Creeping appetizer prices
I'm noticing appetizer price creep lately.
Awhile back some people started ordering two appetizers rather than an entree, either because they wanted less food or they wanted to spend less money.
The tapas craze made this not only OK, but a cool, trendy thing to do.
Now appetizers are just as likely to be called "small plates" and cost more in relation to the entrees. ...
I think it's been getting worse recently, but I could be wrong. It always startles me to see $14 appetizers on the same menu as $20 entrees, as I did recently at the Blue Hill Tavern in Brewers Hill. Here, at least, they are called "appetizers" but are quite substantial.
It reminds me of what happened when customers stopped drinking a mixed drink or two before ordering dinner. Dessert prices got higher in relation to the rest of the meal because restaurants were selling less alcohol. (That's a totally unscientific observation of cause and effect, just my personal opinion.)
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