There are several good reasons to make your own meals and forgo a trip to the restaurant. You might be watching your weight, for example, or keeping an eye out for unhealthful ingredients, or just want to cut down on expenses. But sometimes you need to change your routine, find something new and maybe even surprise yourself. Here are 8 reasons to eat out tonight:

Because You Want to Take Your Palate on an Adventure.

Eating out is all about discovery. Maybe you’re so used to Mom’s or Grandma’s recipes that your taste buds might want a whole new experience. Go ahead and explore the new offerings in your locality, or discover the adventures that a foreign cuisine can offer. After all, food is not just about the taste – it is also about stimulating all your senses.

Because You Could Use a Break.

You had a tiring day, met your deadline, finished your reports, and still have plenty of stuff to do tomorrow. Cooking may be the last thing in your mind and your hands are probably still reeling from the pressure of hitting the keyboard for hours on end. Or maybe you just want someone to serve you for a change. Eating out can be relaxing and when you’re done, you can simply pay the bill, go home and rest.

Because It’s a No-One’s-Washing-the-Dishes Day.

No one wants to volunteer for the dishes and maybe the thought of scraping sauce and food bits off the plates is not your idea of an enjoyable Sunday afternoon or Friday night. Ditch the home cooked meal, give your dishwasher a rest and eat out.

Because It’s Not Always Meat Loaf Night.

Meat loaf is fine but maybe tonight you want something extra special. Eating out at your favorite restaurant is so much more rewarding than dining on the same old recipe. Treat yourself to a nice steak or salad once in a while and head to that nice restaurant you’ve heard so many good things about.

Because There is Something to Celebrate.

If a special event is coming up, taking the celebration to a nice restaurant may be the better choice. You can choose the place, specialty and cuisine(s) that will fit the occasion best, make your reservation and just show up.

Because There’s a New Restaurant in Town.

A new restaurant can offer an exciting experience for you and your family. New restaurants typically offer some of the best services around because they are trying to attract and establish a market. You could even get freebies, enjoy discounts and specials, win prizes, and sample new dishes all in one place.

Because You Can Meet New People.

Eating out lets you meet and interact with other people, so you can enjoy your food in a socially engaging environment.

Because There’s Always Dessert.

Ice cream is always good but why limit yourself when there’s coconut pudding and award-winning souffle made with Madagascar chocolate just waiting for you at the corner restaurant? A great dessert is one of the best reasons to eat out, so why not take your family for a nice meal out. Many restaurants, cafes and even food trucks offer a wide range of desserts that look, feel and taste the way your dreams are made of.