Skip to content
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Guardian)   The best meals are the ones you eat alone   (theguardian.com) divider line
    More: Obvious  
•       •       •

861 clicks; posted to Food » on 19 Sep 2021 at 8:53 PM (11 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



63 Comments     (+0 »)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | » | Newest | Show all

 
2021-09-19 3:29:51 PM  
The place I have my lunch you can eat alone at a table for two or sit at a bigger table with other loners. After a while, those strangers are now my lunch companions.  If someone is missing we let you know you were missed. We are all "old" people. I'm the youngest at 64, and the oldest person is 75.

It would be nice if restaurants had a table for single people to sit, and meet other singles.
 
2021-09-19 3:32:03 PM  
For so long I have been ashamed at eating alone
 
2021-09-19 4:04:45 PM  
Celebrated my 73rd with a pandemically solitary feast at Hollywood's In & Out.  And how often do you get a dollar in your change, that has your initials and birthdate in its serial number?  Had to be my lucky day, so bet it on the California Lotto, and doubled my money!  Good times!

Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2021-09-19 4:18:56 PM  
Good Times is another hamburger joint. Don't mix it up with In-N-Out. :)

Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2021-09-19 5:57:48 PM  
I've never felt funny about going anywhere alone.
 
2021-09-19 7:28:00 PM  

syrynxx: For so long I have been ashamed at eating alone


LOL!

I love dining alone. Before mobile phones, I could read my book, get the food I want to take my time about it, and not have to deal with anyone else's picadillos, because I have my own.
 
2021-09-19 7:51:21 PM  
There's a stigma to eating alone? Dafuq why?
I've often eaten alone, because I was on the way to the office, or just our for lunch from work, or because I was travelling on business, or just because I felt like grabbing a bite and my wife was elsewhere, or not bothered. If I lived alone, I'd eat alone more often, and I wouldn't give a fark.
/Can't eat anywhere at present. Still in the long, long lockdown in Melbourne.
 
2021-09-19 7:57:22 PM  

Mike Jittlov: Celebrated my 73rd with a pandemically solitary feast at Hollywood's In & Out.  And how often do you get a dollar in your change, that has your initials and birthdate in its serial number?  Had to be my lucky day, so bet it on the California Lotto, and doubled my money!  Good times!

[Fark user image 850x690]


A Happy Birthday burger
 
2021-09-19 8:00:49 PM  
Lots of eating alone. If it's somewhere fancy I'd rather sit at the bar than a table but either way I'm not very stressed over it.
 
2021-09-19 9:06:07 PM  

Jesus McSordid: There's a stigma to eating alone? Dafuq why?
I've often eaten alone, because I was on the way to the office, or just our for lunch from work, or because I was travelling on business, or just because I felt like grabbing a bite and my wife was elsewhere, or not bothered. If I lived alone, I'd eat alone more often, and I wouldn't give a fark.
/Can't eat anywhere at present. Still in the long, long lockdown in Melbourne.


Because it means we are losers who cannot find a friend. I guess.

I mean that's all true, but what am I gonna do, punish myself by not enjoying a nice meal from time to time? Pfft.
 
2021-09-19 9:14:15 PM  
Only if you are not actually alone. That is the part they forget. They have family and friends waiting when they leave the restaurant. Those people are still on their minds while they are in the restaurant. So they are not really "alone". For actual lonely people, eating alone in a restaurant is heartbreaking.
 
2021-09-19 9:22:25 PM  
Forgetting Sarah Marshall - Depressing Dining Scene
Youtube YcBMIf-QTY0
 
2021-09-19 9:51:30 PM  
Fark user imageView Full Size

My solitary Thanksgiving, 2020 dinner. Oregon was in lockdown and we were told not to have more than 6 people from 2 households together. I was invited pre-lockdown to have Thanksgiving dinner at the home of my DIL's sister, but that would have ended up being 7 people from 3 households, so I went to Safeway and bought a spinach & artichoke quiche and some cheesecake and had my own private feast. The only member of my household that had anything turkey-related that day was my cat.
 
