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View Poll Results: How often do you eat restaurant food?
Often 28 35.00%
Occasionally 37 46.25%
Very rarely or never 12 15.00%
Other 3 3.75%
Voters: 80. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-11-2014, 03:38 PM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Usually once a week or so. Occasionally there are lunches out at work, also, but not that frequently. I usually take a lunch from home to save money so that I can have my Friday night dinner out!
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:45 PM
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Sometimes I go for a few months without buying any restaurant food and sometimes I have restaurant food a few times a week.
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:42 PM
Location: San Francisco
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I do a fair amount of carry-out. I live downtown and can walk to a bunch of different restaurants, plus my kitchen is small and was designed more for heating up leftovers than actually cooking. On an average week, I probably get carryout or delivery about 3 times, and I'll go out to dinner another 1-2 times. Rest of the time I'll either cook or heat up leftovers.

On the plus side, I take advantage of the various happy hour and late-night happy hour specials, which helps keep costs down.

I also tend to get lunch out 2-3 days a week because it's good for my sanity to physically leave the office.
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:52 PM
Location: Houston, TX
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Usually 5 times a week or more. I almost always eat out.
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:56 PM
Location: Islip,NY
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Originally Posted by Cubanchic View Post
We go maybe three times max a year and when we do it will be a high end place with the executive chef working on that night. There might be a special night that a pop up comes up and a new chef will get some buzz that later ends up being a Miami chef featured on top chef.

What we spend on those nights can be as little as 30 to. 40.00 per person or as high as 100.00 pp (only me and hubby). The expense is high but the experience is so well worth it.

We use to eat out more, but would rather spend the money at home with quality ingredients.
This was hubby and I almost 2 times a month when we had better paying jobs. Not anymore, When we used to take my mom out with us sometimes the bill at these high end places ended up being about $300 including alcohol. If it were up to me I'd go out to eat 7 nights a week. I have a lot of great restaurants in my area.
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:02 PM
Location: South Carolina
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we only eat out once a week and most days and nights I cook at home and it is so much easier to do than go and get restaraunt food ,plus we dont have alot of choices where we live so we eat and cook at home .
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:06 PM
Location: League City, Texas
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Very rarely here. This area is a real "restaurant desert". Oddly enough, even the Mexican restaurants here (on the border) are no good. We're in the process of moving, so that will change.
I love fine dining, and enjoy it when we travel away from this place.
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:02 PM
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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A few times a month and usually nothing very fancy - either diners or small Thai or Middle Eastern restaurants. I rarely drink anything but water so typically under $15 per meal. Today's my birthday so I'm being treated to a Mexican dinner out. I might have a strawberry margarita.

Enjoy this next trip around the Sun! Have a good one!

As for myself, we eat out about twice a month in winter. More in Summer. We go out for everyone's birthday, including our late teen - 20s kids, if they are around.

Price varies from $15 to $30. We like ethnic restaurants, hidden gems and some fine dining.

With the exception of an occasional Chipotle, we don't eat fast food and rarely eat at chains.
If we get one as a gift from a niece or nephew, we use it. We aren't snobs.
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:06 PM
Location: Chicago - Logan Square
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I'm lucky to live in an area with loads of great restaurants and try to go out as much as I can just to check out places that look interesting. Most weeks my wife and I do one nicer dinner together as a night out (about $150-200 including plenty of drinks). We usually try to check out a new place or meet friends for a night out. We also go out once a week with our daughter on days when our schedules are too hectic to cook, usually to pretty solid places for about $100 for the three of us. 4 or 5 times a year we'll go all out for something stupid expensive.

I love to cook, and really like going to new places as a form as research as much as anything else. Last week I had some Peruvian Causitas (basically mashed potato with lime and chilies) that were great, and I'll be trying to make that at home sometime soon.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:38 PM
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2-4 times a month, mostly take-outs. We have several places with good food, but inside it's either cold, or crowded with unhappy looking people with screaming kids, wearing trashy clothes, or both. One place I like to actually sit in (and where menu choice is not limited to burgers) is pretty expensive ($26-30/main dish, $15-18 salads), and parking is bad, so it is definitely not for everyday meals.
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