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Old 08-14-2018, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Three Mile Island wings from Hooters are a rare treat. They must be healthy when they drain my sinuses...
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Old 08-14-2018, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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I would prefer the local bar, if it produced home made food. I do not like chains because it is essentially one step above most processed food. They engineer their food to taste good by adjusting salt, fat and sugar until it has mass appeal. Which is different from home cooking as the chains use unhealthy things to make it more appealing (ingredients that you would not recognize).

To me, and how I eat, I'll take the "unhealthy" whole food, versus some pre-made concoction shipped all over the US.

I do have some chains that I like, but in general I stay away.
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Old 08-15-2018, 07:53 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Honestly, Iíve been binge watching Bar Rescue, and Iím starting to think a chain restaurant is a safer choice for cleanliness and quality. When I think of bar food, itís mostly fried, or covered with cheese, but places like Chiliís and Applebeeís have a lot of healthy choices, otherwise.
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:26 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I don't get people that don't support chains.

Chains employ locals.
So do the local restaurants, and you are likely giving your money to a local owner, as well.

The chains do have their place. Some people feel safer knowing exactly what they are getting. I was astounded when my friend talked me into going to Red Lobster for the first time. She had coupon she wanted to use, lol. I thought, REALLY? We live fifteen minutes from the ocean and you want to go someplace that has prepackaged, frozen seafood dinners? I wasn't sure how a chain like that would even stay in business in a coastal area, but sure enough, the place was packed.
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Old 08-15-2018, 05:45 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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So do the local restaurants, and you are likely giving your money to a local owner, as well.

The chains do have their place. Some people feel safer knowing exactly what they are getting. I was astounded when my friend talked me into going to Red Lobster for the first time. She had coupon she wanted to use, lol. I thought, REALLY? We live fifteen minutes from the ocean and you want to go someplace that has prepackaged, frozen seafood dinners? I wasn't sure how a chain like that would even stay in business in a coastal area, but sure enough, the place was packed.
We live in coastal GA, and we tried going to Red Lobster once, but it was packed, so we gave up. A lot of people are not discerning eaters. We had hoped that there might have been a few fresh choices of fish there, but we never found out. We also have a Joeís Crab Shack, but after trying one at Myrtle Beach, we are afraid to try the local one.

Although we are on the coast, it is still surprisingly hard to find fresh fish here unless we cook it ourselves, or go to an upscale restaurant. Most nice restaurants have a fish of the day, so I guess that is where all of the local fish goes.
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