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post #31 of 76
Red Robin and Ruth's Chris are good, also I really love the Lube Burger at Quaker Steak.
post #32 of 76
hooters for the exquisitely prepared meals.
post #33 of 76
Nobody's mentioned Olive Garden.

Every OG I've been to, has always been packed. I love their pasta.
post #34 of 76
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Originally Posted by StevenRocks
SouthPark, right? All the cool kids denigrate that location, but how come I can never get a table in less than 45 minutes? The iced tea at Cheesecake Factory is awful, but I've only had one bad meal there: the pizza, on a slow weeknight. Other than that it's been pretty good. Maggiano's is a little overpriced, but if you order the family-style selections, the food is tasty and plentiful.
My wife was out in Dallas visiting her sister, and they took my wife to CF. She was not impressed. When we sold our house in Southpark this year, we stopped in at CK to eat one evening before heading to the hotel. I thought it was awful, too. Just because everyone goes there, does not make it good. Same thing for Maggiano's. You have to stand outside the Cracker Barrel for 45 minutes on most weekends to get a table, but that doesn't make it a good place to eat.
post #35 of 76
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Originally Posted by lee_44106
Nobody's mentioned Olive Garden.

Every OG I've been to, has always been packed. I love their pasta.

I only get their chicken marsala, but it's my fave marsala anywhere.
post #36 of 76
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Originally Posted by gamelan
and from another thread, not sure if they'd be considered a chain or fast-food or if there's even a difference, but the Waffle House of course!!!

-Jeff


The WH is the only four star chain in my opinion.
post #37 of 76
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Originally Posted by shoreman1782
I'm surprised at all the love for the cheesecake factory. I hate that place. The constant wait is the biggest reason. A friend of mine calls it "applebees with table cloths."

I can be drawn into California Pizza Kitchen and Maggiano's.

For local or fast food, Five Guys is great, and Austin Grill (handful of DC metro/Baltimore locations... cheap Shiner Bock) and DuClaw Brewery (Maryland microbrewery with multiple locations) do a consistent job.

Oh wait, how could I forget Hooters?!


I am with you on the Cheesecake Factory. That place is terrible. Long waits for awful food. My vote goes to P.F. Chang's and Outback. I like Five Guys and Austin Grill as well.
post #38 of 76
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Originally Posted by Carey
My wife was out in Dallas visiting her sister, and they took my wife to CF. She was not impressed. When we sold our house in Southpark this year, we stopped in at CK to eat one evening before heading to the hotel. I thought it was awful, too. Just because everyone goes there, does not make it good. Same thing for Maggiano's. You have to stand outside the Cracker Barrel for 45 minutes on most weekends to get a table, but that doesn't make it a good place to eat.
Hey man, I didn't say you had to like it and you're certainly entitled to your opinion. I'm just saying that somebody's got to be enjoying what they're eating there to stand and wait for it.
post #39 of 76
red robin
post #40 of 76
In & Out Burger
post #41 of 76
Well, besides the obvious high-end chains (someone said Vong, lol), I'm gonna' go with Five Guys (regional burger chain that has the best burger I've eaten next to the Luger Burger) and Red Hot & Blue (you could put their sauces on cardboard and I'd chow down).
post #42 of 76
I'd have to go with Houstons. I like the sort of 40s noir vibe of the dark wood slat blinds and the fireplaces. Plus, it's fairly healthy too: lots of good side veggies, grilled artichokes, etc. Of course, that's on the "side" of a burger or a steak!
post #43 of 76
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Originally Posted by Houndstooth
In & Out Burger

seconded. was wondering why it was taking so long for someone to mention IaOB.

and i do like the burgers at Fatburger while we're on the subject.

-Jeff
post #44 of 76
Agreed on Chipotle, 5 Guys, Red Hot and Blue, and Austin Grill. Don't forget the goodness of Hard Times Cafe, though I must say they lost some quality when they went chain.
post #45 of 76
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Originally Posted by shoreman1782
I'm surprised at all the love for the cheesecake factory. I hate that place. The constant wait is the biggest reason. A friend of mine calls it "applebees with table cloths."

I can be drawn into California Pizza Kitchen and Maggiano's.

For local or fast food, Five Guys is great, and Austin Grill (handful of DC metro/Baltimore locations... cheap Shiner Bock) and DuClaw Brewery (Maryland microbrewery with multiple locations) do a consistent job.

Oh wait, how could I forget Hooters?!

I love Maggiano's!!
Cheesy Factory is a Blowhole...
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