Menu prices rise at casual-dining restaurants

Survey finds increases for entrees, sides while dessert prices fall

Casual-dining chains have raised prices on several menu items this year even as they continue to advertise deals, according to a new study.

The Boston-based consultancy Intellaprice found higher prices for entrées, kids' items, appetizers and sides in its latest casual-dining price survey, which polled prices for 26,000 food and beverage items at brands in 21 markets in August and September.

“In a recession, when restaurant customers are perceived to be

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