Dallas' Five Best Places To Eat Alone

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Valentine's Day is coming, which pretty much sucks for everyone. If you've got a special someone, you're guilted into going out and having your wallet gutted by a triple-digit, prix fixe, mediocre meal. Have fun with that. And if you're not coupled up, you get to spend the evening alone while people look at you and say condescending things inside their heads about your sad, single state. Get more of Dallas' best with our Best Of app, available for the Droid and the iPhone.

Fight back. Being single rocks, and it may offer the best way to navigate the worst day of the year to eat out (yes, it's worse than New Year's Eve). Since everything is booked, pony up to the bar (it's way easier to find a seat when you're alone) and treat yourself to a decadent meal. Here are five of my favorite Dallas bars at which to eat alone.

Eno's (pictured above)
Just look at this thing. Eno's Sundae Sack is built for misanthropic dining. And if you're hung up on being single you can comfort yourself with calories as you watch your tears of loneliness mix with melted ice cream and fudge.

*****

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Local
The bar at Local may be one the nicest places in Dallas to dine. The staff here knows their food, knows their wine pairings, and they know how to take care of their guests. Sit at this bar alone on Valentine's Day and you won't feel alone for long.

*****

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Mesa
Remember little Mesa in Oak Cliff? It was my very first review after landing in Dallas, and I conducted most of my eating alone at their bar. Over two visits I made friends with half the staff, and a regular patron invited me to his birthday party. Doesn't get any better than that.

*****

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Bolsa
Bolsa's bar is built for flirting. Its shape will let you make eyes with people sitting on the opposite side, and if you don't meet anyone you can drink away your sorrow with a solid Old Fashioned.

*****

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Yutaka
Yeah, I just got done gushing about this one, but I'm not finished yet. If Yutaka was a person I'd commit. Perched at the bar here, you can watch sushi chefs work their magic with some Dallas' freshest fish. And don't worry about restrictions here. Yutaka is completely ignoring the holiday. No reservations, no special menus, just you and all the uni you can shake a chopstick at.


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Chuck G.
Chuck G.

I'd nominate Pancho's as a good place to dine alone. That way you can have your 4th helping of re-fried beans and not offend anyone while farting.

Volta
Volta

Oddfellows is not a bad place to eat alone either. It gets packed, which is great because no one will ever catch you weeping into your coffee.

Deb
Deb

Wait, you guys don't sometimes just enjoy doing things alone, even eating out? I thought dining alone was pretty mandatory, and enjoyable, on the list of activities grown ups occasionally engage.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Why torture yourself when you can pop in to Chipotle?

TLS
TLS

Two more single word places for all the single ladies (all the single ladies) all the single ladies...sorry...to eat are Nosh and Mignon.  

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Single person list, single-word named restaurants? Happy coincidence?

Kergo
Kergo

I'd eat at The P. every night every night iff'n I were alone....who's gonna call you out?  

Deb
Deb

Yeah, I guess we will just have to agree to disagree on this one.

I am all for cooking at home, but eating Hungry Man/frozen dinners or even take-out from disposable containers sound far more depressing to me than having the food in the environment the chef/restaurant intends, on real plates, at a comfy bar, etc.

Plus, do you know how approachable you are when you are alone? So approachable! You will almost always make a buddy and not even a weird one. For the record, I have zero cats.

Kergo 1
Kergo 1

NEVER, I'd feel "weird" sitting in a sit down place by myself; but, the bar is different. My kids always point out when someone is sitting, and eating alone.  If I'm on the road and I need good eats from a full service joint, I'll get it to go, and take it back to the hotel. It's just lonely looking. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

To do that on Valentine's is pretty much masochistic.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Essssatly (spoken like Emmitt).....eating doesn't always have to be an indie hipster experience; it's like poopin'-it has to happen. So, why torture yerself when you can go get a nice colon cloggin' chicken, rice and black bean burrito?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Was thinkin' the same ting meself......Iff'n you "cain't" procure a mate, grab a tv dinner and enjoy!  People that eat at resty's alone are just plain weird.  White people problems?  I mean, you HAVE to be at a place with waiter service?  Metro much Scotty?

Scenario for Eating Alone:-Draw the shades, and darken room....disengage tele device.-Put on "omni dining" trendware....the boxers with the hearts on them and that ratty, ess stained t shirt.-Secure Hungry Man Dinner in micro device-Secure visual box to a mid 70's staple, such as Fernwood Tonight, or Love Boat.-Finish space age dinner, and lick fingers.-Retire to couch, and shiver in fetal position while trying to remember where it all started to go wrong; all the while listening to Neil Sadaka, and Seals and Crofts.-Drink cheap, low grade vodka and throw up all over plastic army man collection.-Wake up at 3:35, and wonder what happened.-3:37 AM....Call mom's and hysterically tell her you are moving back in.-Wake up at 6:30 AM, and vow NEVER to eat alone again.

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Jasminesmith198714

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Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Juanita, when she leans over the table to lower the honey-sticky mexican flag.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

When on the road I don't mind eating at the bar at all..let everyone know I'm from the Great State, quicker refills, tv close enough to see.

Kergo 1
Kergo 1

may as well put a target on yer back that says "I have 1000 cats!".

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Yeah, but, I'm looking at the delicious frame of hers.....that 5 foot 1, 268 gem! "Ay yi yie!".

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

and drinking said sorrows while listening to the mostly overly retarded Fan fans.......I content that they are the DUMBEST people on earth; and that is what really makes that station unbearable to listen to. Also:

-the stupid "board" -and the Shah and Choppy-And the way cool to himself D Bad Nation guy-brah.  

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Exactly. Who wants to drive to downtown Dallas, fight the traffic, pay for parking, just to hear Richie exclaim "Greggo" a hundred times while eating a cold plate of nacho's and drinking your sorrows (for going there) away?

Kergo
Kergo

he he....OR, how about actually sitting at The Fail Sports Lounge, at any time!?

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Here's something I wouldn't wish upon anybody: Sitting alone eating at the Fail Sports Lounge between 2-7 p.m weekdays. Now that's depressing.

MBM
MBM

Slap, slap, slapping sounds.

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