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Mintel Menu Insights sees more budget-friendly food and drink on American menus Restaurants may be moving beyond big steaks and even bigger spenders. As financial woes grip the nation—and people grip their pocketbooks—Mintel Menu Insights reports that more restaurants are promoting “value” on the menu.Through Mintel’s newly enhanced Menu Insights database, director and registered dietician Maria Caranfa sees more restaurants from fast food to fine dining promoting quality menu items for lower prices. She thinks it’s a wise move: