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I live in a smaller town,with just under 12,000 people.
We don't have any shopping centers or malls. We have 3 privately owned grocery stores, if you count Sav-a Lot. A sports bar with a restaurant, that stays packed. A handful of locally owned sit down restaurants and 6 fast food places...yes, I count KFC as fast food.
But we have 8 banks and 9 pizza places, that all deliver.
No, the banks don't deliver..... I sure wish that were different.

I guess since I'm not that big of a pizza fan, it's always surprised me that we have so many pizza places. And they all do really good business. But I guess the average person likes pizza a lot more than I do.

I have a neighbor that has delivery pizza every single Friday night, and another that goes out to eat quite often.

Personally, I'm more of a stay at home and eat person. I mean I like going out sometimes. but for the most part I'd just rather be at home and fix something.
Even when I could afford to just go where ever I wanted.

If the economy weren't in the gutters and you were financially secure, would you rather go out to eat or stay at home?
If you prefer going out, about how often would you go and fast food vs sit down restaurants?
Or delivery pizza?

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StraddleMyNose

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Mar 29 @ 2:19AM  
If the economy weren't in the gutters and you were financially secure, would you rather go out to eat or stay at home?
If you prefer going out, about how often would you go and fast food vs sit down restaurants?
Or delivery pizza? I like the combination of both. Now, if I was going out to get something to eat, it would depend if I was by myself, or with someone. By myself, I would probably pick something up at the drive thru window. If with someone, probably go to a nice restaurant to eat.
DangerousCurves999

Mar 29 @ 2:38AM  
We have 2 pizza places here and neither one delivers. I might have chinese takeout once a month if in the mood, however I prefer to stay home and cook.

I love my crockpot and often have dinner slow cooking all day while I work at home. Having a well stocked freezer from fishing in summer and growing my own vegetables along with berry picking keeps us well fed. I do a lot of canning, freezing and make jams and preserves for these winter months. For those things I can't grow I order once a month in bulk from the organic co-op in the lower 48.

pinklipstick2

Mar 29 @ 4:22AM  
I live in a college town plenty of places to eat out at. I prefer to stay at home and cook. In the summer have my own veggie garen mostly i freeze quicker than canning but do both . Use my slowcooker quite a bit nice to know most of the meal is down by the time i get of work. Will eat out Sunday afternoons since Sundays are my lazy days if there is such a thing anymore . Have always done it this way.
Wordsofwit

Mar 29 @ 6:55AM  
would you rather go out to eat or stay at home?

I enjoy both. I have a wide selection dine in and fast food restaurants nearby. It also depends on what it is. Seafood is almost always dining out due to the cost of buying it in the store. Another factor is that if I don't cook it, I don't have to clean up the mess. But going to a restaurant and dining by yourself is a bit of a drag.

To a large extent it is just as much effort to cook for one as it is for ten. So if it is something that is easy like broiling a steak, home is cool. Chinese not so much. There are things like spaghetti sauce and soup that I will make in large quantities and freeze a major portion.

If you prefer going out, about how often would you go and fast food vs sit down restaurants?
Or delivery pizza? I like the combination of both. Now, if I was going out to get something to eat, it would depend if I was by myself, or with someone. By myself, I would probably pick something up at the drive thru window. If with someone, probably go to a nice restaurant to eat.

That largely sums it up for me. Taking it a bit further, sometimes I don't have time to sit in a restaurant.

