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post #31 of 97
If you take wine or alcohol in general out of the equation it's a much lower ticket at the end of the night.

Now I remember why I don't go on vacation often, I'm too busy eating out......
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post #32 of 97
$450 for 4 at K-Pauls Louisiana Kitchen about 4 years ago. Wine and 3 courses. His blackened Drumfish with mashed potatoes was a dish i'll take to my grave. Well, the taste of it anyway.:lips:
post #33 of 97
Back in the 70`s for me to spend $100 to $150 for two for an evening dinning and drinking was nothing. Now I would rather go by the food and enjoy it at home. There are tooo many rip pff now adays
post #34 of 97
The most expensive meal I've ever eaten was sadly at Lonestar Steakhouse in Indianapolis. It was definitely not my choice but we were with family and it was a Sunday evening and nothing else was open in that particular area of the city. The total for 2 adults and one child came to $130 which I thought was ridiculous when we had absolutely nothing I could not have made at home for under $40, fed the three of us and still had leftovers for lunch!

I'm a cheapskate I guess but I'd much rather take that money and go to the grocery store or travel to a larger area and go to a more upscale store and buy anything I want then come home and experiment!
post #35 of 97
Ate at The French Laundry a couple years ago. My portion of the bill, FOR LUNCH, after tax and tip was $430.

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post #36 of 97
we were on our honey moon in indonesia just this last month and we splurged on the credit card! $400 for two people including drinks. That may not sound like much but it's hard to rack up that sort of bill in Indonesia! Needless to say it was amazing sitting on the beach sipping fresh margharitas watching the sunset! i had the most amazing blue crab consume for a starter and my new hubby had stuffed zuchhini flowers followed up by some amazing fresh fish salmon and kingfish! Mind you we did go out the next night and sat right in the sand drinking dollar beers and had the freshest snapper that i have ever had BBQ in front of you for an amazing $6 per person! we went back three more times!
Isn't it fuuny how you don't think twice about spending so much money if it is a 'special' ocasion, but if i went to the supermarket and had to fork over $400 in one go i might think twice!
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post #37 of 97
about $400 Canadian at Lumiere in Vancouver BC for 2 of us. (not including tip)

That was for the Chefs tasting menu with wine flight. Definitely worth it, still the best meal I've ever had.

Had many close to that price now and none have compared.
post #38 of 97
For me, a tie:

Signatures, at LCB Ottawa. Pushing $500 for two. We had the full tasting menu with wine selections by course.

About the same cost was Maple, in Halifax when When Chef Smith was there. Again the tasting and wine menu.

Both truely astounding. I think I would give Signatures the edge, just because the wine selections were just as exciting as the food.

--Al
post #39 of 97
My then girlfriend and I went to Key West in 1972 and while there asked a local person where a good, romantic restaurant was. He directed us to one and we went. I do not remember the name but it was on the water and had it's own dock for yachts. Big yachts. Very romantic setting. All the waiters had long hair pulled back in ponytails and wore white shorts and white shirts - kinda weird. While I was still looking around my girlfriend picked up her menu and said, "This is weird - there are no prices listed". I picked up mine and mine did have prices listed and my eyes probably popped out when I saw them. I don't even remember what we had but it was great. Bill was about $200.00 before tip and we only had one glass of wine each. We found out later that this place was known for catering to the rich and famous who liked to dock their yachts and dine.

I have spent more on dinner for two (with more wine) since then but I think about how much $200.00 in 1972 would be in today's dollars. A lot.
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post #40 of 97

$220 for two at bistro c.v. in Steamboat Springs, CO. 

post #41 of 97

Trattoria Del Lupo in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Our first trip to Vegas (2008) and my husband wanted me to have a fantastic experience.

We had a plate of pasta and a salad each, along with one glass of “house wine” for me; our bill was $91, can you believe that? 

And no, it wasn’t worth it. 

My hand made pasta is WAY better.  Sorry Wolfgang...

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post #42 of 97

I'd be happy to pay most of the prices mentioned on this thread.  In the UK, the cost of a meal, with wine, would be considerably more - and astronomically more if you want to eat at a Michelin starred place like The Fat Duck.  I've eaten the taster menu there (but only once, as I didn't really enjoy a few of the dishes) AND other dishes from the menu.  Whilst Heston's fat thrice-cooked chips are to die for, they cost an arm and a leg!

 

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post #43 of 97

DMT, I've spent millions of Turkish lira on one outing of coffee and drinks :) Well, back in the old days, now it's different over there.

 

Anyway, nothing especially expensive here.

post #44 of 97

Living in Scandinavia, prices are even higher than the UK. Including food, drinks and tip, I paid the equivalent of $1111 for a dinner for two not so long ago.

 

Admittedly, the restaurant was very good and I did save up for several months beforehand.

post #45 of 97

Most expensive meal was when wife ordered extra cheese and said "Yes," to counter person who asked "Do you want fries with that?"  So much for retirement.

 

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post #46 of 97

Robuchon's Atelier in New York.  The bill came to about $800 for two.

 

Then we walked over to Le Cirque because she had this thing about crème brûlée, and they are reputed to have the best in the city.  That and a couple of other desserts and dessert drinks later it was another $160 or so.  Since it was just dessert at another place, I am counting it together with the meal, grand total $960.

