What used to be a cheap food but has gone up in price because of popularity?

What used to be a cheap food but has gone up in price because of popularity?

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  1. Maybe not to a huge extent, but burgers.

    It seems like every time I go to a decent bar or that type of restaurant, what used to be a $10 – $15ish dollar standard burger has been replaced by 5+ “signature burgers” with ridiculous or random toppings that are each $25+ with a normal ass cheese burger being listed for $20 or more at the bottom.

    Once at a restaurant in town, my wife ordered a normal burger and the still brought out some weird ass peanut butter and jelly one and when we returned it we were still charged the full price for the “premium” version.

  2. Not a food… but when I was younger Pabst blue ribbon was like $3 for a six pack and $1 for a draft. Now it’s easily triple that in the city. It became hip and prices skyrocket. Same with Evan Williams.

    It was popular because it was cheap and the companies and bars saw that. They increased the price because they saw it was popular.

  3. Zucchini flowers. When I was growing up my grandmother had an allotment, and we used to get literal *bags* of the things for a couple of pounds; after all, they’re basically a side-product of the plant, so very few people thought to eat them, let alone to treat them as a premium item. Batter them and fry them in olive oil with a little salt and pepper and they’re a delight.

    Now they cost an absolute fortune because some Waitrose-wanker TV chef made a fad out of them and now people who previously wouldn’t have touched them with an eight-foot pole are going crazy for them. If you don’t grow your own, it’s just not worth it.

  4. Peanut oil, it used to be sold on huge cans for dirt cheap and it has become suddenly a luxury item, being sometimes more expensive than extra-virgin olive oil.

  5. Oysters. While originally a delicacy in Greek/Roman eras, they became a working class staple in the 18/19th Centuries. Used to be given away as bar snacks in New York City. (Mark Kurlansky wrote an excellent book on the subject “The Big Oyster”)

    Now they’re $3.50 apiece.

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