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12 Popular Restaurant Meals That Are Way Overpriced

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Rebecca Strong of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 13: Even though you know deep down that cooking dinner yourself would be easier on your wallet, sometimes the idea of dining out is just too tempting to pass up. And while everyone deserves to treat themselves now and again, you may be shocked to find just how much of a markup there is on certain menu items. Next time you go out to eat, keep a lookout for these highly overpriced dishes—which you can whip up at home for a fraction of the cost.To be fair, you're not just paying for the food when you go out to eat—you're paying for the whole dining experience. Keep in mind that restaurants are priced to make a profit and there's more to the formula than the cost of ingredients. They also have to take labor costs, electricity, and other utilities to operate the establishment, maintenance of kitchen machinery, and other factors into consideration.A 2017 study by PlateIQ, which analyzed invoices from more than 1,000 eateries, found that restaurants mark up ingredients by an average of 300%. One thing they found is those simple add-ons can actually carry a hefty premium: For example, adding guac to your burrito means a 285% markup, while sour cream has a 426% markup. Ouch.With that in mind, frugal foodies should beware of these massively overpriced menu items. And for more restaurant tips, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.

12 Popular Restaurant Meals That Are Way Overpriced

Even though you know deep down that cooking dinner yourself would be easier on your wallet, sometimes the idea of dining out is just too tempting to pass up. And while everyone deserves to treat themselves now and again, you may be shocked to find just how much of a markup there is on certain menu items. Next time you go out to eat, keep a lookout for these highly overpriced dishes—which you can whip up at home for a fraction of the cost.

To be fair, you're not just paying for the food when you go out to eat—you're paying for the whole dining experience. Keep in mind that restaurants are priced to make a profit and there's more to the formula than the cost of ingredients. They also have to take labor costs, electricity, and other utilities to operate the establishment, maintenance of kitchen machinery, and other factors into consideration.

A 2017 study by PlateIQ, which analyzed invoices from more than 1,000 eateries, found that restaurants mark up ingredients by an average of 300%. One thing they found is those simple add-ons can actually carry a hefty premium: For example, adding guac to your burrito means a 285% markup, while sour cream has a 426% markup. Ouch.

With that in mind, frugal foodies should beware of these massively overpriced menu items. And for more restaurant tips, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.

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