Young and Hungry

Zagat: D.C. Is Full of Good Tippers, Green Eaters

The latest snapshot of D.C.'s dining-out demographic from the newly Google-acquired Zagat Survey tells us the following:

We're good tippers: D.C. diners tip 19.3 percent on average. That's slightly higher than the national average (19.2 percent) and also higher than both New York and San Francisco, though Boston, Philadelphia and New Orleans all tip a tad more.

Our appetites (and wallets) are "greener" than in most places: 63 percent of diners surveyed in the D.C. area are willing to "pay more" for foods that are locally sourced, organic or sustainably raised, according to the survey. That's higher than the national average (57 percent) and even higher than New York (49 percent). Naturally, West Coasters, particularly the folks in Portland (a whopping 76 percent), are even more eco-conscious about their eating habits.

Dinner would cost more in Miami: The average price of a meal in the District is $35.99, but limit the scope to D.C.'s Top 20 Zagat-rated restaurants and that average jumps to $84.31. Of course that's higher than the national average in both categories, but still less than Frisco, the Big Apple, Vegas, Tokyo, London, and Miami.

Photo by Scott Sanchez

  • yup

    1) It's easy for Portland to pay more for locally sourced food - they're prices are cheaper than so many cities already! I could eat like a king if I lived in Portland.

    2) I do hope that shot was staged, because is more than a $2 mess (At least put the sticky jelly thing on the plate).

  • Melissamccart

    Everything is cheaper down here, even in miami if you stay away from hotels.

  • tomaj

    fun with statistics - i'd like to gently suggest that being .1 percent above the national average doesn't lead to a conclusion that can lead off an article. based on the average meal cost ($35.99, from above), tipping 19.3% versus 19.2% is a difference of 3.6 cents. so we tip 3.6 cents more, thus "we're good tippers"? we're just average.

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