Dallas Spends More Money Than Anywhere Else On Dining Out. So What?

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Last week, Bundle, a website devoted to helping customers make spending decisions, released a study proclaiming Dallas the number one "eating out city."

The study analyzed credit card data and compared dining habits in different American cities. And it came to a surprising conclusion: Diners go out 70 percent more often here than in the average big city, and they spend 91 percent above the national average on dining out, according to Bundle, which removed bars and fast food restaurants from the data pool before crunching the numbers. New York City, the next city down in the list, spent only 49 percent above the national average.

But what does that mean?

The data led me to two conclusions. The first, and more optimistic, is that there's lots of room for growth in Dallas, which unlike New York and other cities is not a dining destination. All that money is ready to be captured by any chef who can innovate and bring something new to the table. Restaurateurs should be flocking to Dallas to try out their latest concepts. Exciting stuff.

But if chefs here have figured out how to capture such a high percentage of Dallas' discretionary income with a restaurant scene slow to innovate, what incentive do they have to take things to the next level and bring something new to the table? It would seem restaurateurs could rest on their pork buts and continue to crank out steakhouses, chain restaurants and loads of mediocre Tex-Mex while watching a disproportionate amount of money steadily roll in.

Hopefully chefs will take a look at that study and realize the potential. That Dallas has a lot of money on the table, and that by offering something new, they'd have a better chance of making a profit while simultaneously pushing Dallas as a whole into the national spotlight.

I'm only cautiously optimistic. Nana just traded its refined Italian menu to re-brand itself as a trendy steak house. It's only one restaurant, but the move is telling, and if it's successful it will only provide further incentive for restaurants to follow. For a real food revolution to occur here in Dallas, chefs will have to drive the change, educating diners by bringing new concepts to the table, and then sticking to their guns. And Dallas diners would have to do their part, too, rewarding innovative chefs with enough of their discretionary income to make a statement that shows they're ready to embrace a more passionate and diverse restaurant scene.


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kduble
kduble

Am I the only one who finds this report suspect? I'll grant that Dallasites eat out more than average, but 91%, or twice as much? Also, how could eating out figures be so far ahead of Plano, FW, Austin and Arlington? Sorry, but I think this finding is exaggerated.

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

This is a real game changer....or should I say, waistline changer:o

Business Growth
Business Growth

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Steve
Steve

It's because There Is Nothing Else To Do.   

Sure, you can bike around white rock.  Yay.  Other than that, it's Consumption.  Going to a game, an event, dinner, drinks.

Evaluate the Plate
Evaluate the Plate

With the study released last week that says Dallas eats out more often than any other city along with this one that says we spend the most, I'd say this a great market for just about anything. I'd like to see more healthy option restaurants popping up. I've seen a growing trend, but I think Dallas might be ready to work on its waistline!

SurlyZ
SurlyZ

We're not one of the least fit cities in the nation because we stay home and eat normal portions.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

We have more disposable income here versus somewhere like NYC where the cost of living is so much higher. Too bad we're spending it all at TGI Fridays and Applebee's.

Dalguy
Dalguy

While Dallas is known for its trendy new eateries that come and go, it also has a few well loved restaurants that have stood the test of time and become local favorites.  Celebration on Lovers Lane has been serving great food to its loyal North Dallas customers for over forty-one years

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

those places came along later, i remember them all. pretty cool to hear you were in the Sub Villa family,  that was a damn good sub.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

and Plano at #3!  man i remember when Plano was just Bonanza on the northbound side of 75 and Mr. Quik's on the southbound side.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

 That reminds me, where should I go for dinner tonight...

just sayin'
just sayin'

You are exactly right.

I can't believe Tyler, Texas didnt make the list. That place goes apeshit over any new restaurant. That really is a town where restaurants are the only entertainment in the whole city. And there are fucking hundreds of them.

Evaluate the Plate
Evaluate the Plate

 I know what you mean. Several people I know say that Chili's or Cheddar's is their favorite restaurant. Support local - it's better anyway!

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Celebration is the tits, anytime I take a customer there it's a fantastic meal. (Love them pumpkin and or blueberry muffins and their mescun cornbread)  I still miss the Fort Worth location, and it's been closed for about ten years.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I remember when it was Premier BBQ and Sub Villa on Premier and Parker, and Figaro's at Alma and Parker-other than that, it was Cheddar's, an original Chili's and Fishmongers.  Beyond those, you either had to travel, or cook.  

ps-Sub Villa was hands down the best!  Of course, my family owned it, and I had to manage said property on several occasions.....but....I think it was the best. 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Chili's or Friday's?  I was thinkin' Fuzzy's, or the wife was admiring the Domino's 3 topping  large-yum(only $7.99).  Pizza Patron?  Burger Break? Joe's Pizza?  Cafe Roma?   OR, I still have queso dip from the weekend.  Bust out the turkey dogs and chili? 

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

 I'm thinking Dickey's. Meet me there?

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