Unfortunately, many people have mixed feelings about dining alone. Some may see it as a lonely task, while others may enjoy the alone time. Whether you’re the former, the latter, or somewhere in between, here are some tips to improve your solo dining experience.
Who doesn’t love to people watch? You can pick an outdoor table or sit on the patio and watch the people go by. If you would rather retreat and not be seen, you can request a seat in the back of a restaurant or against a wall to blend in better.
Do you keep a journal? If you do, when was the last time you wrote it in? If you don’t, why not start one now? Writing in a restaurant can keep you from worrying about people judging you and it can also help you reflect on different aspects of your life. It’s also a great way to pass time while you wait for your food.
Not a writer? Pick up a book instead. You can get lost in a story to distract yourself, and it’s a great way to finally finish any books you’ve been reading.
You can also use this time to call or text your friends and family you haven’t spoken to in a while. Return missed calls, reply to old texts, or simply catch up with a friend or family member. Just remember your phone etiquette if there are other tables nearby.
Sit At The Bar
Sitting at the bar allows you to feel less alone. You can chat with the bartender or meet new people at the bar. You may even be able to watch television if there is one.
You can consider taking yourself out as a form of self care. You can treat yourself to a nice meal, maybe even splurge with an appetizer, dessert, or both. Eating alone can allow you to practice mindful eating, a skill that can benefit you for the rest of your life.
Savor The Moment
Dining alone allows you to be present, as other people are often a (good) distraction. Rather than spending time chatting as your food gets cold, you can enjoy the food you are eating while still warm. As mentioned, you can practice mindfulness throughout the meal.
Look Good, Feel Good
While you don’t have to dress up if you don’t want to, you should dress in something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. You may look into the dress code of the restaurant (if any), just so that you don’t show up under- or over-dressed.
To avoid having to wait around, and potentially make your experience longer, pick out your order beforehand so that you can order when the server comes around. And then, ask for the bill before you finish eating to avoid any waiting around for the check later.
Dining alone isn’t as bad as people may think. There are worse situations, and you may even see some when you look around the dining room. When you’re flying solo, at least you know you’re in good company.
You can dine alone or catch up with friends or family at the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli! Enjoy a yummy sandwich or fresh salad in our dining room or our outdoor patio. Visit us weekdays from 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays from 8:00am-4:30pm. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.