Alyssa has an interesting question on her blog the other day. She asked, “How often do you dine out?” The comments were interesting!
Some families dined out rarely, and some went to restaurants or got take-out several times per week.
These days, we go out to eat maybe once per month, but there have been times when we haven’t dined out at all.
We used to go out more often, but it’s become more infrequent because lately, we’re trying to be more conscious of what we eat.
I’m concerned about artificial ingredients in foods, so that eliminates probably all fast food options (except maybe Subway?). And I don’t trust some of the lower end sit-down places, either. When I look at nutrition info online, it just looks bad.
It’s hard to want to go out to eat when you’re thinking about how bad the stuff is for you!
We enjoy eating at home. It’s cheaper and I like to cook.
So when we do go out to eat, we try to choose a place that uses real, fresh ingredients. It’s hard to know for sure which places are like that, but it seems like really nice restaurants (you know, the really nice ones with white tablecloths and stuff) use real food. Now, it’s not to say that all places like that cook that way, but to me it seems more likely.
Shane and I used a Groupon* earlier this week and went to such place. The food was good and it wasn’t greasy or questionable. Without the Groupon, it would have cost $75 with tip. But, my coupon was worth $40 off and I didn’t actually have to pay for it, thanks to referral credit.
To me, $35 for two is a pretty good deal. I’d rather spend a little more on a nicer place, and go less often, than to go to fast food or lower end stuff more often.
What about you? How often do you eat out? And do you know of any national chains/Pittsburgh restaurants that use real food?