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Old 12-01-2007, 11:07 AM   #21
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When we go out with friends we normally discuss the type of cuisine we all enjoy or would like to try and depending on where we are (closer to where I live or where they live) we ask the person living in that vicinity for their opinions on the place.

Sometimes our choices of places are driven by our kids. We all have young kids and while most of our kids are adventurous and will try new things we tend to ensure we have something that they will be able to enjoy as well.

I am critical about food - restaurant and even other people who barely put in any effort when they invite you over (in my family we have a lot of them) but I will normally not make a huge ruccus and just go along and learn from my mistakes or feed myself and my kids well before we go to relatives who feed us unedible food.

My husband and I recently went to a popular Italian type restaurant called La Strada that had opened around where we live. The dishes were terrible and each set us back about 40 dollars. We learnt never to go back and that's what we do we experiment, scratch it from our list and move on.
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Old 12-01-2007, 11:41 AM   #22
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I detest Appleby's, Red Lobster, etc. But there are a few good franchises out there. I like Bonanza Steak House. The food is good, not exceptional, but good, and they have a pretty good salad bar, withthat humongous block of cheddar cheese that you cut pieces off of. I also like KFC, when the original style chicken is fresh. It's relatively cheap, and the spices are right. Teh sides are marginal at best. There are a few good restaurants in San Diego. I liked Benihana's. The problem there was that the food quality changed with every cook. The first time I went, the meal was very entertaining, with the cook flipping tools and foods with abandon. And the food was well seasoned and cooked properly. The second time I went, as the cook we got that time was juggling his salt shaker, he voersalted everything. The show was still entertaining, but the food left something to be desired. I thouroughly enjoyed many of the fish places on the waterfront. That was usually pretty good food.

One of my bosses loves Appleby's. Every time I have had to go on a trip with him, he choses it. I seem to have no say in the matter. I think there food is terrible. I have told my boss this and he shakes his head. To him, this is gourmet food. It is to many of our local population. I still say I live in an area that suffers from cullinary retardation. And that is not pollitically incorrect as I am using retardation as a descriptive word that conveys a particular trait.

I rarely take anyone to a restaurant around here as I can make anything they make, and make it better in most cases. There is a pretty good Chinese restaurant, actually a couple of Asian restaurants around here. Other than that, don't expect fine dining in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

There, I'm done ranting. Restaurant quality in my home area just infuriates me. It was far better before the fast food and big chain restaurants became so popular. Even the pizza was better in the 60's and 70's. Weve traded our cullinary souls for TV advertised hype and lousy food.

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Old 12-01-2007, 01:40 PM   #23
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Never been to either Applebys or Red Lobster. Don't intend to go. GW, the boss pick sthe restaurants, you just ahve to grin and bear it.
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Old 12-01-2007, 02:00 PM   #24
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Normally if I am in a restaurant with friends or family it is for the companionship. The food is secondary.

In a restaurant I do not know I try to order something I think may be safe.

When in doubt order the cow. If it does not work out just go home and open the fridge.

When we want to dine we go alone.

This is not a thread on Red Lobster but have been there twice - both times to accomodate.

And the food and servcie were disasters both times.

How the place stays in business is an enigma to me.
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Goodweed, what was it about Applebee's you didn't like? I've only been there once. I found the food bland, no taste at all. BORING!!!
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Old 12-01-2007, 05:01 PM   #26
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The seasonings were too salty, and not paired well with the foods they were on, IMHO. The food was not cooked well. Some foods that I thought could have been great were, instead, lackluster, even bad tasting. The sauces, like the foods, were heavy on the salt, with little else going on. The meat was tough and as you stated, boring. And it all was pricey for what you actually got.

When you haven't yet tasted great food, places like Applebee's apeal to you. When you have actually tasted great food, the same places leave you sorely dissappointed.

In my opinion, too much money is spent on making wonderfull advertisements, and not enough is spent on food quality.

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LoL Ok, your Applebee had too much salt and mine had none. :-)
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Old 12-01-2007, 05:20 PM   #28
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LoL Ok, your Applebee had too much salt and mine had none. :-)
Either way, you end up with lousy food.

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Either way, you end up with lousy food.
Thank you for reading my mind, cuz I sure did forget to write it.
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Weve traded our cullinary souls for TV advertised hype and lousy food.
and the saddest part of that is that a couple of generations think that Domino's is pizza.... and etc. I agree, Goodweed, that the chains have been America's culinary undoing. Folks choose them because they claim they know what they're going to get. Yes, and in most cases it's way below par.

The only chain restaurants I'd be glad to eat in again are (in no particular order) Roy's, (not Roy Rogers -- the Hawaiian fish restaurants) Morton's, Capital Grille, McCormick & Schmick, Legal Seafoods, Oceanaire, Ruth's Chris. Otherwise......
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