Saturday, May 11, 2019
Most of my work travel is solo. There are parts of it traveling alone that I like, and parts I don't. It is easier to check in, clear security and wend my way through airports solo. I never have to wait for someone to get out of the bathroom, or get dressed and ready to go when I am traveling alone.
But, eating out alone has become a drag. I don't enjoy it the way I once did. I end up sitting there fiddling with my phone, or reading. I have found two things that improve this.
One is taking a seat at the bar and watching the bartenders work. The first time I did this was at K-Pauls in New Orleans. I stumbled across the place with no plans, figured I wouldn't be able to get a table but asked anyway. The host said, I can get you a seat at the bar and the menu is the same. I decided to give it a try, it was fun. Most restaurants offer the same menu at the bar as they do in the dining room. Having others around or simply watching the show makes the time go by. Occasionally I will find a restaurant with seats overlooking the kitchen, another score for me, I enjoy cooking, and I also enjoy watching a professional kitchen work.
Another option, is planning ahead to go out with professional colleagues. For the trip to New Orleans, I made reservations for two nights and asked others I knew would be attending to join me. Both evenings proved to be great fun.
How do you feel about eating out alone?