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Splitting Restaurant Meals Becoming a More Common Way to Save Money

Don't Be Shy About Splitting an Entree, Everyone Is Doing It

The recession doesn't necessarily mean you should cut every indulgence from your life, it just means you need to spend a little smarter. That could include waiting for your designer duds to go on sale, choosing to cook one more meal a week instead of ordering in, or splitting meals when you go out to eat. Many Americans are choosing the latter method as a way to indulge on a restaurant meal, while keeping more money in their wallets.

David Pogrebin, general manager of French restaurant Brasserie in New York, said, "People are splitting things like they never have before," and added, "Now all bets are off. People are not ashamed of being frugal." Sharing a meal can significantly reduce your bill, and some diners are self-conscious about appearing cheap when they order a shared entree. Restaurants have been hit hard by the recession and appreciate your business, so don't be shy about asking to split that dish.

Do you ever feel like you're being judged when two of you order one entree?


cpianolover cpianolover 8 years
I always feel guilty, so I just eat as much as I like and if there's still a lot left, then I'll take it home.
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
i dont think i can do that. i will end up hogging it.
greenapples1987 greenapples1987 8 years
There is nothing wrong with sharing a meal when you go out. My boyfriend and I share an apptizer and order seperat main dishes because we usually don't like the same things. Sharing a meal can be fun and romantic. We've done this before the economy started going sour..but now we do eat out less and more meals at home.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
When we go out to eat, we usually order cheap but get our own meals. Sometimes we will just share a bunch of appetizers.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Uh, did I mention feeling guilty?! ;)
amybdk amybdk 8 years
I prefer to split an entree - but like many others, my husband has a bigger appetite than me. On the rare occasion when we do split one, I will sometimes just order something to-go and we'll eat at home or elsewhere. You can avoid feeling guilty or cheap or judged or guilty, etc. that way.
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
I also tip as if I ordered to 2 meals. As a former service industry worker I am chronic about tipping. A few extra bucks to the waiterperson is still better than $15 for a meal.
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
I always split my dinner when I eat out. I enjoy dining out but it can be killer on the budget and my weight. The portions are simply too big. By splitting I am able to go out with friends and not worry about overspending or eating. If I eat at a place that doesn't allow sharing, I simply do not return.
RunninginBoston RunninginBoston 8 years
I don't feel like other diners judge us when we share a dish, but sometimes the waiter gets irritated with us.
Meike Meike 8 years
The portion sizes at restaurants here are typically too big anyway. I see no shame in sharing a meal.
bingbingboom bingbingboom 8 years
My husband and I have been ordering one appetizer and then share the entree. It gives us the right portion and not break the wallet.
blackdresses88 blackdresses88 8 years
I definitely split entrees when I find a willing partner. I'll feel a little guilty (mostly because I hate the thought of people judging me), but I can never resist leftovers and most portions are too big for me.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Any time we go somewhere that serves a salad with your entree, my husband gives me the salad and a small amount of the entree because I usually can't eat anywhere near what they give you at most restaurants. Then he usually eats the rest of it...he's got a pretty big appetite.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
my fiance and i typically split entrees (assuming that he's ok with doing the vegetarian thing) but the thing that really sucks in some places is that there are restaurants that have charged us a fee to split a dish. that's just insane. if you're going to give HUGE portions, you have to assume that people are going to share. it's just common sense. i hope that given the current economy, those places decide to give it a rest on those extra fees.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
My b/f also eats a lot so I order my own meals and take the leftovers home. When I'm out with my g/fs though, we also order separate meals but end up sharing all our food anyway.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
I split appetizers and meals with friends but the hubby is not a food sharer so I usually eat half and take the rest home.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I don't feel bad. A lot of people I know always want to go out and get food but personally I am either not hungry or would rather eat at home with the food I already have.... So if and when I usually meet up for an app or two to split. I'd rather not waste my money when I have tons of food at home.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I always want to split a meal but my bf has a huge appetite so he will eat a whole one by himself. I usually just eat half and ask for the rest to go (just hate to do that when we are doing something afterwards like movies because then theaters give me the biggest problems about"trying to sneak food in"). Ugh. I couldn't eat a whole restaurant meal myself anyway, too much damn food!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I wouldn't take issue with splitting a meal. And I tend to order things I don't have the time or know how to cook when I go out Caterpillar. I tried to make my own sushi once, and it didn't go overly well. :(
diasin diasin 8 years
In my family, we always ordered 3 dishes for 4 people and just asked for an extra plate. With portion sizes as big as they are in restaurants, this just made sense (although the portions are probably still too big!).
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
for that one split meal, you can eat three we dont go out.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 8 years
I always split my entree with my friend so that I can save room for dessert later. A lot of restaurants are nice enough that they even split our order into 2 different plates with no extra charge.
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