The friend date is a complicated social construction. It’s a situation in which you and a potential friend go out and do something, usually involving food and drink, in an effort to get to know each other. In this town, it’s likely that you’ll meet a bunch of new people each year and go on a ton of friend dates, or the even more complicated couples friend date. The potential friend date is tricky business because you don’t yet know each other, and you don’t yet know if you will indeed be or want to be friends. In these cases, it’s best to meet on fairly neutral ground: that is, a place that can accommodate a large variety of eating, drinking, and atmospheric preferences. I find that a dining experience at least puts a cap on the time you’re spending with this potential friend. If things are going well, you can always go get coffee or tea or drinks, but if it isn’t, then you’re not trapped. I’ve put together a list of five places in C-U that accommodate the friend date well, but I admit that if I had to make this list a week from now, it might include different places because this community is rich with places to eat and drink. Feel free to share your favorite spots in the comments.
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