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Dining alone... love? hate? where?

woo! | Jul 28, 2002 11:11 PM

Due to circumstance, I often dine alone. Usually it's because I travel nearly every week on business, and don't really want to have business dinners every single night. On those occasions out of town, I usually eat at the bar of a nicer restaurant, and it's pretty cool, or I will indulge in whatever tasting menus are available whereever it is that I may be... unfortunately, I'm often in the little town of Gainesville, Florida, and let me tell you (with apologies to Chino Wayne) that is TRULY the Dining Wilderness... but I digress...

What/how do y'all 'hounds feel about dining alone? Does it depress you? Make you feel happy? I personally kind of like it, and usually take a book with me, enjoy some wine and chat up the wait staff (if they aren't too busy).

Also, specifically, where do you think the best places in LA and OC to dine alone are? There are several occasions when my wife and kids are out of town, and I'm in town, so again, eating alone is my deal... I've been meaning to try the "counter" or bar at Napa Rose, where you are right in front of the chefs/kitchen... has anyone tried it? I've also found that sushi bars have also always been a "single diner friendly" experience. I should probably note that I have no problem or aversion to meeting new people and striking up conversations, but I would prefer to stay away from pure "bar" type places... a bar in a restaurant is just fine, and a proper pub is terrific.

So... what are all your houndly thoughts? Where is a poor guy to go all by his lonesome? And what do y'all think of eating alone?

Oh and lastly, this request also stems from the fact that I will be in town this week but my lovely bride and kids will be out for a couple of nights... so I must fend for myself, and probably won't be cooking...

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