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Old 09-02-2014, 09:23 PM
 
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The chain restaurant scene--from fast casual to fine dining--in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area of Arizona is far more upscale than those of the Midwest and South.

People don't really eat at chains in much of California, except In-N-Out on occasion. Ditto Pacific Northwest and Northeast.
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC metro
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The chain restaurant scene--from fast casual to fine dining--in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area of Arizona is far more upscale than those of the Midwest and South.

People don't really eat at chains in much of California, except In-N-Out on occasion. Ditto Pacific Northwest and Northeast.
Not really sure what this means...
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:22 PM
 
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Do Dairy Queen and Dunkin Donuts count as restaurants? Dunkin Donuts doesn't really serve full meals. I thought a restaurants is some more than just fast food.
The South has far more grill and chills (a DQ restaurant) than the North. Before anyone protests, I would know - I used to work at a Dairy Queen here in NJ. It was and still is an old barn style building with no food and no inside - it was all outdoors for the customers and open all year. We'd have lines during snowstorms, much to our dismay. You could only come inside if you were a worker. We served (they still do) blizzards, sundaes, cones (famous dipped cones), shakes, malts, cakes, all ice cream treats. The full DQ restaurants are much more common in the South. They have burgers, chicken fingers, fries, salads, etc. Here in NJ, most of our DQs are like the ones I used to work at, so I personally consider DQ to be like a Ralph's or Rita's (both Italian ice places) - just for dessert. Or like a Dunkin - not a place you go for a meal. In other regions of the country, DQ may be viewed differently.
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Hipsterism aside, most people eat at fast food restaurants. A lot of people just lie about it because this country's culture believes in shaming people into desired behavior.

Nonetheless, in the South, you have more it seems. Zaxby's, Chick Fil-A, Raising Cane's, Hardee's, Fatz, Dairy Queen, Firehouse Subs

In the North you have Tim Horton's and Boston Market.

In the west, you have In and Out Burger, Tastee Freez, Whattaburger.

I'm not saying that you can't have a few of each in other areas, just where the concentration lies.
Add Buddy's Barbecue chain in the South.
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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At the end of the day, why are we so concerned about where other people eat at? Does it really make somebody an inherently better human being if they don't eat at chains than if they did?
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Derby, CT
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At the end of the day, why are we so concerned about where other people eat at? Does it really make somebody an inherently better human being if they don't eat at chains than if they did?
No, who said that? This is a discussion forum, we discuss.
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:14 AM
 
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Here locally, we do eat at local establishments a vast majority of the time. Being the SW, Mexican food is king and there are so many great places. Therefore, we would never go to Chipolte or Chevy's or On the Border when traveling as we know we would be disappointed and over charged. As stated above, when you do find a local "dive" or "hole in the wall" they are closed. The chains, for the most part, provide consistency.

BTW, I couldn't believe all the Cracker Barrels in the South. About every 30 miles or so.
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:39 AM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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At the end of the day, why are we so concerned about where other people eat at? Does it really make somebody an inherently better human being if they don't eat at chains than if they did?
Absolutely it does.

I just ate at a Braum's this morning and I feel quite a bit spiffier than the those old burnouts who go to Mickey D's.
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC metro
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At the end of the day, why are we so concerned about where other people eat at? Does it really make somebody an inherently better human being if they don't eat at chains than if they did?
There will always be insecure people that need to feel better about themselves one way or another.

OP: "Do you like rooms painted in blue or green generally?"
Hipster: "Colors suck"

That's how they sound in this thread.
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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The chain restaurant scene--from fast casual to fine dining--in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area of Arizona is far more upscale than those of the Midwest and South.
If this were actually the case, it would be the dumbest thing...a "fine dining" chain? Goes against the entire concept. Why pay $80 a person for some chain garbage when you could have a unique meal prepared by a chef? In Milwaukee, we have several restaurant groups that disguise themselves by naming their restaurants differently. Even though they use better ingredients and have a competent staff, these places appeal mostly to tasteless yuppies who can't tell the difference.

A friend/neighbor is head company chef at one of these groups, and while he's an amazing cook (which has rarely been the case with cooks/chefs I've known) personally, the whole process of new items and plates has to go through a committee, where they sand off the rough edges (uniqueness) and make the food a few steps more bland. A national chain continues sanding until all that's left is food that won't offend any potential customers. A cheap-o fast food national chain...not sure it's even food anymore!
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