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2014-07-12 08:44:50 AM  
In fairness, my industry is at the edge of any economic downturn, and a good indicator of how folks are doing in a local sense. I'm seeing a decent amount of new business, and that is good news not just for me, but my distributors as well. It's taken a while, but things are looking better.
 
2014-07-12 09:31:52 AM  
I love restaurants that price their meals at 9.99, $20 nets you dinner for two and still some left over for a worthy tip!
 
2014-07-12 09:32:30 AM  
Here for awhile new food was trailers and their low overhead and prices. Now it's back to brick and mortar.
 
2014-07-12 09:37:23 AM  
Knows this guy, I does
 
2014-07-12 09:38:40 AM  
Now if only some real restaurants were pictured.  Go to a local family restaurant or bar for your meal.  You'll do far more to help your local economy.
 
2014-07-12 09:41:46 AM  

AngryDragon: Now if only some real restaurants were pictured.  Go to a local family restaurant or bar for your meal.  You'll do far more to help your local economy.


a-freaking-men

/fark corporations
 
2014-07-12 09:42:34 AM  

BumpInTheNight: I love restaurants that price their meals at 9.99, $20 nets you dinner for two and still some left over for a worthy tip!


Not after sales tax.
 
2014-07-12 09:45:47 AM  
Spending money you don't have is an excellent way to show the economy is improving despite the consecutive decades of stagnant wages that are the cause of not having money to spend.
 
2014-07-12 09:50:37 AM  

AngryDragon: Now if only some real restaurants were pictured.  Go to a local family restaurant or bar for your meal.  You'll do far more to help your local economy.


I took a nice girl to a local upscale BBQ joint/brewery last night, and it was farking packed. Aside from the waiter trying to insist that I'd rather have a different beer to go with my pulled pork, it was awesome.

/the old Pearl Brewery is a little culinary hotspot
 
2014-07-12 09:53:55 AM  

BumpInTheNight: I love restaurants that price their meals at 9.99, $20 nets you dinner for two and still some left over for a worthy tip!


Meal prices don't always reflect the real price. Want tea instead of water? $2.79. Want sour cream for that potato? $.50. I'm waiting for the day they start charging for the bread on the table.
 
2014-07-12 09:54:04 AM  
If you're too lazy to cook your own damn meal, don't feel bad: Eating out at a restaurant is one of the best ways to show the world that the American economy is improving we would all die in a week if our convenience economy cratered, since we can't even feed ourselves without help.
 
2014-07-12 09:55:41 AM  

CruJones: AngryDragon: Now if only some real restaurants were pictured.  Go to a local family restaurant or bar for your meal.  You'll do far more to help your local economy.

I took a nice girl to a local upscale BBQ joint/brewery last night, and it was farking packed. Aside from the waiter trying to insist that I'd rather have a different beer to go with my pulled pork, it was awesome.

/the old Pearl Brewery is a little culinary hotspot


Here's a little tip. The words upscale should never be used when referring to a BBQ joint. It should be a shack or a converted gas station. No waiters just a counter where orders are placed.
 
2014-07-12 09:57:58 AM  
Funny, most of the time we don't cook at home, we're having subway.  I feed my family there for $23, I get a $25 gift card from Kroger which goes towards fuel points and sometimes the quadruple.  I just filled up at the pump and got 80¢/gallon off, which makes it as cheap to eat subway compared to cooking at home; only without heating up the house in the late afternoon.

Also, because of Flint's dropping population, another grocery store is closing next month.  There are two grocery stores ~1.6 miles away, but that didn't stop a dozen people from protesting in the Pierson Rd, Kroger parking lot.  Of course the news showed a loud, nearly incoherent woman screaming at the microphone.  For the win, she's a council woman.  It's the first time I heard of a local government trying to tell a corporation "they have a civic duty to stay open", despite losing money.
 
2014-07-12 10:08:26 AM  
fark you, subby. I farking hate restaurants. The food costs too much. It's just salt. The storefront Stalins who run those farking restaurants treat their employees like slaves. Eating at home takes ten minutes. Going out to a restaurant takes an hour (at least). I fail to see how that's "convenient." fark the convenience economy.
 
