The 8 best and worst places to take your Tinder date in the Twin Cities

Categories: Make it a date
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Dragunsk
Ah, Tinder, the dating app dedicated to judging books by their covers: See a photo of a potential date, then swipe the screen to the left if you aren't interested or swipe to the right if you want to know more. It's the Cupid Shuffle of the next generation (though it often goes to the left, to the left, more than to the right, to the right, am I right?)

Regardless of whether you downloaded the app as a joke or hope to someday find your Tinder knight in H&M armor, you stand a pretty good chance of going on a mobile-initiated date. Are you going out with the selfie queen or the guy insisting the girls in his photos are his "sisters"? No matter your situation, here are eight of the best and worst places to take your Tinderella.

See also:
Best Place for a First Date Minneapolis 2014 - Como Zoo

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Emily Utne
8. DO: Fika at the American Swedish Institute Look at you, attempting to impress your match. A little culture and a lot of of taste will make this a perfect spot for a good first impression. If you swipe right, you can continue the date by actually going to an exhibit in the museum in which Fika's located. Swipe left, and you can easily escape this crowded cluster by booking it to the 6 bus in nearby Uptown. Either way, you win with this Nordic menu.
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Bill Roehl
7. DO: Smack Shack's happy hour A little expensive outside the hours of 3 to 6 p.m., Smack Shack offers a happy hour that makes for a perfect first-date atmosphere. They've got an oyster bar to be reckoned with, so you're sure to get your aphrodisiac on before you inevitably make an awkward "Haha, remember when we met on Tinder?" comment. Swipe right by taking a romantic walk around the North Loop, or swipe left by running away to a dance night at Club Jäger and the safety of singlehood.
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Peter Merholz
6. DON'T: Al's Breakfast Who thought it was a good idea to bring someone you're meeting for the first time to a 10-foot-wide hole in the wall? Don't see sparks with Mr. Tinder? Well, too bad, because you'll be getting nice and cozy for the next hour or so. Go during rush hour and you'll get to have dead-end conversation while someone stands directly behind you waiting for your seat. With such a good head-start, your second date might as well be yurting in a remote area, since you seem to like a lack of escape routes.
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PunkToad
5. DO: Rusty Taco's food truck The first date can make or break the future of your relationship with this person (rocket science, we know), so it's important to find out if they like tacos early. Oh, they don't? Swipe left. In this way, food trucks are basically designed for Tinder dates. You can stay there long enough to get food and judge your date's eating habits, but easily walk away if things start getting weird and, well, Tinder-y. Are you two actually hitting it off? Take your tacos to Nicollet for a little people-watching.


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33 comments
tinderguru
tinderguru

learn how to get tinder dates easily- www.tinderguru.com

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

I would add the greyhound station to sample the bathrooms and applebees for unique innovative food to the list of the worst...

Karl D'Amico
Karl D'Amico

meh, give me a greasy spoon. the Bandbox or the Hard Times

Erin Runquist
Erin Runquist

Katelin Coonce You know I only take dates to Mortimers.

Brian Smyth
Brian Smyth

There is no bad place to take a tinder date

Wendy Jean
Wendy Jean

I had high hopes, went there (restaurant, not truck) the other night in SE, no bueno. Flavorless meat, pile of onions, and not the good sweet kind either.

Sean Blaeser
Sean Blaeser

I was reading this earlier. So when are we going to Rusty Taco???!?!?!??

Logan Banks
Logan Banks

Vinaigrette to find out there taste in foods and see if yours are the same..... Works for me!

Blaze Hampton Alfred Leutem
Blaze Hampton Alfred Leutem

some advice for you Jake, if a lucky lady were to ever swipe right...or just go with the ol' standby of sushi then DTC...

Eric Swanby
Eric Swanby

Do not go to mickeys lol. Take that route when your already dating them. Haha

Hilary Burkhardt
Hilary Burkhardt

DO: go to the rooftop movie at Solera. If you're having a great time then you can laugh together and quote the classic lines. If you're not hitting it off you can just sit in silence and watch the movie.

Quinn Thomas
Quinn Thomas

A food truck of a chain restaurant, why not cut to the chase and go to applebees?

David Roberts
David Roberts

DO: Blow unreasonable amounts of money on food. DO NOT: Demonstrate your ability to budget expenses, and find enjoyment in someone's company regardless of how much money was spent on the occasion.

apologist
apologist

Smack Shack, near Lake Calhoun?? Check again.

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