Clearly, many hounds (myself among them) place a big premium on what I'll call 'value eateries.' These places, typically ethnic (the fantastic korean/chinese/italian/falafel/pizza/etc) holes in the wall that just put out great grub, without a lot of frills, at a great price.
Separately, many hounds (myself also among them) care intensely about eating healthily. This is one of the major drivers of the local, organic and sustainable movements. Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, thank you for educating us.
My challenge is reconciling these two foci especially with respect to the hole in the wall ethic places we love. It's tough to find out (sheesh, even to ask someone for whom English isn't a first language) where they source the great fish they use in the $2 sushi pieces, the pork in the delicious food truck empanadas, etc. We just saw Food, Inc and the bit about Monsanto "owning" all US soybeans got us thinking about this more. Is all the edamame from genetically modified seed and, if not, how on earth do you find "natural" soybeans?
Really curious to know how other hounds with similar interests think about and reconcile the competing aims of ethnic/value/discovery/deliciousness with local/organic/deliciousness/healthy.