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post #46 of 76
I always enjoy the California chicken burger at Red Robin.
post #47 of 76
I am going to have to say I don't like CF for the same reasons listed by several. Whenever I go there I never have any idea what to order. I kind of pride myself on ordering only the specialty at each restaurant, which substantially raises my chances of getting a good meal (e.g. don't order pasta at a steakhouse), but at CF I never have any idea what to get, since their menu is so huge!
post #48 of 76
My favorite chain restaurant is a demolished chain restaurant.
post #49 of 76
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Originally Posted by Joe E Taleo
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.

Yeah, I love Hard Times Cafe but don't eat the stuff they sell at RFK. My God...
post #50 of 76
I'm glad all you people dislike CF, makes the wait shorter for the rest of us
post #51 of 76
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Originally Posted by johnapril
My favorite chain restaurant is a demolished chain restaurant.
+1, but if I had to choose, Round Table Pizza brings back memories of my youth. We eat there one or two times a year. I suppose Ruth's Chris is OK for a chain.
post #52 of 76
Gordon Biersch. Great beer and great garlic fries.

Other favorites from back in the day that I haven't visited in ages:

Horn & Horn Smorgasbord
Sizzler
Bennigan's
Shakey's Pizza
Little Caesar's Pizza
post #53 of 76
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser
Gordon Biersch. Great beer and great garlic fries.

Other favorites from back in the day that I haven't visited in ages:

Horn & Horn Smorgasbord
Sizzler
Bennigan's
Shakey's Pizza
Little Caesar's Pizza
Where did you grow up? You are bringing back too many memories.
post #54 of 76
How come there are so many chain restaurants that I've never heard of? Is the divide between NYC and the rest of the country so great that it even shows up in the way we go to restaurants?
post #55 of 76
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Originally Posted by iammatt
Where did you grow up? You are bringing back too many memories.
The 'burbs of where I'm living now.
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Originally Posted by von Rothbart
How come there are so many chain restaurants that I've never heard of? Is the divide between NYC and the rest of the country so great that it even shows up in the way we go to restaurants?
My theory is that to remain financially viable in a city like NYC, a restaurant must carve out a niche and somehow distinguish itself from its competitors through food, ambience, etc. This differentiation is antithetical to the concept of a chain restaurant, which is to provide a dining experience that appeals to the widest possible demographic and that is consistent for all of its locations.
post #56 of 76
Remembered one:

Los Betos. Good stuff. Much more authentic than Chipotle and enormous servings.
post #57 of 76
I have eaten at the original in Tuscaloosa, AL. They only serve pork spareribs, white bread, and a vinegary-peppery thin sauce. It is heavenly! They have a sign inside this dump of a building that reads, "No beans, no slaw, don't ask!" Their locations in Mobile, AL, Birmingham, AL, and Roswell, GA are all consistent. At the frachised locations listed above they also have pulled pork, barbecued chicken, slaw and righteous banana pudding. I took my coworkers there for dinner and they loved it. Everyone in the company I work for does a lot of entertaining at nice restaurants. The only one who had a slight gripe was one guy from Kansas, who thinks they have the only barbecue or ribs worth eating. He even brought his own sauce - what an unadventurous turd. My wifes family lives in Mobile, AL and every visit we make to see her parents, the family makes a pilgrimage down to Dreamland. Where else can you eat that has a neon sign reading, "No Farting". They smoke their ribs over hickory and oak for several hours, and the meat is infused with woodsmoke, and is fall off the bone tender. The quality here is consistent because a requirement is that each franchisee has to have $750,000 cash (not just net worth), to be eligible to purchase a franshise.
post #58 of 76
When I first came upon this thread, I was all snobby and sniffed, "I don't eat at chains." Tonight I remembered that I eat at Panera with great frequency, not to mention Boston Market and a wide variety of fast-food places.

My hypocrisy knows no bounds.
post #59 of 76
What is this possessive Ruth's Chris? How does Ruth have a Chris?
post #60 of 76
I think PF Chang's is pretty good. I especially like their Ma Po Tofu, although the last time I went there, I was kind of annoyed to find chunks of meat "accidentally" (despite having been cut into cubes the same size as the tofu) mixed in with the tofu (it's listed in the vegetarian section of their menu, after all). Panera is okay, too; I liked their menu better a few years ago (before they got all Starbucks-y, for lack of a better term) but the quality of the food is still pretty decent.
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