Another alternative which is helpful in cutting costs is using coupons from the Alameda Telephone Book. Inside, there are good deals to be had in those coupons. The two for one coupons for Burgermeister are great to use. There are lots of pizza coupons from most of the pizza establishments in town. The $5 off coupon from India Palace is also a good one.
If demand for dining out decreases, restaurants and chefs will either create smaller portions and drop prices, or cook with lesser priced ingredients. Hopefully taste and quality will not decline since menu prices will most likely change. These are crucial economic times where businesses need your money to survive, and customers may become more picky in their food selections since the frequency of dining out may decline.