Top 10 Places to Dine Alone
Enough people have asked for a Top 10 on best restaurants to eat by yourself in that I felt I finally had to do it.
I needed a lot of help on this one because a) I rarely eat alone and b) when I do, it never occurs to me that I won't be treated just as well as when I'm with my husband.
I always am. And, no, I don't think the staff recognizes me.
I started this list with a couple of places where I had fun and good food even though I was alone; these were fairly recent visits. I also asked other Sun reviewers Richard Gorelick and Rob Kasper for recommendations.
Then I took into account what commenters had to say. (Of course, I had to have had a good meal in the restaurants they recommended before I put them on this list.)
Anyway, here are our suggestions in no particular order. If you have other recommendations, tell us a little about your experiences in dining alone there. ...
* After I reviewed it, I went back to the relatively new Mari Luna Latin Grille by myself on a rainy Sunday night, when it wasn't very busy, and I had an enjoyable meal at the bar. (Yes, I was given the option of a table.)
* Other Reviewer Richard suggested the Spice Company, which has a pretty lounge, with small tables at banquettes. Because it's a hotel dining room, he pointed out, they are used to single diners. Good point.
* He also likes Henninger's Tavern, with little tables in the bar area where he sees people reading all the time. When I reviewed it, I enjoyed the New American fare.
* One commenter suggested the Stone Mill Bakery, where you can now get real dinners. For sure you wouldn't be made to feel uncomfortable there, and the food is very good. No liquor license, though.
* A couple of commenters liked Linwoods for both its dining bar for solo eaters and a few small tables that are out of the mainstream of traffic. Expensive but usually worth it.
* Rob Kasper suggested On the Hill Cafe because it's small, cozy and its evening menu has good, casual food -- from burgers to rice, beans and sweet plantains.
* A commenter liked eating alone at one of the high-tops in Juniors' bar. I liked the imaginative food there when I reviewed it, so that sounds good to me.
* One commenter ate at the Prime Rib alone for both her birthday and New Year's Eve, and she said the wait staff could not have been more gracious. If a restaurant is nice to solo diners on New Year's Eve, one of its busiest nights, that's good enough for me.
* Sushi bars are used to people who are eating alone. I enjoy Minato, but probably any local sushi bar you like would be a good bet.
(Monica Lopossay/Sun photographer)