Are you like many and the reason you bought your grill was to make the perfect steak? But, there are times when you just think; “Should we go out for steak or should we just grill a couple here?”
Oftentimes when this happens, you’re all tired and hungry already. So, the discussion ends with everyone getting into the car, driving to a restaurant, paying outrageous prices for simple food, and maybe enjoying it, and maybe not. Was it worth it? Could you have cooked the same meal at home and been happier?
In my case yes, I would have enjoyed it more at home. I haven’t ordered a steak from a restaurant in over 10 years and when I did order before that I always complained about how it turned out. I have my own private grill chef at home that has been perfecting how I like my steak for 22 years. They can’t compete with that. lol Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of staying home or going out to get that perfect steak.
Hands down, the best thing about going out to eat is the lack of work it takes before you have food before you. You don’t have to figure out what to cook. You don’t have to do the prep. You don’t have to figure out how to cook it, and most importantly, you don’t have to clean up after you are done.
Also, when you go out to eat, you can actually carry on conversations with your friends and family instead of rushing around trying to get everything done. These are nice benefits, indeed.
Of course, while everything is taken care of for you, you will pay for the convenience. It may be easier, but your expenses will probably be triple what it would cost to get the ingredients and make the exact same meal at your home.
An unknown element can also be a detriment to going out to eat. You don’t have control over what kind of day your server or the kitchen staff is having. This could mean long waits, poor service, or even food that isn’t quite right. Is the same chef on duty as the last time you had that good steak? Who knows.
Home Grilled Meal
Why hope that your steak will come out right when you can take matters into your own hands and create a gourmet meal right at home? If you long for a tender juicy steak, why not put your own on the grill and have it exactly the way you want, and with less fuss and expense?
You don’t have to sit in a crowded restaurant trying to shout over the people at the table next to you. You won’t get the wrong meal or have anything missed. Grilling out at home gives you all the control without the crowd and high prices.
Of course, cooking at home means you are tied up in the kitchen and at the grill getting everything ready. Sometimes this means you are left alone while your family spends time watching the game or conversing in the other room without you. Then, after all of your hard work, you also get to clean up the kitchen. So, yes, sitting down to a steak dinner at a restaurant sounds appealing at this point. But remember the cost and the value for your money. Is it worth it to really learn how to properly grill a steak at home to skip the whole restaurant thing?
Is There a Clear Winner?
As far as close calls go, the decision between going out to eat or grilling at home is one of the more difficult decisions to make. They both have their pros and cons. However, there is nothing that can compare to grilling a steak at home. Grab your family and have them help with the preparations and cleanup. No restaurant meal can compare with the aroma or the feeling you get when you set that perfectly grilled steak on the table. Save your dinners out for other dishes. When it comes to steak, throw it on at home!
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