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Old 04-08-2009, 09:37 PM
 
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Ordered salads to go from Outback tonight. They were $11.95 each. Chicken caesar salad. For that price, being an entree salad and not a side salad, I expected them to be huge. Got home and we were shocked to take them out of the bag and see that they were not huge salads at all; I would call them more a side salad size. I felt totally ripped off. DH called the restaurant and complained; they said they would send us some coupons in the mail to compensate and the manager apologized. I don't know what he was apologizing for, though, because I have a feeling this is their normal size since the salad was in a plastic bowl with a lid that I assume is their regular salad. I dunno. Maybe they accidentally gave us the side salad side instead? Anyway, after tax the total was $25.78 or something like that and we gave the kid $29 to include a tip. So basically $30 for two small salads.

Decided when we are in the mood for something we'll just have to learn how to fix it ourselves because tonight's experience made me mad. DH almost took the salads back and got our money back, but I told him we should just eat them and chalk it up to experience.

I always feel ripped off by Applebee's too. I feel like I get my money's worth at Chili's.

Anyway, I think tonight was a turning point in us eating out. Yeah, I guess we can "afford" to, but it's not a good use of our money to pay so much and not get our money's worth. It's just so easy to pick up food somewhere and not have to cook, but it doesn't take all that long to throw something together, either, for a lot less money.
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:12 PM
 
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Outrageous price for 2 small salads, but a wonderful life-changing experience. $30 would buy a flat of chicken meat, various veggies, potatoes and grains, drinks (or tea bags), and eggs. So... that's about 3-5 days of meals.
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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A bag of greens with ceasar dressing, croutons will set you back about $3 and is enough for 2. Add a rotisserie chicken for $4 and you can get at least 2 meals out of the chicken.
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Old 04-09-2009, 04:33 AM
 
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I agree with the OP. Although, Applebee's has lured me back with the "all you can eat" $5.99 lunch special. I order water to drink though because their iced tea is $2.29 It is so much more nutritious and cheaper to eat in.
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Old 04-09-2009, 04:42 AM
 
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A bag of greens with ceasar dressing, croutons will set you back about $3 and is enough for 2. Add a rotisserie chicken for $4 and you can get at least 2 meals out of the chicken.
Those little ceasar salad kits are pretty darn tasty! Not to mention they actually allow you to eat a "salad", and not just some limp lettuce drenched in dressing that comes out of a big plastic container that's been sitting there all day. Why would you even bother to order ceasar salads for takeout? Seriously? You don't even have to chop up lettuce to make it at home - it's the easiest thing in the world.

This is why we don't eat at Outback, Applebees, etc. I would much rather spend a little more and actually get a good meal. Sure, we could go out for dinner/drinks at Applebee's and come away spending $50, but you get what you pay for - crappy, overpriced, unhealthy food. We usually always go to a restaurant that costs twice as much, with much, MUCH better food. Heck, if you're going to treat yourself to a dinner out you may as well make it a good dinner!
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:58 AM
 
Location: MI
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I have a rip off recipe for the caesar dressing Outback uses. It is so good. You have to get over the idea of using anchovie paste, though. lol I'll look for it and post it for you if you'd like. It is really good...
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:02 AM
 
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Why did you tip for a pick up? I must be cheap, I never do that.
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:09 AM
 
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Why did you tip for a pick up? I must be cheap, I never do that.
I always tip for pickup. I have two daughters in college who are servers.
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:11 AM
 
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I have a rip off recipe for the caesar dressing Outback uses. It is so good. You have to get over the idea of using anchovie paste, though. lol I'll look for it and post it for you if you'd like. It is really good...
Sounds great. Thanks!
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:13 AM
 
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I always tip for pickup. I have two daughters in college who are servers.
But servers are different, they actually, well, serve you. I waited tables too, and eat at cheap places, but trip 30%-50% sometimes. Tipping the guy who brings you the food pre-made is like tipping the Starbucks employee who made your drink. Or maybe you do that too? I guess I'm old skool.
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