Originally Posted by TimSF
Why pay a restaurant a premium to make pasta dishes for you? Pasta is one of the easiest, cheapest dishes to cook at home, and it is delicious. I save my going-out dollars for food that I cannot prepare easily at home.
The answer: it's low-cost if you take full advantage of it. And for people who do not cook, it has more appeal.
For $100, you can use the pass 2x a day for 7 weeks. That's 98 meals including salad and a soft drink, for $1/meal.
It's been a few years since I ate at Olive Garden, and as I recall the food was OK. But eating pasta every day for 7 weeks? Even though I am not a finicky eater, I would have pasta coming out of my ears after just a few days, even if it were prepared by a 5-star chef.
Perhaps if I were a single, and working near an OG, I could go there just to have a salad for lunch each day. But now, I do not leave the home unless I need to, and as I now eat less the joy of food comes from cooking as much as eating. So we cook and eat at home, even if it costs less to eat out.