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Old 01-02-2010, 09:43 AM
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We went to Dave & Busters yesterday.

Good steak~same old loaded mashed potatoes everybody makes. But still good.
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Carrabba's
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:20 AM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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I don't like chain restaurants.
I'm with QW. I have a rule that when on vacation, I do not want to eat at chains - always try the local place or off-the-wall-looking place.

Last vacation, my sister insisted ("Oh, they're so good! You'll love it!") that we eat at the Cracker Barrel in Prescott Valley AZ. It was the worst breakfast and the worst service we had on the whole trip.

Two very good places on the same trip: Sassy's Cafe in Heber AZ and Cornerstone Bakery in Yarnell AZ

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Old 01-02-2010, 10:56 AM
 
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Cheesecake Factory is excellent but the food portions are insane.
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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Cheesecake Factory is excellent but the food portions are insane.
I love Cheesecake Factory.
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:12 PM
 
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I don't like chain restaurants. They are all owned by one of three major corporations and have cookie cutter, premade microwaved food served by low paid, hounded employees in "theme" locations designed by style consultants. This consolidation has been a recent phenomenon over the past ten years or so. They are joyless and soulless
Exactly which three major corporations own all the chain restaurants?
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I can't think of any chain restaurant I've been to, that wouldn't be considered fast food. I have dined in sit-down restaraunts, but they don't have any others of that sort anywhere else.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:36 AM
 
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Stating that there are only three major corporations owning all the chains isn’t technically correct, although many of the chains source products from mediocre giant distributors like Sysco. There are a few large corporations like Brinker, Darden, Yum, and Landry’s that own a ton of the most recognizable chain restaurants.

There are also fine dining spots that are technically chains. Even Thomas Keller has opened Bouchon locations in Napa, Vegas, and Beverly Hills.

I do wish that people would branch out more and explore their city’s independent restaurants over the chains. The quality is often higher, you are eating something unique rather than something you can get in any town from Amarillo to Zuni, and more money is kept in the local economy, particularly if you eat at a restaurant that sources ingredients from local farmers and purveyors.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Denver
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A chain I want to try............

Fogo de Chao
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Cracker Barrel for sure. It's the only South I get around here!
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