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Jun 29, 2011 09:41 AM

$100 to spend. Do you.....?

Don't get all high and mighty on honest. I know everyone on here loves great food, but think about the questions.

What would you do in this situation? I live alone and while I love to cook and eat great food, I also like to go out with friends. So her'e's my question. If you have a $100 budget per week for dining out, would you rather

Have one $100 meal at a great restaurant or multiple good meals at different places?

MY example is this. There's a a few restaurants near me where I could go and have a nice seafood appetizer, a salad, a delicious steak and a decadent dessert for $100. But on the other hand, I could go Monday for the best chorizo burrito I've ever had for $8, then for a delicious chicken scarpiello on Tuesday for $17. Then have a shepherd's pie or bangers and mash for $12 on Wednesday, have an entire pie of the best thin crust pizza for $14 on Thursday, Westchester's best burger with a side of chili, fries and rings for $11 on Friday, some dumplings and a some spicy Chinese chicken dish on Saturday for $13 and still have $25 to have some wings, nachos and curried spring rolls on Sunday during the game?

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  1. It depends if you like to cook or eat out all the time...and where your friends like to eat.

    Oh and if its eating out all the time how much time you have to exercise.

      1. re: viperlush

        +1 on alternate! I'd do maybe 2 weeks on cheap meals out daily, then one week that would include a blow out meal.

        1. re: viperlush


          when i read the OP my immediate thought was, "why does it have to be strictly one or the other?" i'd stick with the more economical & frequent strategy most weeks, but mix it up with the occasional splurge once every month or two.

          of course it's all theoretical for me since i rarely eat out more than once a month (that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner) i splurge on more expensive ingredients for cooking at home instead.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            This. And I like to know what's going into my food. I'm neurotic that way.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I was using a week as a reference guide. I figured if I wrote a month, I'd be inundated with comments saying if it's once a month they'd pick a gourmet meal.

              I wholeheartedly agree with more expensive at home

          2. I am all about variety. I'd choose the burrito-shepherd's pie sequence most weeks, then on the occasional week go for the splurge meal. Honestly, I'd rather have several interesting ethnic meals with ingredients that I don't normally have in the house or techniques that I don't know than have a steak dinner at a posh place.

            Years ago, when my husband and I were saving for our first house, we allowed ourselves a dining out budget of $120/week. We never went to a nice place during that year--it was always Chinese take-out, Mexican, etc. Never felt we were missing a thing.

            I should add that at the end of that time, after we'd bought the house, I won a contest at work, and we splurged on a $400 meal at what was then the Ritz-Carlton in Boston. I did love the idea that there was a dude whose sole job it was to put butter on my bread and butter plate and another whose sole job appeared to be to refill water glasses. Luxury is fun, but most of the time, I'd rather just eat good food.

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            1. re: Isolda

              Love The R-C story. Honestly, It's funny, I'm going through a really rough economic time, but ironically I'm trying to lose weight, so I went on a diet of pretty much veggies and cheese. They actually get a little pricey, but I'd rather eat healthy. I splurge ona burger once a week and usually eat out at least one other time (I've been sticking to ordering apps instead of entrees). The funny thing is despite being a little broke, I've got a $200 gift card to Morton's. So I'm waiting til I'm down to my last two cents to go have a nice martini, a seafood platter and a cajun rib eye....for free!

              1. Spread it around, but use half of it for places/foods that you haven't tried yet. Once you find something new you like, explore the high-end version of that food and spend all, or a big part, of the $100 on that. Rinse and repeat.

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                1. re: ediblover

                  Other than "in-town" I had going to restaurants over and over. I also almost never order the same thing twice unless it's a destination type thing ie, Peter Luger for the porterhouse.

                2. Personally I'd spread it around every last time.