Save gas. Save cash. Ditch going out to the restaurant and enjoy that same meal at home for a fraction of the cost.
October 16, 2008
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Restaurant Dining at Home
We've chosen some sample menus from some of the nation's leading restaurant chains and calculated a cost per serving (not including tax or gratuity). Then we created comparable menus from MyRecipes, and found that you truly can eat at home for a fraction of the cost of dining out. And you don't even need a reservation.
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California Pizza Kitchen: $18.99 per person Original BBQ Chicken Pizza, 1/2 pizza Field Greens salad Imported beer, 1 bottle
Olive Garden: $34.44 per person Appetizer: Hot Artichoke-Spinach Dip served with Tuscan Bread, 1/4 of appetizer Garden Fresh Salad Minestrone Lasagna Classico Tiramisu Gabbiano Chianti Classico, 1 glass
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse: $75.45 per person Lobster Bisque Lettuce Wedge with Blue Cheese Dressing, 1/2 serving New York Strip Steak Baked Potato, 1/2 serving Fresh Asparagus, 1/2 serving Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce Rush Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 1 glass