Editor’s note: February 28th is IHOP’s National Pancake Day: Everyone gets a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes at IHOP (and hopefully leaves a donation for the Children’s Miracle Network in exchange). Whether or not IHOP is your thing, we thought we’d bring back this post from last September extolling the virtues of the Breakfast for Dinner Date. 

Maybe it’s childhood nostalgia. Maybe it’s the sheer novelty of it. Maybe it’s because french toast, bacon, eggs and homefries are too delicious for morning consumption alone. Whatever it is, breakfast for dinner seems to hold a special place in the hearts of foodies everywhere. Not to mention, it makes an excellent date.

Here are ten reasons why you should consider making your next romantic dining experience a little more bacon and coffee and a little less candles and red wine.

1. It’s low-pressure

You don’t have to get dressed up. You probably won’t need reservations. There won’t be ten other guys/girls that you’re worried are cooler/prettier/more stylish/more handsome than you. In other words, you can relax.

Related: How To Nail The Morning-After Breakfast

2. You’re both already excited

I don’t what it is, but the novelty of eating a meal intended for the morning at night makes people insane with glee. And it’s not the kind of excitement that sets you up for disappointment either, because…

3. It’s always good

Sometimes it better than others, of course, but even the grossest, greasiest white-toast-only, no-hot-sauce-having diner is still pretty good.

Related: The Breakfast Date — 6 Reasons To Try It

4. It’s quirky, but not annoyingly so

Breakfast for dinner is just off-beat enough to satisfy your twee longings, but it’s not like you’re dressing up in gingham and suspenders and having a picnic in a graveyard or something.

Related: Are You a “Whimsy Guy”? / In Defense of Whimsy

5. It’s cheap

Nine times out of ten, breakfast is going to be a softer on your wallet than dinner.

Related: The New 50/50 — How To Pick Up The Check in 2020

6. It’s a very subtle sexual innuendo

Heh. You’re having breakfast together. Like, heh, you know. The “morning after.” *BLUSH*

7. It’s easy to share

Eating off each other’s plates is the universal sign for “It’s going well.” Your date can’t decide between sweet and savory? Suggest getting both and going splitsies.

8. Coffee is good for talking

If you’re already having breakfast for dinner, you might as well go whole hog and have coffee at night, too. A few cups o’ joe can actually serve as a better social lubricant on a date than alcohol. Many a four hour deep, passionate conversation about what’s most important in life has been caffeine fueled, but accidentally telling someone how attractive you find their ears and then throwing up on your shoes is pretty much always booze’s domain.

Related: 6 Really Unattractive Things Women Do When Drunk // 8 Really Unattractive Things Guys Do When Drunk

9. You can order ridiculous things that you’d never actually eat for breakfast

Getting food on your face is not attractive. Unless the food is whipped cream from a huge stack of chocolate chip pancakes with sliced bananas and chocolate sauce drizzled all over it. Then it’s adorable.

10. For some reason it’s also acceptable to drink a milkshake

It’s true. At breakfast for dinner, especially if it’s at a diner, you can order eggs, bacon, pancakes, waffles and a milkshake and no one will bat an eye. You can also put two straws in said milkshake. And share it. With your date.

But that’s just totally cheesy and you wouldn’t have any interest in something sappy like that. Right?

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