Solo Diner-Friendly Restaurant Contest (2001)

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Sooner or later, EVERYONE business and pleasure travelers, singles, those divorced or widowed, very-marrieds whose spouses are on the road, harried moms and dads, etc. faces the challenge of eating out alone!

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Visitors' Comments During the Contest

I now believe in Restaurant Fairies after having come upon your site so serendipitously. To my absolute delight, I found that every word was of interest to me.

It's been a long, lonely path that I've travelled eating in restaurants for 25 years. Prior to that, I was a shopping columnist for a year in a local 100,000 circ. throwaway newspaper in Toronto. I had two children with me at the time and I was invited to have wonderful meals in dinner houses. My two miserable children sat there scowling because they wanted hot dogs and hamburgers in a place whose specialty was steaks but, that is another story.

I've never found anyone to sympathize with me on the rigors of lone female dining. Even more catastrophic is lone, older, female dining.

I have a horror story that you've never heard of before and it happened in a restaurant that I used to frequent on Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood [California]. I will not give the name as I don't even want it to have negative publicity.

No mention at all is the best way to treat bad restaurants as it's been my experience that if you tell someone a place is bad they will go there to prove that they could conquer that restaurant that furnished your dining demise.

There's another restaurant on Melrose that I used to eat at twice a day and where I had brought overseas visitors on one occasion as well as having brought in friends. After a particular incident I never went back there and never will.

If you run out of horror stories for your books/website, fear not, I have enough to last many lifetimes!

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I'd just like to tell you that if you ever feature restaurants in the Caribbean that cater to solo diners, I have one to add to your list.

While in Anguilla two years ago, I dined at Pimms restaurant in the Cap Jaluca Resort. I was not a guest there, but had heard the food was delicious and thought I'd give it a shot.

When the Manager of the restaurant found out I was dining alone he offered me a complimentary appetizer and I had the most attentive waitstaff possible!

The Manager invited me to join himself and his dinner guests for after-dinner drinks but I had to decline as it was late and I wanted to get up early the next morning for a trip to St. Martin.

He did arrange for me to come back the following day and receive a tour of the entire resort, including the rooms where celebrities had stayed.

The food and hospitality were superb!!!! It's a wonderful place to visit and even though the restaurant has a romantic setting, I didn't feel at all uncomfortable dining alone!"

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Another solo dining problem is solo dining for couples. This is really a problem on most cruise ships. You have to go through all kinds of hell to get a table for two on most cruise ships !!

Please think about expanding your site to include couples also!

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Don't be so U.S.-centric! Let's see something outside of the U.S.! I'm in European cities all the time by myself.

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