My aunt used to tell me when we went to a restaurant looking over the menu: “Imagine what a meal we coould have for this money if we bought the food at the market and cooked ourselves.
We could have oysters and lobster, a rich soup, the best salad ever and a t-bone steak. At 30 or 50 dollars a head.”
I miss her dearly, she left us in 2005 at 95 years of age.
Going out for food is a social or practical consideration, seeing people or just needing something down the esophagus.
I am rarely satisfied with restaurants these days, as a ROI.