California diners more cost-conscious, Zagat finds

Diners in Los Angeles and San Francisco are being more careful with their money when dining out, but local restaurateurs have been holding onto customers by offering deals, according to Zagat Survey, which released its 2010 guides for Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area this week.

In Los Angeles, of the 10,311 people surveyed, 48 percent said they were dining out less; 42 percent said they ate out at less-expensive venues; and 22 percent skipped appetizers or

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