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Gaithersburg (Shady Grove)


Paolo's — (410) 539-7060; 301 Light Street - Pavilion, Baltimore, Maryland.

Amenities: The sea, or technically the harbor, helps to lure solo diners who frequent this restaurant. Business and pleasure travelers, plus regulars from the neighborhood, appear for lunch, but they pack the place at night. Seating includes a couple of small tables "made for solo diners" in the restaurant and bar area seating, both at the 25-seat bar and at a couple of tables. Newspapers and magazines are always available at the bar.

Cuisine: California Italian

Neighborhood: In the City on the Harbor

Legal Sea Foods — (410) 332-7360; 100 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland.

Amenities: Solo diners rock in this restaurant (sister to Legal Sea Foods — (617) 426-4444 in Boston) and management isn't shy about touting its solo-friendly ways to local hotels!

Remember this secret: though guests commonly wait an hour to be seated, solos usually get a table ASAP. This preferential service is one of the reasons why 60% of their solo guests (10-20 solo business travelers and conventioneers per day) forego dining at the full-service bar for a table for two, several of which feature window views.

Cuisine: Fresh, upscale seafood

Neighborhood: Inner Harbor

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Gaithersburg (Shady Grove)

The Melting Pot — (301) 519-3638; 9021 Gaither Road; Gaithersburg, Maryland

Amenities: When The Melting Pot called Rockville, Maryland its home,Washington-area fondue fans loved it for 14 years. Ensconced in its new location, they'll love it for another 14+! Seating 184, the 6,800-square-foot site is double the seating capacity of the Rockville establishment.

An exciting design ingredient at the Shady Grove establishment (unique from any Melting Pot in the region) is the addition of three inset glass table-top burners at the bar. Singles, happy hour revelers, or patrons preferring convivial chatter can dip into cheese and chocolate fondue while enjoying one of The Melting Pot’s signature cocktails or a glass of wine from the extensive wine list.

The Melting Pot’s new location provides numerous seating options that allow guests to linger over a fondue dinner. Two-tops, four-tops, and round Hollywood-style booths seating up to eight are well spaced, providing for privacy as well as for people gazing—perfect for an evening of fondue, friends, and fun!

Cuisine: Fondue Creations

Neighborhood: Shady Grove Center at the intersection of Shady Grove and Gaither roads; former location of Claude’s

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