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2018-11-07 02:58:14 PM  
That sounds appealing.

CSB: I used to travel for business a lot, which led to a lot of solo dinners out.

I went to an otherwise unremarkable (but delicious) Mexican place in Corpus Christi, TX a few years ago. I sat by myself, with a book and my phone and ordered a large cervesa and chips and guacamole for an appetizer.

Now, the menu didn't mention this, but as it turned out the guacamole was tableside preparation. And this of course led to the most awkward dining experience I've ever had while alone. The young waitron brought his little cart out, and looked so confused as to which table he was supposed to serve, since I was the only one in the section. Eventually he worked out it was just me and tried to start his little show.

So there we were, him painfully trying to make small talk while mashing diced onions into my avocado mush. Me trying to maintain polite eye contact and not just tell him to leave it...

An eternity later, he made his escape and I was left with a serving of guacamole for four.

Which I proceeded to eat by myself.
 
6 days ago  
Doesn't hiring children as waiters violate the law?
 
6 days ago  
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/introvert
 
6 days ago  

PirateKing: That sounds appealing.

CSB: I used to travel for business a lot, which led to a lot of solo dinners out.

I went to an otherwise unremarkable (but delicious) Mexican place in Corpus Christi, TX a few years ago. I sat by myself, with a book and my phone and ordered a large cervesa and chips and guacamole for an appetizer.

Now, the menu didn't mention this, but as it turned out the guacamole was tableside preparation. And this of course led to the most awkward dining experience I've ever had while alone. The young waitron brought his little cart out, and looked so confused as to which table he was supposed to serve, since I was the only one in the section. Eventually he worked out it was just me and tried to start his little show.

So there we were, him painfully trying to make small talk while mashing diced onions into my avocado mush. Me trying to maintain polite eye contact and not just tell him to leave it...

An eternity later, he made his escape and I was left with a serving of guacamole for four.

Which I proceeded to eat by myself.


Oh lord.  Most table-side preparations are bogus.
There's a great bit in one of Gordon Ramsey's shows where he's sitting there watching the guy in the Italian restaurant make the Caesar salad dressing.  Grind grind grind smash smash smash crack pour pour pour whip whip whip whip whip whip whip whip whip....

Ramsey can barely keep himself from bursting out laughing at the poor guy trying to emulsify olive oil and egg in a salad bowl with an ordinary dinner fork.
 
6 days ago  
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6 days ago  
Loners? What about rebels?
 
6 days ago  
I have no issues eating by myself if my wife isn't around or no one to go hang with and I just want a nice restaurant meal.  I really have no issue going to eat at the bar.  But that said, I kind of like people watching, and on rare occasion, striking up a pointless conversation with the diner next to me.  This kind of thing with those blinders or walls would turn me off.... I don't think I'd like to do a place like this.  Also, I might add - those ramen places are made for solo diners anyways - many of those places are just a bar table anyways.
 
6 days ago  
Huh. Did they get rid of the tables?

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"The magical ramen window, we meet again..."
 
6 days ago  
Neither seen nor heard?  You can always tell a Milford man.

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6 days ago  
That's the cool thing about NYC. They have everything.

I said "pizzeria" like Mr. Burns  PIZZ-er-re-ah.

I love the Automat. It is like a cafeteria with no human hands. It's a piece of Zippy the Pinhead Nostalgia America. I wish they would bring it back, just so I know it is there somewhere, never dying.
 
6 days ago  

SirEattonHogg: I have no issues eating by myself if my wife isn't around or no one to go hang with and I just want a nice restaurant meal.  I really have no issue going to eat at the bar.  But that said, I kind of like people watching, and on rare occasion, striking up a pointless conversation with the diner next to me.  This kind of thing with those blinders or walls would turn me off.... I don't think I'd like to do a place like this.  Also, I might add - those ramen places are made for solo diners anyways - many of those places are just a bar table anyways.


I don't disagree with any of this in particular...but as an introvert, there are times when I'm already exhausted and would like a nice quiet meal, and then I end up with a chatty waiter/waitress.  I don't dislike chatting with strangers, but it does drain me, and sometimes I need alone time to recharge.
 
6 days ago  
Is it called the Diogenes Club?
 
6 days ago  
Sounds good.
 
