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Best Place to Eat Alone

Minato

1013 N. Charles St., (410) 332-0332, www.minatosushibar.com

Posted 9/17/2008

Eating alone isn't merely about a restaurant plopping a single at an open two-top; it's about the quality of that experience, from adequate lighting for reading, if that's on the agenda, or simply being able to enjoy a meal without obnoxious bar patrons raising post-happy hour calamity in the background. And that's why Minato's sushi bar is such a haven for the single diner. Neither staff nor fellow customers bother a solitary diner there to have a few glasses of white wine, finish The New Yorker, and consume an inordinate amount of unagi, but everybody is also more than convivial should somebody strike up casual dinner conversation. Respectful, friendly, and delicious--not so much to ask for, but so few places offer such simple pleasures.

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Other Awards for Best Place to Eat Alone:

Cross Street Market, 9/19/2007

Sofi's Crêpes, 9/20/2006

Kyodai Rotating Sushi Bar, 9/21/2005

Golden West Café, 9/19/2001

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