Restaurant snacks a bargain for diners

Golfers Ben Curtis, Mark O'Meara enjoy dim sum
Golfers Ben Curtis, Mark O'Meara enjoy dim sum

Have you noticed lately how the snacks section of a restaurant menu is getting bigger and bigger? The small-sized portions are apparently the hottest things sizzling up the restaurant industry. They are cheap, don't leave you feeling stuffed and guilty and are available at hours outside of strict meal times.

The phenomenon spans from fast food to the fine-dining sector. McDonald's expanded its popular Snack Wrap recently and chains such as Kona Grill are also focusing on it. The Cheesecake Factory recently debuted its first-ever happy hour menu, which includes 16 full-sized appetizers for $5.00.