Eating out can get expensive these days. As of August this year, food prices have risen 11.4%, prompting many to reconsider their decision to eat out.
Now, a user on TikTok went viral after sharing his tip for “young adults trying to save money” while still enjoying eating out.
In a video with over 2.4 million views, TikTok user Teal (@tealnicoleee) says those looking to save a few bucks at the Texas Roadhouse should order the kid’s steak bites.
“You get a page and unlimited rolls for $8.11 each,” she explains in the text overlaid on the video.
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While some loved the idea, many commented that the lower price would result in fewer tips for servers. Others, however, quickly fought this notion.
“Is it just me…cheaper the food, more I can tip?!?” asked one user.
“And I do and I hate it when waiters complain because I still leave a good tip,” claimed a second. “I don’t spend so many meals that I can never finish.”
Other viewers wished smaller menu sizes were more common, as the large portions that are ubiquitous in American cuisine are often too much for those who aren’t very hungry.
“They should have something that isn’t ‘kid food’ but a small portion because some people either can’t eat that much or don’t have that much,” said one commenter. “I think this would be very beneficial in many restaurants as they have the ‘value menu’ in some places.”
“I can’t eat a full meal so this is perfect,” noted a second. “and yes I tip well, it’s not cheap just doesn’t need a large portion.”
However, others pointed out that the decision to go out to a restaurant is more expensive than eating out at home, meaning the true value decision is to avoid restaurants altogether.
“[for] You can buy a whole steak at the grocery store for $8,” claimed one commenter.
“I don’t eat out much, but those small portions and the promise of unlimited bread don’t appeal to me for over $8,” said another.
In an email to Daily Dot, a Texas Roadhouse spokesperson confirmed that the children’s menu is suitable for children under 12.
Teal later released a response video addressing many of the comments below her original video.
In this video, Teal says she wasn’t aware that ordering a kid’s meal as an adult was a controversial topic.
“Sorry, just trying to save some money! My goodness,” she exclaims. “I’m paying for what I received… I’m paying for what I ordered, so what’s the problem?”
Aside from that, she goes on to say that she tips the same amount as she would if she’d had a larger portion.
Commentators were largely supportive.
“It just annoys me when they don’t tip either, but otherwise? People make a big deal out of nothing,” one user offered.
“When we order, my husband and I almost always get kids meals from everywhere!” proclaimed another commenter. “Saves money and we don’t need huge portions, kids meals are usually plenty for an adult!”
The Daily Dot contacted Teal via Instagram direct message.
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*Initial publication: December 6, 2022 at 1:29 p.m. CST
Braden Bjella is a culture writer. His work can be found in Mixmag, Electronic Beats, Schön! magazine and more.
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