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Dining alone ... is it really any different? [moved from L.A. board]

maxzook | | Oct 19, 2008 07:36 PM

This thread got me thinking:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/565589

Whenever the subject of dining alone in restaurants comes up, I'm always surprised that people ask for specific recommendations, as if solo dining is something that only certain restaurants specialize in.

My food tastes are sufficiently different than that of my s.o. that I do a fair amount of solo dining. My observation is that with a few obvious exceptions such as whole-pie pizzerias, older Chinese places, or a place like Buca di Beppo that serves most of their menu family-style, any restaurant should be able to deal with the needs of a solo diner, equally to that of a small group.

I can remember my mother complaining of being treated condescendingly when she dined alone in a fancy NYC steakhouse ... but that was thirty years ago. I'm not saying it still doesn't happen, but I have not heard such complaints from solo women diners in a long time.

Have you had a solo experience in an LA restaurant that would lead to to recommend for or against eating there alone?

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