Michael Bauer today confides that he feels uncomfortable dining alone. “My discomfort comes from thinking the tables next to me probably realize that I’m eavesdropping. Therefore, I’m never quite sure where to look or how to appear disinterested in the tables around me. I guess I should resist the urge to lean in and cup my hand over my ear,” he writes. Wow, ok, so that’s how you spot the critic. Just follow the cord from the microphone on your table. He’s right, though. It can be trying. The best bet is to sit at the bar and strike up a conversation with the bartender or other solo diners. One Grub Street favorite for this practice is Serpentine, in Dog Patch. What are yours?
Advice for the self conscious diner [Between Meals/SF Gate]
Earlier: Playing Lone Wolf in Dogpatch [Grub Street SF]