I went for brunch today at my local diner sans hubby (we both like a little alone time once in a while). When I come around 8 in the morning during the week they have no problem giving me a booth as they're obviously less packed. Today, I asked for a booth (nicely) and was told I'd have to take a table, which is banquet style. I realize that this was a busy time for the diner and they also want to save the larger booths for groups of people, not solo diners. Also, the food is pretty decent for a diner and I usually get good service. However, I am on a very tight budget and do not get to eat out that often any more. Also, due to being sick and a hubby recovering from a recent surgery... I really would have appreciated a booth. Finally, while I am a social person in the right circumstances, I always find it extremely uncomfortable sharing a table or banquet booth style seat with a stranger. Is it worth it to talk to the wait staff the next time I go there? (My hubby and I are good customers; we get breakfast there usually once a week.) Going to another diner is not always an option; this place is in walking distance and when I'm by myself, I need to walk (I don't drive). I'm also not looking just for take-out; the main reason I want to eat out is to be out of the house, in a comfy booth, to eat decent to good food, read a paper and RELAX :} I can resign myself to only eating there solo at 8 am during the week, but it's never as relaxing (I have to then go to work :} ).