Josh Lurie put together a good piece on his FoodGPS blog on why food sites should do away with “Cheap Eats posts.
There’s nothing wrong with people making good food at a fair price. Maybe she charges $7 for a kha soi because that’s what she thinks her customer base is willing to pay. Maybe there’s a lot of people who could never try kha soi if they had to pay $16 plus tax and tip for it. This kind of performative, woke self-flagellation in the foodie press got pretty tiresome years ago.
Seems fairly clueless. Lots of people will read “Cheap Eats” in a headline as “good food you can afford.” “High value” could be at any price point. How does that guy make his living?
As far as I’m concerned, people who slang cheap eats are doing it because their target market is unable to pay more. The proprietors themselves are choosing the low price/high volume route because they believe it is their best chance for success. Mentioning them on a cheap eats list just helps them achieve the volume necessary to be profitable.
Every thing 2 bucks and under. Satisfying, tastes good . Your hustling. Capitalism at it finest . Grab a little piece of the pie. It’s a good thing.