Dining out was once a rarity reserved for special occasions. More recently, consumption of food away from home has played an increasingly larger role in everyday life.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, the increase in dining out since the 1970s is owed to a larger share of two-income households, more convenient and affordable food outlets, increased advertising and promotion by food chains, and the smaller size of most households.
One shouldn't discount the wide array of options and the convenience that dining out can provide. There are many advantages to dining out, and the decision to do so during the pandemic can help local restaurants stay afloat as they continue to confront the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak.
1. It's fun and exciting
Dining out can be a fun and exciting experience that takes people away from the routine of daily life. Dining out presents an opportunity to look forward to a specific day on the calendar. For many, it can be a respite from making meals at home. Dining out is a social endeavor, even if you aren't interacting with that many other people in the restaurant.
2. Introduces new foods
Dining at a restaurant can be eye-opening for customers willing to try new things. Restaurants that specialize in ethnic cuisine can introduce diners to classic recipes from around the world — something they may not normally try if they do not dine out.
3. Prolongs the dinner hour
Dining out gives diners a chance to linger and converse without the distractions of home and daily schedules. A restaurant can be a good way to focus on communication with family and friends.
4. Escape workplace distractions
A workday lunch or business meeting held at a restaurant can help coworkers escape workplace pressures and distractions. Such meals also can be a great way for managers to foster strong relationships and build camaraderie within their teams.
One of the best arguments for eating out is the convenience factor. When time is of the essence, making a reservation, eating out and allowing the restaurant to handle everything from service to cleanup cuts down on work at home. This frees up opportunities to do other tasks, including spending time with one another.
Many households are comprised of people with different palates. Restaurants have many offerings, which means that each member of the dining party can choose his or her own unique dish. This is not something easily achieved at home.
Dining out has been gaining popularity for more than 40 years. Individuals and families can explore the many different advantages to enjoying a meal at a local eatery.