 

The meal was totally worth it.  The girl was totally not.

post #47 of 97

including the airfare...st barts...ooh la la...

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post #48 of 97

LOL. I did some homework before posting. This thread was opened 10/16/06 at 5:34 pm. OK, 5 years ago; the last 8 posts in the past 2 weeks. This is cool. I really hate getting gouged for serious coin in return for no-big-deal eats/service. OK, now saying that, I've had numerous dinners (always for 2) at Lone Star Steakhouse, costing north of $60 otd. no problemmo. This past Friday evening I dropped $40 for 2 glasses of wine and 1 bowl of some very pedestrian tortellini. The waitress bought herself an $11 tip by taking a third wine glass off the bill because I didn't like it (I did drink it though). Anyway, a while back I posted about Grant Achatz's new place NEXT. On Thursday they announced their new menu and ticket reservations. I believe the entire weekend sold out in 20 seconds, on-line. Yes, I said 20 seconds. The French Laundry sells out by 10:30 every morning for reservations 2 months ahead.  It's Prix Fixe $270 / service included, to sit down. Their wine list is considerably overpriced, but it's only $90 corkage to byo. per se, another Keller place, is $295 or $185. They have an a la carte menu too. The famed Alinea, in Chicago runs $210 to sit down. It's interesting what people will pay to go out. This is a cool thread. 

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post #49 of 97

Me and my wife (gf at the time) had our 5 years together at the Ritz Carlton and we got a 7 course meal from the chef.  Everything from filet, kobe beef, abalone, cheeses and more with around 4 bottles of wine.  It was a bill around $700 but luckily I worked there at the time and got it all for free!  Guess this isn't a post for how much I paid, but I would have had to.

 

Was a great night and food was amazing, Thanks Chef Joe!

 

Michael

post #50 of 97

We used to have departmental meetings out in the Bay Area, and one time all went to dinner at Scoma's on Pier 47. The menu really wasn't all that high-priced, but it felt expensive because we were spoiled so outrageously, the food was so wonderful, and the location so cool. I looked out the window at a fishing boat, other piers, and the San Francisco Bay. Since there were about 25 of us, the bill was quite formidable. Close to a thousand, I'd guess. Many of the staff lined up to see us off when we filed out.

 

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post #51 of 97

I had dinner at Le Bic Fin on the company dime where I treated 3 other Chefs and the bill was just shy of $2k before tax and tip.  I was audited by the company I worked for at the time even though I had permission from my boss to do this, and was stripped of my travel privaledges for 90 days but man was it worth it.  I can tell you almost EVERY detail of the meal, all 8 courses still to this day and that was back in 05.

 

For my 40th my wife took me to NYC for dinner at WD-50, I have always been a HUGE Wylie fan, so when we left for my birthday weekend I had no idea what to expect.  The dinner itself was about $200 each for the 12 course tasting, but when you add train tickets, hotel, and everything else we did over the course of the weekend it was expensive.

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Flavor: The overall impression combining taste, odor, mouthfeel and trigeminal perception.
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post #52 of 97

An English muffin & Hot Chocolate sitting on a stool, 4 years old, next to my Mom at Woolworth's. I bet Her's and mine together would cost less than .50 at the time, to replace the memory would be priceless.......................

post #53 of 97

Oh I, too, loved the Woolworth's counter. Coca cola there (syrup & seltzer) was tops!

post #54 of 97
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Oh I, too, loved the Woolworth's counter. Coca cola there (syrup & seltzer) was tops!



My Great Grandmother used to walk my little brother and I down the the Woolworths on Miami Beach for Egg Creams and Grilled Cheese sandwiches on Sundays for lunch.  One of my earliest food memories.

 

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post #55 of 97

Blue Hill at Stone Barnes with my gf. The tasting menu along with drinks was over $300 for the two of us and it was an amazing experience and I am going to go back. Even the tasting menu at $110 a person alone is worth it for that type of dining.

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was it worth it? I am thinking about going to the french laundry next year..

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Ate at The French Laundry a couple years ago. My portion of the bill, FOR LUNCH, after tax and tip was $430.


 

post #57 of 97

Worth it? I don't know. 

 

The French Laundry sells out by 10:30 every morning for reservations 2 months ahead. That didn't start last month. It's been like that since always. That's a lot of people thinking "it's worth it". I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'. 

 

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post #58 of 97

Ate at the Four Seasons in NY. Forum of the 12 Ceasars also NY, The Towers Suite,& La Fonda Del Sol. These places are long gone but each one was spectacular in their own right

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post #59 of 97
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was it worth it? I am thinking about going to the french laundry next year..



 


I think you should go. The place is amazing. I was there in 2002 with a friend. Our tab was over $1,000 with tip and taxes. The place is not that big and I thought there were more wait staff in the room than customers. Each table is watched by close circuit camera so the kitchen knows when to start the next course for each table. I met Thomas Keller after dinner and got a tour of the kitchen. You will not be disappointed.

 

post #60 of 97

We took five grown children with us to celebrate my birthday this year at my favorite sushi place (Maki Zushi) with my favorite sushi chef (Yoshi). The final tab was over a grand. That's why the kids don't usually get invited.    lookaround.gif

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