Over the years I've become a really great cook. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm no chef and I'm no artist. But I am a great cook for certain foods. Good for others, barely adequate for still others. Still, the things I'm great at turn out really fantastic. I've run into a sort of a situation where I don't like going out to spend a lot of money on certain kinds of meals because I could do so much better on them at home, and I resent spending a chunk of money on something I know is actually pretty easy to do, only to find that the restaurant is sorta "calling it in" and it's just not worth the cost.
Steaks are something like that for me. I don't know if it's just because there are NO good steakhouses here in Central VT (well, ok, to be honest, there's nothing here I'd call a "good steakhouse". ). I just find that I like how I cook an expensive steak way better than I can ever get in a restaurant. Also, smoked ribs and brisket. I smoke my own meats and I just like mine so much better than anything I've had locally.
I still find it worth going out for foods that I wouldn't have the kill or inclination to make at home, or the economies of scale that mean I could get really fresh foods at a bargain price. Like, seafood. Seafood is something I don' t mind paying for in a restaurant if it's good and fresh. I just don't have the availability or facilities or money to invest in really good seafood for myself (my husband doesn't like seafood at all, and I don't always like cooking two meals). So that's something I'll get when I'm out.
Are there foods that you just won't order when you're out because you know it's just going to tick you off how much you're spending on it and it won't be anywhere near as good as you can make at home?