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Labor-intensive restaurants like Per Se are worth the expense, many Americans say.

Americans will dig deep for exceptional meals

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Just north of $200. That’s what Americans said they would be willing to shell out for an extraordinary dining experience at a gourmet restaurant, according to a recent online Harris Poll survey sponsored by Michelin.

“Perhaps this is the influence of around-the-clock food shows and celebrity chefs, but the fine food movement continues to see an extraordinary growth in popularity,” says Cynthia Ochterbeck, editorial director for Michelin’s U.S. travel guides.

The survey

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