Ya restaurants and barcode packages are pretty mediocre on average--the competitive pressure to sell low-cost oil/sugar/flour is just too strong. I look for dishes that are laborious or inconvenient at home--fresh seafood, distinctive stews, big vegetable blends. The restaurants I truly adore and not dread can be probably counted on one hand, mostly tiny immigrant-run delis and cafés like Korean, Somali, Ukrainian.
The backlog of home recipes I want to try is so long I worry I won't live long enough! The cooking blogosphere is a dangerous rabbit hole.