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Old 08-10-2010, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Originally Posted by bchris02 View Post
Not quite. In the north, the suburbs is where you find most of your chain restaurants other than possibly touristy areas like Times Square. In the South, they dominate even the inner cities. Keep in mind this is downtown Houston, not Katy or Sugar Land...



Compare this to up north...
WTF? That's not downtown Houston. That's the Montrose area which consists of MANY great local places.

 
Old 08-10-2010, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Jersey Boy living in Florida
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Gotta love the drive-thru McDonald's in downtown Chicago lol.


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2118/...c530bbb3eb.jpg
 
Old 08-10-2010, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Gotta love the drive-thru McDonald's in downtown Chicago lol.


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2118/...c530bbb3eb.jpg
Well at least that is somewhat of a unique McDonalds. The one in Houston looks like any roadside McDonalds in Anytown, USA.
 
Old 08-10-2010, 08:30 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Not sure if you're arguing with me or agreeing with me, but I will glady admit that there are many more BBQ places in the south than anywhere in the north. And since there is more competition in the south, the restaurants are of a higher quality.
I was agreeing with you. In general, "Euro" fare is better in the Northeast than the South, and BBQ is better in the South than the Northeast. Suggesting that Italian food is just as good in the South as it is in the Northeast is like suggesting that BBQ is just as good in the Northeast as it is in the South.
 
Old 08-10-2010, 08:32 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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isn't that R&R McDonald's?



 
Old 08-10-2010, 08:33 PM
 
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Many people avoid independent restaurants in the south because they expect them to be substandard. Especially now when unemployment is high, families frequently band together to open small restaurants even though they have no business or culinary knowledge. The restaurants sometimes are little shoestring operations that are unappealing, food is substandard, cleanliness is not a priority, and service is rudimentary at best.

I try every local independent eatery at least once - presuming the place looks and smells acceptable when I walk through the door. These places pop up overnight in older buildings, go out of business as quickly, and it's a little dicey trying to pick a good one.

However ---- many many of these little places are absolutely fantastic. Don't get into the mindset that they're all dirty spoons!! We're so used to franchises, it's become hard sometimes to give offbeat places a try, but many times it's worth the gamble!
 
Old 08-10-2010, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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I was agreeing with you. In general, "Euro" fare is better in the Northeast than the South, and BBQ is better in the South than the Northeast. Suggesting that Italian food is just as good in the South as it is in the Northeast is like suggesting that BBQ is just as good in the Northeast as it is in the South.
Yeah...but BBQ has some Midwestern strongholds as well, such as Kansas City. The only true "regional cuisine" the South has is soul food, which if you don't care much for fried catfish or any of the side items that usually go with it, you are out of luck.

 
Old 08-10-2010, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Jersey Boy living in Florida
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isn't that R&R McDonald's?


Yeah, thats the coolest McDonald's ever.
 
Old 08-10-2010, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
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isn't that R&R McDonald's?


That looks like the 60s style McDonald's.



 
Old 08-10-2010, 08:48 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Yeah, see, the chains in Times square are unique (which of course cater to the tourists. There's a reason why most are in Times Square):


YouTube - ‪Best Fast food stops #10‬‎

YouTube - ‪McDonald's a Broadway...‬‎

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