I home office so breakfast and lunch are almost always here at home. If I have a companion with money being no obstacle, fast food for dinner is rare and dining at home versus a sit down restaurant is about 50/50. Of course, that largely depends on whether we are staying home or going out for the evening beyond taking in a meal.
PrincessKissy

Mar 29 @ 7:52AM  
For the most part, I prefer to cook for myself, or me and whomever I am currently living with, or have over. I do like to eat fast food occasionally, but it seems that the older I get, the more it disagrees with my body. All that grease just gives me a belly ache anymore.
Generally speaking, if I am going out, it is for something that is too much work to cook at home. I love a good Chinese buffet, because there is simply no way to make all that at home, unless you want to graze all day as each item is finished. I also absolutely love fish and chips, but don't like the fried smell that lingers for days after a meal like that at home, so it's something I tend to eat if I go to a sit down restaurant. A good steak in a steak house is another treat. To my taste buds, they are best grilled, and not having a grill, it's easier to get that in a restaurant. Plus, there is the added benefit that if it is not prepared to my liking, (ie: overcooked) I can be whiney and send it back, LOL
And to those that don't like to eat alone in a restaurant, after all the years I have spent alone, I actually enjoy the experience. I generally bring a book with me, and it's also a great chance to do some people watching.
RevDocLove

Mar 29 @ 8:48AM  
Eat at home..
For pizza, I buy about four Red Baron Classic Crust at Wally's for under $4 bucks each..
Buy a package od pepperoni and some pineapple tidbits to add to it..
Each pizza is two meals for me..
The only time I eat out is when I'm coming home from getting lab work done..
Usually Steak and Shake or Juicy Lucy's
somnium

Mar 29 @ 9:40AM  
Monday through Friday, is my 'health breakfast'. Saturday & Sunday's breakfast, I treat myself to 3 eggs over easy, nice slice of ham, American fries, Texas toast and coffee for less than $8 including a $2 tip! The waitresses know what I want when I walk in: the usual? Yuuup! It's fairly quite there, except when my timing is bad and a couple brings their obnoxious kid in- then, I want to open a window and toss his loud-mouthed ass out- but, that's another story!

Weeknights, it might be chicken, steak, hamburger, spaghetti- (these I cook at home) Chinese or Mexican- (either one take out) just depends on what I have a taste for at the time!


sugarnspice005

Mar 29 @ 10:02AM  
Actually, if I want pizza, I can get it "free" where I work. I guess I'd better explain that. The company I work for, has this little incentive rewards thing for employees who do their jobs well..they call it "fun money". We can use it for new uniforms, to eat either at the hotels cafe or up at the main restaurant, at the golf course, or to stay at the hotel...oh, and on top of that, we still get our 30% discount too. So yes, I'd say us employees are a little "spoiled" at this company...but...the fun money isn't just handed out, it's earned. In our housekeeping department, for every room inspected that is "perfect" is .40 cents "fun money", and at the end of the month, our supervisor tallies it all up..and hands it out. I'm proud to say that in month last summer, I got $55 in fun money!

Ok...I know, a little But, just saying, I can get my pizza free. But, yeah, if the economy was better off, and I was getting better hours...I think I'd still eat at home more than going out to eat. For the cost of a $15 dinner at a restaurant, I can make a dinner at home that I can use for left overs for a couple of days compared to that dinner that is gone in one setting. Guess with this economy, I've become my Dad...a penny pincher. Places like McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell....I rarely go to. I can make that stuff here at home cheaper and to my liking. I may go to one of them on the rare occasion I just don't feel like cooking. But it's not very often. I remember being a kid and always asking my parents if we could have McDonalds...but now...I could care less.

As to eating out...a couple of my favorites are Applebees and The Outback. Benigans I've only been to once, but they are good. And the only buffet style restaurant I've been to that I've liked is Fire Mountain..they have a huge selection for a reasonable price and their staff is excellent.
soft_touch938

Mar 29 @ 11:09AM  
If I could live the way I wanted, I'd never (or rarely) cook. I dearly love fast food but for the last 8 yrs. I've shied away from it due to the huge calorie count. I like buffet kind of eating but again...too much temptation. That leaves sit down restaurants and although I enjoy them, I'd prefer bar side sitting in bars that serve good food, that way there isn't any squalling, noisy kids to deal with. (and I could eat pizza every day if I allowed it... )
PeachyKeen

Mar 29 @ 11:36AM  
I rarely eat fast food or have food delivered. I love to cook and do so regularly, but it is more enjoyable to do so when shared with another who appreciates it. I go out to eat at least once a week... most of the time to hole in the wall places.

