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Old 10-22-2004, 10:26 AM   #1
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What is your favorite/least favorite chain restaurant?

What is your favorite/least favorite chain restaurant? We have Perkins, Ground Round and Applebees locally, and it's going to be Applebee's turn today while we wait for Bridget to get done at the groomer. My favorites seem to change, but Denny's has a solid lock on least favorite.

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Old 10-22-2004, 10:35 AM   #2
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Ditto on Denny's, Otter. Same goes for IHop.

We like Copeland's, Olive Garden, Don Pablos, and Cracker Barrel.

Wish we had a Bennigan's around here.
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Old 10-22-2004, 11:09 AM   #3
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Favorites: Shogun - Best Japanese I've ever had away from the mother country
Carrabbas Italian Grill - Tuscan cuisine, mostly, very rustic
Olive Garden - Very Sicilian dishes, with a main-land bent on their salads
O'Charleys - Three words: Loaded. Potato. Soup.
Wendy's - Spicy Chicken Sandwiches ROCK
Steak-Out - Well-cooked and prepared steak... delivered to your door!!

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Steak & Shake - I have found some nasty things in their food
Crystal - Indigestion bombs anyone?
Longhorn Steaks - Underspiced, over-aged poor cuts of steak with bland, imagination-less salads.
Outback Steakhouse - OVER-spiced, under-aged steaks. How can you taste the beef in these things through the 1-2mm of cayenne and black pepper crusted on the surface? Steaks are meant to taste like STEAKS, not cayenne and black pepper flavored with a touch of beef.
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Old 10-22-2004, 11:11 AM   #4
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Weeks, I forgot about Outback. Agree heartily with you on the steak thing, but can we have one small round of applause for the Bloomin' Onion? I do enjoy snarfing that one down.
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Old 10-22-2004, 11:39 AM   #5
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Weeks, I forgot about Outback. Agree heartily with you on the steak thing, but can we have one small round of applause for the Bloomin' Onion? I do enjoy snarfing that one down.
Yeah. ME TOO! (Hearty applause in background)

We don't do many chain gangs here at all, but tops would be LaMadeleine's and Subway (sandwiches) and occasionally Great Outdoors. I very much enjoyed Carrabbas and Olive Garden, too.

I've never eaten at Steak N Shake, but the #1 Son worked there during high school and strongly asserted a myriad of lurking dangers, Weeks! He did, however, praise the shakes....
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Old 10-22-2004, 12:30 PM   #6
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I tend to stay away from most chains as I am almost always disappointed.

I would probably have to say that Olive Garden is at the bottom of my list. I think most of their food is way over salted and overcooked. Someone gave us a gift certificate to the Olive Garden so we decided to give it another shot. My meal was horrible, but my wifes chicken parm was pretty good. I don't think I will ever go back there unless I have no choice.

I had forgotten about Dennys until Otter mentioned it. We used to joke about Dennys in my family all the time. We used to go to NY from MA almost every weekend for many years. We would always stop for lunch or dinner on the road. Every time we went to Dennys it was a horrible experience. Not just bad food, but the type of things that make you shake your head in disbelief. It was so long ago that I don't remember what they were, but my dad said if he ever suggests Dennys again that we are to kill him. To this day we still joke about it.
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Best.......The Olive Garden, Red Robbin,and Mama Mia
Worst......Wendy's and Denny's
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Best: Olive Garden
worst: Bennigan's, Denny's
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Old 10-22-2004, 01:03 PM   #9
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best = houlihan's, east, houston's

worst= applebee's, bennigan's,
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Old 10-22-2004, 01:41 PM   #10
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Yep! Applebee's sucks here too.
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