6 days ago  

guestguy: SirEattonHogg: I have no issues eating by myself if my wife isn't around or no one to go hang with and I just want a nice restaurant meal.  I really have no issue going to eat at the bar.  But that said, I kind of like people watching, and on rare occasion, striking up a pointless conversation with the diner next to me.  This kind of thing with those blinders or walls would turn me off.... I don't think I'd like to do a place like this.  Also, I might add - those ramen places are made for solo diners anyways - many of those places are just a bar table anyways.

I don't disagree with any of this in particular...but as an introvert, there are times when I'm already exhausted and would like a nice quiet meal, and then I end up with a chatty waiter/waitress.  I don't dislike chatting with strangers, but it does drain me, and sometimes I need alone time to recharge.


I hear ya.  I try to just look like I'm into my phone if I want to ward off conversation.
 
6 days ago  

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/introvert


Ditto
 
6 days ago  

justanothersumguy: Is it called the Diogenes Club?


Incel-N-Out Burger
 
6 days ago  
When you're alone you can focus on the food. No, you're pretty much focused on why am I alone.
 
6 days ago  
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6 days ago  
Only tonkotsu? In NYC of all places? Sounds like a way cool concept but I'll have to pass.
 
6 days ago  

PirateKing: That sounds appealing.

CSB: I used to travel for business a lot, which led to a lot of solo dinners out.

<snip>
Which I proceeded to eat by myself.

As a business traveler who finds himself in the same predicament, I got a good laugh out of this.

As an aside, diners and ethnic restaurants are where I usually end up.
 
6 days ago  

uncleacid: When you're alone you can focus on the food. No, you're pretty much focused on why am I alone.


I know why I'm alone. I make the elephant man look like a Chippendales dancer.

Wait, I'm not alone. There are a few women who can see past poor physical genetics, and I think I'm dating their queen.
 
6 days ago  

PirateKing: That sounds appealing.

CSB: I used to travel for business a lot, which led to a lot of solo dinners out.

I went to an otherwise unremarkable (but delicious) Mexican place in Corpus Christi, TX a few years ago. I sat by myself, with a book and my phone and ordered a large cervesa and chips and guacamole for an appetizer.

Now, the menu didn't mention this, but as it turned out the guacamole was tableside preparation. And this of course led to the most awkward dining experience I've ever had while alone. The young waitron brought his little cart out, and looked so confused as to which table he was supposed to serve, since I was the only one in the section. Eventually he worked out it was just me and tried to start his little show.

So there we were, him painfully trying to make small talk while mashing diced onions into my avocado mush. Me trying to maintain polite eye contact and not just tell him to leave it...

An eternity later, he made his escape and I was left with a serving of guacamole for four.

Which I proceeded to eat by myself.


There's not much that makes me giggle but that made me giggle.
 
6 days ago  
I bet there's no screaming toddlers clutching a fork in their fist, banging the tines into the tabletop over and over while their aloof parents don't even pretend to give a shiat.  Sign me the hell up.  I don't know if I'm an introvert, but some guaranteed peace in a restaurant with nobody's obnoxious crotch fruit there to give me a headache is mighty appealing.  I hope this place does great, and other places with the same theme happen.  Another bonus would be not having to keep an eye out for the waitperson sneaking up to ask how the food tastes the second I've taken a big bite of it.
 
6 days ago  
I eat out alone a lot which I am totally fine with but it certainly does get awkward on a Friday night in an open-air restaurant or something. Always bring something to read or wear some cheap sunglasses and tilt your head back in sleep waiting for the food
 
6 days ago  
The opposite of this which I find terribly painful is where places have Community seating sometimes you have an okay experience most of the time it's just terribly awkward
 
6 days ago  

WillofJ2: The opposite of this which I find terribly painful is where places have Community seating sometimes you have an okay experience most of the time it's just terribly awkward


Oh yeah forget that.  But fun if you want to get roaring drunk, make a scene and scare the families if that's you're thing
 
6 days ago  

Tax Boy: [img.fark.net image 700x548]


I'd love Automats coming back.

/still cheaper to cook your own damn meal at home.
 
6 days ago  
Eat there? I want to work there!
 
