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(The Consumerist)   Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant is actually quite popular   (consumerist.com) divider line 66
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2012-12-12 10:36:29 AM

Beer It's What's For Dinner: farkeruk: PizzaJedi81: You wanna know why people go to chains while on vacation? They want something familiar. They're a bit homesick, and want to eat something like they get back home. Yeah, sure they'll try a new restaurant, something local or a one of a kind place, but in the end, what they really want is that sense of familiarity.

Not so much familiarity and homesickness - it's that you know what you're going to get.

It's what the anti-brand folks can never grasp. Sure, that small, independent coffee shop might be awesome, but it also might be terrible. They might allow drum circles to perform (yes, I've had this) or surly staff (this too). I know that I can walk into Caffe Nero and get a good cup of coffee in pleasant surroundings, so in a strange town that's what I do. On the other hand, in a place I visit regularly, I will take some chances and find the excellent coffee place.

But why be so afraid of it being terrible? Chances are good the food won't be any worse than Applebee's, and could be so much better. So why settle for guaranteed mediocrity? And if it is terrible, it's one meal of one day, big deal.


Because the food at chain places is packed so full of fat salt sugar there isnt much taste besides the basic fat salt sugar, and a trained monkey can heat it up from frozen without issue.

At a smaller place there's a chance they actually cook food. So it's going to have flavors, maybe be terrible, maybe be under or over cooked, and maybe cost a million bucks. Or maybe the menu will be strange and not have any safety food on it, nothing you see and go 'I love that at other places!'
 
2012-12-12 11:12:36 AM

The Billdozer: No mention of Karl Welzein? For shame, FARK.


K-Money's recipes for Guy Fieri are full of bold flavors.
 
2012-12-12 11:20:44 AM
I'll give tourists a slide on this place because it's not like you find it in every town. What drives me nuts is going to Times Square and seeing a two hour wait for Friday's.
 
2012-12-12 11:52:28 AM

Marisyana: I'll give tourists a slide on this place because it's not like you find it in every town. What drives me nuts is going to Times Square and seeing a two hour wait for Friday's.


I went to the city with an ex gf about eight years ago. It was her first time there. She insisted we eat at Applebee's, That pissed me off. I wouldn't let that happen again now that I know about a lot of the awesome food spots.
 
2012-12-12 12:10:55 PM
bring it on down to...

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2012-12-12 12:14:15 PM
I think "donkey sauce" is what Guy uses to spike his hair up.
 
2012-12-12 12:38:12 PM

ArcTheLad: Marisyana: I'll give tourists a slide on this place because it's not like you find it in every town. What drives me nuts is going to Times Square and seeing a two hour wait for Friday's.

I went to the city with an ex gf about eight years ago. It was her first time there. She insisted we eat at Applebee's, That pissed me off. I wouldn't let that happen again now that I know about a lot of the awesome food spots.


I see this every time and chuckle. The place is PACKED. TGIF's??? WTF???
The other thing that cracks me up is seeing Subway open with people actually eating there. With all the great delis around why would you ever go to Subway?
 
2012-12-12 01:25:04 PM

litespeed74: ArcTheLad: Marisyana: I'll give tourists a slide on this place because it's not like you find it in every town. What drives me nuts is going to Times Square and seeing a two hour wait for Friday's.

I went to the city with an ex gf about eight years ago. It was her first time there. She insisted we eat at Applebee's, That pissed me off. I wouldn't let that happen again now that I know about a lot of the awesome food spots.

I see this every time and chuckle. The place is PACKED. TGIF's??? WTF???
The other thing that cracks me up is seeing Subway open with people actually eating there. With all the great delis around why would you ever go to Subway?


Some people are afraid to branch out and try new things.

"What is this CEEELAANTRO?" "Ewww, sushi is raw fish, that's BAIT where I come from!!"
 
2012-12-12 03:11:32 PM
Most of the people trashing these mass-market places don't have small kids who eat nothing but chicken nuggets and tator tots.
 
2012-12-12 05:23:46 PM

farkeruk: Not so much familiarity and homesickness - it's that you know what you're going to get.


Okay but what does that have to do with Guy's American Shiat-Shingle Shack?

It's not a chain. Tourists aren't going to know what they're getting there any more than than they would at Junior's or Carmine's or Famous Ray's Famous.
 
2012-12-12 05:49:18 PM

poot_rootbeer: farkeruk: Not so much familiarity and homesickness - it's that you know what you're going to get.

Okay but what does that have to do with Guy's American Shiat-Shingle Shack?

It's not a chain. Tourists aren't going to know what they're getting there any more than than they would at Junior's or Carmine's or Famous Ray's Famous.


Just look at the menu:

Ribs=Chili's
Burger=Carl Jr's
Salmon=TGI Friday's
Pasta=Olive Garden
Wings=Applebees
Nacho's=ChiChi's

It's the same shiat but under one roof
 
2012-12-12 05:57:16 PM

braedan: rynthetyn: Yeah, kind of like how there's this hole-in-the-wall seafood place right on the commercial fishing docks in my hometown that's ranked as one of the top seafood restaurants in the country by Travel+Leisure, yet my relatives come to town and insist on Red Lobster. There's no accounting for the tastes of tourists.

What is the pricing at the hole-in-the-wall seafood place, I'm sure the food tastes better, but perhaps your out of town guests can't afford it (or fear they can't afford it). It's also entirely possible that your guests are slack-jawed mid-west yokels with unrefined tastes.


The place is cheap, definitely cheaper than Red Lobster. They just can't be convinced to go eat local seafood off of wooden picnic tables at the commercial fishing docks.
 
2012-12-12 07:31:31 PM
This thread is probably dead, but have any of the NY Farkers been to Corton?
 
2012-12-12 09:24:17 PM
I've been there. It's not that bad; I don't get the big deal.

I actually really dislike Guy Fierri, it's just the wait was too long at Carmine's.
 
2012-12-13 01:58:05 AM

PizzaJedi81: farkeruk: People go to these places because of Man On TV

The other part of that is that sometimes, these shows let you in on a place you wouldn't normally have gone to. When I went back home a while back, I went to Alice Cooper's Cooperstown restaurant, and had one of the better sandwiches I've had in...some time, in all honesty. Does that make me a bad person?


Did it have Billion Dollar Baby Back Ribs on the menu?
 
2012-12-13 02:26:18 AM

FuryOfFirestorm: PizzaJedi81: farkeruk: People go to these places because of Man On TV

The other part of that is that sometimes, these shows let you in on a place you wouldn't normally have gone to. When I went back home a while back, I went to Alice Cooper's Cooperstown restaurant, and had one of the better sandwiches I've had in...some time, in all honesty. Does that make me a bad person?

Did it have Billion Dollar Baby Back Ribs on the menu?


I honestly don't remember. It was a couple years ago. I do regret not having the Big Unit hot dog monstrosity.
 
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