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Best Place for a Blind Date 

Café Leila

There's a lot that can go wrong on a blind date, but the right location can go a long way in reducing the risk of disaster. Café Leila has all the right ingredients. First off, the restaurant maintains an overall relaxed vibe and affordable menu, which helps the date remain relatively low-key and low-pressure. At the same time, the Mediterranean and Italian dishes and overall décor are classy enough that it's not an offensively casual choice. The food is tasty and the menu is a safe bet for a mystery guest; even the pickiest eaters can find a simple pasta or salad dish that they'll enjoy. Café Leila also has a beautiful and expansive outdoor patio area that gives blind daters the space to have awkward conversation without feeling like patrons at adjacent tables are eavesdropping. On weekend nights, the café hosts free live jazz shows, which can ease the discomfort of unnatural pauses in conversation, or gives daters an excuse to stop talking altogether as needed. Most importantly, the restaurant is BYOB, which means you can bring a full bottle — or two! — of good wine to share with your date without having to overspend on someone you may never see again.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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