Eat Dinner Alone at a Restaurant

bld signEating alone doesn’t really scare me…when done prior to noon. In the AM, you can always find me hiding in the corner of some coffee shop with a double cappuccino, blueberry scone and my nose embedded in my laptop.

But, when it comes to a meal after 5:00, I usually plop myself at the safety of a bar to enjoy my solo supper with a cocktail.

For me, this didn’t count as a check off the ‘eating alone” bucket list. I wanted to have a romantic dinner at my very own table without the comfort of a friendly stranger sitting at the next stool.

I chose to do my eating alone at, BLD, a newer restaurant that popped up near my home in Arizona. The interiors were not as sexy as their sister establishment, Cork, but still modern and sleek. I entered and immediately said, “just one”.

I don’t like when they have to ask “how many?”

The hostess sat me at a cushy booth big enough for four and I was grateful that they didn’t shove me in the corner at some tiny two-top. Put me right out there in the open for everyone to ogle.

Yep. I’m eating alone.
eating alone at bld

After immediately ordering a glass of Zinfandel, I  started to settle in. This ain’t so bad. My food extravaganza began with the seared ahi and cucumber salad.

Another glass of wine please.

The second course to my eating alone adventure was a prosciutto and fried goat cheese salad.

My server was personable, my Kindle app had a great unread book and I wasn’t subjected to eating greasy chicken wings at the local pub just because the was no dining partner.
ahi appetizer while eating alone  goat cheese salad while eating alone

No romantic dinner is complete without ordering dessert and rocky road bread pudding with toffee sauce fit the bill.
rocky road bread pudding

I lingered at the restaurant for more than an hour and a half, enjoying the silence and the perk of not having to share my dessert when eating alone. It was almost as good as not having to share my popcorn when I went to the movies by myself.

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2017-04-28T16:50:15+00:00 September 7th, 2011|Categories: Arizona, FOOD, North America, TRAVEL|Tags: , , |

27 Comments

  1. kristina@beancakes September 7, 2011 at 8:02 am - Reply

    oh wow this looks delicious!! i actually love to eat alone and it is a plus to not have to share dessert!! i love your photos and the way in which you write up all of your posts! great job!! 😉
    xx ~ kristina

  2. Lori - The Unframed World September 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    That dinner looks so delicious! Good for you to go for solo fine dining. I always feel self conscious when I eat alone but you've set an excellent example =).

  3. Danielle September 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Everything looks so good, especially that dessert! I've never have rocky road bread pudding but I think I need it in my life right now!

  4. Ellie September 8, 2011 at 2:40 am - Reply

    I'm going away now before my stomach starts rumbling… but seriously, that sounds like a scrumptious evening and the photos are yummy! 🙂

  5. Carola September 9, 2011 at 10:40 am - Reply

    That dessert killed me.  Going to a restaurant for dinner by yourself; so brave! 

  6. Val September 10, 2011 at 4:36 am - Reply

    You go girl. Cheers to not sharing dessert! 🙂

  7. Arlene Walker September 11, 2011 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Just me alone with something called a rocky road bread pudding covered in toffee sauce IS a romantic dinner. Onlookers would tell us to get a room. LOL

  8. Stefanie September 14, 2011 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Oh my, that food looks delicious! I lot of people are self-conscious eating alone (myself included), but I just think back to when I worked as a hostess and had to seat people alone. I didn't think anything of it. Good for you!

  9. Smriti@Bucket List Nation September 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Such yummy food!! I would love to dine alone just so i dot have to share this with anyone else..ha ha ..great post Annette!

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