Gourmet to-go restaurants are the answer for smaller budgets and refined taste buds. While fine dining restaurants have seen a notable decline in business, upscale fast food joints--like Rubio’s and Chipotle--haven’t been affected nearly as much. People still want to go out, and they still want to enjoy tasty food, they just don’t want to pay fine dining prices.
Gourmet to-go is all about great food at lower prices. If you want an easy meal that doesn’t make you feel gross, you can pick up a gourmet dinner on the way home.
Restaurants in New York and San Francisco were the first on the bandwagon, and now other cities are seeing more of this trend. Waters Fine Catering in San Diego and Gourmet to Go Vegetarian in Philadelphia are just two recent examples of the future of fine dining.