Eating out is no longer a treat.
It has become a way of life.
Americans will spend an estimated 720-billion dollars
this year at restaurants, roughly 22-hundred dollars
for every man, woman and child.
So who deserves your dining dollars?
Here's more in today's On Your Side.
Nearly half of every dollar budgeted for food is spent
And much of that money will be spent at table-service
restaurants, where you can sit down and be served.
So where should you be eating? Consumer Reports surveyed
nearly 70-thousand readers about their experiences
at close to 240 restaurant chains -- from diners to
fine dining -- to help you find the best meals and
Tod Marks/ Consumer Reports,
Diners want a sure thing when they go out to eat.
They want to have a clean restaurant, tasty food and
For contemporary fare, both Hillstone and Seasons
52 stand out for food and ambience.
Seasons 52 boasts a seasonal menu, and while it's
not inexpensive, it is one of the few restaurants
topping the ratings, where you can grab dinner for
40-dollars or less.
For a truly great steak, regardless of price, try
But dinner runs roughly 64-dollars a person.
You'll spend less than half that at Longhorn Steakhouse.
You give up a bit on service and ambience, but their
food bested several other chains, including Outback.
Tod Marks, It's all about expectations.
People aren't necessarily looking for the same think
in a 20-dollar meal as you are in a 60-dollar meal.
Dave and Busters serves up plenty of arcade fun, but
it's at the very bottom of the ratings for ambience,
service, value and food.
If you are dining with kids, standouts include Cracker
Barrel, Ruby's Diner, Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks
and Rainforest Caf.
In the end, there are plenty of choices to keep most
Overall, most people think they don't get a great
value at chain restaurants.
bang for their buck
Nearly 60 percent of people say the value they get
at local restaurants is either very good or excellent.
And the closest Capital Grille is in Milwaukee.