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Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

In his weekly chat, Todd Kliman offers some strategies for allocating dining dollars. "In general, it pays to operate at the extremes. To save your hard-earned coin by eating out, primarily, at the kinds of [cheaper] places I'm talking about and then, with the savings, spending it on the really fine meals at restaurants that are rewarding — restaurants where consistency is seldom an issue. What you want to be careful about, if you're a food lover without means, is too many mediocre $120-$140 meals." [Washingtonian]