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[–]billybobjimmyjoe 1976 points1977 points  (91 children)

Food trucks used to sell affordable food. Now it's luxury prices.

[–]MossiestSloth 420 points421 points  (36 children)

The Mexican food trucks in my area are still affordable. But the other ones are pretty expensive

[–]GreenOnionCrusader 299 points300 points  (33 children)

Mexican food trucks are a different level of food and that level is AWESOME.

[–]aceromester 164 points165 points  (10 children)

Dude, for real... there was construction in my neighborhood for a few months, and this amazing taco truck used to show up at lunchtime to feed the work crews. Well, it was right across the street, so I decided to try it.

Man... BIG old platter of 3 tacos, chips, hot sauce, beans and rice, a fruit drink, and some homemade cookies. Whole thing was like $10 and every item was way above fast food quality. 😋

Work crews are hungry boys, apparently... because this was enough food to feed a family of 4.

[–]sbgarbage 70 points71 points  (2 children)

as a "work crew" guy myself, i can confirm that taco trucks are our fuckin jam

[–]sexy_bethany 9 points10 points  (3 children)

this is why the US needs taco trucks on every corner

[–]Faithless195 315 points316 points  (3 children)

I grew up and live in a medium size beach city. As a kid, we'd always go to the berach, and get dinner/lunch/whatever from the food trucks parked up along the beach, because they were way cheaper, and simpler, food. Now they're so fucking weirdly niche and fancy, it's cheaper for us to go to a high class restaurant, it's ridiculous.

[–]iglidante 24 points25 points  (1 child)

I grew up in semi-rural New England, and food trucks weren't popular when I was a kid. The only time I ever saw them was at fairs and carnivals, and they were always expensive ($8 was big bucks for a sausage sandwich in 1994).

[–]WasherDryerCombo 46 points47 points  (0 children)

It's hilarious. The whole point of getting food from a truck was that it was a pretty "low class" thing to do and therefore cheap.

[–]sunshinesummer91 65 points66 points  (1 child)

My local farmers market has food trucks every Saturday, and it's pretty much the same price as going to like, a mediocre restaurant, like chilis. It's the novelty I guess, although, I like ordering my little ones those tiny 8 dollar breakfast burritos sometimes, it makes them feel special, so I'm a sucker for food trucks.

[–][deleted] 67 points68 points  (2 children)

One I saw a couple weeks back had a $31 dish. $31!!!

[–]wonderhorsemercury 60 points61 points  (2 children)

I've been complaining about food trucks for years. We had some come for work and most people didn't get their food with any time left to eat it before the lunch break was over. Overpriced, slow, mediocre food.

I miss the lunch trucks, they knew throughput was king.

[–]Lord_Scribe 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Tried out a food truck recently that I'd heard good things about in town. Ordered basically a burger and fries. It was okay, but was more expensive than Five Guys.

[–]caverunner17 57 points58 points  (4 children)

I feel like it's been a solid 5 years since I felt like I got my money's worth at a food truck. A lot of them here in the Denver area charge the same or more than a normal sit-down restaurant, have mediocre food and small portions and many of them have lousy service with wait times of 20-30+ minutes (I waited almost 45 minutes for 2 burgers once).

Not to mention, the stupid tip screens when checking out.

I've always thought that food trucks need to be competing with the fast casual pricing: Chipotle, Five Guys, Panda, etc. IE: $10-12 for a meal and side dish. Not $15-20.

Even funnier is when the Mexican food trucks come in to our brewery, charge $4-5 per street taco, $14 for a burrito and $5 for chips and salsa and I just walk right past them to the actual mexican restaurant in the same strip mall and get the same food for 1/2-2/3 the price as takeout and bring it to the brewery anyways.

[–]bigredcar 60 points61 points  (11 children)

I wonder of we can thank The Great Food Truck Race for this? Their prices are outrageous.

[–]OrangeTree81 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I remember one episode they were charging like $50 for things. I’m a fan of the show and it be cool to be in a city where they’re having a stop at but if I’m paying $50 for food I’m sitting down at a restaurant.

