>visit family and friends in chicago
>gf want's to go to a few some quasi pseudo fancy zagat rated places while were there.
>concede to go to one because of centralized location to meet up with friend
>mediocre meal, bill is $100 for 3 lunches
>Next day we go to Portillos
>She does it out of being a good sport for me but complains she doesn't want "that kind of food"
>Tell her they have salads, pasta, etc.
>Gets a salad
>tells me several times for the remainder of the day how "really, really good salad was"
I never understand why people equate price to quality. Why so foolish?
My fucking millennial weeaboo brother and his wife are like this too. They typically have to get the most expensive sushi on the menu and then jabber on how it taste like butter. Why not just eat a fucking stick of butter and be done with it.
>I never understand why people equate price to quality.
There isn't a strong correlation between deliciousness and price. Many delicious things are cheap, and some are very expensive. The middle ground varies wildly.
But price is generally about assuring comfort level. Rich people go to expensive places because they're comfortable with deferential service, food that looks a certain way and (most importantly) dining with their own kind, since the price is usually enough to keep the poor and middle class out. They don't worry about how the food is sourced because they take it for granted the chef is getting the best available.
The poor will flock to places that offer cheap deliciousness (usually in large portions, because getting their money's worth is important to people who don't have that much). The food will be lacking in vegetables and made from the cheapest possible ingredients, but it will often be as delicious as what rich people eat - just much less healthy. This is why when you look at the people eating at places popular with the poor you see a lot of fatties.
It's the middle class places where things get fucked up. Because the middle class has other priorities than deliciousness. They look at what the poor eat and want something "healthier". They want vegetarian and gluten-free options. They want to feel like they're in the know, so they go to places that serve food that's in line with current food trends as they understand them. They're impressed by locally sourced and organic ingredients. They also want "healthy" options, because they're terrified of getting fat (or fatter). And most of all they want to eat at a place where the prices are just high enough to keep out the poor, so they can feel rich for an evening. This is why most middle class restaurants are a waste of money.