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Old 10-10-2018, 01:36 PM
 
Location: North Oakland
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When all is said and done, is it any cheaper than eating at a full service restaurant?
In this particular instance, yes. If I went to a restaurant specifically for lasagne, meatballs, and a vegetable, I would probably have spent $25 instead of the $10+ I spent at Whole Foods. I would have gotten a much better meal at either of the two restaurants I'd've gone to, Lasagne Bolognese made with fresh pasta instead of lasagne made with (I imagine) no-boil lasagne sheets. Plus something to drink and a tip. When I eat at Whole Foods, I think of it as something more comparable to eating at home than eating in a restaurant.

 
Old 10-10-2018, 01:44 PM
 
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In this particular instance, yes. If I went to a restaurant specifically for lasagne, meatballs, and a vegetable, I would probably have spent $25 instead of the $10+ I spent at Whole Foods. I would have gotten a much better meal at either of the two restaurants I'd've gone to, Lasagne Bolognese made with fresh pasta instead of lasagne made with (I imagine) no-boil lasagne sheets. Plus something to drink and a tip. When I eat at Whole Foods, I think of it as something more comparable to eating at home than eating in a restaurant.

Apples and oranges. You could have went to Olive Garden for a $10 lasagna plate.
 
Old 10-10-2018, 03:14 PM
 
Location: between three Great Lakes.
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Apples and oranges. You could have went to Olive Garden for a $10 lasagna plate.
Not only that, he could have gone to Olive Garden.
 
Old 10-10-2018, 03:20 PM
 
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Not only that, he could have gone to Olive Garden.

Thanks for your meaningful contribution to the thread.
 
Old 10-10-2018, 05:23 PM
 
Location: EPWV
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I went to one for lunch when I worked downtown. Those tomatoes got me every time. You would think they were injected with lead.
 
Old 10-10-2018, 11:07 PM
 
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When all is said and done, is it any cheaper than eating at a full service restaurant?
I can't imagine paying for lasagne by its weight is cheaper then what you could get elsewhere.

Typically if I'm going to get food like that, its because I want something light, vegetables or a salad. If I want something heavy, like potatoes or pasta, it's cheaper to go elsewhere.
 
Old 10-11-2018, 01:19 AM
 
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I thought you meant pay by YOUR weight. You walk in, get on a scale, and then pay. If you weigh 200 pounds, your meal will cost $20 because the restaurant knows you are a big eater. If you weigh 100 pounds, it's only $10 because they know you are a small eater.
That won't work. Thin people with high metabolism can eat a lot.
When I was in my late teens, I could out-eat every one I knew. I was 5'8" at 130 lbs.

Currently in my late 30's, my normal appetite is three times that of my brother who is 8 years younger ( he too is on the thin side, though)
 
Old 10-11-2018, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I can't imagine paying for lasagne by its weight is cheaper then what you could get elsewhere.

Typically if I'm going to get food like that, its because I want something light, vegetables or a salad. If I want something heavy, like potatoes or pasta, it's cheaper to go elsewhere.
I agree, a salad bar yes, good idea but some entrees like almost any pasta would weigh so much I would be broke before we even sat down. I will take the old fashion way. Sit down order off the menu and let it go. I do like the idea of the pay by weight is some cases.
 
Old 10-11-2018, 05:29 AM
 
Location: North Oakland
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I agree, a salad bar yes, good idea but some entrees like almost any pasta would weigh so much I would be broke before we even sat down.
I got a total of 1.18 pounds of food, equally divided (visually) on the plate among vegetarian lasagne, meatballs, green beans, and roasted vegetables. It cost a total of $10.61 before tax, i.e., $8.99/lb.
 
Old 10-11-2018, 10:03 PM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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An advantage I haven't seen mentioned here is the availability of foods you might not otherwise eat.

At the NYC pay-by-the-pound places where I get lunch, there are often dishes like corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots. When is a person who lives alone going to get a chance to eat that? We're not going to make a whole corned beef for one person.

But there it is, cooked for me and available for a reasonable price.
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