against chain restaurants on first dates. I mean there are exceptions to the rule, Rosebud, Shaw's Crab House, McCormick or Schmick's to name a few. But your run of the mill Chilis, T.G.I. Friday's, Red Lobster, Cheesecake Factory or even Houston's- can't do it, on principle alone. I think those locations should be reserved for friends, family and already established couples. 'Hey honey, let's just grab a bite at Grand Luxe.' Don't get me wrong, I love to drizzle extra Italian dressing on my Olive Garden salad, but don't take me there if you're trying to impress me. Those restaurants are so mundane. Considering the city in which I live, Chicago, there is no excuse for brothas not to research new and different food establishments. I will not hold it against this man, because I don't think he meant anything by it. That just might be his 'spot'. But at the same time, I don't want to set us both up for failure by pretending I am cool with something that I am definitely not.
If that makes me stuck up, oh well.