Every first-date pro knows that you pick what you’re going to eat before you get to the restaurant. After all, what kind of impression does it make when you spend the first 15 minutes of the date with your nose buried in the menu? Exactly. Plus, if you're somewhere good, you want to make the most out of the occasion — while managing to sidestep the kind of dishes that could turn your evening into a meet-not-so-cute.
We polled some of Chicago’s top chefs and mixologists on the menu items you should order from their restaurants — plus, the items you should wait to order when you’re further down the relationship road. Then, you can have garlic breath and sauce-covered fingers together.