Table for one? There are plenty of succulent options available for a comfortable, relaxing solitary dinner in Rochester. Consider one of these three the next time you’re heading out for a meal solo.
Tonic Local Kitchen & Juice Bar
1217 2nd St. SW
It’s likely you’ll leave Tonic vowing never to let a piece of junk food pass your lips again. Here, the healthy food is just that good.
You cannot err with the Chef’s Special, be it the Pork Stir Fry Bowl loaded with fresh veggies – napa cabbage, carrots, snap peas, garlic sauce and served with the soup of the day (hope for the Bison Chili; zesty and to die for!) – or some other amazing fare coming out of the kitchen. Or hey, hit the regular menu for, well, anything. Everything here is memorable. It’s delicious and nutritious, locally sourced, and is every vegan, vegetarian and meat lover’s heaven. Make it a party by pairing your meal with that day’s featured lemonade (blueberry one day, rhubarb another – it depends, as with all things here, on what’s in season).
And you won’t get lonesome dining as one, either. The staff’s too friendly, the spring green decor too inviting and the cookbooks lining the shelves too homey. Come right in, seat yourself and skip that awkward “just one” moment at the non-existent hostess stand.
Mac’s Cafe & Restaurant
20 1st St. SW
This bustling, contemporary cafe is the perfect setting for a solitary meal. Nab a seat by the windows overlooking Peace Plaza and watch life unfold as you dine.
Mac’s Cafe & Restaurant was once known primarily for its Greek fare, so if you want to go traditional opt for ordering Mac’s Famous Gyro. Or verge off into other areas of the menu, such as breakfast, which is happily served into the dinner hour, or dig into one of their savory salads.
End your meal with baklava because why not? It’s delish and you’ll be pleased to have indulged.
People’s Food Co-op
519 1st Ave. SW
You’re never supposed to shop while famished, so squelch that hunger before you buy groceries by hitting the People’s Food Co-Op Deli for dinner. College students love to eat while studying here, and it’s a great draw for professionals and retirees as well.
At the People’s Food Co-Op Deli you’ll find a savory from-scratch buffet featuring items such as roasted chicken, vegetables and potatoes as sides, or perhaps one of the daily four simmering soups, also made from scratch, will hit the spot. If you aren’t in a buffet mood, order from the Deli menu, choosing from a variety of fan favorites including the oat pecan burger for vegetarians or from among the tasty breakfast options, which can be devoured all day.
Consider treating yourself to a dessert from the bakery department one convenient counter over, and then carry your tray to the grocery check-out line to pay. Finally, enjoy your delectable meal while drafting that overdue grocery list.