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I miss dessert.  I miss brownies, cheesecake and ice cream.  It’s been a while since I’ve indulged in any of these in a restaurant, not because I’ve been on some crazy, anti-deliciousness diet, but because it is simply impossible to stuff any more food down my throat following one of the enormous meals that are being served in restaurants nowadays. 

I am full.  After reading this article over at divine caroline I discovered why.  Liz Monte took a look at the portion increases (in calories) of several foods over the past 20 years:

  • Two Slices of Pizza – 70% Increase
  • Cup of Coffee – 633% Increase
  • Movie Popcorn – 133% Increase
  • Bagels – 150% Increase
  • Cheeseburgers – 77% Increase

Along with their sizes, restaurant meal prices have also shot up.  From 1987 to 2007 the cost of a McDonald’s hamburger went from $.62 to $.89, a 44% increase.  

These changes have been hard on both American’s waistlines and their pocketbooks; not to mention our pensions for desserts.  The so-called value meal touts more bang for your buck, but only if you shell out a little more buck.  Who asked for more bang?  Maybe the bang-to-buck ratio was just fine.

I’m always looking for ways to save money, and calories for that matter.  Fortunately, for every problem there is a solution.  In this case, there are many solutions.

  1. Appetizers – not only are they cheaper, they are frequently finger food.  I for one have always loved to eat with my hands.
  2. The Kids Menu – it’s not always chicken fingers and mac ‘n’ cheese, many restaurants offer child-sized-portions of other meals off their menus.  Honestly, I’m a huge mac-n-cheeser myself.  And no, you don’t always have to be a kid to get these deals.  It never hurts to ask.
  3. Split Itfind a food soul-mate and split one of those too-big meals.  Unfortunately, I can’t do this with Husband, the man hates cheese for crying out loud.  Who hates cheese?!
  4. The Dollar Menube warned, this will not work if you order 10 items.
  5. Eat at a Restaurant with a Menu Section Dedicated to Smaller, Cheaper Portions -here are a few that I’ve found:

Red RobinBest Kept Secret: The Petite Burger

Their menu is huge, literally, so it’s no wonder most people don’t see the line where you can order any of their burgers in a smaller size for a cheaper price. 

California Pizza KitchenSmall Cravings Menu

Chili’sBottomless Express Lunch

Cheesecake FactorySmall Plates & Snacks


T.G.I. Fridays –  Right Portion, Right Price

Olive GardenGarden Fare

PF ChangsStarters/Small Plates

If you have a favorite restaurant with petite portions, share it; unless you like eating alone…

Article publié pour la première fois le 02/09/2010