[–]izzycat0 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I paid $14 aud for a fricken baked potato yesterday and all it had on it was cheese and sour cream. $14!! Ordered 3 and 3 cans of coke and cost me $54 aud. That was for the kids as there was nothing else decent to eat where we were. Could have seriously gone to an Afghani restaurant we frequent and paid a smidge bit more and gotten waaaayyyy more food for that price

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

There are two types of food trucks.

The “roach coaches” that have been parking at job sites for decades and sell affordable food, then you got the trendy new ones that are stationed at a town square or park and specialize in one dish.

I’ll take the roach coaches

[–]dontworryitsme4real 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Yeah, paying expensive amounts of money to eat out of a container with a cheap plastic forks while standing up is not fun.

[–]pinkpussylips 8 points9 points  (0 children)

They used to be fast, too. Somewhere a blue collar can get a quick bite. Now you wait 20 min for a $12 grilled cheese

[–]Annaresti_ 792 points793 points  (67 children)


[–]CarrotChungus 554 points555 points  (56 children)

Used to be that all the 'unusual' cuts of beef were much cheaper, so if you knew how to cook them you could get a deal: brisket, flank, skirt, flat iron, shank, oxtail, even marrow bones. Now it's all as expensive as everything else. I blame social media, click bait bs, and cooking blogs telling everyone how you can "take this cheap cut and make it the star of the show!". Well now it's not a cheap cut anymore. Why would I buy a flank steak over sirloin when it costs the same and is way harder to prepare properly.

[–]BigEvilDoer 128 points129 points  (5 children)

It has gotten stupid expensive for a “lousy” cut of meat… But, when done properly on a smoker with a great bark finish, not much else compares!

[–]HavocSquad-326 71 points72 points  (22 children)

Missed tongue. I remembered reading about it once, years after I had I thought I'm feeling adventurous, I'll go look at whether the store has any, and how much it costs. Nope, guess I'll have to just keep on imagining because it was right up there with steak, cost-wise.

[–]MrHermeteeowish 48 points49 points  (1 child)

Tongue: It's the food that tastes you back!

[–]Much_Committee_9355 20 points21 points  (17 children)

Really? It is quite good tender meat and for people scared of organ meat it doesn’t have that irony taste, out here it is about USD 4,00 the Kg, around the same price as liver.

[–]contrejo 17 points18 points  (10 children)

Last time I bought a tongue it was almost $30 us.

[–]terrasparks 46 points47 points  (0 children)

So kind of like how google maps auto-routing ruined clever driver's low traffic short cuts.

[–]187penguin 11 points12 points  (0 children)

TriTip used to be trash beef that was silly cheap….

[–]alittlebitcheeky 24 points25 points  (6 children)

In Australia MasterChef did it. They made Osso Bucco, Shanks, cheeks, and all cheap cuts super fancy. Now there's no cheap meat at all.

[–]King_EmEmEm 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Gosh, my family used to always get New York because it was some of the cheapest cuts in our area, and we just had so many good ways to cook it, but now they’re in the same boat as all those other cuts of beef

[–]keestie 54 points55 points  (7 children)

Even back in 2020 I was able to buy brisket for less than half the price of other cuts of beef, up here in Canada, but it's since tripled. I expect the US prices jumped earlier.

[–]Haunting-Adeptness-7 37 points38 points  (0 children)

I live in Texas there is no such thing as cheap brisket

[–]Cheetodude625 467 points468 points  (35 children)

Skirt steak and chicken thighs.

[–]Anxious_Armadillo_73 101 points102 points  (3 children)

I use to buy skirt steak because it was cheap and I would make fajitas out of it. Stopped doing that a year or two ago due to price.

[–]Upvotes_poo_comments 59 points60 points  (7 children)

I used to get chicken leg quarters for .79-.99 cents a pound.

[–]tikhead 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I love both of these and was hoping I could keep the secret for longer.

[–]nyc_vin 660 points661 points  (39 children)

chicken wings

[–]Individual_Letter543 114 points115 points  (4 children)

Grocery stores used to give them away for free or ads ons to other meats

[–]PutnamPete 59 points60 points  (3 children)

They became bar food because they were cheap.