2021-09-19 9:56:50 PM  

Picklehead: The place I have my lunch you can eat alone at a table for two or sit at a bigger table with other loners. After a while, those strangers are now my lunch companions.  If someone is missing we let you know you were missed. We are all "old" people. I'm the youngest at 64, and the oldest person is 75.

It would be nice if restaurants had a table for single people to sit, and meet other singles.


I've been to few places that had them. It can be good or bad.
 
2021-09-19 10:01:21 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: [Fark user image 850x637]
My solitary Thanksgiving, 2020 dinner. Oregon was in lockdown and we were told not to have more than 6 people from 2 households together. I was invited pre-lockdown to have Thanksgiving dinner at the home of my DIL's sister, but that would have ended up being 7 people from 3 households, so I went to Safeway and bought a spinach & artichoke quiche and some cheesecake and had my own private feast. The only member of my household that had anything turkey-related that day was my cat.


Meh. I had a Turkey sandwich from the convenience store as mine one year. had nothing to do with lock-downs. It was because I have no family at all and I am too big a loser to have friends. The clerk noticed and asked is that my Thanksgiving turkey? I pretended not to hear him.
:(
 
2021-09-19 10:08:05 PM  
Quicksand - Dine Alone
Youtube egzF66hDkFs


Obligatory.

And I'm a big fan of dining alone.  Beats trying to make conversation.  Course now it's easier cos I only do takeout.

/had some tasty pierogi today from Danny Boy's
 
2021-09-19 10:09:50 PM  
Tell that nonsense to this guy:

i0.wp.comView Full Size
 
2021-09-19 10:18:43 PM  
Imagine eating at your pace, whatever you want without the farkshiat of another people earbanging you while you're at peace. The best meals have always been solitary ones.
 
2021-09-19 10:21:49 PM  

FarkingChas: Bathia_Mapes: [Fark user image 850x637]
My solitary Thanksgiving, 2020 dinner. Oregon was in lockdown and we were told not to have more than 6 people from 2 households together. I was invited pre-lockdown to have Thanksgiving dinner at the home of my DIL's sister, but that would have ended up being 7 people from 3 households, so I went to Safeway and bought a spinach & artichoke quiche and some cheesecake and had my own private feast. The only member of my household that had anything turkey-related that day was my cat.

Meh. I had a Turkey sandwich from the convenience store as mine one year. had nothing to do with lock-downs. It was because I have no family at all and I am too big a loser to have friends. The clerk noticed and asked is that my Thanksgiving turkey? I pretended not to hear him.
:(


((((((HUG))))))
 
2021-09-19 10:22:54 PM  
Try eating alone without computer or TV or book in a nice restaurant. Eat at the bar so you're not alone. But now smart phones give you something to interact with besides your food and server.
 
2021-09-19 10:24:11 PM  
microwave cooking for one

Fark user imageView Full Size


people used to laugh at this book
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/b​y​-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article​/70416-the-worst-book-ever-is-microwav​e-for-one.html
The Worst Book Ever is 'Microwave for One'
 
2021-09-19 10:27:12 PM  

syrynxx: For so long I have been ashamed at eating alone


Don't.
I do it for the intelligent company
 
2021-09-19 10:32:56 PM  

vudukungfu: syrynxx: For so long I have been ashamed at eating alone

Don't.
I do it for the intelligent company


And the bliss of silence.
 
2021-09-19 10:37:25 PM  

HairBolus: microwave cooking for one

[Fark user image image 285x392]

people used to laugh at this book
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by​-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article​/70416-the-worst-book-ever-is-microwav​e-for-one.html
The Worst Book Ever is 'Microwave for One'


Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2021-09-19 10:38:51 PM  
Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2021-09-19 10:43:52 PM  

Gooch: Imagine eating at your pace, whatever you want without the farkshiat of another people earbanging you while you're at peace. The best meals have always been solitary ones.


Who are these people you're dining with that makes a meal that terrible?

