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2014-05-25 11:39:58 PM  
I love spending all day in the kitchen (seriously), so I agree with most of this list.

Yet, TGI Fridays makes a fantastic artichoke dip, except they give you about 4,000 chips and a shot glass of dip, so it doesn't work out so well.
 
2014-05-25 11:40:13 PM  

ciberido: Mitch Taylor's Bro: Do you honestly "like" any of those restaurants? I mean, if I'm hungry enough, and there's nothing else around, I'll go to those places. But I live in a region where better options are everywhere.

Not really like per se, but they're ok, like you said, when there's nothing else around.  I have to admit I actually seek out an On the Border once in a while, so I really can't criticize what anyone else eats.


Heh, my secret shame is Jack in the Box, so like I said earlier: "I'm no foodie."

grumpfuff: You're thinking of Cindy.

/amazed no one else caught that


Ha, went right over my head!
 
2014-05-25 11:45:04 PM  
Meh. They all have their place, I guess. What I really hate is foodies.
 
2014-05-25 11:48:09 PM  

Aigoo: (and yes, I consider both Olive Garden and Red Lobster to be fast food. Anytime Italian or seafood can be at your table in 15 minutes, that's fast food in my opinion)


exactly how long should seafood be cooked in your opinion? do you prefer your shrimp and crab legs to be simmered all day?
 
2014-05-25 11:48:51 PM  
I concur.

There are a lot of crappy restaurants out there that don't see themselves as crappy.

There must be a lot of people with very low dining expectations.
 
2014-05-25 11:51:07 PM  
You know what else sucks? McDonald's, KFC, Taco Bell, etc.

But they don't serve alcohol or have table service.

Other than that difference, all shiat restaurants are shiat.

Shocking.
 
2014-05-25 11:52:04 PM  
Red Lobster actually not a bad choice if your watching what you eat. Just stick to the grilled fish and pair it with broccoli and a salad. Avoid the biscuits also.
 
2014-05-25 11:54:52 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: One doesn't have to be a foodie in order to realize that there's far better food out there than Red Lobster and Olive Garden.

/and no, I didn't even bother with the rest of your list
//blech


Fun fact: both those chains are owned by the same company, Darden. And RL is apparently been so disappointing earnings-wise they're looking to sell it off.
 
2014-05-25 11:56:39 PM  
This article seems to be saying, "Chain restaurants suck and you suck for liking them".

Fark you article, chain restaurants make money because they serve the lowest common denominator of people. People like that shiat and eat there and they make money. Sure "foodies" hate chain restaurants, but farking foodies are complete idiots.

A "foodie" waitress told me to order my veggie ommlette with sausage, before she told me she was a foodie. Foodies in New York eat at a shiatty deep dish Chicago restaurant, and think it's cool.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/13/chicago-style-deep-dish-piz za _n_4958484.html

Farking "Foodie" means exactly farking nothing except that you like food, and like to "explore" food. I went to McDonalds and asked for extra onions on my McDouble, I'm a badass foodie biatches. Deal with it.
 
2014-05-25 11:57:47 PM  
I appreciate a good meal but I'm not super picky. As long as the place is clean, the food is fresh, and they have a well run kitchen I'll eat there. Generally I've found if the front of the house isn't tidy then the kitchen probably isn't either and it's best to skip the place because you're not going to get a good meal.

Did not see Cheesecake Factory on that list. Over hyped, way overpriced food.
/was not impressed
 
2014-05-25 11:59:21 PM  

Mitch Taylor's Bro: vossiewulf: Mitch Taylor's Bro: lindalouwho: It's beyond me why anyone would care where and what other people eat.

And I was a chef for a living.

I hope you cared what other people ate WHILE you were a chef ;-)

Give her a break, she's no more than two.

Answer to original question:
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Do you honestly "like" any of those restaurants? I mean, if I'm hungry enough, and there's nothing else around, I'll go to those places. But I live in a region where better options are everywhere.


Obviously LOTS of people like "those places" or they wouldn't be in business. How is that difficult to understand?
 
2014-05-26 12:00:20 AM  

12349876: Fart_Machine: Panda Express and sbarro are restaurants?  I always considered them food court fast food.

These may not be near you but they do exist and are expanding.
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There is a stand alone Panda in my locale and it is decent. Not fantastic but certainly edible. I agreed with all the others on the list, through.
 
2014-05-26 12:02:43 AM  
wambu:

There must be a lot of people with very low dining expectations.

Yes, the saddest part however is that they go to Trip Advisor or Yelp and give such places five star reviews.

:-(
 
2014-05-26 12:03:31 AM  
Meh. Food is energy. Any of those places will keep me from running out of gas and tipping over. That's all I really ask.
 