2014-07-12 10:08:58 AM  

lack of warmth: Funny, most of the time we don't cook at home, we're having subway.  I feed my family there for $23, I get a $25 gift card from Kroger which goes towards fuel points and sometimes the quadruple.  I just filled up at the pump and got 80¢/gallon off, which makes it as cheap to eat subway compared to cooking at home; only without heating up the house in the late afternoon.

Also, because of Flint's dropping population, another grocery store is closing next month.  There are two grocery stores ~1.6 miles away, but that didn't stop a dozen people from protesting in the Pierson Rd, Kroger parking lot.  Of course the news showed a loud, nearly incoherent woman screaming at the microphone.  For the win, she's a council woman.  It's the first time I heard of a local government trying to tell a corporation "they have a civic duty to stay open", despite losing money.


A council woman from Flint shrieking about how a private company has a duty to stay open and lose money for the greater good.  I'm completely shocked by that...
 
2014-07-12 10:10:06 AM  
Instead of going out to eat, I roll a chicken breast in salt, microwave it for 20 minutes, then pay my kids $20 to scream in my ears while I eat it in the dark. If I'm feeling adventurous, I pay my wife $10 to wave a bottle of vodak over ice and soda.
 
2014-07-12 10:12:30 AM  

Next week's Tom Sawyer: BumpInTheNight: I love restaurants that price their meals at 9.99, $20 nets you dinner for two and still some left over for a worthy tip!

Meal prices don't always reflect the real price. Want tea instead of water? $2.79. Want sour cream for that potato? $.50. I'm waiting for the day they start charging for the bread on the table.


Ask for extra extra lemons and make lemonade at your table. Restaurants love that. It saves on labor.
 
2014-07-12 10:14:36 AM  
It's 42 miles to the nearest place that serves food and it's not what I would call a restaurant. It's 112 to the nearest actual restaurant and it's a chain.

But I ain't got neighbors and we don't have any big city problems. So, we got that going for us. Which is nice.
 
2014-07-12 10:19:33 AM  
Here in the mid west the grocery prices have increased so much that
dinning out is competitive again
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2014-07-12 10:20:01 AM  

Clemkadidlefark: It's 42 miles to the nearest place that serves food and it's not what I would call a restaurant. It's 112 to the nearest actual restaurant and it's a chain.

But I ain't got neighbors and we don't have any big city problems. So, we got that going for us. Which is nice.


Christ, where do you live? Early 1900's Oklahoma?
 
2014-07-12 10:27:01 AM  
Its hard to tell, as restaurants are always busy here in L.A. But groceries have definitely gone up that it almost costs the same to eat out.
 
2014-07-12 10:36:37 AM  
Meanwhile in Mississippi...

static.someecards.com
 
2014-07-12 10:48:04 AM  

AngryDragon: lack of warmth: Funny, most of the time we don't cook at home, we're having subway.  I feed my family there for $23, I get a $25 gift card from Kroger which goes towards fuel points and sometimes the quadruple.  I just filled up at the pump and got 80¢/gallon off, which makes it as cheap to eat subway compared to cooking at home; only without heating up the house in the late afternoon.

Also, because of Flint's dropping population, another grocery store is closing next month.  There are two grocery stores ~1.6 miles away, but that didn't stop a dozen people from protesting in the Pierson Rd, Kroger parking lot.  Of course the news showed a loud, nearly incoherent woman screaming at the microphone.  For the win, she's a council woman.  It's the first time I heard of a local government trying to tell a corporation "they have a civic duty to stay open", despite losing money.

A council woman from Flint shrieking about how a private company has a duty to stay open and lose money for the greater good.  I'm completely shocked by that...


Equally shocking, it's an often robbed store.  Cash isn't carried between the gas station and the main building, they have an armored car crew handle the money.

/done at other stores around Flint, which is also shocking.
 
2014-07-12 10:49:19 AM  

whosits_112: Clemkadidlefark: It's 42 miles to the nearest place that serves food and it's not what I would call a restaurant. It's 112 to the nearest actual restaurant and it's a chain.

But I ain't got neighbors and we don't have any big city problems. So, we got that going for us. Which is nice.

Christ, where do you live? Early 1900's Oklahoma?


