I am a single, attractive woman in her 30’s, professionally educated, financially stable, well-liked by her peers, and some would say well-endowed. Despite these traits, I often find myself alone, craving one of those desserts you like to feature in your Eat This Now articles. My question is: Is it okay for a woman to go to a fancy restaurant and only order dessert? Will I be looked at strangely or treated differently by the staff?
Desperately Desiring Dessert Debbie
Dear Quadruple D,
A woman of your nature should NEVER go to a restaurant alone. You would only be looking for trouble and heartache. IT’S A PROVEN FACT! Better by far to give ELV a ring and let him accompany you.
Men on the other hand, along with any reasonably sized group, are most welcomed in almost any top-flight restaurant for dessert only, provided they:
1) Are willing to sit at the bar;
2) Don’t show up at a peak dinner time (i.e., try to go early or late);
3) Look and act like they wouldn’t mind throwing back a glass of champagne or two;
4) Actually toss down a glass of champagne or two;
5) Tip generously — at least 20% — on the final tab;
6) Thank the staff profusely, both upon entering and exiting, for allowing you to drop in just for the sweets; and finally,
7) Compliment* the pastry chef as profusely as you thanked the staff.
Hope that helps!
Your new breast friend,
PS: Here are but a few of the restaurants at which ELV would be happy to meet you for some superior sweets:
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Eiffel Tower Restaurant
Rao’s (the cheesecake is to die for)
* Complimenting Vegas’ dessert chefs will come easily to you, as Vegas’ best restaurants easily have some of the greatest dessert talent in the country working in them.
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