All first dates should be brunch dates.

Dinner is too much of a commitment for a first date. It involves multiple dishes, as well as a drinks menu, creating an ordeal that can last for hours. It’s basically one step away from moving in together. Who wants to sign up for more than one course with someone you’re not even sure you’ll like?

Not only is its length a problem, dinner brings a certain connotation or expectation simply because it means meeting someone at night. Dinner is almost by definition sensual. It occurs under the cover of darkness and is often accompanied by beer or wine. All these elements set the stage for awkwardness if your date ends up thinking you’re delectable enough to take home, but you find them a total dud.

While dinner is too high stakes a proposition, coffee is too casual. It takes all of 20 minutes to drink a macchiato. That’s barely enough time to discuss the latest episode of The Americans, let alone figure out if you want to date someone. Sure, you could get a second cup, but we all know consuming too much caffeine is rarely a good look.

Of course, you could take your potential bae out for booze. Meeting at a bar can be efficient. If you find your date repugnant, you can always make an excuse and depart after a single cocktail, but if you want to extend the meeting for another drink (or a few) you risk full on inebriation. It can be difficult to develop a definitive impression of someone while you’re wearing beer goggles. Besides, you know you won’t make your best impression after half a bottle of bourbon.

This brings us to brunch! Breakfast is too early in the morning to be sexy, and lunch is blander than the turkey sandwich restaurants serve on their midday menus. Brunch, however, is a novel meal only dished out on weekends or at specialized restaurants. It’s blueberry scones so fluffy they’re like edible clouds and poached quail eggs that make you believe in miracles. Brunch is artisanal jams and homemade ketchup. It’s the stuff that dreams are made of!

Ready to go on the best first (or 900th) date ever?! Join us for the best brunch in Joplin, Missouri at Club 1201! Stop by for our bloody mary and mimosa bar. Serving Saturdays and Sundays.

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