Ah, separate checks. They won't even do it here if there are more than a few people at the table, and some places won't do them at all. I rarely see anyone ask. We just split the bills, or take turns paying.
There's a different attitude here about money and tabs, when we were in college we started to see that people from outside the area were very different with restaurant or bar bills. It's an immigrant throwback thing we've concluded, many of our cultures are more of the fight you to pick up the bill types. Mediterranean/Levantine culture. If you try to pay they'll hit you
So we have lots of 'I'll get this one, you get the bill the next time'.
A few places that I've been overseas will automatically give you separate checks, even if you are 2 at the table.