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Single... still eat dinner out? Tips?

GraceW | Jan 15, 201106:40 PM

Hi, I am forever single--which is great--but I have recently realized from reading another thread about food and grocery bills that single people still eat out. Really? To be honest, I never eat out; maybe once or twice--since I have been 'off in the world' after my BA and MA. It never struck me as a good idea to sit, order, wait, stare at the wall, wait, chow, pay and leave all by myself.

So when I eat out alone, should I bring a book? Is that rude, sad, or pathetic? Should I bring work?--when I've been at chain-lunch places alone, I have always felt guilty taking up a table by myself.. so I can already imagine feeling awkward at a real, thriving nice place to dine. I just moved to a new area, so I would like to try some places out (unfortunately a co-worker, male did not take me up on two invitations to eat out.. so I can tell that's not happening...), but do you have any suggestions for how to make the 'eating out' experience not wretched at a non-chain/non-lunch establishment, if I am alone?

I've never ordered-in.. so maybe I should just skip the 'eating-out thing and just 'experience' ordering delivery.

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