I've definitely done my share of single dining over the years, and it even is desired in some scenarios.

But to me, eating is best as a communal affair. With good friends and/or family. The best and most memorable meals are shared with others.
 
2021-09-19 10:52:44 PM  
Trying to make plans with another person as an adult is like herding cats. At some point I just gave up and started going to restaurants I wanted to check out. Instead of putting up with "Oh sorry, little jimmy has soccer practice" or "sorry I took 5 extra hours of work".  Life is too short to not try some delicious food.
 
2021-09-19 10:55:32 PM  
I enjoy doing things alone. I don't know why some people think it's so weird.
 
2021-09-19 10:56:14 PM  

lindalouwho: I've never felt funny about going anywhere alone.


Must be nice. I hated it. I traveled for work and usually hit places that have takeout, drive thru, fast casual, etc..

The only exception is NYC. For some reason I felt fine there. Maybe not 100% fine, but way better. It feels like everyone is in the same boat as me more or less.
 
2021-09-19 10:56:42 PM  

Hell Poodle: Trying to make plans with another person as an adult is like herding cats. At some point I just gave up and started going to restaurants I wanted to check out. Instead of putting up with "Oh sorry, little jimmy has soccer practice" or "sorry I took 5 extra hours of work".  Life is too short to not try some delicious food.


Yep. It's terrible.
 
2021-09-19 11:04:48 PM  
Back at my final cubicle job, I'd make it a point to get away for lunch each day, finding a new hole in the wall or place to go. The best Roach Coach was a couple blocks away at a factory, the asada burritos were very good. My other favorite was an all you could eat sushi place called sumo. Rule was to eat all on your plate before getting another, quality was superb, and the dessert bar was varied and all you can eat too. That place got me in trouble from a food coma, so much deliciousness puts you to sleep on a hot summers afternoon, no a/c in our tech world cubicles...
 
2021-09-19 11:16:08 PM  
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.comView Full Size


Nobody ever needs to dine alone
 
2021-09-19 11:20:10 PM  

HairBolus: microwave cooking for one [Fark user image 285x392] people used to laugh at this book https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by​-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article​/70416-the-worst-book-ever-is-microwav​e-for-one.html The Worst Book Ever is 'Microwave for One'


The Wrong Way To Make Dinner
Youtube CCiL-zTrmpM


This dude is not only hilarious, but a pretty decent cook too. He teaches you how to make stuff from scratch easily and despises packet/box food, frozen entrees and sauces in a jar. Earlier this year he took on microwaves, mocking them thoroughly.

Just a warning that he's got a real foul mouth, so NSFW as he likes saying "f*ck a lot.

 
2021-09-19 11:27:52 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Gooch: Imagine eating at your pace, whatever you want without the farkshiat of another people earbanging you while you're at peace. The best meals have always been solitary ones.

Who are these people you're dining with that makes a meal that terrible?

I've definitely done my share of single dining over the years, and it even is desired in some scenarios.

But to me, eating is best as a communal affair. With good friends and/or family. The best and most memorable meals are shared with others.


There have been too many times where eating with others has not been the Kumbaya moment it should have been
 
2021-09-19 11:30:36 PM  
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.comView Full Size
 
2021-09-19 11:38:14 PM  
Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2021-09-20 12:01:49 AM  
Because glaring at others (think Dwight Frye as Renfield) while I eat often makes my dining companion uncomfortable.
 
2021-09-20 12:59:02 AM  

Gubbo: Lots of eating alone. If it's somewhere fancy I'd rather sit at the bar than a table but either way I'm not very stressed over it.


Bar is the way to go, as that is generally the closest you will get to a communal table.

The problem with eating as a 1 (or even a 3) is that you are leaving an open seat that could be taken by another paying customer.  It always feels a bit shiatty as a 1 on a 4 top in a busy restaurant, but sometimes that's just the way she goes when you are traveling for work.  One time I was out of town as a 1 on a 4 top, my "friends" showed up with a free beer, and I had dinner with 3 strangers.
 
