Plaza Azteca, a local chain of authentic Mexican cuisine. I looked at my watch,
decided I have been behaving so I could afford a splurge, and pulled into the
parking lot. It was fairly early in the day so I got there just before it
started getting busy. I walked into the restaurant, held my chin up high and
with as much bravado as I could muster said “only one.”
I must admit it took me a long time to get to this place
in life. There was a time when I would have opted for something from the
drive-thru, not having the courage to dine alone in a family restaurant. Still,
as I followed the hostess to my table I had this thought in my head, look
at the loser eating alone! Realizing what direction my mind had taken I got
angry and shot back um, no I am a
confident woman who has the courage to eat alone. Yes, that is right folks,
not only was I dining alone I was also arguing with myself. Yea, sure, that
shows you how sane I am!
As I sat there eating my chips and salsa I started
counting the benefits of dining alone. I wrote them down so that I could share
them with you.
You get to pick where
you get to eat.
You do not have to
share the chips and salsa (of course if you are limiting your starches, this
could also be listed under cons)
You don’t have to
worry about double dipping.
You can check your
cell phone without worrying about being rude to your dining companion.
They serve you in a
hurry. (I think that is to get you out of there so that they can give your table
to a larger party. Larger party=larger tip)
When you are finished
you get to leave. (No waiting around for others to
If you make a mess on
your shirt no-one will notice.
The waitress will
keep checking on you. (Surely you must look pitiful to her sitting alone at a
booth designed for four)
You get the pity
party invite. (um no, just because I am eating single does not mean I want to
sit at your table)
Drum roll!!!!!!!!!!!! The best
advantage or eating alone is….
When you eat too much
there is no-one there to chastise you!
So the next time you feel like eating out and wish you
had someone to go with you, go by yourself. You might just enjoy it. If not… at
least you will be able to waddle out to your car in silance!