Life as a single foodie can be tough. It’s not always enjoyable to go out to eat alone… nor is it easy to cook for one. So, why not take advantage of your singlehood and head to some of these chef hangouts where you can rub elbows and even flirt with some of the best chefs in town?
Foodies in Seattle: Licorous. Even for dates, this is a great spot to grab an infused liquor concoction before or after dinner at any one of the nearby restaurants (including nextdoor Lark, which shares owners). However, after 11pm, Licorous becomes a buzzing hive of food industry mavens, giving anyone the chance to overhear chefs talking shop. You never know… that cute up-and-coming gastro-whiz in the corner might be single!
Foodies in San Diego and La Jolla: It’s a pretty good bet that you will spot chefs pretty much anywhere you go in the Gaslamp with a kitchen that’s open late. But if you’re looking for somewhere that the chefs want to go on their day off, to eat some great cheese and catch up on the world, you need to head to Cheese Shop in La Jolla. Try some of the cheese selections, sandwiches, and baked goods… and turn a morning coffee into a first date. Rumor has it, the chef from The Prado likes to spend his time here.
Foodies in Sydney: Locals will see this suggestion as no surprise. If you want to spot chefs after a long night in the kitchen, BBQ King will surely offer that opportunity. This is one of those places that has a huge reputation, but the reputation doesn’t stand up to the awesome food at low prices. Order takeout if you want to view the eyecandy from afar… but if you’re feeling up to the challenge you should dig in deep in the 200-seat dining room.
Foodies in Napa-Sonoma: I asked around, and all the locals said the same thing. To spot chefs and winemakers cutting loose in wine country, head to Rutherford Grill on Friday afternoons. You’ll be lucky to grab a seat at the crowded bar, but your hard work will be rewarded: from your perch you’ll watch chefs and winemakers talk shop, unwind, and just enjoy themselves. Have you practiced your pickup lines?
Do you have a favorite spot for chef-spotting that I missed? Leave a comment or email the Foodies at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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