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Old 05-10-2014, 05:30 AM   #11
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I always ordered something I did not make at home, so it was hard to draw a comparison. Even if the food was lacking, I went out more for the experience.
I rarely eat out anymore, so I just enjoy being waited on and don't think about if I could make it better or not.
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Old 05-10-2014, 06:44 AM   #12
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Same here. There are no real quality places here to eat so going out is simply so I don't have to cook and can just sit back and relax.

When we are on vacation it is different. I like to try new places and usually do some research before we go. Plus I don't order things I can make at home.

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I do it all the time! I think people who like real cooking, like those of us here, are prone to thinking or knowing we could do it better.

To me, the only reason to go out to eat is so I don't have to do dishes.
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Old 05-10-2014, 06:52 AM   #13
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I'm with Pac, I order things I don't normally fix at home. I enjoy the restaurants atmosphere and service as much as the food.

I don't go out to eat anymore, but I do take people out to eat from time to time. It is just easier for me and often times cheaper to take folks out than it is to entertain them at home. Most importantly for me, at this point in my life, it is only one meal instead of a week of leftovers I shouldn't be eating!

The most recent venture was with my sister and one of her children, it was more about the people than the food. Great atmosphere/vibe, great seafood, soggy fries. Something simple like the fries irritated me because I only eat them a couple times each year and I want them crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. I could have definitely made better fries at home.
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:02 PM   #14
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I like to go out to eat---- preferably somewhere that can cook better than me or something I'm not likely to cook---- like pho.

But mainly I like to eat something that I haven't prepared and where I don't have to do the dishes!
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:43 PM   #15
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We eat out for necessity, not because we want to eat out.

Or if I want oysters and Dos Equis on tap.

Mexican food is also beautiful in addition to tasting great. I would most likely pick Mexican if I had to choose.
Its hard to hit a bad Mexican place it seems. Most every Mexican restaurant I have visited was good to great.
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:44 PM   #16
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RB---"We eat out for necessity, not because we want to eat out."

???? Can you explain that?
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Old 05-10-2014, 04:24 PM   #17
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We don't eat out a lot aside from our 2 weeks in Aruba every winter. I read restaurant reviews and everyone loves the place and the food is great, blah, blah, blah. We go there and I am often disappointed. I can identify mistakes and more appropriate methods.

Sometimes I wonder if it's because I know more about cooking and food or if I'm overly critical.
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Old 05-10-2014, 04:28 PM   #18
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We went out for dinner tonight. I had seafood stuffed enchilada's. They were pretty good but I know I could have made them better. she said modestly.


It's almost a curse to eat out and be thinking of how it could be better.
Does anyone else here do that?
I judge a restaurant by whether the food is better than I could do. A bit arrogant really but why should we pay good money for something that we could do better ourselves?
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Old 05-10-2014, 04:47 PM   #19
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We don't eat out a lot aside from our 2 weeks in Aruba every winter. I read restaurant reviews and everyone loves the place and the food is great, blah, blah, blah. We go there and I am often disappointed. I can identify mistakes and more appropriate methods.

Sometimes I wonder if it's because I know more about cooking and food or if I'm overly critical.
They are probably hand in hand.
Your criticism has backing/substance because of your cooking ability.
My advice to you is to get smashed before dining out
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Old 05-10-2014, 04:57 PM   #20
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...My advice to you is to get smashed before dining out

There's always a cocktail and a bottle of wine...
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