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Jan 14, 2010 01:15 PM

Place for a single person to eat and not stick out

i have to travel to center city phila., soon. it will be around lucn time and looking for a new good restaurant. can anyone suggest a place for a single male to go, eant and drink in peace?

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  1. In general, lunch is a lot easier than dinner.
    If you don't mind a bit of jostling for the relatively few seats (and walking space), you should go to reading terminal market for lunch. search the board, there are probably as many threads on it as there are on cheesesteaks.

    1. Agree with Bob. RTM is a great place in general for a chowhound to visit on a trip to Philly. If you like adventure, grab a cab and go to John's Roast Pork or Paesano's.

      1. Sounds like you might be looking for a restaurant, rather than a bustling market. Better places that are open for lunch include Tinto and Amada (Iron Chef Garces restaurants), XIX in the Bellevue, Bliss on Broad Street, and the Oyster House on Sansom. If you'd like more of a gastropub, either Good Dog or Monk's.

        1. What does eat and drink in peace mean? I don't think that anyone is going to give you a hard time for walking into a restaurant and eating alone.

          That said what kind of cuisine are you looking for and where about will you be? I assume you want to be within walking distance of wherever you are?

          1. I have a traveling job for about 15 years. I traveled the entire continental U.S. and Canada. I never had a problem eating/drinking in peace. Pick the place you want to go, decide if you want to see and watch the room or read, don't settle for the table you're given if you don't like it, and then just enjoy the meal, the surroundings, etc. There are plenty of places to go in Philly, from the Reading Terminal Market to the Four Seasons - have a great time in the city and eat well!

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            1. re: bucksguy14

              Right on, Bucksguy! Don't be intimidated - Philly is one of the only places on the planet that people think you are weird doing someone alone.
              I love the burgers at Continental Midtown- the tomato relish is yummy! I wish I had the recipe!

                  1. re: Bob Loblaw

                    I can't stop laughing......I'll double check my entries prior to posting!

                1. re: bucksguy14

                  Great advice bucksguy! It took me Awhile to get more assertive about a good table. But after I paid for not speaking up a few times I learned. This alone can really make a difference, especially when dining alone. Probably deserves it's own thread on Not About Food or something. How about it Chef Paulo? :)