Girls Write Out
Monday, August 20, 2007

Okay, I like to eat as much as the next person, but what’s with the restaurant portions these days? I feel like I’m living in Flintstone land. Remember when Fred would order ribs that could pull over his car?

My husband and I recently went out to eat. He was late, and I ordered an appetizer. We don’t normally do that, and I thought it might be fun. Before the server brought out the appetizer, though, she took our meal orders.

When our plate of nachos finally arrived, it was big enough to take over our table. I may never be able to eat nachos again. For the rest—of—my—life. Okay, maybe no one said I had to eat all of them, but well, they were there, and I was hungry . . . .

So by the time they brought out my salad, which could have served a small wedding reception, I had to ask for a box. That’s right. Didn’t eat a bite of my salad (which would have been much better for me than the nachos, by the way).

I suppose they bring enough food to feed a country to justify the hefty prices, but it’s getting ridiculous. And then there are always those restaurants that give you a different plate for everything you order. Once my husband and I ended up with 15 dishes at a table for two. I pulled up more chairs so we looked like a party of six—with four people on a potty break.

The time has come to order one meal and split it. Now if only I could get him interested in chocolate cake as a main course . . . .
Diann Hunt  
posted at 11:00 AM  
  Comments (13)
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At 11:19 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

"Order one meal and split it"
Yes, but then you meet up with the restaurants that now charge you a (minimum) $2 fee to share a meal.

How can they do that? It just seems wrong to me.

At 6:47 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Dave and I were going to start doing that but the problems is that he ALWAYS gets a steak and I like variety. Sigh.

At 8:40 AM, Blogger Tracy Ruckman said...

We had this same problem over the weekend. We've about decided to start ordering the "Senior" portions when they're offered, but that's not very often! (I've tried ordering the kiddie plates - they look at me funny, and say NO!)

I think you're right - they're justifying the meal costs by heaping on the food.

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I forgot to mention I needed TWO boxes to pack up my salad!!!

Suzanne, I didn't know about the $2 fee thing! Sheesh. They get us one way or another, I guess.

Maybe we should just order an appetizer and call it a day. *g*

At 11:04 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

I'm always asking Tony if he wants to split a dinner, but like Dave, he wants something I don't - and he wants to eat all of it. LOL

Great post, Di!

Love, R

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I just told Kevin Saturday that I wish they ordered two sizes for every meal. If you look at the size of the portions, it's no wonder this country is so overweight. At fast food restaurants, I order the kids meal, but you can't get away with it in sit-down restaurants.

At 1:51 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I've started ordering a couple of apetizers instead of a main course. Much more fun and you get different things. The cost is about the same, but leftover salad is slimy. Yuck.

Terry and I split an order a lot now. Sigh. I guess that means we're getting old. Uh ... oldER, I mean. Snicker.

At 3:09 PM, Blogger celestemc said...

I’m still recovering from my lunch/dinner yesterday. My hubby was helping some buddies move an old claw foot bathtub from the city out to the country. I love to head out in the fresh air, so I tagged along. We all had lunch at one of the well known favorites up here - “Calamity Jane’s”. I guess the name says it all!

This place is known for it’s monster burgers - pizza burgers, burgers with eggs, burgers with peanut butter, the “George Washington” with pie cherries and sour cream. There’s even a burger with marshmallows and hot fudge (eeewww!) that I thought was just a joke on the menu until I learned that some kids really love it. There’s pages of options on the menu. But it’s not just the type of burger, it’s the size. They come in 1/3 lb (City Slicker), 2/3 lb (Wrangler), or FULL lb (Trail Boss) servings. Who needs a 1 POUND hamburger?!? I had trouble with 1/3 lb-er. However, I’m a sucker for a great teriyaki/pineapple burger, and I have to say this was the best I’d ever had with FOUR pineapple rings on that bad boy! It was a gooey, delicious mess that would be impossible to reheat - and I’m still hurting from my lack of self-control.

On a more practical note, I love the new Applebees weekday lunch menu which has perfect portion sizes and a variety of salads, soups, sandwiches or pasta. You choose 2 and it only costs $6 - $7.

Maybe I should just run over to Trader Joe’s for some healthy bran muffins to get me through the week…

At 7:43 PM, Blogger WordVixen said...

I still remember using the phrase "and the portions are huge" as a compliment to a restaurant. Not any more. Though, I do have to say that I love having plenty for left overs. Less cooking later on!

At 9:40 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Yeah, I guess I shouldn't complain. Senior citizens probably get smaller portions and I'll be there before I care to admit. *g*

At 11:55 PM, Blogger Tara Pierce said...

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At 12:16 AM, Blogger Tara Pierce said...

For lunch Saturday I used my "e-book" (fundraiser coupon book sold by schools) coupon for Applebee's "Carside-to-Go." It was $3.00 off, so I looked for something fairly cheap. At first I planned on a salad, but was craving pizza and found a veggie pizza on their appetizer menu. So, for $3.80 (after using my coupon) I got my pizza! Just the right portion for one person. Well, maybe a tich too much...

Don't think they sell it often as a "to-go" order, though. They served it in a big salad bowl! LOL

At 4:10 AM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

I almost always try to split something with someone, unless it's a dish I REALLY like and don't mind leftovers.

It's better on my waistline and wallet. Well, at least until the dessert menu is brought around. :)


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