$10 says this happened: the restaurant they went to is more of a bar & grill place. They go sit at the bar. She is not happy about being in a bar, and also notices that some of the customers have tats. And she is probably just recently getting back into the dating
world, possibly divorced or widowed after a long marriage. Instead of saying "this really isn't my scene, let's go down to the coffee shop", she sits there clutching her purse & imagining that she'll be kidnapped by those tattooed bikers a few seats away & forced to join their motorcycle gang
And since she doesn't hang out at bars much, she is baffled her date is ordering food; she thought they would meet up here, sip Shirley Temples & just talk. Meanwhile, he's thinking "this is going well, we've been chatting for a while, I guess I'll have a beer and primerib instead of just a beer."