October 18, 2015

9 Cleveland Restaurants for When You're Alone and Single

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Just because you're single doesn't mean you can't enjoy a nice meal out. In fact, being alone can have more upsides to it than dining with a date. Be free of worrying about chewing volume, small talk and PDA. Instead, spend your dining time actually enjoying the food, daring to order something unusual and basking in the best company you've got: yourself.

By Brittany Rees

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Flipside Burger
Just like your ex, Flipside wants to keep things casual. From the chilled-out wait staff to the industrial decor, the burger joint offers a relaxed space and no judgment when someone reserves a table for one. The thick beef patties and piles of toppings can make eating at Flipside a bit of a messy venture as well. But without a date to impress, who's to care when fried egg drips down your beard? We won't judge. (Photo courtesy of Instagram user @bomb_nomz)
Flipside Burger

Just like your ex, Flipside wants to keep things casual. From the chilled-out wait staff to the industrial decor, the burger joint offers a relaxed space and no judgment when someone reserves a table for one. The thick beef patties and piles of toppings can make eating at Flipside a bit of a messy venture as well. But without a date to impress, who's to care when fried egg drips down your beard? We won't judge. (Photo courtesy of Instagram user @bomb_nomz)

Tommy's Restaurant
Typically, solo diners may want to avoid family-owned watering holes. Everyone knows each other and the tables are made to fit groups. However, Tommy's in Coventry is just what lonely Clevelanders need. With a menu filled with comfort food and a welcoming vibe, Tommy's immediately puts locals at ease. Plus, it's attached to a bookstore, making it an ideal stop for someone wanting a day date for themselves. (Photo courtesy of Instagram user @_nathanieljames)
Tommy's Restaurant

Typically, solo diners may want to avoid family-owned watering holes. Everyone knows each other and the tables are made to fit groups. However, Tommy's in Coventry is just what lonely Clevelanders need. With a menu filled with comfort food and a welcoming vibe, Tommy's immediately puts locals at ease. Plus, it's attached to a bookstore, making it an ideal stop for someone wanting a day date for themselves. (Photo courtesy of Instagram user @_nathanieljames)

Crust
The marks of  new, hip eateries are usually its one-word name and sans serif logo. (Think Melt and Pour) Crust is no exception. With a stylish twist on pizza, Crust has become one of the tastiest and most popular restaurants around. With stool seating and a staff too busy to be nosy, the shop lets guests eat in peace. (Photo courtesy of Crust's Facebook page)
Crust

The marks of new, hip eateries are usually its one-word name and sans serif logo. (Think Melt and Pour) Crust is no exception. With a stylish twist on pizza, Crust has become one of the tastiest and most popular restaurants around. With stool seating and a staff too busy to be nosy, the shop lets guests eat in peace. (Photo courtesy of Crust's Facebook page)

The Butcher and the Brewer
If there was ever a reason to enjoy dining alone, the Butcher and the Brewer is it. The market-slash-brewery-slash-restaurant offers a lot visually. With its industrial-style decor and its in-restaurant 10-barrel brewery, the downtown eatery has a lot to look at. Sit back and watch the bustle of East 4th with a beer in hand while chowing down on some seriously delicious grub. And don't even think about sharing. (Photo courtesy of Instagram user @cleblonde)
The Butcher and the Brewer

If there was ever a reason to enjoy dining alone, the Butcher and the Brewer is it. The market-slash-brewery-slash-restaurant offers a lot visually. With its industrial-style decor and its in-restaurant 10-barrel brewery, the downtown eatery has a lot to look at. Sit back and watch the bustle of East 4th with a beer in hand while chowing down on some seriously delicious grub. And don't even think about sharing. (Photo courtesy of Instagram user @cleblonde)

