When it comes to money, we’ve all got our weak spots. It’s something we just can’t say no to even when we’re strapped for cash as it is. If yours happens to be dining out, here’s a neat little trick you will want to be aware of.
Coined by restaurant critic Todd Kliman, it’s called the “high-low” method and it’s really quite simple. He suggests visiting cheap, hole-in-the-wall restaurants most of the time, then saving your splurges for a high-end, fancy night out. As simple as that.
There is, however, one important thing to remember, and that is avoiding any restaurants that fall in the middle.
“Most restaurants that call themselves bistros or cafes also come under this category,” says Kliman. “Any place that wants you to know that it exists to soothe your weary soul with “comfort food” belongs here. The vast middle, in other words, is where most restaurants sit. To put it more precisely: the restaurants that the vast majority of people think about when they’re thinking about going out to eat.”
So you will really want to go high for the high and low for the low. According to Kliman, “If you want to be a happier, more fulfilled diner, then you need to ditch the middle.”
It is rather easy to find the high-end places, but how exactly should you go about finding good cheap eats? Kliman suggests you take a look at the ethnic eateries in your area for some hearty and cheap low-end meals. Whether it’s the Vietnamese pho, the Pakistani channa masala or the Ethiopian kik alicha, he reckons you can splurge the leftover cash “on a meal you might previously have deemed to be a save-for-special occasion expense.”
Living by this method and finding good cheap eats around your area does require some homework, but we trust that for a foodie like you it should be all fun and games.
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