Dining at a restaurant en femme is an enjoyable way to crossdress in public. Besides attending support group meetings, dining was how I went out en femme for the first time and I recommend it as a relatively easy way for the newbie to go out en femme.
In all my years dining out en femme, rarely have I had issues with the restaurant staff and only occasionally have I noticed other diners acting in an untoward manner.
Below is a list of restaurants where I have
In some cases, the restaurant staff made a special effort to treat me like a lady, i.e., they addressed me as "Miss" or "Ma'am." Asterisks (***) follow those restaurants that made an extra effort.
Bertucci's Brick Oven Ristorante, 330 N. Main St., West Hartford
City Steam Brewery Café, 942 Main St., Hartford
Coyote Flaco, 635 New Britain Ave, Hartford ***
Delaney's Grille & Taproom, 864 Whalley Ave, New Haven ***
Elbow Room, 986 Farmington Ave, West Hartford
Gold Roc Diner, 61 Kane St, West Hartford
Pond House Café, 1555 Asylum Ave., West Hartford
Ruby Tuesday, 500 Westfarms Mall Farmington
Simsbury 1820 House, 731 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury
Tuscany Grill, 100 College St, Middletown
Vito's by the Park, 26 Trumbull St., Hartford
Legal Seafoods, 1400 Worcester St, Natick
Uno Chicago Grill, 126 North Main St, Dayton ***
UPDATE: Things have changed for the better since I originally wrote this piece. I now go everywhere and anywhere to dine en femme without thinking twice (unless motorcycles surround the eating establishment).
It has been a awhile since I had to deal with any issues concerning dining en femme. Maybe society is more open and accepting, but I think the primary "change for the better" has occurred in me.
I am now very confident going out en femme and that has a positive influence on how civilians react to me. And, if an issue does occur, I know how to deal with it.