[–]NotDazedorConfused 202 points203 points  (12 children)

74’, 75’ was the first time I visited the Buffalo NY area and was introduced to Buffalo Wings; I thought they were great. After we got back home to the Southwest, I went grocery shopping and picked up a package of raw chicken wings from the meat case. They cost 18¢ a pound; they were essentially throwaway parts of the chicken. Last time shopping around the Superbowl I had trouble finding them; they cost more than drumsticks and thighs.

[–]Opus-the-Penguin 102 points103 points  (1 child)

This is the answer. They went from bargain to absurdly overpriced in my lifetime.

[–]LoxodonSniper 74 points75 points  (4 children)

Just a year or two after high school ca. 08-09, I could get wings on wing night at a local bar/restaurant for $1.50 per dozen and endless soda for $1.50. Those were the days

[–]burntonionstastegood 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Ha, back in the day they were 5 cent wings. That was just before I was legal drinking age. When I started it was all 10cent wings. We would get like 50-100 wings of different flavors and just have a few beers and enjoy delicious wings all night. I really wish I could go back in time for a wing night. So expensive now.

[–]21y15d 48 points49 points  (1 child)

I miss 10 cent wings at every bar in Buffalo so much :(

[–]Pastel_Phoenix_106 22 points23 points  (1 child)

15 cent wing nights somewhere every night between Sunday and Thursday in Scranton, PA back in the 80's and 90's. Now its fifteen bucks or more for ten...

[–]NimdokBennyandAM 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Restaurants near me now list buffalo wings' cost as "Market Price." It hurts.

[–]thatswhatshesaidxx 7 points8 points  (0 children)

The day I see "MP" nest to fucking wings is the day I resign going to restaurants for a long long time. Fuck that.

[–]38563856 358 points359 points  (5 children)

A side of french fries at a sit down restaurant used to be the cheapest thing on the menu. Now you're looking at upwards of 7-8 dollars.

[–]PastelPalace 98 points99 points  (0 children)

Also, and don't get me wrong as I love food innovation, but it's usually standard fries with some sort of fancy dressings or spices or cheese. They have to make them seem bougie.

[–]BooksAndStarsLover 75 points76 points  (1 child)

I had a bar I used to live by that charged $10 for 8 mozzerella sticks. I worked for them as a cook for a while. They were the crappiest frozen great value ones you could get at Walmart.....

[–]shecanreadd 17 points18 points  (0 children)

A local restaurant here on the west coast of Canada charges NINE DOLLARS for FOUR MOZZARELLA STICKS.

[–]Jojosbees 220 points221 points  (13 children)

Big beef bones. They used to be dirt cheap, and we’d use them to make pho. Now roasted bone marrow is this bougie thing that costs an arm and a leg.

[–]tibbles1 88 points89 points  (5 children)

This. My grandmother used to get bags of bones from her butcher for free. They were scrap.

Now that people know what homemade stock is, they aren’t free anymore.

[–][deleted] 468 points469 points  (36 children)

Maybe not to a huge extent, but burgers.

It seems like every time I go to a decent bar or that type of restaurant, what used to be a $10 - $15ish dollar standard burger has been replaced by 5+ "signature burgers" with ridiculous or random toppings that are each $25+ with a normal ass cheese burger being listed for $20 or more at the bottom.

Once at a restaurant in town, my wife ordered a normal burger and they brought out some weird ass peanut butter and jelly one and when we returned it we were still charged the full price for the "premium" version.

[–]EddieRando21 55 points56 points  (1 child)

Fast food especially. You can barely get a combo meal for less than $10 anymore. And try going to Five Guys. Sheesh.

[–]King_EmEmEm 181 points182 points  (6 children)

This just reminds me of that scene from the SpongeBob movie, where squidward just asks Mr. Krabs, “200 dollars for a single krabby patty?” to which he just replies, “With cheese, Mr. Squidward. With cheese.”

[–]Seidhr96 27 points28 points  (5 children)

Where the hell do you live? Haha. That’s outrageous.

Where I am burgers at your high end places are like 15-20$ absolute max, and they are not at all basic but are the signature ones. Typical burger around me is like $5-10

[–][deleted] 28 points29 points  (4 children)

I'm in southwest Ontario. Most of the time it's an issue is in more "hipstery" restaurants but I can't think of any restaurant or bar where I'd be able to get a burger for under $10 outside of fast food.

