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Agio (317) 488-0359; 635 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Amenities: Located near four theaters, four art galleries, B & Bs and in a walkable night time area, this very well connected restaurant draws an equally connected crowd.They include the governor and the lieutenant governor, lobbyists and lawyers and a hefty DINK ("double income, no kids") contingent. From Spring through November, many of them gather outside on the covered patio. Others opt for a table in the non-smoking dining room or a seat at the bar. (Odor-eaters at work!)

Cuisine: Contemporary Mediterranean w/Strong Accent on Italian

Neighborhood: Historic Chatham Arch Area one mile from the Capitol

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South Bend

LaSalle Grill (219) 288-1155; 115 West Colfax Avenue, South Bend, Indiana.

Amenities: The staff is used to adventurous and self-assertive solo diners. One of their best stories involves a visitor from Orange County, California who insisted on dining at 8:15 or no later than 8:30. Seated at a banquette, he took in all of the action and a grand degustation with wine.

( More recently, on a typical Tuesday evening, the LaSalle Grill hosted seven solo diners four women and three men.)

Solo diners seem to prefer seating in the downstairs restaurant or at the cozy bar (Magazines are always available!); however, Club LaSalle upstairs is also a comfortable option.

P.S. The staff will be pleased to facilitate a shared table. Just let them know you'd welcome company with your meal and they'll try to arrange it.

Cuisine: New American

Neighborhood: Downtown

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