The Dishes I Never Order Out Because They're Better at Home

Do you ever order a dish at a restaurant only to discover that you could (and do) make it better at home? There are a few dishes on my list and I've come to the point where I shy away from ordering them. Whether I'm just attached to the way I make them, or they're typically not the star dish at a restaurant, it's just better that I make them myself. Do you feel this way too?

  • Quinoa - Although quinoa seems to be improving at restaurants as its popularity has grown (and grown and grown!), I still prefer the way I make it at home - served with a simple citrus vinaigrette, heirloom tomatoes, black beans, and scallions.
  • Hummus - This might not hit a mark with everyone (I am an admitted hummus snob), but I prefer hummus with less tahini and more garlic than most restaurants serve it. It couldn't be easier to make at home, and inexpensive, too!
  • Split Pea Soup - Having grown up on the stuff, I've never found a better version outside of my grandmother's slow cooked split pea soup, with buttered homemade croutons.
  • Guacamole - Ok, not ALL the time, but sometimes guac at restaurants is made far in advance of when it's actually served, which ends up as a flavorless green paste by the time it arrives on your plate. I much prefer the chunky version with tons of lemon juice I regularly make at home.
  • Chili - With so many varieties of chili, I've narrowed them down to a few stellar recipes I make again and again at home. And there's just something about warming up a steaming bowl of chili on a cool day that translates better to eating at home in sweatpants.
  • Oatmeal - While there are some fantastic oatmeals on restaurant menus — from oatmeal brûlée to bowls topped with mounds of fresh berries — nothing beats simple steel cut oats for an everyday breakfast. Sometimes simple things are best, am I right?

Which dishes do you prefer to make and eat at home?

(Image credits: Emma Christensen)