PinkShinyRose wrote:Now I look at these prices these appetisers seem really cheap (even though they seem more like bar snacks than appetisers), was that normal in 2007 or are US restaurants just cheap compared to western Europe?
for the Boston area shows July 2007 (when this comic came out) to have a (somewhat arbitrary, proportionally relevant) value of 226.929, compared to 264.865 for January 2017. So let's say a multiplication factor of 1.17 from then to now. Yeah, that still seems a bit low.
From the Applebees appetizer menu
Sampler [plate] $13.99 (factor of 2.41)
Mozzarella Sticks $8.29 (factor of 1.97)
Boneless Wings $10.29 (factor of 2.90)
Salad $3.99 (factor of 1.19)
Ordering online from Ruby Tuesday
in Wrentham, MA:
Sampler Trio $12.49 (factor of 2.15)
Fire Wings $10.99 (factor of 3.10)
Italian Five-Cheese Skillet ("If you love cheese sticks, try this...") $8.29 (factor of 1.97)
(Ruby's doesn't really have a side salad, as they feature their salad bar...)
Ordering online from Chili's
in Chelsea, MA:
Signature Wings (or any other kind of wings) $9.99 (factor of 2.81)
Texas Cheese Fries $8.59 (factor of 3.12, but these are loaded up with a lot of stuff)
Crispy Cheddar Bites $6.59 (that's like Mozzarella sticks, right?) (factor of 1.57)
House Salad $3.99 (again) (factor of 1.19)
And from Somerville, MA Outback
Kookaburra Wings $10.49 (factor of 2.95)
Cheese Fries $9.99 (factor of 3.63, but possibly less without cheese)
Signature Sampler $9.99 (factor of 1.72)
House Side Salad $3.99 (factor of 1.19)
Again, the salad... yeah, salad is not in high demand, I guess.
So, everything is much more expensive than in our 10-year-old fictional menu, except the salad, which has apparently increased everywhere to $3.99 at almost exactly the inflation rate shown by the CPI for the Boston area.
Apparently I didn't have my location set in the Applebees Menu, because it didn't ask for it before it gave me the menu prices but assumed I wanted the nearest location. So, the Applebees in Dorchester, MA has different prices:
Sampler [plate] $13.79 (factor of 2.37, oddly this one is less expensive in the Boston area)
Mozzarella Sticks $8.49 (factor of 2.02)
Boneless Wings $10.49 (factor of 2.95)
Salad $5.99 (factor of 1.79, this one increased a lot from here to Boston apparently, but still the lowest percentage gain.)
Oh, and now I'm starving.
I hear velociraptor tastes like chicken.