Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for August 19, 2014


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    BRI-NO-MITE!! Premium Member about 5 years ago

    Some places turn away lone diners. They don’t want to tie up a table for just one guy.

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  about 5 years ago

    Ziggy knows that feeling… he and Pig should dine out together more often.

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    blunebottle  about 5 years ago

    No tip for you, fella…..

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    knight1192a  about 5 years ago

    Or he’s a food critic there to rate your resturantand you as the maître d’ just pretty much ensured Le Eatery will be getting the lowest possible rating.

    True, Pig looks absolutely nothing like a food critic and isn’t bright enough to know the difference between escargot and nori. But the maître d’ doesn’t know that for certain.

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    Three Steps Over Japan  about 5 years ago

    “And we know he’ll try to kill himself with the spare butter knives out of despair and dejection! Pull the extra cloth napkins just to be safe!”

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    rshive  about 5 years ago

    Like the subtle approach.

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    Alan Rees  about 5 years ago

    In Hong Kong, where I live, if a restaurant is really busy, and a table has spare seating, they will often seat un-related diners at the table. Most will ask first, but not all.

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    Reppr  about 5 years ago

    I’ve seen that happen in New York

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    andrew5  about 5 years ago

    It’s weird though; if you were away on business, you’d eat alone and not think twice about it – but you eat alone somewhere that you previously had a date, you feel like this is gonna happen.

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    Sisyphos  about 5 years ago

    This strikes uncomfortably close to home. I would, when working, often eat alone. The poor service at one restaurant I had previously patronized often caused me to blacklist them forever after that time…. On the other hand, some places had tables for one or two (only) as well as larger tables or booths and were always very gracious and accommodating, even though often crowded.

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    Mumblix Premium Member about 5 years ago

    This is why I only go to restaurants that have a drive-through. It’s too depressing eating alone inside.

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    dsom8  about 5 years ago

    Panera confuses me. As you say, their menu “trends” healthy – until you get to the pastries. It seems like a very mixed message.And they do have many smaller tables, and electrical outlets. It’s a good place for telecommuters. (Most other restaurants hide what few outlets are available for plugging in a laptop charger.)

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    puddlesplatt  about 5 years ago

    or that little table right outside the Mens room, you don’t know for sure if it’s new or old food your eating…snerk

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    Carl Rennhack Premium Member about 5 years ago

    Has this happened to Steph in “real” life?!?

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member about 5 years ago

    Well, that was mean

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    vwdualnomand  about 5 years ago

    that is why i don’t tip.

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    John Czach Premium Member about 5 years ago

    hey.. clear the EXTRA place settings, not Pig’s too .. @RWJAMES Yeah- my first thought was :The Lonely Guy"

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    Sherlock Watson  about 5 years ago

    Shouldn’t the guy have started by saying, “YYYYYYEEESSSSS”?

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    Petemejia77  about 5 years ago

    You beat me to it! Great movie!

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    le-roy  about 5 years ago

    I guess I’m odd (well, I know I am, but that’s another story). For me eating is about ingesting nutrition and enjoying food, and has little to do with socializing. I was probably into my thirties before I learned that I should feel embarrassed about eating alone.

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    Rush Strong Premium Member about 5 years ago

    You know you’re a nobody when your own place setting is considered to be “extra.”

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    Number Three  about 5 years ago

    What a jerk!


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    Jeff0811  about 5 years ago

    The last time I ate by myself I took my tablet with me, played games on my tablet, ate my food and left. If anyone WAS giving me a dirty look, I 1, didn’t notice, and 2, was enjoying myself so much I didn’t care.

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    Jeff0811  about 5 years ago

    He should say his date is on the way, look lonely and dejected, maybe get a free desert out of the deal.

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    claire de la lune.  about 5 years ago

    Poor Pig…

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    Mary j. peden Premium Member about 5 years ago

    Happens to me all the time, pet peeve. Why is it necessary to announce ‘Jane Doe, party of one’????

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    Snoopy_Fan  about 5 years ago

    If it’s just one, it’s not a “party.” But that doesn’t mean he can’t have fun eating good food. :-)

    If some restaurant treated me this way, I’d say, “You know… I think I’ll eat somewhere else. Buh-bye!”

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    comicsnerd74  over 4 years ago

    “Le Eatery”?What kind of name is that?

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