Favortite Chain Restaurants

Favortite Chain Restaurants

Dennis
Dennis

March 19th, 2012, 7:36 pm #1

I'm not talking fast food. While we try and eat at stand alones when we can it isn't always possible. Normally, if it is to be a chain, we go with Olive Garden or Longhorn Steakhouse. Among the pricier chains The Keg is excellent.

We will avoid Outback or Friday's like they were the Black Death.
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John
John

March 20th, 2012, 1:25 am #2

Carrabba's Italian Grill. Real, authentic and excellently prepared, Italian family style food. On Wednesday's, they knock 10 bucks off the price of a bottle of wine. You can't do better than that. They're all over the place. Check out the web site:http://www.carrabbas.com/restaurant/locations/
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John
John

March 20th, 2012, 1:29 am #3

BLACCHAKK!! That's white-bread, America style, Italian food. I wouldn't eat there again if you paid me to do so. Bland tasting and dull as dishwater foods and salads.
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John
John

March 20th, 2012, 1:33 am #4

You can't even get a decent sausage, cheese and anti pasti plate if you hold a big bore pistol to the manager's temple. Believe me, I've... known people who have done so.
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Loki Luv, MD°
Loki Luv, MD°

March 20th, 2012, 2:40 am #5

I'm not talking fast food. While we try and eat at stand alones when we can it isn't always possible. Normally, if it is to be a chain, we go with Olive Garden or Longhorn Steakhouse. Among the pricier chains The Keg is excellent.

We will avoid Outback or Friday's like they were the Black Death.
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Geez... ...I dunno... ...I can't even remember the last time I was in one !

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Dennis
Dennis

March 20th, 2012, 10:34 am #6

You can't even get a decent sausage, cheese and anti pasti plate if you hold a big bore pistol to the manager's temple. Believe me, I've... known people who have done so.
Must be the particular franchise. I resisted using them for a long time. The meal at one last month was my first, but was very pleased with the experience and the food.

Will do on your Carrabbas suggestion when the opportunity permits. We may have stopped at one, but I am not sure of when or where.
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Dennis
Dennis

March 20th, 2012, 10:37 am #7

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Geez... ...I dunno... ...I can't even remember the last time I was in one !
We do our best, but sometimes it is unavoidable.
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mooster
mooster

March 22nd, 2012, 1:01 am #8

I cook for myself 99.9% of the time. But when I'm travelling about, there's really no getting around it. I prefer one-off, self-owned places like you find on 'Diners Drive-ins & Dives' but there are safe havens that don't suck. Chili's, TGI Fridays and the 49th Street Grill are Generica restaurants that have never made me want my money back although they've never made me want to buy a t-shirt and become a fan either. I have all three of those within walking distance of my house and I still only visit them on a road trip. The Cheesecake Factory has its hits and misses. Joe's Crabshack is good in a pinch, but I'm from Missouri and probably don't know truly good sea food from my own balls. I do know that Red Lobster sucks and I would rather lick my own balls if I could.

OLIVE GARDEN: Gag. My psycho ex LOVED Olive Garden which means I've been there more than I care to remember. I tried to have an open mind and ordered lots of different main entrees on these many enforced visits. No good. I decided I kind of liked their house salad and the last dozen times she and I went there, I would order two salads and a giant beer. This would piss her off. Not the beer, but the fact that I hated her favorite restaurant and would order only salad pissed her off. This despite that I tried ordering countless dishes before I resolved myself to stick with salad and beer. Why pissed off? Because she was (and still is ) fucking crazy.

Applebees is an abomination. Just sayin'. My daughter used to love Applebees and therefore I used to have to take her there all the time. Again, I ordered a salad and beer. This didn't piss her off. She minded her own business and allowed me to mind my own. Thank God she inherited some of my genes.

I know this is a non fast food thread, and I do absolutely despise fast food, but I have to put in a shout for Taco Bell. When it's 2 AM, you're hungry and don't feel like cooking or re-heating anything, there's nothing like getting a dozen tacos at Taco Bell drive-thru. You're basically announcing to the entire world that you're drunk by doing this, but cops seem to understand as long as eveyone is being orderly and reasonable in picking up their drunkard food - and cold leftover noon hangover 'breakfast' for the next day. This is also within walking distance of my place but you look silly walking through the drive-thru so I have no choice but to drive...

Peace,





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John
John

March 22nd, 2012, 2:54 am #9

Nothing like some good, greasy Mexican food from Taco Bell, especially in the wee hours of the morning, when you've been terribly overserved at the local pub, you've got a long way to drive and all that beer is sloshing sround in your belly. For me, it was established practice to buy the basic beef burrito or three. Sure, they probably stuff it with dog food grade hamburger, but you can eat them one-handed, while steering the car with the other. I also used to like taking the dirt, backroads home, so I rarely saw any cops, or anyone else for that matter and I could continue partying with more beer, while driving slowly, well under the speed limit, all the way back to my front door. That was long ago and far away and I'm sure the statute of limitations has run out by now.
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Dennis
Dennis

March 22nd, 2012, 9:52 am #10

I cook for myself 99.9% of the time. But when I'm travelling about, there's really no getting around it. I prefer one-off, self-owned places like you find on 'Diners Drive-ins & Dives' but there are safe havens that don't suck. Chili's, TGI Fridays and the 49th Street Grill are Generica restaurants that have never made me want my money back although they've never made me want to buy a t-shirt and become a fan either. I have all three of those within walking distance of my house and I still only visit them on a road trip. The Cheesecake Factory has its hits and misses. Joe's Crabshack is good in a pinch, but I'm from Missouri and probably don't know truly good sea food from my own balls. I do know that Red Lobster sucks and I would rather lick my own balls if I could.

OLIVE GARDEN: Gag. My psycho ex LOVED Olive Garden which means I've been there more than I care to remember. I tried to have an open mind and ordered lots of different main entrees on these many enforced visits. No good. I decided I kind of liked their house salad and the last dozen times she and I went there, I would order two salads and a giant beer. This would piss her off. Not the beer, but the fact that I hated her favorite restaurant and would order only salad pissed her off. This despite that I tried ordering countless dishes before I resolved myself to stick with salad and beer. Why pissed off? Because she was (and still is ) fucking crazy.

Applebees is an abomination. Just sayin'. My daughter used to love Applebees and therefore I used to have to take her there all the time. Again, I ordered a salad and beer. This didn't piss her off. She minded her own business and allowed me to mind my own. Thank God she inherited some of my genes.

I know this is a non fast food thread, and I do absolutely despise fast food, but I have to put in a shout for Taco Bell. When it's 2 AM, you're hungry and don't feel like cooking or re-heating anything, there's nothing like getting a dozen tacos at Taco Bell drive-thru. You're basically announcing to the entire world that you're drunk by doing this, but cops seem to understand as long as eveyone is being orderly and reasonable in picking up their drunkard food - and cold leftover noon hangover 'breakfast' for the next day. This is also within walking distance of my place but you look silly walking through the drive-thru so I have no choice but to drive...

Peace,




For TGI Friday's. I suppose this is one of those instances where quality can vary from franchise to franchise, but they are out with me. That is from an experience with one in downtown Louisville.

I think your past life has colored your view on Olive Garden, but again, different strokes for different folks!

Never tried a 49th Street Grill, but will check them out if we stumble across one. We also check the D D & D website for restaurants when we travel.
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