Barrio
Barrio's checklist ordering system isn't exactly complex. But with the added chatter of old college buddies and the distraction of a girlfriend harping about the drink menu, focusing on what shell would complement thai tofu becomes headache-inducing. Try ditching the date and heading out to any of Barrio's three Cleveland area locations for a more relaxed experience. Maybe this time, even add the mango guacamole. (Photo courtesy of Instagram user @melifizz)
Barrio

Barrio's checklist ordering system isn't exactly complex. But with the added chatter of old college buddies and the distraction of a girlfriend harping about the drink menu, focusing on what shell would complement thai tofu becomes headache-inducing. Try ditching the date and heading out to any of Barrio's three Cleveland area locations for a more relaxed experience. Maybe this time, even add the mango guacamole. (Photo courtesy of Instagram user @melifizz)

Alley Cat Oyster Bar
This oyster bar in the Flats is way more enjoyable when there isn't another head obstructing your view of the river. Alley Cat's seafood isn't to be missed, nor is its waterfront location. Go solo for a cheaper, less obstructed time. (Photo courtesy of Instagram user @anastasiasouris)
Alley Cat Oyster Bar

This oyster bar in the Flats is way more enjoyable when there isn't another head obstructing your view of the river. Alley Cat's seafood isn't to be missed, nor is its waterfront location. Go solo for a cheaper, less obstructed time. (Photo courtesy of Instagram user @anastasiasouris)

Helio Terra
Local vegan cafe Helio Terra isn't for everybody. Those used to quarter pounders and french fry mounds may flinch at menu items like quinoa rotini and cashew cheese platters. However, for vegetarians or Clevelanders looking for a guilt-free lunch out, Helio Terra was practically made for solo diners. The small space is attached to a gym, filling it with dozens of lone athletes. Plus, with its location on Prospect Avenue, its prime for lonely lunch breakers. Being already filled with parties of one, Helio Terra makes sure the recently single don't feel as alone as they are. (Photo courtesy of Helio Terra's Instagram @helioterravegancafe)
Helio Terra

Local vegan cafe Helio Terra isn't for everybody. Those used to quarter pounders and french fry mounds may flinch at menu items like quinoa rotini and cashew cheese platters. However, for vegetarians or Clevelanders looking for a guilt-free lunch out, Helio Terra was practically made for solo diners. The small space is attached to a gym, filling it with dozens of lone athletes. Plus, with its location on Prospect Avenue, its prime for lonely lunch breakers. Being already filled with parties of one, Helio Terra makes sure the recently single don't feel as alone as they are. (Photo courtesy of Helio Terra's Instagram @helioterravegancafe)

Noodlecat
There's nothing less attractive than noodles dripping down the chin and onto the freshly pressed shirt of someone on a first date. So skip it. Not the noodles, of course, but the date. Noodlecat, Cleveland's premier ramen house, overflows with broth-steeped rice pasta and other Asian-inspired cuisine. By abandoning friends, family and significant others, diners can slurp and slosh to their hearts' content without fear of judgment. (Photo courtesy of Instagram user @mdnght88)
Noodlecat

There's nothing less attractive than noodles dripping down the chin and onto the freshly pressed shirt of someone on a first date. So skip it. Not the noodles, of course, but the date. Noodlecat, Cleveland's premier ramen house, overflows with broth-steeped rice pasta and other Asian-inspired cuisine. By abandoning friends, family and significant others, diners can slurp and slosh to their hearts' content without fear of judgment. (Photo courtesy of Instagram user @mdnght88)

Rennick Meat Market
This old-school meat market is for serious food-lovers only. Not a spot for loud dinner conversation or staring into someone else's eyes, Rennick's serves up hefty beef dishes that demand attention. Go alone to truly enjoy the aroma, taste and atmosphere of the butchery. (Photo                 from Scene archives)
Rennick Meat Market

This old-school meat market is for serious food-lovers only. Not a spot for loud dinner conversation or staring into someone else's eyes, Rennick's serves up hefty beef dishes that demand attention. Go alone to truly enjoy the aroma, taste and atmosphere of the butchery. (Photo from Scene archives)