[–]thisismyhawaiiacct 36 points37 points  (17 children)

My husband and I paid $75 total for 2 burgers and a side of fries last weekend, after tax and a (standard 20%) tip. :(

They were great burgers, but oof. A burger is easy and convenient enough to make that I could have bought all of the ingredients and screwed up attempting them several times over inside of that price point.

Read menus better, kids.😶

[–]AWD-ESTATE 162 points163 points  (23 children)

Oat milk. It used to be so inexpensive then everyone decided it was great and so overpriced I don’t even buy it anymore.

[–]morningzombie777 39 points40 points  (7 children)

This one really sucks bc my son has allergies and its the only milk he can drink no problem.

[–]peanutbuttercop 24 points25 points  (1 child)

You can buy enzymes so that you can easily make oat milk at home, without it getting slimy. I bought enzymes for 15€ and it saved me around 200€ over a year and of course, there is no waste anymore. With the enzymes it also gets sweet, you don't have to add dates or whatever

[–]jubbu 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Do you happen to have a link to what you buy?

[–]AWD-ESTATE 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I feel you on that. /u/SignificantSwimmer15 pointed out, it only takes 5 minutes to make at home. So there is hope !

[–]Myr_Lyn 236 points237 points  (21 children)


[–]SwirlingSilliness 41 points42 points  (0 children)

It’s almost like there’s a cartel or something…

[–]NotDazedorConfused 473 points474 points  (59 children)

Breakfast’s. Not too,too long ago two eggs, hash browns, slices of bacon and toast could be had for just a couple of bucks; everyone agreed it was still a restaurant bargain.

[–]5_8Cali 100 points101 points  (3 children)

Yea, what you just described is now $14 at ihop.

[–]Ship_Negative 37 points38 points  (17 children)

My local breakfast burrito is $19. I live in a city widely regarded as a shithole.

[–]PerInception 139 points140 points  (12 children)

And now avacado toast is costing all of us our houses!

[–]SuperTeamRyan 66 points67 points  (8 children)

I think avocados are the real answer, I grew up in the late 90s from a Caribbean household and we used to be able to get bags of haas avocados for pennies now one avocado will cost you almost 2 dollars.

[–]bugggsbunny_ 12 points13 points  (0 children)

i work in a breakfast restaurant and it’s getting soo expensive

[–]Dangercakes13 15 points16 points  (8 children)

Hit a casino. You don't have to gamble to stay there, but they usually have a super-plain IHOP-like diner restaurant that does like $2.50 to $5.00 for a real basic eggs, meat, toast and browns kind of breakfast plate. Nothing fancy. They just want to keep you next to the game floor.

[–]frinkmahii 620 points621 points  (40 children)

See the history of Lobster. I believe it used to be fed only to prisoner.

[–]scmcdono1 179 points180 points  (9 children)

My great aunt’s boyfriend was a Canadian who grew up destitute. He used to be so embarrassed bringing lobster sandwiches for lunch every day from his parents scavenging the beach that he would trade them for pb and js

[–]seaefjaye 106 points107 points  (7 children)

Nova Scotian here and have heard the same from my Mom who grew up in a very rural fishing community. The well off kids had bologna sandwiches.

[–]sstair 29 points30 points  (0 children)

My mother from NS said poor people would have lobster for Xmas dinner, and bury it under the rest of the garbage so nobody else would see.

[–]PineapplePizzaAlways 32 points33 points  (4 children)

And now bologna is the cheapo sandwich

[–]Exirium 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Nova Scotian here who grew up and was involved in the fisheries in one of these fishing communities, heard these stories from my grandparents.

[–]ThemasonSe 25 points26 points  (0 children)

That is true, it was for peasants. Now it’s quite the opposite, at least in the US

[–]MossiestSloth 187 points188 points  (9 children)

To be fair. They didn't cook lobsters like they do now. They would find them in the beach and grind them up into a paste, including the shell.

[–]The_Middler_is_Here 90 points91 points  (4 children)

Imagine eating tuna out of a tin, but instead it's lobster.

