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Al's Breakfast (612) 331-9991; 413 14th South East, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Amenities: 14 stools, 24 years under current ownership, 54 years in business total. You gotta figure the folks in charge know what they're doing!

Solo diners are an every-day occurrence, according to the owner. "More men than women; they can't fend for themselves." He also added that sometimes it's better to be a solo than a couple who may have a long wait for a stool. When only one seat is available, a solo in the back of the line can grab it.

Cuisine: "Delicious!"

Neighborhood: Southeast near the University of Minnesota

Oceanaire Seafood Room
(612) 333-4414; 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Amenities: The oyster bar has taken on communal dining trappings. A comfortable spot to enjoy the late 30's-early 40's, tap your toes and fingers music, it's a magnet for weary business travelers who crave a glass of wine, a beer or a full meal. It also attracts a growing number of locals, residents of nearby high-rise condos, who fast become acquainted with the shuckers.

The restaurant proper's two-tops and banquette seating with splendid views of the park walkway attract its share of solo diners, more women than men.

Cuisine: Classic American Seafood

Neighborhood: Loring Park

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St. Paul

Pazzaluna (651) 223-7000; 360 St. Peter Street, St. Paul, Minnesota

Amenities: Open since the end of October 98, Pazzaluna features a "Cucina" chef's counter seating eight. (Note the purse hooks conveniently located beneath it.) Currently male and female solo business travelers, referred by local concierges, fill it, especially early in the week. But expect an influx of local foodies when the word gets out.

The ebullient chef, a native of Milan, Italy, oversees the proceedings in rapid-fire English and Italian. (If you prefer a table, prepare to spread out; there's only one 2-top in the house!)

Cuisine: Classic Italian

Neighborhood: Rice Park Area behind the St. Paul Hotel

Muffuletta Cafe (651) 644-9116; 2260 Como Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota

Amenities: "Solos don't dine alone, alone here," reports the general manager, adding, "The schematics this is a small place contribute and everyone is very friendly."

(Impromptu communal table dining reigns when the overflow is directed to a U-shaped table located in the party room in the rear.)

Solo locals and business travelers, ranging in age from 35-60, appear at lunch and early dinner.

Cuisine: "A little bit of everything"; we sample the globe.

Neighborhood: Saint Anthony Park

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