At least once, every girl should have dinner alone. I’m not talking about dinner at a sandwich place (I’m looking at you delicious Panera Bread) or any other quick-bite places. I’m talking about a real restaurant where someone brings you food and drink and you don’t order at a counter first.
Why is it important for a girl to have dinner on her own? Prove your independence by striking out on your own. Whether it’s to yourself, your friends, your family or even your exes – prove that you are your own person who enjoys time to themselves. When you sit and enjoy a meal on your own, it shows off your confidence. Having a meal by yourself shows others that you’re comfortable sitting alone. Sure, you can enjoy alone time at home after making a meal yourself or ordering takeout. But going out alone means you can enjoy yourself – both a good meal and your own company.
It can be scary the first time you venture out on your own. But you’ve probably done scarier things in your life (online dating = definitely scarier) and you’ve survived them all so far. Want some tips for your first time? Here’s few:
- Pick a place you know – Either someplace where you just love the food, love the atmosphere, or somewhere you go often. I like to pick places that I know have a bar that isn’t very crowded. It takes off some of the pressure when you’re comfortable with your surroundings.
- Be friendly with the bartender – One of the reasons I like sitting at an un-crowded bar is that the bartender will generally talk to you more often. Ask for drink recommendations, ask them their favorite dish, or bring up a current event. Be friendly and engaging and they’ll return the favor.
- Bring “props” – Like a book, newspaper, your phone or anything else to entertain yourself. Especially if it’s your first time, you want to have something with you as a crutch. Bringing a book means you’ll have something to focus on and it potentially gives others a reason to approach you.
So go out and grab some dinner. If you’re like me, it’ll be some extra delicious sushi!
- Go to dinner alone? Yes, you can. (BuffaloSpree.com)
- Firsts: Eating dinner alone (TravelGoGirl.com)
- Table for One: The Singular Joy of Dining Alone (Oprah.com)