Restaurant tabs can vary substantially for Americans depending on where they live
OMAHA, NE (June 24, 2015) – Americans love food; however, the price of a meal in the U.S. can vary by as much as 67 percent depending on the city.
According to consultancy The Strawhecker Group (TSG), Las Vegas, NV ranks first among the most expensive cities for eating out, with ‘foodies’ seeing an average bill of $46. This is 33 percent higher than the 2014 U.S. average of $33 when using data from the country’s 100 largest cities. New York City and Honolulu, HI fall in at number two and three with bills averaging $45 and $44, respectively.
Looking for a more economical meal? Augusta, GA holds the lowest average tab of $23, which is 36 percent lower than the U.S. average. Other lower cost cities include Provo, UT and Chattanooga, TN with average bills of $23 and $24, respectively.
TSG has put together a visual illustrating the Top 10 Most and Least Expensive Cities based on average restaurant tabs.
The data is sourced from TSG’s consumer spending database of three million merchants, which includes credit and debit card data on over 120,000 restaurants.
To obtain a full list of the cost to dine out at the country’s 100 largest cities, please email TSG.
About TSG
The Strawhecker Group (TSG) specializes in providing financial institutions, merchant acquirers, card networks, processing companies, large merchants, and the investment community with advisory services to maximize their growth and profitability. TSG is also a resource for consumer spending data, industry research, benchmark studies, and developing trends. For more information please visit
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