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Cheater Dining Hotspots Mostly Chain Restaurants

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Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

What makes a restaurant the right place to bring a paramour? According to a survey conducted by—a dating site for married people looking to have an affair—cheaters prefer to bring their dates to corporate chains, especially steakhouses. The top five chain restaurants for a rendezvous are Morton's Steakhouse, Ruth's Chris, Houston's, P.F. Chang's, and The Cheesecake Factory. When it comes to non-chain local restaurants, places like Momofuku in New York, Bianca in Miami, Panne Bianco in Phoenix, and Craig's in Los Angeles made the list.

Respondents to the survey said that the number one factor in choosing a restaurant for an extra-marital date was location. More than half of 42,890 cheaters polled prefer the restaurant to be 20 - 30 miles from their home. The quality of the food ranked as the fourth most important factor in deciding where to eat, behind "discreet atmosphere" and "romantic/dimly lit." So, where should you have your next tryst?

Top Ten Chain Restaurants

1. Morton's Steakhouse
2. Ruth's Chris
3. Houston's
4. P.F. Chang's
5. The Cheesecake Factory
6. Del Frisco's
7. Chili's
8. Outback Steakhouse
9. Red Lobster
10. Fleming's

Most Popular Local Restaurants

BOSTON: Mistral Bistro, Oiishi, Temezcal, Prezzo,
CHICAGO: Gibson's, Tavern on Rush, Kiki's Bistro, Ditka's
LOS ANGELES: Pace, Craig's, Dan Tana, South Beverly Grill
MIAMI: Bianca, Prime Italian, Joe's Stone Crab, Red
NEW YORK: Blue Water Grill, Blue Fin, Momofuku
PHILADELPHIA: Valanni, Amis, MIxto, Walnut St. Supperclub
DALLAS: Celebration, Marquee Grill, Jake's, Mi Piaci
PHOENIX: Talavera, Durant's, Panne Bianco, Macjos, Ztejas
SAN FRAN: Royko's, Cliff House Bistro, Spiedo, Alexander's
D.C.: Marcel's, Rasika, Blue Duck Tavern, Oya, The Cure

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