Given the fact that the economy looks uncertain ( at best ) for the next 6 to 12 months, how will this affect where and when you choose to dine? Will you simply stop going out to restaurants, until the economy improves? Will you continue to go out, but only to "neighborhood" places and forget high end dining for the time being? Cut back a bit across the board, eating out half as often as before? Continue your current pattern, eating out where and when you choose, and adopt the attitude; C'est la vie !
Since the economic downturn, one thing that I have noticed ( in the Boston area), there's been a spate of restaurants offering prixe fix lunch and dinner options. A great way for restaurants to control their costs and pass the saving on to their customers.