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Homemade is Money Saved: Restaurant Fare

Why spend money on a meal out, when you can make your favorite dishes at home for a fraction of the price?

These homemade versions taste just like, if not better, than items you would order at your favorite restaurant. But don't take our word for it--check out the rave reviews from Allrecipes Community Members!

Jo's Rosemary Bread

Submitted By: Jo Lager

Rave Review: "This bread is just like the bread they serve at Macaroni Grill! It's awesome and I have made it several times!"


Bill's Blue Cheese Dressing

Submitted By: William

Rave Review: "This is the best blue cheese dressing. It tastes like the dressing at Ruth's Chris Steak House!"


Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce

Submitted By: Sean

Rave Review: "Oh boy! This was terrif! I baked it using the directions from the reviewer above, but next time I'm doubling the recipe, we fought over the small servings, ha-ha. Better than a restaurant. Thanks!"

--Robyn Cotter

Tom Ka Gai (Coconut Chicken Soup)

Submitted By: MARBALET

Rave Review: "This tastes exactly like the soup we loved at our favorite Thai restaurant. This soup is going into my regular meal rotation. We sent a bowl to our neighbor, and he called back 15 minutes later proclaiming it was the best chicken soup he had ever tasted. If you like Thai food, you should try this soup!"


Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana

Submitted By: souporsweets

Rave Review: "Taste just like the soup at Olive Garden--maybe better."

--Rich Greer

Grilled Garlic Artichokes

Submitted By: rosiella

Rave Review: "Love these! Like others I have had the Cheesecake Factory grilled artichokes and wanted to replicate that recipe so I added some balsamic vinegar to the marinade. I also steamed them instead of boiling to retain more nutrient value. Yum!"


Super Caramel Apple Pork Chops

Submitted By: Pork Board

Rave Review: "My hubby took one bite and said "This is better than Cracker Barrel!" It was really easy, too. I overestimated how long it would take and totally overcooked the apples. But it was still good. I only cooked two (big) chops and we also ate all the apples. It felt like fall! My only problem was when I removed the apples with my slotted spoon, there was hardly no sauce left to cook down. I drizzled it over my soft apples and never mentioned it to hubby!"


White Cheese Chicken Lasagna

Submitted By: Lisa Humpf

Rave Review: "I had leftover chicken so I decided to try this recipe. I followed it as written. When I took it out of the oven, I commented that "It looked like it was from a restaurant." My grown children must have smelled it outside because they happened to drop by just as it finished baking (45 minutes). They said that the finished product "looked like something from the Olive Garden." After tasting it, they said that it "tasted like something from Olive Garden." Almost everyone had seconds. I'm just glad that there is enough left for my lunch today. This recipe is definitely a keeper."


Blackened Chicken

Submitted By: Karena

Rave Review: "I love blackened chicken and this was my first attempt. So easy and so good! The only thing I did different was I added extra cayenne pepper and also one quarter of a teaspoon of garlic. I used my cheap cookware and not a cast iron skillet and it turned out fine. The chicken was very moist and tender, and I served it over salad. My husband loved it! I will not be spending money at restaurants anymore for blackened chicken."


Penne with Chicken and Pesto

Submitted By: MARYSTEVE

Rave Review: "Excellent! My husband says it is like his fave dish at Macaroni Grill. I used "Easy Pesto" recipe from this site, half and half instead of heavy cream, and added sundried tomatoes and pine nuts. Yummy!"


Shrimp and Mushroom Linguini with Creamy Cheese Herb Sauce

Submitted By: Karyn

Rave Review: "My girlfriend and I just made this for dinner right now and it was exquisite, definitely like a $15 meal at a restaurant...take some of the hints and add a little milk. We like mushrooms so we put twelve ounces of the crimini mushrooms in...definitely use cream cheese with chives. Next time I think we will add some chicken and green onions too! So delicious!"

--Aaron Treptow

Garlic Chicken Fried Chicken

Submitted By: TANAQUIL

Rave Review: "Wow! I would give this more than five stars if I could! Everyone loved it. Even my 2-year-old boy devoured it, and lately it's been hard to get him to eat anything--but he sure loved this. I made this with mashed potatoes, country gravy, and peas...yummo! It reminded me of a meal that Cracker Barrel would make. I made this exactly as instructed. This is definitely a keeper in my house!"


Sweet Corn Cake

Submitted By: Lee Ann Clarke

Rave Review: "So good! Tastes just like corn cake from Chi-Chi's! Thanks for the recipe!"


Sticky Monkey Brains

Submitted By: SUGISUGI

Rave Review: "Perfect! Tastes just like Dollywood's Cinnamon bread. Use yeast bread (rolls will do) instead of biscuit dough--way better! You just have to let them rise first of course, but it's well worth the wait!"


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