Full of It?

Serious Eats, a blog I follow, has a poll today concerning the restaurant trend of small plates - debating whether they are a cool, Tapas-esque thing, or a way lame attempt to cheat their patrons.

I have to laugh because I'm always a little nervous when Scott and I dine somewhere that offers small plates in lieu of entree-size portions. With the opportunity to taste a variety of things, I love the concept. However, Scott is wary of anything "small" about a meal. The man requires certain amounts of food, and anything less is just a big damn shame.

Recently we took two friends visiting from Nashville to a Greek/Middle Eastern place where we each selected two things to try. Between the four of us, I felt we all received enough food and the price was just fine. Scott didn't speak up to say if he was satisfied, and I didn't ask, but his raid of the pita basket to sop up the remaining sauces and bits on each plate indicated maybe not so much.

Is it a total racket for a restaurant to center its menu around the small plates concept, or do the small plates encourage communal dining, a more adventurous and diverse palate?

Weigh in - fabulous or full of it?


  1. It really does depend on the resto. I like tapas menus overall -- you don't overeat; the food is usually creative; and it's fun to share. Only once was I really disappointed with skimpy portions and high prices.

  2. Yes, the dishes are usually more innovative than entrees. Good point!

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