Are you eating out more?

Restaurant visits from families with kids increased this past summer after three years of declines, AJC staffer Jeremiah McWilliams reports.

The NPD Group research firm said visits by parties with kids increased by 1 percent in the quarter ending August 2010.

That’s important, McWilliams writes, because parties with kids accounted for 14 billion meals and snacks, and $70 billion in sales last year.

In general, McWilliams points out, Atlanta-area residents eat out more than the U.S. average, according to Zagat Survey.

But, our unemployment rate has been worse than the nation’s during this Great Recession.

So, are you eating out more? Feeling a little more confident?

Or are you still watching your pennies, unsure of where the economy is headed?

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10 comments Add your comment


November 12th, 2010
9:26 am

We absolutely are watching our pennies. Still, I think it is okay to treat the kids with a night out. So, we take advantage of the restaurants that offer “kids eat free” nights, the early bird specials, and those that offer prix fixe menus. There are alot of ways to go out in metro Atlanta and not have to spend alot of money. Once we took the kids out for one of the museum free days and followed that with a restaurant special and we ended up spending less than $45 for the entire evening. For a family of four, that was a good deal.

Tyrone Biggums

November 12th, 2010
9:59 am

We have been eating out more. The key is to visit quality ethnic restaurants, which have low prices.

The Colonel

November 12th, 2010
9:59 am

With their welfare funds firmly in hand, Obama Supporters are still able to keep their local KFC and Church’s franchises both viable and profitable.

Enjoy the free handouts from those of us who are working to support your lazy backsides, Obama Lovers!

The Colonel

November 12th, 2010
10:04 am

You know, there ARE healthier dining options with all that free government (stolen from taxpayers & spent on the lazy) at their disposal!

Just sayin’.


November 12th, 2010
12:47 pm

I eat out pretty often. It’s hard to find time to cook when you only have 10 minutes to get changed and head to soccer practice after work. One can only tolerate so many PB&J’s before you just need something different!!


November 13th, 2010
7:32 am

Eating out is what keeps so many of us in the poor house. We’re retired and have never eaten out much. We have been sampling some of the local fare just to help the economy. But we’re about tapped out. Come on corporate America, show some patriotism and put our young folks back to work.


November 14th, 2010
10:50 am

There was a recent report on CNBC about how the slight uptick in consumer spending was supported by folks not paying their mortgages. Also, what have we become as a nation when the first page of MSN is devoted to Michelle Obama’s glamorous fashion style instead of real issues. We need to get back to what made this country great in the first place (hard work,creativity,patriotism, and caring about your neighbor). If you are in the position to eat out or go shopping, please help your neighbor and buy American(whenever possible) or support small business.

Andy in Blairsville

November 15th, 2010
12:33 pm

What Alecia said. Credit card debt is falling because millions of people figured out you don’t have to pay your mortgage in order to live in your home.

Cheetah girl

November 16th, 2010
1:16 pm

I like to cook. Quite honestly my cooking 9 times out 10 is much better than the restaraunts. In general restaraunt food is very generic.


November 17th, 2010
10:54 am

We used to eat out about 3x a week, now we eat out about 2x a month (if that). Eating out money is now paying for college!