Occasionally, I take myself to a very nice place since it's the only way I'll have the opportunity to do so. It amazes me, even in this day and age, how a woman dining alone in a nice restaurant raises eye brows and surreptitious glances. That kind of thing doesn't disturb me any longer, but it still rankles when I'm waiting at the front desk for my reservation and the host greets me with... "how many for dinner?" My reply is "one" and their reply is "one?" I mean it's only me standing there. Sometimes I look to the left, the right or even turn all the way around saying, "I don't see anyone else, do you?" I suppose that's being bitchy and I usually refrain, but sometimes I do it anyway.

Your blog title reminds me of when husbands or boy friends come home and the first thing out of their mouth is, "what's for dinner' before they say or do anything else. With my first husband it became a negative. With husband number two, we turned it into a running joke which created smiles and laughter. I much prefer the latter!

Great blog... a greenie sliding your way.
69oak69

Mar 29 @ 11:37AM  
I live in a town not too much bigger than the one Casually lives in. There are 2 nationally franchised burger stands, 2 regional chain pizza parlors, 1 national franchised Tex/Mex taco stand, 2 taverns that serve lunch weekdays and lunch and supper on weekends, 2 mom-and-pop Mexican restaurants, 2 mom-and-pop, inexpensive, "unfancy" coffee-and short-order places, and one relatively "nice" sit-down restaurant which has changed hands probably 5 times in the last ten years.
This town barely supports one "nice" sit down restaurant, while towns of similar size 30 or 40 miles away support several, not quite sure why that is.

I don't mind fast food if I'm in a hurry, but I would probably rather stay home and cook for myself if I have the time.
Wordsofwit

Mar 29 @ 11:48AM  
This town barely supports one "nice" sit down restaurant, while towns of similar size 30 or 40 miles away support severa

That is down side of a small town: less choices, less variety, often lower quality (excluding breakfast), and a farther drive to get to anything.
theSkwirl

Mar 29 @ 2:40PM  
DC makes kick ass preserves..I'm just sayin!

Meh.. I like homemade food better than most restaurants. But some days I just don't feel like cooking.
ksk72

Mar 29 @ 3:49PM  
I prefer to go out. Rob and I share cooking at home but if we have the extra cash we go out. I personally dont like fast food to often only when we are in a hurry or taking food with us fishing. We have many decent sit down places that dont cost to much more than McDonalds. I would rather sit down have a nice dinner for 7.99 than drive through and pay 5.99 for crap.
alybai42

Mar 29 @ 9:19PM  
I work in a restraunt. When I am done for the day I don't want to see anymore people. I don't want to be nice anymore. I sure don't want to cook either. But I do because I have a kid to feed. When I work it is usually something easy. Soup and sandwich's. Or I will pick her up fast food.
I do try and cook a good meal when I am off.

We get a lot of customer's who come in to eat that are alone. They read, play on their computer's, cell phone's, read the paper. Or on their way to work.

Once in a while I will take my daughter there to eat. She loves our food. To me it is expensive. Good thing I get a discount.

We order pizza a couple times a month.

Where I live we don't have much to choose from for sit down restruant's. None in my town except a Japenese place (YUCK) a chinese place..No home made food places.
Wordsofwit

Mar 29 @ 9:32PM  
Soup and sandwich's. Or I will pick her up fast food.

It sounds like you need to teach her to cook.
PinkToeNails

Mar 29 @ 9:36PM  
I love to cook! But love eating out more. Now that I've moved though, I plan to start cooking more. It's healthier for you anyway.. and money saving. It's too easy to stop by and pick something up from the multitude of restaurants around here... now that I live IN town.....

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