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Old 01-31-2008, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I think local restaurants are neater, but the better chain restaurants probably do make their own food.

There's a Dogs'n'suds maybe an hour from here which is nice.
Is that the one in Cherokee pass?
Olive Garden makes all its sauces in central kitchens, along with all all the other restaurants their mother ship owns.
My point of posting was to support the local mom and pops.
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Old 01-31-2008, 11:52 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Yardhouse is my favorite chain restaurant. There are only about 4 of them in the US and I go to the one in Denver. The other one I know of is in Long Beach, CA.

I love P.F. Chang's too!!! YUM!
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Old 02-01-2008, 02:58 AM
 
Location: Both coasts
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In my travels, Dallas & Atlanta are "chain restaurant" cities in that those places from city proper to suburb to exurb, there's a whole slew of all kinds of chain restaurants- heavier concentration than other metro cities.
Where I'm at within a half-hour, there's more than average for Pacific NW standards: Claim Jumper; McGrath Fish House; Red Lobster; Outback; Cheesecake Factory; Black Angus; PF Chang's; Olive Garden; Sizzler; Applebee's, among others.
Please get Cracker Barrel out here in the Seattle area!
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Old 02-01-2008, 03:00 AM
 
Location: Henderson NV
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Claim Jumper is just this gargantuan, wooden place!
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Will it play in Peoria? It will, if the food is good and the prices are fair. We either have it now, or we had it and it failed. The list of namtional chains in this area is endless..
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:18 PM
 
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Is this thread a joke? High quality chain restaurants? THis is asking which city has the least character and looks the most like everywhere else.
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:00 PM
 
Location: BUFFALO, NY
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Buffalo, New York of course!
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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sadly, Dallas...Is very Chain restaurant-y.... not thats all bad...
But yeah... TONS...
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:30 PM
 
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People love Chain Restaurants and in some cases their food can be pretty good. In NVA where I live there is a general shortage of good chain restaurants.

What metro area has the best selection of higher end chain restaurants? What are your favorites?
The food court on the bottom floor at your local mall.
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:33 AM
 
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Is this thread a joke? High quality chain restaurants? This is asking which city has the least character and looks the most like everywhere else.
I use to be down on chain restaurants and would always search out local places but after doing alot of traveling cross country by car in recent years and eating at a mix of chain and local (recommended) restaurants, I have to admit that dollar for dollar chain restaurants have better food and management.

I think many local spot that are not part of a chain use to be good but the new owners do not know how to run a restaurant. Many local spots have gone out of business because the chain places have the advantage of economies of scale and can make money easier when all decisions are made for them. They have the advantage of a standardized menu, bar, financial system, ordering system and brand loyalty. To compete the local spot have cut quality and staffing and go down hill.

Is the food at local places always better, NO. Is the food good at mid ranged chains, Not always. But dollar for dollar the chains are usually better.
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