What Will A Family's Weekly Food Expenditure Get You In L.A.?

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When I stumbled across these new stats on how much the average American family spends on a week's worth of groceries, I couldn't help but think, "Who cares about those average American families? I am but one person living in a metropolis!" Such are the trials and tribulations of narcissism.

And then I began to think, man, that's probably a lot of In-N-Out burgers. So let's have a little fun with the $151.00 that an American family supposedly spends on a weekly basis for foodstuffs by going through 25 iconic dishes and/or restaurants throughout L.A. and see how far those fifteen sawbucks and eight bits (go ahead, do the calculations yourselves) would get you around these parts.

The list:

- 23.23 Beef French Dip Sandwiches from Philippe's
- 21.39 Small (that's 3.5 ounces worth) Beef French Dip Sandwiches from Cole's
- 100.66 Tacos from Taco Zone
- 9.38 Herb Specials (½ chicken and two waffles) at Roscoe's Chicken N' Waffles
- 16.87 Dozens of Donuts from Randy's
- 23.34 Double-Double Meals at In-N-Out
- 1.51 week-long CSAs from the South Central Farmer's Co-op
- 10.98 servings of Corned Beef and Cabbage (with a Baked Potato!) from Canter's Deli
- 24.75 Hickoryburgers from the Apple Pan
- 23.23 of the Priciest Beers (and there's a bunch of them) over at Mohawk Bend
- 43.14 beers of whatever-they-got at dive bar extraordinaire Smog Cutter
- 1.59 helpings of the famous (and way over the top) Macaroni and Cheese dish from Mélisse
- 15.89 Oinkster Pastrami sandwiches from, well, The Oinkster
- 3.87 Lawry Cut Steak Dinners at Lawry's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills
- 29.04 Bacon Chili Cheese Dogs from Pink's Hot Dogs
- 9.44 Black Forbidden Rice rolls from Yamashiro
- 5.59 Peking Style Roasted Duckling meals from the Encounter Restaurant at LAX
- 13.77 Umami Burgers
- 7.57 Large Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizzas from Masa of Echo Park
- 10.79 Margherita Pizzas (that's mozzarella, tomato and basil) from Pizzeria Mozza
- 35.53 Sharp Chedder Grilled Cheese Sandwiches from The Grilled Cheese Truck
- 25.12 orders of Kogi Sliders from The Kogi Truck
- 13.87 Cali California Omelettes from Fred 62's
- 15.16 Breakfast Burritos from Cafe 101
- 30.26 Dozens of Specialty Cookies from Porto's Bakery in Burbank

That, my friends, is certainly a lot of beers over at Smog Cutter. (Not including the tips, of course.) So, in the end, what does all of this information tell us? Not a whole lot, other than families would be wise to spend their money on, well, not a bunch of the same item. Because that's ridiculous and surely cannot be good for one's health.

The more you know!

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About the Author

Rick Paulas has written plenty of things, some of them serious, many of them not, scattered over the vast expanses of the Internet. He lives in Los Angeles and is a White Sox fan.
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