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Old 03-07-2011, 09:41 AM
 
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Have some imagination and some sense of adventure people! I hate the fact that the restaurants in the Alamo Ranch area have all been chain restaurants.

Got a gift card over the holidays for one of the many new restaurants in the area, went out on Valentine's Day only to find they had a 2 hour wait. Olive Garden consistently has an hour wait or more, for VERY average Italian food? Go to a real local restaurant, try something new, have some imagination!

End of rant.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:58 AM
 
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Shouldn't the rant be against the person that gave you the gift card? With huge waits, I'm guessing these chains could really care less... and it's not like you're going to stop SA residents from going out to eat. That and drunk driving are the two replacement sports for the city's lack of an NFL and MLB team.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:02 AM
 
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Shouldn't the rant be against the person that gave you the gift card? With huge waits, I'm guessing these chains could really care less... and it's not like you're going to stop SA residents from going out to eat. That and drunk driving are the two replacement sports for the city's lack of an NFL and MLB team.
So I should have thrown the gift card in their face and told them how dare you?

I don't care if the restaurants couldn't care less. I'm also not trying to stop people from eating at them, I'm just wondering why they are so popular when they have barely average food and this city has so many other wonderful non-chain restaurants. Wondering aloud.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:11 AM
 
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:17 AM
 
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I have often wondered the same thing regarding chain restaurants.

Whenever my family comes in to visit me, they want to go to Chili's, Applebees, or some other mediocre chain restaurant. Whenever I suggest something more original, they object because they know little to nothing about the place I suggest.

Overall, I think it has to do with lack of imagination and ability to try out new things. Just because Olive Garden has a new dish out for the week doesn't mean you are trying new things. You are still being within your comfort zone. Get out of it and try something you haven't yet.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:24 AM
 
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Olive Garden, as with all of the Darden eateries, are boring, Luddite crap. I'm not judging the people who go there, just what they're served and in the environment they're served it in.

Mass-chain mentality is what kills the local, little guy. Don't forget that once upon a time, the Riverwalk has not ONE chain on it. In fact, the Riverwalk was founded on the premise that any business that would open down there would be local-owned, local-funded. Thanks to a city council that's got, ahem, questionable decision making abilities, that's all changed.




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Old 03-07-2011, 11:15 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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Whenever my family comes in to visit me, they want to go to Chili's, Applebees, or some other mediocre chain restaurant. Whenever I suggest something more original, they object because they know little to nothing about the place I suggest.
Where is your family from MattTX?
I know that with work, most people say chilli's because there is always a picky eater in the house and they can find something on the Chilli's menu. Same person could find something to choose from on a local menu. Who knows? I have the same conundrum with co workers.
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:10 PM
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Chain restaurants tend to be located in the most prominent spaces in a shopping center. Those million-dollar pad sites are usually too expensive for local restaurateurs to consider for their eateries. Most of the one-off places I see around town are in smaller strip centers at least a block from major intersections. Rents are more affordable there.

Maybe you're just looking for restaurants in the wrong places?
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Chain restaurants tend to be located in the most prominent spaces in a shopping center. Those million-dollar pad sites are usually too expensive for local restaurateurs to consider for their eateries. Most of the one-off places I see around town are in smaller strip centers at least a block from major intersections. Rents are more affordable there.

Maybe you're just looking for restaurants in the wrong places?
This is true. Off of De Zavala there are tons of great smaller options just a few minutes past 10. Thai, Indian, little hole in the wall Mexican and Italian, Chinese, etc.

And it may also be that the area is still too new. Those places haven't even been there for 5 years. It took a long time for us to get the smaller places down the way. AR residents may have to drive more than 5 minutes to get something different.
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:54 PM
 
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People also need to remember that AR didn't even exist a little more than a year ago. Hell, when I moved here in 2001, that whole area was nothing but trees and one little stoplight at Culebra/1604. The only thing I remember was the wally world that had just opened. We literally lived in the sticks.
And there are some local places near there, but that means you actually have to leave the AR parking lot. I know the traffic nightmare in that area makes that idea not so appealing most times, but...
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