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Kansas City

Peppercorn Duck Club-Hyatt Regency Crown Center — (816) 435-4199; 2345 McGee Street; Kansas City, Missouri

Amenities: An institution, top rated in the city, it’s known for impeccable service furnished by a staff of long time employees. (90% of those who opened the restaurant are still employed!)

They average two to three solos per day, 75% of whom are men — mostly business travelers. But many locals are fans; two appear individually on New Year's Eve. (“Skies,” a sister restaurant, is more casual.)

Cuisine: New Contemporary American

Neighborhood: Crown Center

Stroud's Restaurant & Bar —

Stroud's South (816) 333-2132; 1015 East 85th Street; Kansas City, Missouri

Stroud's Oak Ridge Manor (816) 454-9600; 5410 NE Oak Ridge Drive; Kansas City, Missouri

Amenities: Gotta yen for pan-fried chicken? Stroud's offers it up in all manifestations (all white, all breast, all dark, all livers, etc.), and serves it with a bit of Clay County history. (Treasured antiques include a walnut cabinet from the Daniel Boone family.The original land deed, issued and signed by John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States, hangs in the foyer.) (which hosts two locations in Kansas City.

Stroud's offers it up "family style." We were curious — "family-style" like Basque restaurant seating where "everyone" is seated together at long picnic tables? Unfortunately, not so. However, they will seat you, as they do solo business people and out-of-towners, at your very own table and ply you with you very own dishes served family-style.

Cuisine: Homestyle - Roadstyle (Famous for fried chicken, they've added other well-received entrees, most notably Kansas City Strip and Broiled Pork Chops.)

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Avalon Cafe — (816) 640-2835; 608 Main Street; Weston, Missouri

Amenities: If you stroll through Weston on a Monday, you may see chef/owner David Scott out tending his garden of herbs and flowers.

Even though it's his day off, stop and chat. A sucker for solo diners, he'll fill you in on what to do around town (and invite you back!).

His restaurant attracts solo tourists and business types, many of whom are guests at the Bed and Breakfasts that flourish here.

Housed in an historic 1840's home, the dining rooms measure 16'x16'. "It's no surprise everyone gets to talking," Scott said.

His wine-tasting dinner parties are also convivial and attract hearty numbers of solos. 70-100 guests are seated at big tables accommodating 10-12. (One guest so enjoys the company, she makes the three hour drive alone from Omaha!)

Cuisine: Concocted by a French cuisine-trained chef who dotes on farm-fresh ingredients

Neighborhood: Closest Airport: Kansas City International; two-three hours from St. Louis.

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