Dining solo
Dining solo, Flashback Friday style
Carlton

You know the rule: Don?t shop hungry. And never holiday-shop hungry. (A dangerously low blood sugar level is the only way to explain that Ostrich Pillow purchase.)

Since you don?t want to take a seat solo at any ol? restaurant, we?ve rounded up our favorite places to be a party of one in prime shopping destinations. Here?s where to fuel up when you?re...

...on Fillmore Street After a long day of swiping your credit card at Steven Alan and Joie, belly up to the sushi bar at the newish Izakaya Kou to devour Japanese tapas. We highly recommend the kalbi tempura, a lightly fried boneless short rib. 1560 Fillmore St.

...in Rockridge Lone diners are in good company at Toast?s communal table. Order a negroni and the deviled egg salad sandwich before heading back out to buy everything in sight on College Avenue. 5900 College Ave., Oakland

...in Laurel Heights Tucked away from the bustle of Sacramento Street, Sociale?s cozy patio (heat lamps abound) is the perfect place to snack on some fried olives--or dig into the squid-ink spaghetti. 3665 Sacramento St.

...in Hayes Valley Between browsing at Gimme Shoes and Azalea, slip into a corner table at Taste, a Zen teahouse where we like to nibble on the organic black-sesame mochi and sip on the soothing Misty Mountain brew. 535 Octavia St.

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