I really enjoy eating at counters, especially when I travel alone. It feels like I’m sharing a meal with other people. Eating at a table or in a booth, alone, is well . . . eating alone.
When I eat at the counter, the person next to me may start a conversation or I will. These talks are different from the talks with an airplane seatmate.
At the counter, everyone has something else to do – eat.
Everyone has a different time to depart – when his or her meal is finished.
There are pauses to take a bite, or sip. There are the interactions with the Server. Because my time at the counter is short, I keep the topics light, talking about food, wine, the day’s events.
I think of The Counter as a daytime place. The same place at night is The Bar.
At the bar, folks add business related topics to the conversation. Sitting alone is a networking opportunity; business deals can start here. Or, it can be like attending a mini party – happy people coming and going.
Sometimes I need to get out of the house, just to . . . be out. So I take myself to my favorite local restaurant and sit at the counter or at the bar. I enjoy watching the actions of the staff, well-choreographed movements, or the theater of a performing bartender, while I chat with folks I just met. It’s a lovely time.
I highly recommend eating at The Counter.
Tomorrow I’ll tell you about some of my favorite Counters.
photo by Shinazy