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want to eat dinner alone in downtown la!!!

where should i go with my book ?

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  1. Wood Spoon.

    Get the pork burger.

    Wood Spoon
    107 W 9th St
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
    (213) 629-1765

    Wood Spoon
    107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

    1. Engine Co. No. 28, at the bar.

      1. Dining solo shouldn't make a difference where you eat.

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        1. re: OCAnn

          I think some places can be less conducive to single eating, sadly, mostly because of the attitude of the staff. Other places the staff is really great...attentive, don't give you the crappy table, eye out for annoying guys who think a woman reading a book is just our way of signaling "come hit on me."

          1. re: writergirl

            I never had any problems dining alone, here in the US, Europe or Asia. But then again, I never dined w/a book either.

            1. re: OCAnn

              Lucky you...multiple continents, multiple lame guys for me. My friends used to tease me that it was my "I heart freaks" tattoo on my forehead (book or no.) I haven't had as many lame servers, but it's annoying when you're given the crappiest seat in an empty restaurant...or watch everyone around you get attention. Perhaps it's because they'll get a smaller tip from a single diner.

              1. re: writergirl

                As a solo diner, I can't recall ever receiving bad service or being seated at a crappy table. If anything, service seemed to be more attentive.

                In the future, just be sure to wear your hot-guy magnet; that usually does the trick. ;)

        2. I've eaten at Ciudad solo and had a good meal with excellent service.

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          1. Here's a recent thread on the same topic: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/424064

            I'm a big fan of Woodspoon too. A more upscale option would be Cafe Pinot, which has a nice quiet atmosphere appropriate for reading.

            Cafe Pinot
            700 West Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

            1. How about a seat at the bar at Water Grill?

              1. IN downtown, Nic and Stef's has nice booths that you can solo in or at the bar.

                Just a short drive, I do really like Opus.

                Could also do R-23 for sushi.

                While Pete's has a nice bar, as well as might be conducive to solo diners, I've been disappointed every time by the food and service.

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                1. re: Emme

                  Ditto on the Pete's disappointment.

                  I've eaten solo at Blossom in Downtown and enjoyed it. Their pho may not be Little Saigon-level awesome, but it's pretty darn good. I also can second WoodSpoon, having enjoyed that great chicken pot pie. If you want something heavier on the nostalgia than the gourmet cooking, Clifton's on Broadway is good. The people-watching may be too much of a distraction from your book, though.

                  Blossom Restaurant
                  426 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                  Wood Spoon
                  107 W Ninth St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

                  Clifton's Cafeteria
                  648 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

                2. I may catch some flak for this, but the bar at the Daily Grill ain't a bad place to dine solo. I've eaten by myself at other DGs, even at tables, and gotten good service.

                  If you're willing to venture a bit beyond downtown, Pacific Dining Car would fit the bill.

                  You might also consider the bar at Roy's. I've never been there by myself; however, given the high level of professionalism I've encountered there on each of my visits, I'm fairly confident that they would respect solo diners.

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                  1. re: Jack Flash

                    pacific dining car is a good ideq, if you're into a mesquite fired steak.

                    r23 the sushi bar and also sushi go go 55 in yahoan plaza.

                    also, traxx might be a good idea, if you don't mind eating in a train station, lots of solos over there. and great possible people watching, i'm guessing.

                    also, kagaya, the shabu shabu restaurnat, not cheap, but mostly all countertop space and very interesting, and you can read your book or watch and participate in the show.

                    410 boyd st, is a nice very chill quiet place, though i haven't been for dinner.

                    1. re: Jack Flash

                      The bar at Roy's would be a great place to eat solo if you wanted to talk to the bartenders and people around you, but not such a good place to read a book - at least on not on a weekday as the happy hour crowd keeps it pretty lively!

                      1. re: aching

                        I've eaten solo at a table at Roy's and was very comfortable.

                    2. I wanna say Daily Grill for a simple, no-fuss solo dinner...

                      If you want better ambience (and for a quieter time), what about that revolving restaurant up at westin bonaventure? (i forgot the name)....

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                      1. re: chewingvampire

                        Prime, is the name. Eaten there when I was visiting, solo, and found it relaxing and enjoyable, with very good service.

                        1. re: SoCalMuncher


                          And plus it has a nice view all the way up there too :)

                        2. re: chewingvampire

                          That Daily Grill is not bad, quiet, no view but you won't get harassed. Crabcakes are good there.