Aventura area Dining Alone suggestions needed for an elderly gentlemen!
My father in law has recently become widowed, and he is 83 years old, and alone for the first time in over 60 years. I would like to compile a list for him of places that he could go out to eat where he wouldn't feel terribly uncomfortable dining alone. I know one can dine alone anywhere, but it would be better if there were other single diners around as well, so he wouldn't feel isolated.
Where are some good dinner spots?
He lives in the Aventura area, and drives and walks with no problem. He is open to most cuisine, and although he eats kosher in the house, he will dine out non kosher, or bring in take out that is parve and non meat.
So far, some of the lunch casual suggestions I've come up with are:
-Whole Foods for take out and tables to eat a bite there of their prepared foods.
-Java and Juice for salads
-Starbucks for coffee
I am out of town, so Thank you for your help!
Thank you for the extensive list..I am editing my list and adding what I think he will like. Many of those I know--another good one I remembered was Giorgio's Grill a bit further up into Hollywood on AIA in the same complex as Opa Taverna--they have a good little takeout spot and you can sit by water and have a salad and individual pizza..also thought he might like Panera Bread, and added those to the list.
Gourmet Diner is a good call, it's on Biscayne not far north of 135th St. (no more than about 5 miles from Aventura area).
Bagel Cove (around 190th and Biscayne) is good for Jewish deli type stuff (not kosher) with counter service.
While it's still there, Rascal House (170th & Collins) is also another decent breakfast/deli place and big among the alta kocker crowd (it will be closing down soon unfortunately to make way for yet another condo). Also has counter service.
In the Aventura mall there's a Paul Bakery which for a chain has impressed me with their quality - very nice sandwiches and pastries. It's a kiosk in the mall with several tables in the center of the mall walkway area. There's another one at Biscayne Commons which is just a little south of 163rd St. on Biscayne.
Bamboo Garden (one location on 163rd St. a couple miles west of Biscayne, another around 135th and Biscayne) does decent Chinese food - no particular solo seating options but OK for takeout.
There's an Original Pancake House just a little north of Aventura on Biscayne which is great for breakfast.
If your father is really adventurous, one of my favorite local restaurants is a Japanese tapas place called Yakko-San which is on Dixie Highway (just west of Biscayne) a couple blocks north of 163rd St. There's also decent sushi (same owners) at Hiro which is on 163rd St. a little east of Biscayne. Both have a sushi bar for seating (although Yakko-San does not actually do sushi, only sashimi).
It may be a little noisy and/or fancy for him, but one of my favorite local restaurants is Timo in Sunny Isles (about 10 blocks north of 163rd St. on Collins): http://www.timorestaurant.com
The food is wonderful, the staff are great, and there's a bar area where solo diners can perch and they serve the whole menu.
This is a great idea... new places for Dad to eat...
My list (best is last - tell him to go find Ruthie!)
Mo's Bagels - the center of the known universe in Aventura
2780 NE 187th St, Miami, FL
Prezzo Martini Bar and Grill - single older folks dine at the bar
18831 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL
Pita Plus of Aventura - casual
18833 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL
Einstein Bros Bagels - sidewalk cafe
18815 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL
Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli - brunch
19003 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL
Kosher Magic Caterers & Take-Out Food
1839 NE Miami Gardens Dr, North Miami Bch, FL
Blue Marlin Fish House
2500 NE 163rd St, North Miami Bch, FL
2995 NE 163rd St, Miami, FL
Miami Juice - health food, Israeli
16210 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Bch, FL
Louies Brick Oven - pizza
15979 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL
Fu Xing-Kosher Chinese
1688 NE 164th St, North Miami Bch, FL
Timo - pricey but nice to eat at the bar
17624 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Bch, FL
17608 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Bch, FL
Rascal House Restaurant - a landmark
17190 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Bch, FL
Mexico Bravo Glatt Kosher
16850 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Einstein Bros Bagels
16840 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Bch, FL
Pashas Restaurant Inc - Mediterranean
14871 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL
Scorch Grill House
13750 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami Bch, FL
220 S Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL
Thira Taste-The Greek Islands
100 S Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL
Sage Bagel and Appetizer Shop Inc - great deli
800 E Hallandale Beach Blvd, Hallandale Beach, FL
Sara's Kosher Restaurant Catering & Pizza Shop
2214 NE 123rd St, North Miami, FL
Here Comes the Sun - (managed by a single Jewish grandmother named Ruthie *hint hint*)
2188 NE 123rd St, North Miami, FL
Not sure if it's too far, it's on Biscayne Blvd in North Miami."Gourmet Diner". The ladies that work lunch have several regulars that come in daily! There is a counter so sitting alone is the norm. There are also small two person tables with a booth on one side and a chair on the other. I've seen lots of single diners there.