If I remember right, he lives in an area that would be charitably described as the Unincorporated District of Moose Tits, Alberta (at least 200 kilometers from Bumfark, Alberta)--as I recall from the Stanley Cup threads, at least (where they noted they also have to use satellite to even watch the games as there is no cable provider and no signal strong enough to reach Moose Tits).
 
2014-07-12 11:00:05 AM  
Clemkadidlefark
It's 42 miles to the nearest place that serves food and it's not what I would call a restaurant. It's 112 to the nearest actual restaurant and it's a chain.
But I ain't got neighbors and we don't have any big city problems. So, we got that going for us. Which is nice.


I am plum suprised you have an internet provider, partner.
 
2014-07-12 11:09:24 AM  
hubiestubert,
In fairness, my industry is at the edge of any economic downturn, and a good indicator of how folks are doing in a local sense. I'm seeing a decent amount of new business, and that is good news not just for me, but my distributors as well. It's taken a while, but things are looking better.


I believe in going to smaller restaurants that are not chains, however would like to see more restaurants that offer fewer selections of things that they cook more or less from scratch themselves.
 
2014-07-12 11:13:01 AM  

hubiestubert: In fairness, my industry is at the edge of any economic downturn, and a good indicator of how folks are doing in a local sense. I'm seeing a decent amount of new business, and that is good news not just for me, but my distributors as well. It's taken a while, but things are looking better.


As long as pork, chicken and beef keep climbing...things will be challenging keeping margins in line without chasing profits. However, we're seeing an uptick in business as well so I am not disappointed with that.
 
2014-07-12 11:51:45 AM  

lack of warmth: Funny, most of the time we don't cook at home, we're having subway.  I feed my family there for $23, I get a $25 gift card from Kroger which goes towards fuel points and sometimes the quadruple.  I just filled up at the pump and got 80¢/gallon off, which makes it as cheap to eat subway compared to cooking at home; only without heating up the house in the late afternoon.

Also, because of Flint's dropping population, another grocery store is closing next month.  There are two grocery stores ~1.6 miles away, but that didn't stop a dozen people from protesting in the Pierson Rd, Kroger parking lot.  Of course the news showed a loud, nearly incoherent woman screaming at the microphone.  For the win, she's a council woman.  It's the first time I heard of a local government trying to tell a corporation "they have a civic duty to stay open", despite losing money.


tune into St Louis sometime.  All the stores are closing in the ghetto...I mean North St. Louis County.  We've got everyone blaming the "big corporations" that are leaving in droves.  One local grocery store chain (Schnuck's) stayed there for years even though the consistently lost money.  Their loses finally got into the 10's of thousands per month so they shut it down.  Every Black leader in town called for boycotts for them "abandoning" their civic duty to provide groceries to their community.  Despite the fact, apparently, that their community didn't want to actually pay for said groceries.
 
2014-07-12 11:52:44 AM  

buster_v: Eating at home takes ten minutes. Going out to a restaurant takes an hour (at least). I fail to see how that's "convenient."


Heating up leftovers and eating them takes ~10 minutes. Cooking something, even something as simple as an omlette, takes at least that long and requires effort and then washing dishes. Also, some people may have more spare time, or may value not having to wash dishes or cook a lot more than you do. (How can people have spare time in this day and age when there's so much Internet to read?)

I cook a large meal on Sunday and have leftovers for dinner until Thursday or Friday. My ex-GF said, "How can you do that? That's so boring, I don't want to live like that!" She wanted to go out for dinner at least once a week, as well as get takeout once a week. While we could afford this, I thought it would be better to cut back to dinner out once/month. Differing priorities, what can I say....
 
2014-07-12 12:00:28 PM  
I live in Massachusetts, where there's never a shortage of restaurants or people too lazy to go to them. But I think in the greater American context, this probably just shows how easily available credit is again, not that suddenly 'Muricans wanna stuff their faces more.

/runs food delivery bidness
 
2014-07-12 12:08:53 PM  

lack of warmth: Funny, most of the time we don't cook at home, we're having subway.  I feed my family there for $23, I get a $25 gift card from Kroger which goes towards fuel points and sometimes the quadruple.  I just filled up at the pump and got 80¢/gallon off, which makes it as cheap to eat subway compared to cooking at home; only without heating up the house in the late afternoon.

