5 Tips For Eating In A Restaurant Alone
There are some of you single ladies that are dying to eat at a restaurant but don’t want to dine alone. This post will help you get out of your comfort zone and take small steps to Solo Dining. Even though you don’t need a reason, many women opt to dine alone because they are recently single and are not ready to date yet. It takes time after a break up to get comfortable with doing things on your own. Or, maybe you’ve recently moved to a new city and want to explore the area without waiting until you make friends. Here are five ways to get totally comfortable with dining solo.
1. Take Note of Everyone Else Who’s By Themselves
When you go out to eat on your own, you’re going to notice that there are a lot of other people who are also on their own. You’ll realize that dining solo isn’t as out there as you thought it was and that plenty of people do it.
2. Go Somewhere Busy
The busier the area, the more you’ll fit in when dining alone. In a city like New York or San Francisco, there are so many people that you won’t stick out like a sore thumb just for sitting in an eatery alone – people will probably not even notice!
3. Choose a Place That’s More Casual
To get used to dining solo, head to a restaurant that’s more on the casual side. For example, Panera Bread offers meals for any time of day, but since this is a higher quality form of fast food, it doesn’t feel the same as sitting down in a fancier restaurant.
4. Have a Plan
If you’re still getting used to eating solo, have a plan before heading out. Know where you’re going to go, where you’d like to sit and what you’re going to order. This will not only make you feel more in control of the situation, but it can speed up the process (if you want it to) so that you limit how much time you spend at the restaurant. Make Yelp your friend and download the app to your phone.
5. Go Out to Eat in the Morning
Mornings are a great time for eating on your own because people are often heading to work and don’t always have time to get together with others. You’ll notice other people taking a bit of time on their own to sip their coffee or even eat a full breakfast, which will make you feel more at ease with being solo.
Before you know it, dining by yourself won’t feel threatening at all, and you won’t even give it a second thought before you head out for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Other notable mentions:
- Bring a laptop or book.
- Make sure your phone is fully charged to browse the web.
- Sit at the Bar instead of a table.
Restaurants/Bars I have eaten at alone:
3 Sheets Saloon – For the beer bombs of course
Any Chipotle because sometimes you just need a taco.
Hillstone – for the Thai Steak and Noodle Salad
Thai Market – for the Basil Chicken
Iguana New York – Sangria
Van Leeuwen – Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
Senza Gluten– Gluten Free Pasta
La Loteria – great happy hour specials
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