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Sep 30, 2013 03:13 PM

Mediocre dinners and diners

Anybody know of someone who is quite content with the contrived and the mediocre?

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    1. Personally? No. But the lots are full at Outback, Chili's, Red Robin and countless other spots near me, so they're out there in droves.

      1. I would say this would include most people I know. I would even say me sometimes, to a lesser degree. Content doesn't mean happy, and mediocre doesn't mean bad, so yeah, I've had my fair share of "mediocre" meals and been "content" with them. It's not like I seek them out, but sometimes depending on time and availability, it is what it is.

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        1. Most reasonable people who can't always afford an elegant and astronomically priced dinner

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          1. re: mucho gordo

            I take exception to that position. My wife and I go out a lot (it's just the 2 of us many nights during the week) and while we can certainly spend a lot at some meals, most are just good meals for a good value (local Thai place, local bbq spot, local Middle Eastern spot). Mediocre does not equal inexpensive any more than "good" requires a lot of money. You can easily spend $20/person at Outback or even Chili's. I can get a pretty fantastic Cuban sandwich for under $10 (under $7 actually) that will be both satisfying and really delicious. Or stop at any number of local spots for well-prepared and good quality meals.

            1. re: ferret

              yes, but for a lot of people spending 7 dollars at a minimum for every meal is not sustainable. People on assistance receive about half that much for a full day's sustenance. That leaves a many people who can't afford a whole lot more than that. Hopefully they are able to find food that is at least mediocre and nutritious and don't have to settle for bad.

              1. re: KaimukiMan

                You're taking this in a different direction. I'm not making any judgments on anyone's personal situation, it's just commenting on seeing a full parking lot at Outback when the money can be more satisfyingly spent elsewhere.

            2. re: mucho gordo

              The cartoon didn't describe an astronomically priced dinner. Although I don't know how much (or if I'd enjoy) a 54 year old Cotes du Rhone.