I spend 5 or 6 months a year alone in New Orleans for business so I've eaten alone a many restaurants here. I almost always sit at the bar for dinner which is very common here and has become the preferred way to do it even when my wife is visiting. All of my picks are places where you can comfortably sit at the bar and enjoy your meal while chatting with the bartender or your neighbors if you like. Coquette is my top pick. The fresh warm bread and salted sweet butter they bring with your meal is amazing too. Atchafalaya is also fantastic. Le Petite Grocery is wonderful. Patois is great. Upstairs at Root2 has great small plates like steak tartar and a wonderful paté. I go here a lot early during their happy hour for a very nice Old Fashioned and the tartar. If you happen to be in the mood for steak then try La Boca, the best Argentinian steak I've had anywhere. Cochon is fantastic. I usually go for lunch and just get a cocktail, the grilled oysters and the gumbo. Peche is a favorite. Most will recommend coming with a group but I love sitting at the bar here. Sylvain is the only place in the Quarter that I really enjoy. A small bar, but a wonderful meal in a great part of the French Quarter.
My wife and I are taking a 3 day visit to Vancouver. Last time we were there we ate at Guu (the one on Thurlow) several times and had a blast. We loved the food so much we wanted to try everything. We have been putting together a list of places (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) that we want to try but would love to hear your suggestions.
We are definitely going back to Guu, and we want to try Hapa Izakaya, Ramen Santouka, Café Medina, and we're dying for bagels so we are going to try Siegel's Bagels on Granville Isl. It seems like Caffè Artigiano or Milano Coffee Roasters would be good for morning espresso.
We are staying downtown and won't have a car but we love to walk so walking down Robson to Denman is not a problem.