Originally Posted by Dewey
When it comes to foodservice, "chain" and "quality" are mutually exclusive terms. Chain restaurants exist as chain restaurants so that ownership can cut corners.
Not all independent restaurants offer quality or value, but I've never had a meal in a chain restaurant that struck me as high-quality. Medium-quality maybe, high-quality no.
I will argue that. Tiggy mentioned Flemming's and I mentioned Sullivan's. They are both chains, and while I prefer Sully's over Flemmings, I think they both deliver a quality cut of aged meat, fired properly, for a very reasonable price (minus drinks, easly under $70 per person). They both have a good, if not overly expansive wine list, and most locations usually have a decent lounge.