They can be a fun place to go, or a horrible waste of money, whether you’re trying to live frugally or not.
Tonight, my husband and I used our first coupon from our Entertainment Book.
We selected a small restaurant in our area that we’ve wanted to try. After yet another disappointing adventure in dining here, I think we’re going to give up on the small area restaurants, unless someone can give me a great recommendation for some. We’ve just been let down too many times. (Hey, Pittsburghers, specifically you in the North Hills….any recommendations?)
Tonight, including tip we spent $33. Our coupon book saved us $10.
On the plus side, we got out of the house, I didn’t have to cook or clean up after this meal, and we were fed.
The food wasn’t terrible–it was just OK. We won’t go back though, since the overall value, even with coupon, wasn’t good.
Maybe I’m just too demanding (…”maybe I’m just like my father”…ok sorry about the Prince reference, lol), but I think going to a restaurant should be a great experience overall.
If it’s not, why bother?
I expect a welcoming, fun environment. Comfortable seating. Prompt service. Variety on the menu. Reasonable pricing. Decent portion sizes. And most importantly, delicious food.
If you’re a chef, don’t serve me a bad cut of chicken, poorly cooked, and covered with mushrooms from a can. Don’t bring out cold dinner rolls that probably came out of a bag. Don’t put dense, boring iceberg lettuce in my salad, and don’t put tomato wedges on them, if they aren’t ripe.
[ Don’t get me wrong–I’m not critical of home cooking from a friend or family member. But when friends or family prepare food for me, they take pride in what they do. Even if the cuts of meat aren’t expensive, or if things come out of cans, they prepare it they best they can, and with love. Home cooking is totally different from restaurant food. ]
I don’t want to be a restaurant snob, but for pete’s sake.
I just want to go out to eat once in awhile, have a good time, and eat food that makes my mouth and stomach deliriously happy. I want to say “Now, that was money well spent.”
Is that so much to ask?
What do you look for in a restaurant?