dining

Brunch Nation: Why It's the Hottest Meal of the Year

The recession has turned us into a nation who brunches. It makes sense that in hard times, a restaurant outing that combines two meals into one would become as hot as jalapeño-cheddar frittata. Brunch traffic rose more than 8% for 2009 while traffic for all other meals was down.

Tough times if you wait tables

Tighter economic conditions are giving waitstaff a double whammy. Not only are food and gas prices rising rapidly, many who work in restaurants are...