After the holiday hubbub (and associated soaring stress levels), it’s hardly a surprise if you’re barely on speaking terms with certain family members come January.
So why not capitalize on the blessed silence by taking yourself out for lunch? Here are a few of our favorite places for solo dining:
CBD Provisions This new spot in the Joule Hotel serves rustic Southern fare in a totally refined, urbane setting. Retro Edison bulbs and an open kitchen provide a polished backdrop for tucking into fabulous fare like nduja pimento cheese on sourdough toast ($8) and the Butcher’s Steak, a New York strip from Local Yocal, served with perfectly seasoned frites ($25). Combine it all with a bustling atmosphere that offers great people watching and you’ll forget you’re dining alone. (1530 Main St.)
Toulouse Cafe and Bar There’s no better finish line after a Katy Trail jog than this neighboring restaurant. With its Boulevard St. Germain-esque covered patio and Belgian-inspired food, Toulouse is a wonderfully comfy place to settle in by yourself, especially if you opt to eat at the handsome bar. Start with the lobster salad ($17) and stay for the mussels and frites--may we recommend the Green Room version, with jalapeños, ginger and shiitake mushrooms ($20)? (3314 Knox St.)
Cafe Modern No need for company at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s dining room: Just get a seat by the floor-to-ceiling windows and you’ll be endlessly entertained by the shimmering reflecting pool outside. You also can’t miss by ordering the Moroccan chicken salad, pistachio- and almond-crusted chicken mixed with feta, pita croutons and preserved-lemon vinaigrette ($14). And if you go by yourself, you won’t have to share the gooey wagyu cheeseburger ($13) with anyone else. (3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth)