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Old 08-15-2011, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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One that comes to my mind are the "Tommy Bahama Restaurants". They only appear to be in nice places with warm weather. They are cool restaurants which also include nice Tommy Bahama clothing stores attached to their restaurants. Anyway, these Tommy Bahama restaurant and retail store combinations are only at these locations listed below :

The Woodlands, Texas
Newport Beach, California
Naples, Florida
Scottsdale, Arizona
Wailea, Hawaii
Las Vegas, Nevada
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Laguna Beach, California
Orlando, Florida
Palm Desert, California
Sarasota, Florida
Mauna Lani, Hawaii
Sandestin, Florida

( These 13 places all seem like nice places with warm weather )
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:00 AM
 
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Why does it matter?

Every "chain" restaurant I know of is horrible.

Any good restaurant is going to have 1 location with a 5 star chef that personally creates his own menu.

I can't think of a single restaurant with more than 2 locations that I would consider worth my time.
Actually there are several that have fairly high quality and consistently rate well with critics and the general public. Bonefish Grill is a good example.
Bonefish Grill | About BFG | The Press Room (http://www.bonefishgrill.com/about/news/bonefish-grill-recognized-2010-zagat-survey/ - broken link)
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Virginia Highland, GA
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Ted's Montana Grill is excellent. They are picky about locations.

Ted's Montana Grill

Another is Fogo De Chao

http://www.fogodechao.com/locations/
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:49 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Bertucci's is pretty good for a chain (certainly much better than the Olive Garden), but they're only in the Northeast.

In and Out Burger is only around California and the Southwest. It's something I could live without, but certainly better than most burger joint chains.
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:30 AM
 
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What is the difference between this restaurant and Red Lobster? I can't tell.

Both seem pretty low rent to me.

Fresh seafood versus frozen for starters, as well as quality of preparation and service. If you're unable to tell, that would seemingly lessen your credibility on this topic.
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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Why does it matter?

Every "chain" restaurant I know of is horrible.

Any good restaurant is going to have 1 location with a 5 star chef that personally creates his own menu.

I can't think of a single restaurant with more than 2 locations that I would consider worth my time.
Disagree... there are some chains that are awesome... Five Guys Burgers for example... I don't care that it's a chain.. they make great burgers.
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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California Pizza Kitchen. They are only in major metropolitan areas in nice malls or good locations, and some major metro areas don't have them (Oklahoma City, Cincinnati, Providence). There's none between Minneapolis and Seattle. Every state between MA and FL has them except for SC.

Cheesecake Factory must have over 250,000 people within a five-mile radius and a average household income of $50-70,000 (as of 2007). Major metro areas like Minneapolis and Charlotte have only one or two of them, and there's none in the Detroit area, and none between Jacksonville and Richmond on I-95. All of their restaurants are corporately owned.

Buca di Beppo doesn't have any locations in the New York area, one in Atlanta, and none in the Washington suburbs, but still they are a major national chain.
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:34 AM
 
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I can't think of a single restaurant with more than 2 locations that I would consider worth my time.
That's too bad. There are some chains that are consistently good. 5 star? No, but to suggest that all chains are bad is silly.

For example, in Texas, I love these two chains.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
County Line Home

Or in Seattle,

Anthony's Home Port - Restaurants
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants
Welcome to The Cheesecake Factory
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:41 AM
 
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Once I asked a Wendy's out on a date and told it that we'd be going to Sally's Pizzaria in New Haven. Well, I got turned down because the Wendy's restaurant claimed Sally's was merely a second rate pizza joint. Such ignorance. :-)
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Music City, USA
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That's too bad. There are some chains that are consistently good. 5 star? No, but to suggest that all chains are bad is silly.

For example, in Texas, I love these two chains.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
County Line Home

Or in Seattle,

Anthony's Home Port - Restaurants
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants
Welcome to The Cheesecake Factory
He's probably just a troll.
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