Also, because of Flint's dropping population, another grocery store is closing next month.  There are two grocery stores ~1.6 miles away, but that didn't stop a dozen people from protesting in the Pierson Rd, Kroger parking lot.  Of course the news showed a loud, nearly incoherent woman screaming at the microphone.  For the win, she's a council woman.  It's the first time I heard of a local government trying to tell a corporation "they have a civic duty to stay open", despite losing money.


You must know my wife (hey, what Farker doesn't amirite?)  She buys (for example) Walmart gift cards from cardpool.com and gets a 3% discount.  She pays for those cards with a credit card that pays 2% cash back then goes to ebates.com and orders stuff from Walmart's webiste for another 2% discount.  So - say she wants a $500 TV - it costs her around $465 for a couple of mouse clicks.  It's a game to her (math geek - she's an Actuary).
 
2014-07-12 12:36:46 PM  

Too Pretty For Prison: tune into St Louis sometime.  All the stores are closing in the ghetto...I mean North St. Louis County.  We've got everyone blaming the "big corporations" that are leaving in droves.  One local grocery store chain (Schnuck's) stayed there for years even though the consistently lost money.  Their loses finally got into the 10's of thousands per month so they shut it down.  Every Black leader in town called for boycotts for them "abandoning" their civic duty to provide groceries to their community.  Despite the fact, apparently, that their community didn't want to actually pay for said groceries.


Oh, it's not the first store closed, we had seven other grocery stores and two Kmarts closed, and one grocery store burned down with the owner declining to rebuild.  This is the first one I saw a city council member act stupid on the news over it.  There is another Kroger we are surprised it isn't being closed, as it is just as bad as the one they are closing.  I think the one being left open is owned property, where the one closing is a lease.  Math must not be strong with people who can't see why closing a leased store, requiring heavy security measures because of high crime rate, after a significantly reduced population drop makes sense.
 
2014-07-12 12:42:18 PM  

Too Pretty For Prison: lack of warmth: Funny, most of the time we don't cook at home, we're having subway.  I feed my family there for $23, I get a $25 gift card from Kroger which goes towards fuel points and sometimes the quadruple.  I just filled up at the pump and got 80¢/gallon off, which makes it as cheap to eat subway compared to cooking at home; only without heating up the house in the late afternoon.

Also, because of Flint's dropping population, another grocery store is closing next month.  There are two grocery stores ~1.6 miles away, but that didn't stop a dozen people from protesting in the Pierson Rd, Kroger parking lot.  Of course the news showed a loud, nearly incoherent woman screaming at the microphone.  For the win, she's a council woman.  It's the first time I heard of a local government trying to tell a corporation "they have a civic duty to stay open", despite losing money.

You must know my wife (hey, what Farker doesn't amirite?)  She buys (for example) Walmart gift cards from cardpool.com and gets a 3% discount.  She pays for those cards with a credit card that pays 2% cash back then goes to ebates.com and orders stuff from Walmart's webiste for another 2% discount.  So - say she wants a $500 TV - it costs her around $465 for a couple of mouse clicks.  It's a game to her (math geek - she's an Actuary).


Play to not over pay.
 
2014-07-12 12:44:55 PM  

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: The words upscale should never be used when referring to a BBQ joint. It should be a shack or a converted gas station.


No, if he went to the Pearl Brewery, that means a BBQ restaurant and brewery where you can pay $37 for lamb with spring vegetable pico and charred avocado. It's atypical.

//Best BBQ in town is on the east side, right by the projects. It's good, but the neighborhood is stabby.
 
2014-07-12 12:51:44 PM  
I've only eaten out at a restaurant once and me and girlfriend got banned for it.
 
2014-07-12 12:52:12 PM  

Gonz: Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: The words upscale should never be used when referring to a BBQ joint. It should be a shack or a converted gas station.

No, if he went to the Pearl Brewery, that means a BBQ restaurant and brewery where you can pay $37 for lamb with spring vegetable pico and charred avocado. It's atypical.

//Best BBQ in town is on the east side, right by the projects. It's good, but the neighborhood is stabby.


Good BBQ is a working class food. I can't fathom the idea of high class bbq.
 
2014-07-12 01:08:28 PM  
I'm a pretty decent cook and I also enjoy eating out.  I like good food and will pay for it.  Sometimes it's many $$ and sometimes it's $1.25 tacos from the vendor down the street who also gives away free beer.