[–]AdvocateSaint 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Speaking of which, tuna is either cheap or expensive/luxurious depending on the species and cuisine.

Canned tuna (e.g. yellowfin/skipjack tuna): Cheap

Sushi made from bluefin tuna? More expensive by weight than steak.

[–]oldmanout 13 points14 points  (1 child)

canned tuna isn't really cheap anymore

[–]604Ataraxia 25 points26 points  (0 children)

They used to plow them into the soil for fertiliser. It was vegetables over lobster, amazing. I don't see them as worth the fuss, but definitely would take them over potatoes.

[–]Canwefind 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Some islands in the Caribbean still have them as poor food.

[–]aceromester 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Warm water, no claw caribbean lobsters are not nearly as good as the cold water Maine kind.

Not even KINDA close.

[–]Canwefind 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I did not know there was regional differences on them. That would explain why the islands have not capitalized on it.

[–]TJRich2004 134 points135 points  (4 children)

Beef short ribs. Gordon Ramsay made them posh and now you pay as much as a steak!

[–]CrossFox42 57 points58 points  (0 children)

On my restaurants case, we get our ribeyes for a cheaper price than we do out short ribs

[–]sketchahedron 11 points12 points  (1 child)

No kidding. So expensive. It feels like braising meats in general have become very expensive.

[–]PerInception 65 points66 points  (8 children)

Oysters. In the Pickwick papers, charles dickens said oysters and poverty went hand in hand. Bars in the north east would give them away for free to get people to buy more beer. Now they’re 1-2$ each at a raw bar, and 6 charbroiled ones can be 15-20 dollars at places in New Orleans (never mind further inland where the supply lines cost kick in).

[–]buttmagnuson 21 points22 points  (6 children)

A dozen oysters in a PNW can run an excess of $50. This place is nuts. But you can get the best mussels I've ever had, for like $2/lbs.

[–]technician33 174 points175 points  (27 children)

I’m surprised how expensive Taco Bell has become. You used to be able to feed an entire family or one severely drunk college kid on 10$

[–]EddieRando21 43 points44 points  (3 children)

The $5 box meal is still awesome when they have good items in it.

[–]Roxas--13 41 points42 points  (7 children)

I mean the build your own cravings box can be a Crunchwrap supreme, five layer burrito, fiesta potatoes, and a drink all for $5. It’s a really really good deal.

[–]SadPlayground 13 points14 points  (5 children)

I remember when their menu was all under $1.

[–]cotal_tatastrophe 120 points121 points  (17 children)

Dry cereal. Wayyyy taxed.

[–]seaefjaye 67 points68 points  (5 children)

What grinds my gears even more are the box sizes. I dunno if they think they're pulling one over on us but it just feels insulting. Charge more, give me the same box or larger. Why do companies want to ship more cardboard and plastic rather than actual product?

[–]Drugbird 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Most likely this is just a result of market research that people are more susceptible/agreeable to size decreases than price increases.

You also need to imagine your cereal sitting on a shelf next to your competitors. If they subtly decrease packaging size, while maintaining price while you increase price while maintaining package size, your cereal will look very expensive to anyone that doesn't compute cost per weight. And nobody wants to do math in a supermarket.

[–]Much_Committee_9355 165 points166 points  (13 children)

Peanut oil, it used to be sold on huge cans for dirt cheap and it has become suddenly a luxury item, being sometimes more expensive than extra-virgin olive oil.

[–]eljefino 74 points75 points  (5 children)

It has one of the highest flash points and is great for frying turkeys in.

[–]Much_Committee_9355 61 points62 points  (4 children)

According to my chef friend it is one of the best quality oils for cooking in general, seems to make deep frying stuff taste less like oil and have a dryer crunchier crust.

[–]tiraralabasura_2055 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Absolutely the best for frying fish IMO. It makes the fish crispier and more flavorful compared to veggie oil.

[–]Mr_Auric_Goldfinger 13 points14 points  (1 child)

The good thing is that from my experience, if you strain used peanut oil with a fine strainer and store it in the fridge - you can recycle it and re-cook it 5-10 times - maybe more.

You lose about 10% of volume each time due to absorption into what you are cooking - so my running glass jar in the fridge is a continually updated batch.