6 days ago  
I'm all for this. If I'm out eating alone it's because I'm away on business or my wife and kids are out of town. I don't want to talk to anyone. I don't want to pick up a date. I don't want to sit awkwardly at a bar or a table made for 4. I just want to sit, eat, drink, and read a book. Give me a comfortable chair, decent atmosphere, and good food and I'm set. And don't rush me! I'll ask for the check when I'm good and damned ready.
 
6 days ago  
Ramen restaurant? No thanks.
I go out to eat at various places all the time alone. No one cares and if you care if they care, you're dumb.
 
6 days ago  

Feel_the_velvet: PirateKing: That sounds appealing.

CSB: I used to travel for business a lot, which led to a lot of solo dinners out.
<snip>
Which I proceeded to eat by myself.

As a business traveler who finds himself in the same predicament, I got a good laugh out of this.

As an aside, diners and ethnic restaurants are where I usually end up.


Diners are great.  You usually get a lot of decent food for cheap.  When I used to drive all over Colorado, Utah, and Nevada for work, I had a bunch of diners I visited and they were all really good.
 
6 days ago  
Good lord, non-introverts must really think introverts are a bunch of delicate, helpless imbeciles.  I read crap like this all the time.  I'm an introvert, and let's get this straight, you yammering yahoos (my name for extroverts): introversion is not the same as agoraphobia.  We don't avoid people like the plague and have panic attacks is we're forced to interact with others.  I actually do go out by myself all the time. (Because in addition to being an introvert, I also have a fiance who's very often studying or working an evening shift.)  And when I do I actually love crowds and enjoy talking to waiters and strangers here in there.  (Waiters and bartenders love me!)  A busy restaurant or bar is far more interesting to me than an empty one.  I just normally would prefer not to devote my entire evening to conversation.  I'd much rather read a book.  I actually sometimes think I'm not so much an introvert as I am just really self-absorbed.  But I guess I can be both.

And I suppose there's a spectrum for everything.  But I think most introverts are a lot closer to how I describe than the idiot who wrote TFA.
 
6 days ago  
Calling all introverts.

No.  Don't.  Introverts hate that.
 
6 days ago  

Dinkledort: Good lord, non-introverts must really think introverts are a bunch of delicate, helpless imbeciles.  I read crap like this all the time.  I'm an introvert, and let's get this straight, you yammering yahoos (my name for extroverts): introversion is not the same as agoraphobia.  We don't avoid people like the plague and have panic attacks is we're forced to interact with others.  I actually do go out by myself all the time. (Because in addition to being an introvert, I also have a fiance who's very often studying or working an evening shift.)  And when I do I actually love crowds and enjoy talking to waiters and strangers here in there.  (Waiters and bartenders love me!)  A busy restaurant or bar is far more interesting to me than an empty one.  I just normally would prefer not to devote my entire evening to conversation.  I'd much rather read a book.  I actually sometimes think I'm not so much an introvert as I am just really self-absorbed.  But I guess I can be both.

And I suppose there's a spectrum for everything.  But I think most introverts are a lot closer to how I describe than the idiot who wrote TFA.


This restaurant concept isn't even for introverts in the first place... that's just a stupid assumption the article writer is making.  It's basically just about mild sensory deprivation to enhance the diner's focus on the food, (accented by the Japanese custom of highlighting great works by presenting them with great humility).  And it's actually common to almost all ramen restaurants in Japan to a less pronounced degree.

Ramen as a cuisine is about capturing and experiencing a perfect moment in time, with every ingredient at it's peak flavor and texture. You don't typically eat traditional ramen seated facing another person.  You face the wall with no distractions while you quickly slurp up the noodles as fast as possible, so you can enjoy them at their proper (perfect) texture before they get soggy in the broth.
 
6 days ago  
So you don't have to think of your waiters as people!

I get it, sometimes you just want to be left alone.  I'm an introvert myself, but sometimes forcing a little social interaction is a good thing.  There can be a fine line between being an introvert and being an agoraphobe.
 
6 days ago  
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6 days ago  
Why do people insist on anthropomorphising introverts?
We hate that.
 
6 days ago  
So, McDonald's Drive Thru?
 
6 days ago  
This place has everything
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6 days ago  

Xyzzyka: Eat there? I want to work there!


Who said that? Nothing happens.
 
6 days ago  

Feel_the_velvet: PirateKing: That sounds appealing.

CSB: I used to travel for business a lot, which led to a lot of solo dinners out.
<snip>
Which I proceeded to eat by myself.

