IKEA feeds a family of 4 for less than $15


So it's not Lucia's, but if you were otherwise headed to Friday's or Applebees...

Where's the best place to feed a family of four for less than $15? The IKEA cafeteria-style restaurant makes a bid for it with cheap meals for kids (Swedish meatballs) and adults (organic pasta with marinara and a drink), priced such that two of each costs a total of $11.54. They also do $.50 hot dogs and $.99 breakfasts of scrambled eggs, has browns, and bacon--plus, between 9:30 and 10 a.m., coffee is free. But is the food worth fighting all the traffic to the store?

Having only eaten at IKEA once, I'm curious to know what people think. I haven't tried the breakfasts, but I remember liking the Swedish meatballs (the meatablls themselves were a little underseasoned, but I liked the gravy and the lingonberry jam), some sort of open-face shrimp sandwich, and the Daim torte (made from the addictive Swedish toffee candy). But I also tried a few dishes that tasted about like some of the stuff I was served in my elementary school cafeteria, which is to say that I wouldn't recommend them. That said, it was a pretty inexpensive gamble.