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The 10 Best Places to Eat Solo in Philly

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While dining out with friends and loved ones is one of life's great pleasures, eating by yourself can be liberating and no one is going to swipe fries off of your plate. Luckily, Philly has a bevy of spots you can go solo without feeling lonely, and still wolf down some of the very best bites in town. Whether you need some Cape May Salts at The Oyster House, a fried bird from FedNuts, or something off the Dirt List at Vedge, you're covered, lone ranger.

So, if you're pre-gaming before meeting friends on the way to the game or you said something really stupid and are sleeping on the couch, check out any of these 10 spots to keep you energized. Oh, and we're sure we've missed some of your favorites, so please let us know where and what to eat on your own in the comments below.


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Starr’s University City Asian joint has a conveyor belt sushi bar in the back that’s perfect for a solo meal. Grab a bar stool, pluck off whichever plates correspond to your budget (they’re color-coded by price) and enjoy the lack of sidelong looks -- it’s always pretty busy, so you’ll never stand out.

Varga Bar

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You’ve got the makings of a perfect solitary dining experience: game on the TV, delectable bar food served until 1 a.m. seven nights of the week, and some, er, eye candy on the ceiling.

Shake Shack

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It’s called a “shack,” for God’s sake -- of course you can eat alone. Your best bet is the line of bar stools along the window. There’s even milling waitstaff to check in on you throughout your meal.

Morning Glory Diner

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This is one of those spots where it’s actually better to be a party of one. The wait is inconceivably long, every day of the week, so you’ll be able to hop the line. Extra bonus: sitting at the breakfast bar means watching the cooks in action.

Federal Donuts

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Both locations offer great-for-solo-dining seating, and the casual vibe makes for a pleasant meal.
Vedge is one of those restaurants where the bar experience is as special as the sit-down experience. Take advantage if you’re dining solo. And anyway, the cocktails are arguably the highlight of this award-winning vegan stronghold.

Oyster House

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The oyster bar, and its enthusiastic shuckers, make for a great conversation starter if you’re dining by yourself and looking for non-intrusive lunchtime chatter.

The Industry Bar

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The bartenders are incredibly friendly, the drinks they’re pouring always hit the spot, and the food is solid. Go on Monday for “Burgers & Bubbles” (Industry burger plus glass of sparkling cava or brut rose for $11, or with Miller High Life for $7.50).

Reading Terminal Market

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With 50+ vendors to choose from, you won’t go hungry -- or lonely. Especially around weekday lunchtime, the Terminal is bustling with all types of folk. You will not be the only one slurping soup or chopsticking sushi all by your lonesome.

Fergie's Pub

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Even if you’re not yet chummy with Fergie -- which you should be -- his eponymous pub in Midtown Village is great for dinner alone, especially in the upstairs bar on open mic night (Mondays at 9).

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Starr’s University City Asian joint has a conveyor belt sushi bar in the back that’s perfect for a solo meal. Grab a bar stool, pluck off whichever plates correspond to your budget (they’re color-coded by price) and enjoy the lack of sidelong looks -- it’s always pretty busy, so you’ll never stand out.

Varga Bar

You’ve got the makings of a perfect solitary dining experience: game on the TV, delectable bar food served until 1 a.m. seven nights of the week, and some, er, eye candy on the ceiling.

Shake Shack

It’s called a “shack,” for God’s sake -- of course you can eat alone. Your best bet is the line of bar stools along the window. There’s even milling waitstaff to check in on you throughout your meal.

Morning Glory Diner

This is one of those spots where it’s actually better to be a party of one. The wait is inconceivably long, every day of the week, so you’ll be able to hop the line. Extra bonus: sitting at the breakfast bar means watching the cooks in action.

Federal Donuts

Both locations offer great-for-solo-dining seating, and the casual vibe makes for a pleasant meal.

Vedge

Vedge is one of those restaurants where the bar experience is as special as the sit-down experience. Take advantage if you’re dining solo. And anyway, the cocktails are arguably the highlight of this award-winning vegan stronghold.

Oyster House

The oyster bar, and its enthusiastic shuckers, make for a great conversation starter if you’re dining by yourself and looking for non-intrusive lunchtime chatter.

The Industry Bar

The bartenders are incredibly friendly, the drinks they’re pouring always hit the spot, and the food is solid. Go on Monday for “Burgers & Bubbles” (Industry burger plus glass of sparkling cava or brut rose for $11, or with Miller High Life for $7.50).

Reading Terminal Market

With 50+ vendors to choose from, you won’t go hungry -- or lonely. Especially around weekday lunchtime, the Terminal is bustling with all types of folk. You will not be the only one slurping soup or chopsticking sushi all by your lonesome.

Fergie's Pub

Even if you’re not yet chummy with Fergie -- which you should be -- his eponymous pub in Midtown Village is great for dinner alone, especially in the upstairs bar on open mic night (Mondays at 9).

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