2021-09-20 1:01:23 AM  
I have learned that eating alone in restaurants in Europe is a great way to score free booze. When they need to hurry and seat a group during the dinner rush, I suppose the solo traveller is a great out.

They offer me a shot or a cup of booze, and/or a dessert for the road if I don't mind hurrying up with the last of my meal, I happily agree, and then I get to go on my merry way with some free bubbly and cake.

Eating alone is also great because you don't have to cooperate to find a place to eat.

/misanthrope, but loves food
//I got into a fight with a friend in Seoul because I wanted Korean food and he wanted farking pizza. (He was stationed there, and I was traveling)
///three slashies for solo travel
 
2021-09-20 1:03:40 AM  

RogermcAllen: Gubbo: Lots of eating alone. If it's somewhere fancy I'd rather sit at the bar than a table but either way I'm not very stressed over it.

Bar is the way to go, as that is generally the closest you will get to a communal table.


Are you talking about small tables in the bar area? Or sitting on a stool at the actual bar? It does not seem there would be enough room there.
 
2021-09-20 2:13:19 AM  
Eating alone is fine. Eating out alone is only possible in the literal sense of the phrasing.
 
2021-09-20 2:16:35 AM  

lindalouwho: I've never felt funny about going anywhere alone.


not a food response but going to movies alone always makes me feel skeevy. I may have bad tastes in movies but I have often been the only person over 20 in the audience.
I am happy streaming has pretty much removed any need to leave the house.
 
2021-09-20 2:17:59 AM  
I hate eating alone. Being disabled and having no friends doesn't help any. If I lived alone I would just survive on Soylent or something similar.
 
2021-09-20 2:22:42 AM  

cyberspacedout: Eating alone is fine. Eating out alone is only possible in the literal sense of the phrasing.


There are movies
 
2021-09-20 6:08:46 AM  
Spaghetti whilst reading a book? That ruins both the spaghetti and potentially the book.
 
2021-09-20 6:48:41 AM  
Steve Martin - The Lonely Guy - Restaurant Scene
Youtube kQ7CNUuoe3E
 
2021-09-20 7:20:30 AM  
I'd much rather eat by myself than at one of those communal eating tables that were so trendy for awhile. The table manners of some people are farking atrocious.
 
2021-09-20 8:04:46 AM  

FarkingChas: RogermcAllen: Gubbo: Lots of eating alone. If it's somewhere fancy I'd rather sit at the bar than a table but either way I'm not very stressed over it.

Bar is the way to go, as that is generally the closest you will get to a communal table.

Are you talking about small tables in the bar area? Or sitting on a stool at the actual bar? It does not seem there would be enough room there.


Either one, I've never had a problem eating at the actual bar of a restaurant.
 
2021-09-20 8:07:33 AM  

Picklehead: The place I have my lunch you can eat alone at a table for two or sit at a bigger table with other loners. After a while, those strangers are now my lunch companions.  If someone is missing we let you know you were missed. We are all "old" people. I'm the youngest at 64, and the oldest person is 75.

It would be nice if restaurants had a table for single people to sit, and meet other singles.


Not quite eating alone but Mrs Fan and I used to go to this restaurant that served a great breakfast plate for something like $3 (2 eggs, hash browns, 2 bacon and toast). The catch was that you sat in any seats that were empty. So you were always sharing a table another couple. Of course this was all pre covid. But it was always a good time and most of folks were 15 years or more older than us. Every Saturday we went.
 
2021-09-20 8:21:43 AM  

Picklehead: The place I have my lunch you can eat alone at a table for two or sit at a bigger table with other loners. After a while, those strangers are now my lunch companions.  If someone is missing we let you know you were missed. We are all "old" people. I'm the youngest at 64, and the oldest person is 75.

It would be nice if restaurants had a table for single people to sit, and meet other singles.


Sounds terrible.

I eat alone
With nobody else
When I eat alone
I prefer to be by myself
 
Displayed 50 of 63 comments


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | » | Newest | Show all


View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking




On Twitter


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.