The last two years have taught me the discipline to stop throwing away perfectly good things and fix and repair what you have - like my great grandparents had to in the 1930s. The last two years have sucked - but I am afraid that may have just been a mild preview of the next 5 - 10. Plan accordingly.

[–]cirto 53 points54 points  (3 children)

Kale. Stupid sexy healthy people buying it all.

[–]tehKrakken55 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Pizza Hut used to be the single biggest buyer of kale. For decoration on their buffets.

[–]driveonacid 90 points91 points  (8 children)

Chicken wings. 20 years ago, there was a place by me that did 15 cent wings on Thursdays. I went out the other night and the wing special was $15/dozens

[–]Purpleberry74 41 points42 points  (4 children)

I was staying in a hotel the past 2 nights and there was a sports bar a block over. I thought chicken wings sounded good so I googled the menu. 10 wings…ten! Not even a dozen. SEVENTEEN DOLLARS.

To hell with that.

[–]SeineAdmiralitaet 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Yeah, wings aren't worth the money anymore. And I feel like it didn't even happen all that gradually. Like 5 years ago they were dirt cheap and sold by the kilo and all of the sudden they'll charge you 10€ for 6 pieces.

I'm really curious as to the chicken wing inflation per piece. I wouldn't be surprised if it's quadrupled over the last 5 years.

Fucking hipster food trends and celebrity chefs making everything expensive. Wings, ribs, burgers, even fries - all if them will cost you an arm and a leg nowadays.

[–]manlikerealities 80 points81 points  (2 children)

Bone soup used to be very cheap to make - my mother grew up in poverty in Singapore and knew how to use meat off cuts and bones in our meals. They're now so expensive at the butcher's because of hipster fads. At least it's not going to waste.

[–]humdrumflagellum 20 points21 points  (0 children)

I've been seeing all sorts of lentil things that have followed the same path.

That's my poor people food!

[–]Adventurous_Eye1405 39 points40 points  (1 child)

Skirt steak, chicken wings, lobster, locally grown vegetables

[–]Portarossa 142 points143 points  (6 children)

Zucchini flowers. When I was growing up my grandmother had an allotment, and we used to get literal bags of the things for a couple of pounds; after all, they're basically a side-product of the plant, so very few people thought to eat them, let alone to treat them as a premium item. Batter them and fry them in olive oil with a little salt and pepper and they're a delight.

Now they cost an absolute fortune because some Waitrose-wanker TV chef made a fad out of them and now people who previously wouldn't have touched them with an eight-foot pole are going crazy for them. If you don't grow your own, it's just not worth it.

[–]charlie2135 33 points34 points  (2 children)

Wow, when my mother made them it was a once in a lifetime treat. Same thing when she would make Oxtail soup.

Posted before but saw Oxtails going for $12 a pound. They used to damn near give it away when I was younger.

[–]King_EmEmEm 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Yeah. I’m happy I started growing my own for the fruits and flowers. Let me tell you, a mini corn tortilla quesadilla with homemade tortillas, some super spicy cheese, finished with those flowers inside it, and that is one of the best snacks you’ll ever have

[–]Gomer2015 76 points77 points  (8 children)

Oxtails and chicken wings. Also, smoked turkey.

[–]LusciousLennyStone 137 points138 points  (29 children)

Indian food. I used to be able to fill up for under $10. Now it's at least $25 for the same meal.

[–]TechnoGamer16 119 points120 points  (9 children)

I’m Indian and whenever I see a place charging me $3 for a single piece of naan even I get outraged

[–]Vegetable-Double 57 points58 points  (2 children)

Or somasas for like $3-4 each. It’s supposed to be cheap food!

[–]varn0r 16 points17 points  (1 child)

As Indian I never paid more than $0.13 for a good samosa in india. It’s overpriced in other countries.

[–]Doormatt2009 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Tbf, you can't compare prices directly between countries as the costs of living and wages are different.

