Dining-In vs Take-Out
We never have take-out meals. My spouse is just not interested. So many hounds get take out, either pick-up or delivered. What am I missing, if anything?
yes, yes, yes, and yes. and i don't mind doing pick-up either - my house is about 0.5 mile from a town center and it's nice to walk down (in my comfy clothes) and get some fresh air before i eat my meal.
but nothing beats restaurant quality food eaten with my boyfriend, using my own plates (or my fingers!), drinking my non-marked-up wine and on the comfort of my couch.
not to say that i don't also love going to restaurants and eating there too though!
It's convenient. If you have a family it's often easier to have takeaways or deliveries rather than round up everone into a car and head somewhere, wait for a table, place the order and wait for the food. There are times when it's nice to have an evening out but there are also times when you simply want to curl up on the sofa with some takeaway and a movie on the tv.
Call the restaurant, pick up the food and it's on the table in 15-20 minutes from the time of pickup. When it comes to Indian, Thai or Chinese food I've never had issues with the food getting soggy and if it's cooled too much, well, that's what a microwave is for.
My husband often would rather get takeout from our local favorite Italian place. I'd rather eat at the bar there. It runs about 60-40 in my favor. Take is less of a pain than cooking of course, but is more work than eating at the bar and I find most dishes suffer a bit or not more in the process.
I grew up with parents who liked to cook, order in AND eat out. I've always liked to order in - when I can get good food that way; I'm not willing to order mediocre food. I tend to over-order with the intent of having leftovers for future meals (love pizza for breakfast...) so that may be part of the appeal. I make pizza at home but I can't make 3 large pies for a crowd all ready at once. With Chinese or Indian, say, sure I can make a curry or stirfry and rice quickly, but not 3-4 different dishes (did I mention I over-order?)
Take-out I don't find as appealing. Not all foods travel well - which is why I figure there isn't a huge business in delivery burgers and fries. With the wait time, I'd just as soon eat in the restaurant and not have the packaging garbage to contend with at home. There's always exceptions depending on where I live and what's available. If the food is good and the ambiance is not I will get take out. I have friends who will pick up a curry (no decent Indian places deliver around us) and plan a date night in with a DVD, when they don't want to get a babysitter and go out.
I do have young kids but realistically I did just as much take out and delivery before. It's even more convenient now for the reasons listed in other posts, but I have less disposable income. I eat out WAY less often than I used to however.