Lots of folks seem to be asking questions about how to handle evening meals, eating in restaurants, etc. when you are traveling solo.
I am sure that all of us handle this differently so perhaps we should have a top question to address this issue??
When I travel, exploring local cuisine(food and drink)is an important part of my preparation and enjoyment!
I like to read about it and ask questions on the local forums and read foodie web sites like www.chowhound.com
I sometimes make restaurant reservations in advance either myself, or by asking my hotel to help me. IF I don't have a reservation I have at least some ideas of where I'd like to stop,especially for at night. During the day I may be less planned and might just have possible ideas.
I chat with other folks in the restaurants or with my servers or with the owners depending on the type of place I'm in.
I don't bring a book to read because then I am not in the moment of enjoying the meal.
I am sure others feel differently so perhaps we could all write our experiences and then have this thread added to the Top Questions?