/life's short
 
2014-07-12 01:17:34 PM  

TheDirtyNacho: I'm a pretty decent cook and I also enjoy eating out.  I like good food and will pay for it.  Sometimes it's many $$ and sometimes it's $1.25 tacos from the vendor down the street who also gives away free beer.

/life's short


Fark username checks out.
 
2014-07-12 01:19:18 PM  

hubiestubert: In fairness, my industry is at the edge of any economic downturn, and a good indicator of how folks are doing in a local sense. I'm seeing a decent amount of new business, and that is good news not just for me, but my distributors as well. It's taken a while, but things are looking better.


You need to move out of the sticks, brother.  In the large East Coast cities, new restaurants can't open fast enough to keep up with demand.  We're booked solid every night, and several weeks out on Fri-Sat.
 
2014-07-12 01:31:06 PM  

Next week's Tom Sawyer: I'm waiting for the day they start charging for the bread on the table.


Restaurants have always charged you for the bread on the table.  Bread isn't free, numbnuts. It was just usually included in the price of other items.  Some places have started charging separately for it to keep entree prices down, and to deter cheap-ass idiots from ordering one small plate and eating three loaves of "free"  bread.
 
2014-07-12 02:45:34 PM  
Tips for eating out in todays economy for eating out in todays Link
 
2014-07-12 02:47:49 PM  

borg: Tips for eating out in todays economy for eating out in todays Link


Stupid iPhone :p
 
2014-07-12 03:01:31 PM  

Enemabag Jones: Clemkadidlefark
It's 42 miles to the nearest place that serves food and it's not what I would call a restaurant. It's 112 to the nearest actual restaurant and it's a chain.
But I ain't got neighbors and we don't have any big city problems. So, we got that going for us. Which is nice.

I am plum suprised you have an internet provider, partner.


Oh, now .. I ain't gonna say over an open line who we hacked ..
 
2014-07-12 03:19:57 PM  

whosits_112: Clemkadidlefark: It's 42 miles to the nearest place that serves food and it's not what I would call a restaurant. It's 112 to the nearest actual restaurant and it's a chain.

But I ain't got neighbors and we don't have any big city problems. So, we got that going for us. Which is nice.

Christ, where do you live? Early 1900's Oklahoma?


Dangerous to be specific these days, but hey, find Maybell, CO on a map. Go apx. 35 miles NNW.
 
2014-07-12 04:05:42 PM  

Gonz: Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: The words upscale should never be used when referring to a BBQ joint. It should be a shack or a converted gas station.

No, if he went to the Pearl Brewery, that means a BBQ restaurant and brewery where you can pay $37 for lamb with spring vegetable pico and charred avocado. It's atypical.

//Best BBQ in town is on the east side, right by the projects. It's good, but the neighborhood is stabby.


Try The Big Bib, it's fantastic, and not too stabby. The Smoke Shack is pretty solid too, just opened a real restaurant in addition to the food truck.
 
2014-07-12 04:39:59 PM  
Restaurants suck. I'd rather have soup and a good book. You don't have to put up with shiatty sauces that cover raunchy food. Sauces were invented to hide the taste of spoiling food anyway.
 
2014-07-12 05:24:55 PM  

Northern Claw: Restaurants suck. I'd rather have soup and a good book. You don't have to put up with shiatty sauces that cover raunchy food. Sauces were invented to hide the taste of spoiling food anyway.


Yeah but their role has evolved a lot since the medieval times
 
2014-07-12 05:39:42 PM  

dennysgod: I've only eaten out at a restaurant once and me and girlfriend got banned for it.


Was it a Denny's?
 
2014-07-12 05:48:27 PM  

highwayrun: dennysgod: I've only eaten out at a restaurant once and me and girlfriend got banned for it.

Was it a Denny's?



Actually it was a Bennigans, one of the rare times in my youth our group wasn't at a Dennys.
 
2014-07-12 08:10:21 PM  
I don't eat out much, only about once a month.  There are three primary reasons: 1) the portion sizes are absurd (its no wonder so many of us are fat asses), 2) I abhor the whole tipping game bs, 3) its expensive as fark.  Most of the time preparing the same thing, or something extremely similar, at home would cost much less, and be much healthier (ok, 4 reasons).
 
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