After living in the Dallas, Texas area for 20 years, moving back to the NW was anticipated as a taste treat for this foodie! I had missed clam chowder and crab! Texas can't hold a candle to the fresh seafood offerings from the local grocery stores of the NW!. My grill has been fired up almost daily for steaks, salmon and halibut. In Texas, we always enjoyed eating out at least twice a week. But my wallet and my pallet don't enjoy it here!
Why do the restaurants believe their products need to be large overpriced portions rather than offering quality food at fair prices?
Breakfast menu items are 50% more expensive than similar places in Dallas. Bacon and eggs for $10.95? Why? Other than serving a mountain of hash browns, there is no justifiable reason for the prices charged at most eating establishments. The bacon was not thick sliced pepper cured or even center cut!I just spent $30 for breakfast in Mukilteo at a popular local chain. Corned beef hash & eggs for her and 2 eggs and bacon with 1 slice of toast for me. Add 2 coffees @ $2.50 each and the bill was $30! The service was good and I tipped 20% but the food was nothing extraordinary!
The hash brown potatoes were not special, no peppers or onions, just a large portion. The very average toast came from a loaf baked in huge ovens at a national commercial bakery. I also find the same poor value at Mexican food restaurants in the NW area. Why do entrees of chicken, rice and refried beans start at $12.95?
Is it me or do other foodies feel that many restaurants keep upping the prices and portions of just average or mediocre food? What happened to a good sausage gravy and homemade breads? My experiences the last year living here is that dining out prices are so high with so little value, I have little desire to leave my own kitchen or grill!