Best Place to Eat Out Alone

Atlas

"Are you having dinner at the bar tonight?" Owner Jean Donnelly's question never fails to surprise. Of course you're having dinner at the bar. As usual, the restaurant's packed, and you're too self-conscious to request a table for one. But Donnelly's welcoming smile makes you feel like the pater familias of a four-top from Ladue, and her enthusiasm for your dining plans is sincere — and infectious. You're not "having dinner alone at the bar." You're having dinner! Alone! At the bar! Besides, from your barstool you can watch as Donnelly's husband and co-owner, Michael Roberts, and his crew turn out some of the city's best food, classic bistro fare distinguished by the freshness of the ingredients and the elegance of the preparations. And then, because you don't have a companion there to judge you, and because the bartender has assured you it's a perfectly normal thing to do, you order not one, but two of Atlas' amazing desserts to enjoy. Alone! At the bar!
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