January 16, 2007

Value meals? No such thing if you split your dish.

In a completely unscientific survey of restaurants in Monmouth County, New Jersey, guess what I found on the menu? Something very disgusting and revolting. Something that is very tough to swallow. Something so bad, that it's always in small type at the bottom of the menu.

What is this unappetizing item on many menus?

Extreme extra charges for eating appropriate portions. Sometimes as much as 75 percent more.

Here's what they look like. These were taken from actual online menus. It's like they are proud to be charging you so much more for eating correctly sized portions.

Split Charge of $2.00 per Plate for Appetizers

$4.00 entree split plate

Sharing charge of $7.00 per person

A sharing charge of $7.50 will be charged for any one dinner served for two People. This will include an additional salad and side dish

All items sold a la carte
Shared Entree Charge - $10.00 per person

Plate Sharing Charge $5.00

Why do we continue to put up with these charges? Isn't restaurant food expensive enough? Aren't the portions too big?

If you want to be healthy, then restaurants will punish you. Stop this portion poison. Tell every restaurant, you won't pay extra.

1 comment:

April said...

Excellent post!

I will be on the lookout for this.