As a business traveler who finds himself in the same predicament, I got a good laugh out of this.

As an aside, diners and ethnic restaurants are where I usually end up.


You know you guys could be nice to those prostitutes you hire and treat her to a nice meal every now and again.
 
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6 days ago  

WhiskeySticks: You know you guys could be nice to those prostitutes you hire and treat her to a nice meal every now and again.


Don't let it ever be said that I don't know how to treat a lady right, regardless of the path she's chosen to walk in life.

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6 days ago  

brantgoose: I love the Automat. It is like a cafeteria with no human hands. It's a piece of Zippy the Pinhead Nostalgia America. I wish they would bring it back, just so I know it is there somewhere, never dying.


The Automat lasted into the 70s and I think a few locations hung on a bit longer.   My mother took me to one of the last Manhattan locations when I was a small boy.   I could never understand why it fell out of style.  The food was mostly made in off-site kitchens and trucked to the various locations.   The workers would place the food inside the little locked cubbyholes and no one was able to sneeze on or finger fark the food until it was purchased, unlike those serve yourself buffets.  Oh, and the food was not bad, at least that was my 7 or 8 year old self's opinion.
 
6 days ago  
I am no introvert and I dine out by myself on a regular basis.
I do not see why it takes a special restaurant.
 
6 days ago  
Eating out means two people, right?
Oh,
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6 days ago  
I was in Tokyo two years ago and that picture is exactly what it's like. However, it's not because of "introverts." Tokyo's tiny and lack's space for a bunch of movement, so the middle of the restaurant is walled off with tiny booths for patrons surrounding it. You order your food by paper card that they pick up from your booth. It's super-efficient and works well since the Japanese aren't big talkers (with strangers anyway) and there's very little space. The line for the place was also went down the block. For Americans, who just want to eat, maybe socialize with a friend, and get out, it's perfect.
 
6 days ago  

guestguy: I don't disagree with any of this in particular...but as an introvert, there are times when I'm already exhausted and would like a nice quiet meal, and then I end up with a chatty waiter/waitress.  I don't dislike chatting with strangers, but it does drain me, and sometimes I need alone time to recharge.


There was a little diner I used to stop in before work 3 or 4 times a week, have some breakfast and coffee, read the newspaper (this was a while ago) in peace before starting the day.

It was great for a while, but then one day out of the blue the owner/cashier/waitress stands there after refilling my coffee and starts talking to me while I'm trying to eat! Just a steady flow of mindless yap, yap, yap... It was miserable. If you know what I'm talking about here, you're clearly one of my people. If you think I'm making a big deal out of nothing, you are wrong.

I went there one more time after that and she did the exact same thing, hovering around making mindless elevator chat at a guy who's clearly trying to eat breakfast and read the paper. She violated our unspoken agreement, and her restaurant went out of business several months later.
 
6 days ago  

Fissile: The Automat lasted into the 70s and I think a few locations hung on a bit longer.   My mother took me to one of the last Manhattan locations when I was a small boy.   I could never understand why it fell out of style.


Cheaper to pay illegal aliens sub-minimum wage for counter- and kitchen work than re-stockers and suppliers. The modern equiv to Horn & Hardart would be Au Bon Pain or somesuch, which wouldn't make it without Ecuadorean workers.
 
6 days ago  

Fissile: brantgoose: I love the Automat. It is like a cafeteria with no human hands. It's a piece of Zippy the Pinhead Nostalgia America. I wish they would bring it back, just so I know it is there somewhere, never dying.

The Automat lasted into the 70s and I think a few locations hung on a bit longer.   My mother took me to one of the last Manhattan locations when I was a small boy.   I could never understand why it fell out of style.  The food was mostly made in off-site kitchens and trucked to the various locations.   The workers would place the food inside the little locked cubbyholes and no one was able to sneeze on or finger fark the food until it was purchased, unlike those serve yourself buffets.  Oh, and the food was not bad, at least that was my 7 or 8 year old self's opinion.


Buffets drive me crazy. So gross. They are eye level for ages 3-10 and therefore explorable. YUCK!!! Hell no. I like a good restaurant I can hide in by myself without my family. I also go to movies and on vacations by myself whenever possible. I love my family to reeses pieces but I've been a mom for half of my life... I cherish the alone time.
 
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