I once lived in a place with a population of somewhere near 30,000 people and 10,000 chain restaurants. Eating was convenient, reliable, and plastic.
What I do miss is disposable income. Upcoming opportunities have inspired us to put the clamps down on the budget, which would normally put the clamps down on adventurous eating, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
As we scan the menu we skip the apps, ignore multiple entrees, and focus mostly on the column to the right. Ordering in such a fashion will likely force us to miss whatever dish the house does best, but if you choose the right house, things will work out just fine.
Why go “nice” while spending less, which means eating less, when Chili’s exists? Because any wise investor will tell you that it is not how much money you put in, but where you put it, that matters most. Perhaps these ventures are not investments in meals but something more important.
Creme brulee and steak are nice, but time with her in a place we like, is better.