Favorite chain restaurant?

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  1. dusty

    dusty Senior member

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    Red Robin and Ruth's Chris are good, also I really love the Lube Burger at Quaker Steak.
     


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    hooters for the exquisitely prepared meals.
     


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    Nobody's mentioned Olive Garden.

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


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    Carey Senior member

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    SouthPark, right? All the cool kids denigrate that location, but how come I can never get a table in less than 45 minutes? [​IMG] 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. [​IMG]
     


  5. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    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.
     


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    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.
     


  7. scnupe7

    scnupe7 Senior member

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    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.
     


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    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.
    [​IMG]

    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.[​IMG]
     


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    red robin
     


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  11. Manny Calavera

    Manny Calavera Senior member

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    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).
     


  12. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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!
     


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    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
     


  14. Joe E Taleo

    Joe E Taleo Senior member

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    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.
     


  15. SieurDeLaSalle

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    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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