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Blumie Mar 6, 2008 08:18 AM

Need a rec for dining alone in Tampa. Is there a bar where a single diner can eat at Bern's? If I wanted to go more casual, is there a great burger or bar food place? Any other options come to mind?

  1. rhnault Mar 6, 2008 08:43 AM

    I think Bern's has a really good steak sandwich that is only available in their bar area! I have never had it but that's the rumor ; )

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    1. re: rhnault
      tony noriega Mar 6, 2008 08:45 AM

      I think Marco is still at the bar at Bern's......he'll treat you right.

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      SouthTampaKit Apr 13, 2008 01:01 PM

      If you're in that area- you can also do solo dining at the bar at 717 south or Mangroves

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        rebecca.kukla Apr 13, 2008 05:48 PM

        The bar at Sidebern's is great for singles IMHO - more casual than Bern's but a real treat, and it's easy to sit on your own and get small plates. Great by the glass wine list too.

        1. t
          The Urban Eater Apr 16, 2008 12:58 PM

          Every place on South Howard is good for single dining. If you go on a weekend night, you may not be single when you leave. wink wink nudge nudge
          They all have bars, if that is where you choose to sit.
          Ceviches would be good if you wanted to meet people. Don't go to MacDinton's unless your are 24 or younger. It will just annoy you otherwise. Mangroves has great crab cakes. SideBern's is a to-be-seen spot but offers good food, love the Curry the Royal Thai Palace and it is dirt cheap.

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            andy huse Apr 16, 2008 01:13 PM

            I'm not sure about the criteria here--- what are you looking for? a place to mingle? I dine virtually everywhere alone at some point and never had problems. Gino's in Tampa (forest hills) has been a fave of mine: great burgers and good italian american. most places for singles just irritate me, so i just go and dine alone, with no embarrasment.

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            1. re: andy huse
              Mild Bill Apr 16, 2008 06:33 PM

              Exactly... There's not a restaurant on the planet where I wouldn't pop into on my own... I've done it so often it's like nothing to me...
              I don't always--- I'm married, but I'm always driving around...

              Blumie, are you 'from' Tampa?
              Cause you can just pick a place from any of the Tampa threads...

              And cheer up!
              You're a Chowhound for the love of Pete!

              1. re: Mild Bill
                rebecca.kukla Apr 17, 2008 06:49 PM

                Um, folks, I don't know if 'Blumie' is male or female ... but Andy and Bill might have a slightly skewed perspective compared to the other 52% of us. I eat alone lots and lots - but I do know that there are restaurants where I am comfortable doing so and others where my going in as a woman on her own is taken as open season for others to impose unwanted company. Some places are well set up to just do your own thing and others are not and invite unwanted attention, at least for females (and trust me I am a dorky professor and don't go out to eat looking like I am in the market for attention).

                For example when I first moved to Tampa and didn't know better I made the terrible mistake of going to Rick's on the River on my own, because I thought the river was pretty. In retrospect I should have known better from the look of the place.

                Of course we can't tell from Blumie's post whether s/he is looking to avoid attention or, quite the opposite, to find people to mingle with. So I agree with Andy that the post was unclear about what it was looking for.

                1. re: rebecca.kukla
                  Mild Bill Apr 18, 2008 07:08 PM

                  Very good point... I thought about asking M/F(?) but it got past me...
                  And all the Blumies I've ever known were dudes... ;-)

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              Bergerman Apr 19, 2008 02:15 PM

              There's a brand new burger place on Henderson Blvd. called Square 1 that has a nice long bar and great atmosphere (which is amazing since it replaced a tool rental company!) and the burgers are great (kobe burgers, among many others). Same owners as Bella's, also a good choice for solo diners. Bonefish also has a spacious bar and accommodating attitude. Same for GrillSmith down the street, and a terrific burger, actually. Personally, I prefer sitting at a decent size bar when I'm eating alone. I'll sit alone at a table if I have to, but it doesn't seem as lonely at the bar. But some restaurant bars are more for drinking, not so good for solo dining. Never had a problem being hit on, but then I'm a guy and would be flattered if it happened!

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