3) Bring a book/magazine.
Sure, there is a chance that you will run into Bill Watterson, and you two will bond over your mutual love for those Calvin and Hobbes comics featuring the Transmogrifier, and you will never need to read a thing. But there is also a chance that no one else will be around, or you will want to ignore them because they have crazy eyes and like Blue Bloods, or just asked if you wanted to buy some “stepped on stuff”, so it’s best to have something to peruse. I favor softcover paperbacks, because they fit easily into one’s coat/that’s how most of the Nancy Drew novels I purchase used on Amazon are sold.
4) But maybe not a gigantic book. Or a weird magazine.
No one is saying that coffee table book of tattoos shaped like Eastern European countries isn’t cool (…), it’s just taking up a lot of bar space, and you’ve got to eat all those mozzarella sticks, remember?
5) Be bold with your order.
There are certain specific advantages to solo dining, and this is definitely one. You have no one to share with, so no one is going to judge you for ordering a meat-based appetizer and a meat-based entree and a meat-based dessert. You are your own manly man, the king of your own food-based castle! Now back to that Nancy Drew book, to find out if Twin Elms mansion really is haunted!