I have been thinking on a phenomenon I have encountered with my solo travels and dining specifically; is that in the US most places want to push a solo diner into the Bar. I'm not a fan of high top tables, nor do I want to be in a restaurant bar for my dining experience. When I went across Europe only once did they start with suggesting the bar, as they had a private function in the main dining area. Only once in 14 days!
Now I can appreciate wanting to maximize capacity and a solo diner takes up half a table, but the number of times I had to vehemently insist that I get a proper table drives me mad. It has gotten me to the point where I rarely dine out in the US, and will get to go and eat in the car before I'll get shoved into the back part of a bar like a leper.