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“Dear PoPville,

A friend of mine and I were chatting about a relic of the pre-COVID days – casually dining out as a single person.

We both are fans of a casual dinner at a bar with a book or some people watching. As a solo diner you don’t always want to commit to taking a whole table for yourself, but sometimes you just need a bowl of pasta and a glass of wine and takeout won’t cut it. I gave up the practice during the pandemic of course, but now am itching to get out of the house.

I know restrictions are easing today, but would still love to know if there are community favorites out there. Best spots for solo dining in this post-pandemic world? That isn’t Tryst or something similar – nothing against Tryst, but that’s a given and everyone’s first answer.”


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