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A Great Comparison of Restaurant vs Home Cooking Costs

scallops You are in an unbelievable setting that was used by native Indian tribes hundreds of years ago, with a view that no restaurant in the area can match. Incredibly fresh local ingredients and a professional kitchen are all you need to create amazing, memorable meals

Restaurants are expensive, and sometimes not that great. I frequently am left thinking, "I could have done that better for a fraction of the cost." As a result, when we are at Mystic, we eat most of our meals at home. The ingredients available locally are fantastic, the view is better than any restaurant and the kitchen is a great cooking/gathering place. And we can drink great wine at a reasonable cost. Check out the following price comparison for 6 people.

At a popular local restaurant in Mystic:Total Cost = $465 includes a 20% tip
6 appetizers (Clam chowder, salad, mussels, squash soup, tuna, bruschetta) = $76
6 main courses at avg price of $30/ea = $180
3 desserts at $8/ea = $24
9 glasses of wine @ $12ea = $108

At 26 School House:Total Cost = $315
Appetizers - Artisan Cheese platter, charcuterie selection, oysters on half shell) $75 + 2 bottles Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Wine $30
Main course - 3 Racks of lamb (21 chops) with local shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, roasted red potatoes $85 + 2 bottles Pinot Noir $40
Make it a surf and turf with 3 pre-cooked lobsters from Sea Well, the seafood shop 1 mile from the house, for $40
Dessert - Purchased from bakery $20, and Taylor Floodgate 10 yr Tawny Port $25

Finally, Lets pay somebody to clean up the dishes! We still have paid way less than a restaurant.

So the elephant in the kitchen is "How are you going to cook all that?" Easy! The appetizer is mostly purchased ready to go, and the oysters can be shucked in a few minutes. The rack of lamb is oven roasted until the internal temp is 130 degrees, the potatoes and asparagus roast in the oven on aluminum foil. The shiitake mushroom sauce takes a few minutes, but is easy. With a few instructions, the right utensils, and a thermometer, anybody can pull this off.

Our websites www.26schoolhouse.com and www.Chucksfood.com have instructions already, and we are constantly adding information for cooking a wide variety of spectacular dishes.

Need more information? or help with a specific cooking issue or challenge? Guests can contact us at anytime for help!