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View Poll Results: Would you eat alone in a restaurant?
Yes, why wouldn't I? 42 73.68%
No way, far too weird or embarrassing or stressful. 9 15.79%
Other.... ? 6 10.53%
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:52 PM
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I do quite a lot actually. Probably a few times a week because I'm on my way to school, work, whatever and have absolutely no time to cook which doesn't leave me with much choice.

However, I wouldn't eat at a fancy restaurant by myself. Usually I just go to places like small sushi restaurants, burgers, sandwiches, pho, ramen, pizza, etc.

A lot of people eat by themselves here. Especially in the downtown areas where people go to work. It's pretty common to see at least a few tables of 1 person around lunch time, a little less for dinner time but it happens too.

To put it into perspective, I probably eat in a restaurant alone 10-15 times for every time I eat with someone else in a restaurant.
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Shai View Post
It's only annoying if I am enjoying a bit of peace, my own thoughts, and/or a good book and the waiter feels a responsibility to form a bond with me since I'm sitting alone lol..
This happened to me the last time I had lunch by myself. Sooo annoying, I was clearly reading!

I have eaten by myself, I don't mind it and it doesn't feel awkward.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:06 PM
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I do all the time.

I bring my phone or a book or I people-watch. The only time it's awkward is if the waitstaff or random strangers fuss over me being "a poor dear, all alone." I actually stopped going to a diner near my house in Fairfax when a waiter there just wouldn't leave me alone. He thought I needed company and would interrupt my reading with incessant chatter and just sit down at my booth - polite hints weren't enough to make him leave.

If you can do it at a panera, you can do it at a sit-down place. The only difference is the surprised looks you get at a fancier place.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:37 PM
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