Kim Severson poses that very question in the New York Times today. What do you think, Serious Eaters?
In a way entrees are a bulky anachronism, an ode to an earlier time when meat and potatoes were a given at every meal, whether we were eating at a four star restaurant or a diner. Let's face it. When we eat out nowadays we crave variety, stimulation, and satisfaction, and we're much more likely to get those things by ordering a number of small plates. Plus, sharing food at a restaurant is an easy way for us to connect with our friends and family.
How do most Serious Eaters eat at restaurants these days? We just order a bunch of food that sounds appealing. It usually ends up being a combination of appetizers, main courses, pastas, and side dishes. Somehow everyone at the table ends up sated and content. And isn't that the point?
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