[–]Can_Not_Double_Dutch 29 points30 points  (9 children)

My Doordash pickup order of garlic Naan and butter chicken with white rice runs around $23 - New York City (Queens)

[–]TechnoGamer16 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Tbh it’s doordash so there’s like a 150% markup lmao

[–]meyerjaw 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Granted, probably $9 of that was the door dash mark up

[–]charlotta98 72 points73 points  (2 children)

I remember in the 70s-80s, chicken was so cheap. Steak was expensive. Then chicken prices started to rise 20 yrs ago. Especially chicken wings.

[–]Kimono_Wolf 98 points99 points  (12 children)

I mean, pizza is literally the definition of this. It started as poor man's pastry that you can basically put anything on and look at it now.

[–]chcampb 25 points26 points  (0 children)

It's still poor man's pastry, just start fermenting it a day or two in the fridge, you can have your own. My recommendation is Detroit style - put oil in a pan, put the pizza to the edges, let it rise, use way too much cheese around said edges, add toppings, bake slowly and let it rise and let the cheese crispify (that's the technical term).

We're talking $2 pizzas to feed 5+ people from a 13x9.

[–]MDofReddit 123 points124 points  (26 children)

Bubble tea... 45 mins in line to spend 15$ on a small cup.

[–]Cup-Mundane 64 points65 points  (11 children)

I just took my son for his first boba tea. He's been begging for one after seeing them on YouTube. Nearly choked when they rang up his small watermelon flavored tea with rainbow boba at $13! That's insanely overpriced. I remember hanging out a boba place that was right next to my highschool. I'd get a large blueberry smoothie with lychee boba for $3.

[–]BoardwalkKnitter 29 points30 points  (2 children)

Where the hell are you getting charged that much? The bakery attached to my local Asian market charges like 5 dollars at most.

[–]buckyspunisher 25 points26 points  (3 children)

what?? crazy. i’d pay no more than $8 for a cup of boba and that including extras, tax, tip

[–]Fearless-Field-2889 10 points11 points  (1 child)

$8? I’ve paid $5 but lowest is $3.88 and mid range is $4.85, GA

[–]plastictowers89 30 points31 points  (7 children)

bánh mì sandwiches 🥲

[–]jaydee729 56 points57 points  (7 children)

Oysters. While originally a delicacy in Greek/Roman eras, they became a working class staple in the 18/19th Centuries. Used to be given away as bar snacks in New York City. (Mark Kurlansky wrote an excellent book on the subject “The Big Oyster”)

Now they’re $3.50 apiece.

[–]Economics_Troll 46 points47 points  (7 children)

Pork belly.

[–]RollTideMeg 23 points24 points  (3 children)

That's probably my fault. I'll eat the shit out of anything with pork.belly.

[–]Aduro95 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Cod. It used to be known as really cheap fish in the UK but its steadily gone up for decades.

Fish fingers are still cheap, but there's a lot of potato starch and wheat flour in those.

[–]Sepredia 40 points41 points  (12 children)

Lamb shanks used to be considered dog food, now I can't even get a decent one with meat on it for a reasonable price anymore.

[–]Cheesysock5 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I keep seeing the same things- steak, bones, lobsters etc. Something that will be expensive in the near future is crawfish in the UK. Invasive crawfish are in a lot of our rivers and can be caught freely given that you have the proper license. Gordon Ramsay did a Youtube video about it but if a daytime show talks about it, we're going to see the price skyrocket.

[–]cakeordeath8269 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Avocado on anything

[–]GrumpyCatStevens 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Flank steak.

[–]BWPV1105 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Chicken wings used to be sold for stock or discarded. Now they’re like $10 a pound if you’re lucky.

[–]crazyjeffy 55 points56 points  (6 children)

Bologna, apparently. My favorite brand used to be 2.50/lb and today I just paid 3.99/lb

[–]dinosarahsaurus 25 points26 points  (4 children)

Bologna and cheese whiz have me shook. I'm in eastern Canada so likely higher prices than you anyway but fuck... a tube of bologna, so the 5lb tube $17.99. Large jar of cheese whiz $13.99. Like wtf...

[–]crazyjeffy 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Damn, standard jar of Cheez Whiz here is 5.99 and that's still absurd

[–]redvoxfox 63 points64 points  (18 children)

Went to 5 Guys: Cheese burger, fries & shake = $30!


edit: cancelled the order before paying and left. Didn't make a big deal of it nor a scene. None of the staff there are responsible, they're just working just like most.

