In no particular order, save for organizational purposes, here are five restaurants where your singlehood shines as not just a preferred way of life but an advantage:
If you arrive in more than a pair, you'll be lucky to snag a table, much less seats next to each other at peak hours. All the better if you're just trying to grab some beer with one of Sang Yoon's formidable cheeseburgers. 3229 Helms Ave., Culver City; (310) 736-2224.4. Mexicali Taco & Co.
Let no one come between you and your quesadilla vampiro-style, made with a potent garlic sauce that lingers post-meal. The food truck turned brick'n'mortar demonstrates one of the best liberal use of garlic in town, rivaling that of Zankou's. 702 N. Figueroa St., Chinatown; (213) 613-0416.
Embrace with pleasure some or all of the conventional dating don'ts you're often told to avoid, but you enjoy anyway: Bright lights; pungent food; smoky grills; and large, raucous groups. 3465 W. 6th St., Koreatown; (213) 384-9678.
Between communal seating arrangements and the eventual mustard mess you'll create from one of four different styles available tableside, this isn't a joint for demure vibes typical of initial dates. 800 E. Third St., dwntwn; (213) 687-4444.