What do you prefer,restaurant food or homemade food?

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#1  Edited By brimmul777
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Myself I’m into restaurants more than meals cooked at home. What I love about eating in restaurants is no preparation,no dishes, no long cooking times, and cleaning up is sometimes a big chore. I live alone and prefer so,also a benefit for not cooking for others.

I know restaurants are expensive and just guessing that more then half will say home cooking but it’s just a guess?

What are your thoughts gamer’s?

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#2 johnd13
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On the long term, homemade food obviously. Despite the effort required, it's healthier and generally cheaper. Restaurant food is better as a weekly one or two time thing when you want to treat yourself to something special.

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#3 uninspiredcup
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Depends on the restaurant.

But generally speaking can't cook to save my life. Make simple cheap food, which is fine, keeps you going.

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#4 shellcase86
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OP, need better parameters to better answer your question.

In general, I prefer food from a restaurant, but not for the same reasons you listed, OP. I like restaurants for the ambience, the service, and food (lots of reasons why).

I have no qualms w/ cooking or cleaning and prepare most meals at home for my family most days of the week.

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Food from a restaurant will always be best.

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#6 MikeLirette
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Depends, I like all foods :D

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#7 MyCatIsMilk
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Home. It's cheaper, doesn't require me to go anywhere once I have it at my place, and doesn't take too much time to cook. Especially because I'm a weight lifter, home meals are a must.

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Went to a restaurant a few days ago and it was $17. Just for 6 tacos which I could have made at home and 2 sweet teas. Granted the tacos are $2 when they used to be a $1.50. I honestly prefer homemade food as it taste better. I ate cornbread and a fideo yesterday and it was good.

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#9 Speeny
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Homemade food for the most part. But, of course I have some favourite local eateries. One being a Lebanese BBQ joint that has been temporarily closed for over a month now. No idea what the deal is either. I'm guessing it could be something to do with a piece of equipment or the building itself. They've been saying for a while that they'll be opening their doors again for business soon. So, fingers crossed.

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#10 omegaMaster
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Homemade food most of the time. Quality restaurant food is better than homemade at times.

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#11 fenriz275
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Homemade. Restaurant food really depends on the restaurant. A lot of the time you're paying for frozen food that's been microwaved and marked up an outrageous amount.

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#12  Edited By mrbojangles25
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Homemade.

Not to sound like a snob, but I am a good cook and was a chef for a while, as is my mom. And my sister for that matter. Between the three of us (and my brother-in-law, who is great with the BBQ) we make some good eats.

I'm generally let down with restaurant food because I can make better at home. I eat out and just try to appreciate the service, and I always appreciate the food and the effort. I don't sit there in misery, and I do enjoy it...it's just sort of a feeling of "Wow, this wasn't bad, but I've done better."

This is why every time I find a place to eat that I love, it feels like such a victory. And they're usually smaller, cheaper places too. For every 20 bland Mexican restaurants, you might find one or two good places that actually know how to season and make off-menu items for people that know.

@speeny said:

...One being a Lebanese BBQ joint that has been temporarily closed for over a month now...

Love me some kafta or some Lebanese grilled chicken! Hope they open up soon; niche cuisine like that needs to be available to eat for people, expand their horizons.

And they make that amazing garlic whip stuff! OMG so good. Apparently it's just garlic and oil that pureed with the right technique that the oil in the garlic makes this emulsion and it stays fluffy like that. Thought it was mayonaise the first time I had it, but when I tried some NOPE! Spicy raw garlic whip haha

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#13 Speeny
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@mrbojangles25 said:

Homemade.

Not to sound like a snob, but I am a good cook and was a chef for a while, as is my mom. And my sister for that matter. Between the three of us (and my brother-in-law, who is great with the BBQ) we make some good eats.

I'm generally let down with restaurant food because I can make better at home. I eat out and just try to appreciate the service, and I always appreciate the food and the effort. I don't sit there in misery, and I do enjoy it...it's just sort of a feeling of "Wow, this wasn't bad, but I've done better."

This is why every time I find a place to eat that I love, it feels like such a victory. And they're usually smaller, cheaper places too. For every 20 bland Mexican restaurants, you might find one or two good places that actually know how to season and make off-menu items for people that know.

@speeny said:

...One being a Lebanese BBQ joint that has been temporarily closed for over a month now...

Love me some kafta or some Lebanese grilled chicken! Hope they open up soon; niche cuisine like that needs to be available to eat for people, expand their horizons.

And they make that amazing garlic whip stuff! OMG so good. Apparently it's just garlic and oil that pureed with the right technique that the oil in the garlic makes this emulsion and it stays fluffy like that. Thought it was mayonaise the first time I had it, but when I tried some NOPE! Spicy raw garlic whip haha

If you haven't already, I'd highly recommend you try some Baba ghanoush. It's a barbequed eggplant dip. The garlic dip is delicious too. I've found that sometimes you can get a batch that is too strong depending on the restaurant, but you just need that perfect balance. The downside is that it tends to stay on your breath for a while! Lol.

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#14  Edited By mrbojangles25
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@speeny: I hate eggplant normally, but I loooooooooooove baba ghanoush. Something about the smokey-creamy-chunky flavor and texture of it. It has all the richness of a cream-based dip (like a cheese dip or artichoke dip or french onion dip) without the guilt because it's basically just vegetables (and tahini).

I think it's one of those things I could always snack on and never get tired of. Baba ghanoush and some warm pita. Yum.

Pretty easy to make. Highly recommend roasting the eggplant over coals so it get's a bit of smoke and char flavor to it, but you can roast under the broiler or over an open flame on the stove.

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#15  Edited By Speeny
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@mrbojangles25 said:

@speeny: I hate eggplant normally, but I loooooooooooove baba ghanoush. Something about the smokey-creamy-chunky flavor and texture of it. It has all the richness of a cream-based dip (like a cheese dip or artichoke dip or french onion dip) without the guilt because it's basically just vegetables (and tahini).

I think it's one of those things I could always snack on and never get tired of. Baba ghanoush and some warm pita. Yum.

Pretty easy to make. Highly recommend roasting the eggplant over coals so it get's a bit of smoke and char flavor to it, but you can roast under the broiler or over an open flame on the stove.

Oh yeah. Some Baba Ghanoush, pita and lamb are a match made in heaven.

Awesome! I haven't made it myself, but plan to eventually. Cooking over coal would be the best way to go.

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#16 kitty  Moderator
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This is a tough one, but for me depends on the food and who is making it/where I'm getting it from.
Sometimes homemade can be really good and sometimes restaurant is much better.

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#17 shellcase86
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@speeny said:

Homemade food for the most part. But, of course I have some favourite local eateries. One being a Lebanese BBQ joint that has been temporarily closed for over a month now. No idea what the deal is either. I'm guessing it could be something to do with a piece of equipment or the building itself. They've been saying for a while that they'll be opening their doors again for business soon. So, fingers crossed.

That is something I must try.

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#18 DeadMan1290
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Homemade really. I just sometimes don't want to cook lol.

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Homemade when someone else is cooking.