Make a dinner reservation.
It looks like Americans' love affair with eating at home is leveling off, according to new data from the NPD Group, a market research firm that tracks eating trends.
About 80 percent of meals were prepared at home in November of 2013 about the same as 2012, NPD data show. The percentage of meals prepared at home has risen steadily from 77.4 percent in 2008 at the beginning of the recession.
"The move back home for our meals looks to be over," says Harry Balzer, NPD chief industry analyst. "I'm sure restaurants are happy to hear this."
Many people experienced a drop in income during the recession, and people lower their food costs by using restaurants less because restaurant meals cost three times more than meals made at home, he says.