I'm not a pick eater, relatively speaking, but going out to eat is becoming less appealing every time I go out. In my brief experience as a human, back in the day, I recall restaurants as being a place where you could get exceptional food that would be tricky, if not virtually impossible, to make at home. For instance, it's hard to make good pizza at home, unless you use a grill or have a oven that can get hotasphuck. I'm talking 900 degrees baby. Anyways, it seems that restaurants are just getting worse and worse -- especially chain restaurants, such as Applebees, TGIF's, Olive Garden, etc., which are just a bunch of bull-cock. Sure, you can get decent wings and okay pasta, but it will certainly not be cost-justifiable. Let's say you pay $15 for a pasta dinner. You get normal pasta that is most likely cooked in an inferior oil instead of extra virgin olive oil. Parmesan cheese will be inferior to the good Italian Parmesan cheese from the store. You won't find delicious prosciutto, or tasty fresh basil and perfectly hand-crafted tomato sauce, or a tasty egg glaze to coat the pasta after it's been been freshly cooked. Hamburgers at restaurants: bull-cock. Get some high-quality beef at the grocery store, add salt and pepper, and throw those burgers on your grill. Oh, and add any type of cheese or barbeque sauce that fancies you. And who doesn't want a beer to wash down that tasty cheeseburger? Would you rather pay $3-6 for some cheap-ass water-beer, or would you rather spend $2 and get drink a well-craft brew? Dessert: I admit, a lot of restaurants do make tasty desserts...couple problems: too small and too expensive. Make your own dessert, and damn pie and some ice cream for the same price as one slice of pie without ice cream at a restaurant.