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Where Do You Stand? Sharing Food

It's no secret that most restaurants are overfeeding us, yet many of us continue to order our own appetizers, entrees, and desserts. But now that people are penny-pinching every chance they get, David Pogrebin, general manager of Brasserie in New York, says people are splitting things like they never have before.

Being frugal is the name of the game these days, so even if you weren't a fan of sharing food before, would you now that you're watching your pocketbook more closely?

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sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
He knows I am going to steal his food, whatever he orders. =)
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 8 years
It's no big deal.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I don't mind unless it's cheesecake. I've gotten very quick with a spoon. Rap over the back of the knuckles if he tries to pinch a bit.
macchiatolove macchiatolove 8 years
my friends and I share food all the time. If we order Thai or tappas, we'll order 5 dishes and share. With my bf, he usually eats a lot more than me, so it's economical as well as romantic to share. This way, I get to try different things, which wouldn't be financially viable if I didn't share - I just wouldn't eat enough!
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
I think it's a great idea even if you aren't watching your dollars. Restaurants are serving waaay too much food and while it can be nice to have leftovers, it's not always practical to carry food around with you afterwards for who knows how long.
sprinkibrio sprinkibrio 8 years
I always split a meal with my bf. We can't help it, we're both vegetarians and there is usually only one choice on the menu. Stupid texas.
potterlove potterlove 8 years
Since I've always been a big "food sharer," it's really never an issue with me. My friends and I always split the appetizers and usually order less and just sample all around the table. Food fest!
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
Ditto lickety split! I love to eat but what's the point of going out if you're penny pinching? Just make a romantic meal at home and save yourself some real cash. Plus cooking something really good for my man usually scores me lots of brownie points. When we do go out, we always sample each others' food though. He actually gets offended if I don't want to taste what he's gotten! IMHO it's more appropriate to share at an el cheapo restaurant than somewhere nice & fancy. If you're going to a 4-star place, go to a 4-star place and ENJOY.
emalove emalove 8 years
If that's what you both want to do, then why not?? I'd personally rather my own meal, and I'm sure my husband would too, but it could work on occasion.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
My hubby is so not a food sharer. He's so bad that when I offer him a taste of mine he will only take a teeny-tiny bite and then will not offer me a bite of his.
aklatina aklatina 8 years
My husband and i have been trying to lose weight for a long time then we read a portion study.. the average american dish at a restrurant is MORE then a whole family eats in asia!! so we split dishes at resturants, and find that we are just as full when we leave but feeling healthy we take the money we would have spent and put it in our big wedding savings.!
Deidre Deidre 8 years
I've always shared food with friends, the fiance, my family. The recession has nothing to do with my love of splitting dishes. That way, you get more variety. Love it!
lena90 lena90 8 years
It depends - I wouldn't mind sharing a meal at the local pizzeria on a weekday, especially if we were a bigger group. I don't know if it is the same in the USA, but in my home country restaurants make their money with drinks rather than food anyway. But if it is a busy night or a more expensive restaurant, I find it inappropriate to just order one meal.
cbaby28 cbaby28 8 years
We both get our own entrees but share with each other.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I don't, usually, unless my friends and I are at a place where everything is just too expensive and the portions are totally ridiculous. The ones who are close friends tend to share meals, while others who are more loosely connected with the group will just order less or take the rest of it home for the next day. I tend to be a person who orders less food [yay appetizer menu!] and/or takes the rest of it home. Why not stretch the dollar that way?
amelioratelj amelioratelj 8 years
My husband and I split things all the time! I don't see the big deal.
Myst Myst 8 years
sure why not. I never eat everything off my plate anyways.
MandeeLei MandeeLei 8 years
Definitely done this before and don't see why it would be an issue.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
no. i don't go out to eat if i have to worry about the cost of the meal. how is that enjoyable? i go out to eat so i can relax and if i was worrying about the cost of what i was eating that would defeat the whole point of going. i was just telling a friend the other day that when i save money at the grocery store with coupons, etc., i feel great. but the idea of using a coupon for a meal is too much, i'd rather stay home. not sure why that is.
greenapples1987 greenapples1987 8 years
My boyfriend and I always share an apptizer when we go out, sometimes we order two but we still share them both. When we order our main dish we order our own plates because we like different things. I agree with LoveSarah, sharing food can be a lot of fun with your guy, not only when you go out, but also at home!
vmruby vmruby 8 years
My husband and I usually share an appetizer if we order one and we get our own entrees.I eat some of my dinner but almost always end up taking the rest of it home.
lauraxtc lauraxtc 8 years
I think it is normal.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
Some places do add a small fee for splitting a meal but it's still less than the cost of an entire separate entree. My bf and I always share appetizers and get our own entree. We don't go to any crazy expensive restaurants though. It's casual dining all the way for us and we split the cost.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I don't see the problem.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
LoveSarah, I'm with you. My bf and I share stuff but he has to get his own entree because he eats way more food than me (well, he's also like a foot taller than me so its no surprise). Usually we split an appetizer, have our own entrees (I take half of mine home) and split a dessert. I've heard of places that charge you extra if you are sharing (I've been to places that say there is a "$X charge for sharing" right on the menu!)
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