Morton’s Steakhouse is at the top of a list it likely doesn’t want to publicize: It’s been rated the favorite place in the US for adulterous couples to go for dinner by AshleyMadison.com, the dating website that fosters affairs.
Visitors to Ruth’s Chris, P.F. Chang’s, Outback Steakhouse, Chili’s, Houston’s, Red Lobster, Del Frisco’s, Fleming’s and The Cheescake Factory might want to take an extra look around to see if any of their pals are hiding behind menus. The lucky chains rounded out the top 10 after more than 42,000 Ashley Madison members were polled.[more]
There’s a lot of steak on that list, but don’t think for a second that these places are picked for their culinary expertise. The most important issue considered when choosing a dining spot by these adulterers was the distance from home. Close to 30 percent of those polled said they selected a place that they wouldn’t see anyone they know, while more than 56 percent said they went somewhere more than 20 miles away from their home just to be sure.
“Chain restaurants are larger and less conspicuous,” said site founder and CEO Noel Biderman. “Steak houses are always a popular affair destination since they’re not only dimly lit but also commonly found in business districts and close to hotels where these type of dates typically end.” Ouch. And as for Morton’s, the chain wasn’t likely selected for its fare. Only 17 percent said food quality was a main concern—but that hasn’t stopped the chain from getting in on the action with a little suggestive language of its own.