Over the last year (or is it just months?) it seems the price of entrees have been creeping up, up and up. I don't know if this is a East Coast/West Coast phenomenon, but recently I found myself asking, "When did I become such a cheap bast$(#*?"
Until recently, for an upscale experience, I never blinked when a starter was anywhere from $9-15 and an entree from $20-30. All of a sudden it seems an upscale dining experience is more likely to be in the $25-40+ range. It was when I paid $22 for a gnocchi dish (w/ English peas and some other seasonal greens) at a nice, non-Italian restaurant in the Bay Area that I said to myself, "My god, what's the margin on this thing?!"
Am I crazy? Is this just inflation? Gas prices? I don't know, but I'm finally feeling the sticker shock. Anyone else experiencing this on a regular basis? Or have I become Rip Van Winkle?