Post # 1
I am going to Houston this winter for a two week training course. I’m stoked – I’m Canadian, so going to the US on a paid business trip is automatically awesome. And I actually really like Houston anyway.
I don’t know anyone else that’s on this course, which is kind of awesome because I can fill my downtime shopping and doing things I want to. But I have two weeks of dinners to eat, mostly by myself. Maybe a few course dinners if I hit it off with any classmates. I love getting takeout or ordering pizza to the hotel but I just cannot do that for 14 nights straight. So… I’ll probably bite the bullet and bring my ereader/iPad to a restaurant and eat by myself. It’s not my favorite thing to do, but I will not be denied fabulous Houston food!
Who else does this? Do you like it or hate it?
Post # 3
I do it often. I take a book, order myself a glass of wine, get what I want and enjoy. I actually find it very relaxing!
Post # 4
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@Pinkmoon: I definitely do this, especially in a city where you don’t know anyone — who cares?! I love it because um…. I love food 😉
Post # 5
I enjoy a nice meal alone from time to time. I take a book or something to occupy myself. I really, really like not having to share my dessert 🙂
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel
I’ve eaten alone at restaurants before, I only do it when I absolutely have to, or want to. If I was you I wouldn’t even care is like amini vaca for you! Good Luck on ur trip and enjoy!
Post # 7
@Pinkmoon: I used to travel for work and ended up eating alone many times. It didn’t bother me at all.
Some cities have resturants that feature long or community tables where those who choose to can dine with other guests rather than dine alone. You could check the Houston Chowhounds board if you are interested in that or just for recommendations on great places to eat.
Post # 8
I do sometimes, It’s not my favorite but it’s not that bad. Usually when I’m working or at school and want something tasty for lunch. I usually just bring a book/tablet/phone.
Post # 9
I don’t do it very often, but it’s somewhat empowering when I do. It feels odd at first, but no one cares.. and I just say to myself “screw it.. I am having a good meal, company or no company!!” lol.
Post # 10
Yup, I like doing this. It give me time to think, or read, or just watch people.
Post # 11
I do that too when I’m by myself for classes, and I enjoy it just fine as long as it’s not a super fancy restaurant. It’s not as weird as that episode of Friends makes it out to be! I’m just always prepared with a book or something, or just pass the time looking up things on my phone. Yay, no meal judgement!
Post # 12
Bonus points to any Texas bees offering restaurant tips! My favorite hotel is Westin Memorial City, I’ll definitely be staying there again.
I actually feel a lot better about it after reading your quick positive responses, ladies! I always feel a little awkward at first but I just need a good book to get absorbed in.
Post # 13
I wouldn’t say that I do it often, and sometimes I get self-conscious but I don’t mind it. When I travel for work, it’s typically just me. I try to make friends with people, but I also don’t want to butt in on their plans. Typically for conferences, people eat lunch together (and there is often a buffet breakfast over the course of an hour plus). Dinners are typically on your own (at least for most of teh ones I attend). I typically bring along a book or a magazine. If I am at a sushi joint (and I do that way too often when in California), I try to sit at teh sushi bar – I’ve actually made friends that I still talk to 3 years later that way!
If you use Yelp, you can go on to find stuff in the city you’ll be at. I’ve even posted asking for requests (don’t be general and say “I’ll be in town. I like food” but maybe some things you like and don’t like – I typically specify that I don’t like to seek out chains whe I’m out of town, unless they’re local. And then a few types of food that I like. Some people have offered to meet up with me, but go at your own discretion. One night I went out for drinks with some of teh hotel staff! That was waaaaay too fun!) I don’t have an e-reader, but tend to bring a book or magazine (if it’s a conference, I like to bring a magazine so it’s not all SERIOUS-SERIOUS all week) or my lap top if i want to try to get some work done/play around.
Post # 14
@Pinkmoon: I love it, I agree with the PPs take a book and order a nice glass of wine. You might not even need the book if you sit at the bar, there will probably be several other people on business trips who won’t mind striking up a convo.
Post # 15
I tend to only do it if I know the restaurant has a bar that I can sit at. I feel more comfortable sitting at the bar, by myself eating than in a big booth. It took me a reallllly long time to even be able to do that. Otherwise I’ll call and order for carryout and then go back to my house and eat.