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Five & Ten (706) 576-7300; 1653 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, Georgia

Amenities: No dime store, this rather, a very approachable neighborly restaurant where clothing runs the gamut from shorts to suits.

Some solo regulars take dinner at the bar 2-3 times a week!

Cuisine: New American Southern Cuisine (wines by the glass)

Neighborhood: Five Points Area

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Commune (404) 609-5000; 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, Georgia

Amenities: Located in an old industrial space in Midtown, this modern, yet casual, restaurant gets its name from a communal table (seating 24) located center stage. Another option for solos, in addition to this convivial style of dining, is the lounge area comprising two small sections. Solos in the know (The full menu is also available here.) reserve seating here on weekends.

Newly open for lunch and brunch on the weekends, Commune draws a gender-mix of solos age range: 25-40.

Note: An upstairs bar graced with a view of the Midtown skyline serves appetizers.

Cuisine: Modern American

Neighborhood: Near 14th

Harold's Barbecue (404) 627-9268; 171 McDonough Boulevard, Atlanta, Georgia

Amenities: Stranded by a layover or delay at Hartsfield International Airport? Here's a change of pace alternative to airport fodder. 15 minutes away by cab, it's an old hand at ministering to solo diners, often as many as 90 a day. (Recently, at 10:30am, there were eight solos, including women, seated at tables or at the counter!)

Cuisine: Barbeque cooked over an open pit (enormous portions!)

Neighborhood: Southside

Silver Skillet (404) 874-1388; 200 14th Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia.

Amenities: In their 44th year, they're used to serving it up for the famous (Celebrity Luke Perry asked his limo driver to "take me some place where they have plain, normal food.") and the not so famous (predominantly businessmen and women during the week and great helpings of solos and retired persons on the weekends).

Solos are special here. The staff, many of whom have been around for 30 years, adopt them and "spoil them over" when they arrive to claim one of six seats at the counter or one of the many booths for two.

Cuisine: Authentic Southern

Neighborhood: Downtown.

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