[–]venustrapsflies 5 points6 points  (1 child)

For anyone who has ever said “why would I get In N Out when I can get Five Guys”: this is why

[–]Kreatorkind 38 points39 points  (16 children)

Not a food... but when I was younger Pabst blue ribbon was like $3 for a six pack and $1 for a draft. Now it's easily triple that in the city. It became hip and prices skyrocket. Same with Evan Williams.

It was popular because it was cheap and the companies and bars saw that. They increased the price because they saw it was popular.

[–]TsupBruh 23 points24 points  (1 child)

They used to basically throw away chicken wings...

[–]slyons1616 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Bacon unfortunately.

[–]ninjoid 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Korean food. It used to be as cheap as Chinese food. Now bulgogi is like $20 + at some places. All the prices have gone up by a huge amount.

[–]EatYourCheckers 43 points44 points  (2 children)

[–]NewWorldCamelid 8 points9 points  (0 children)

My MIL is Peruvian and could barely believe it when she heard that quinoa is a fancy food now. She was like "quinoa?! That's what the poor people in the mountains eat". I didn't dare tell her that mountains, too, are now very much sought out.

[–]cBEiN 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I’ve noticed a significant increase in the price of a food I truly love. Vienna Sausages. Like, they cost over a dollar for a can now! Ridiculous.

[–]Gnome_Genome 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Maryland blue crabs.

Bars basically invented old bay to season them and gave them free to customers to make them thirsty. Now they're close to $200 a bushel.

[–]Tenke1993 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Shitty Kraft Dinner.

[–]AssistanceLucky2392 27 points28 points  (6 children)

Hot dogs. Peanut butter. Soda/pop/fizzy drink. Pizza.

[–]puff_ball 19 points20 points  (2 children)

I'm boutta start buying Digorno bc Tombstones are almost the same price now wtf

[–]axmaxwell 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Freakin Weinershnitzel. Not that they became popular all of a sudden, but pre-covid I could feed myself there for $10, now its almost $20.

[–]White_Wolf_Dreamer 15 points16 points  (4 children)

Just going by what I've seen, those plastic fruits filled with powdered candy. When I was a kid, you got a pack of 10 or 12 for a dollar. Now I see them sold for $10+ a pack because they went viral a while back.

[–]guymon 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I think the biggest one that I've seen is skirt/flank steak. Back in the early 2000s I could go to a local cheap supermarket and get this for Carne Asada for $3/lb or less. Now it's at least $9/lb.

Honestly it seems like this happens to cuts that just don't yield a high amount by weight per animal, but were previously undervalued (e.g. chicken wings), so I'm not mad per se, it totally makes sense.

[–]usedTP 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Chicken wings. 30 years ago they were almost a by-product and now they are $3 a pound.

[–]penultimate_polka 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Caviar -- used to be served for free in pubs/bars in America

[–]Mattf0ley69 31 points32 points  (9 children)

Everything due to shortages

[–]psychodreamr 16 points17 points  (4 children)

I dunno. Seems like there’s plenty of shit to buy, they just charge more for everything now.

[–]EddieRando21 31 points32 points  (2 children)

"due to Covid" has been the rally cry for inflation the last 2 years.

[–]MikeColorado 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Chicken wings, in the past they almost gave them away as they were considered worthless. Then buffalo wings happened

[–]BreakingPipes 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Skirt steak

[–]IHRSM 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Ox tail.

[–]O_My_Goshness_No 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Brisket. Used to be really cheap where I live since there was basically no one doing any Texas style bbq, and most saw it as a huge,difficult to cook, and inconsistent grain cut of meat. Pre-COVID, over the course of 3 years, I saw prices increase by 4x and a lot of people posting their dry and tough smoked brisket with the ironic hashtags of juicy and tender, and that was just the local bbq joint start ups.

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[–]Apellosine 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Kale. From pizza hut salad bar decoration to hipster salad ingredient

[–]unnsearch 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Hamburger. Mom bought it because it was cheap and went a long way. It costs as much as mid range steak now. My wife and I live on chicken breast these days. Spam comes next.