2014-05-26 12:03:31 AM  

ciberido: Nix Nightbird: I find it annoying that TFA kept saying "You could just stay home and make it in your own kitchen" as if going to a restaurant weren't something you do because you DON'T FEEL LIKE COOKING TONIGHT or DON'T WANT TO COOK FOR A LARGE GROUP.

It's not always.

The author is implicitly dividing all restaurants into two categories: those where you couldn't hope to make what was on the menu there in your own kitchen (and have it coming out tasting as good or better), and those where the food is no better than or different from what you could make yourself at home.

In general, really good restaurants fall into the first category, and restaurants that are bad or mediocre fall into the latter.  There are other considerations, however; for example, you might love Indian food, but lack the slightest idea of how to cook it at home.  Then ANY Indian restaurant would fall into the first category.

I make a pretty decent meatloaf, for example, but I couldn't make a kofta if my life depended on it.  If I felt like meatloaf, I could stay at home and bake my own, or I could go out to a Golden Corral and order one.  I don't have that option with kofta.


Kofta is one of the easiest "ethnic" things to make. The hard part is getting ground lamb. Everything else is common and easy and take very little time. Hell, I've been lazy/cheap and just used plain old ground beef, and it's still pretty good (just go for higher fat, like 80/20 at least).
 
2014-05-26 12:04:54 AM  

FarkingReading: You know what else sucks? McDonald's, KFC, Taco Bell, etc.

But they don't serve alcohol or have table service.

Other than that difference, all shiat restaurants are shiat.

Shocking.


I like Taco Bell. It's my not so guilty pleasure.
 
2014-05-26 12:05:25 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Red Lobster actually not a bad choice if your watching what you eat. Just stick to the grilled fish and pair it with broccoli and a salad. Avoid the biscuits also.


They would be my only reason for wanting to go.
 
2014-05-26 12:07:56 AM  

grumpfuff: vossiewulf: Mitch Taylor's Bro: lindalouwho: It's beyond me why anyone would care where and what other people eat.

And I was a chef for a living.

I hope you cared what other people ate WHILE you were a chef ;-)

Give her a break, she's no more than two.

Answer to original question:
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You're thinking of Cindy.

/amazed no one else caught that


I got that it was a reference to The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, but I couldn't remember the name exactly.
 
2014-05-26 12:08:09 AM  
Panda Express I'll eat sometimes, but it's like the Taco Bell of Chinese food. Don't expect anything remotely like authentic Chinese food, and you won't be too disappointed.
 
2014-05-26 12:08:37 AM  
Eh. I would eat at all of those places, if there weren't a better place to eat that serves the same stuff just down the block from each of them.
 
2014-05-26 12:11:34 AM  
I don't mind Panda as I'm not a huge Chinese food fan. Only time I hit up Golden Corral is for the breakfast buffet as I love breakfast buffets.

/shower the hate
 
2014-05-26 12:12:18 AM  
Hard Rock Cafe is still in business?

Except for Sbarro I could find something at any of these. I hate really overpriced mediocre food. Morton's comes to mind.
 
2014-05-26 12:12:42 AM  
Chilis chips and salsa. I can't help it. I just love it so much.
 
2014-05-26 12:12:44 AM  
Hey now, these places aren't first rate but when you're farking starving you can't beat hitting applebees during happy hour, getting two appetizers and two beers and being gone (with a decent tip) for $20.

food is food, sustenance is sustenance. I like good food, but sometimes a man had just got to eat.
 
2014-05-26 12:13:06 AM  
Look, sometimes a girl just wants some coconut shrimp with that tasty-ass pineapple dipping stuff. And cheddar biscuits.

/Olive Garden gives me the poos
 
2014-05-26 12:14:17 AM  

ciberido: grumpfuff: vossiewulf: Mitch Taylor's Bro: lindalouwho: It's beyond me why anyone would care where and what other people eat.

And I was a chef for a living.

I hope you cared what other people ate WHILE you were a chef ;-)

Give her a break, she's no more than two.

Answer to original question:
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You're thinking of Cindy.

/amazed no one else caught that

I got that it was a reference to The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, but I couldn't remember the name exactly.


Well, Dr. Seuss is probably second only to Mr. Rogers in terms of my childhood heroes. That and the "amazed" part was mostly referring to (red-faced) linda.
 
2014-05-26 12:14:44 AM  
I thought planet hollywood went out of business
 
2014-05-26 12:15:32 AM  

lindalouwho: It's beyond me why anyone would care where and what other people eat.

And I was a chef for a living.


B/c sometimes you really like a small, well run restaurant that for whatever reason doesn't work (dumb nephew accountant, crazy landlord, etc), and then a stupid awful chain place moves in instead. Where my parents still live, they've seen a couple of great restaurants close (retirement/landlord is insane) and multiple chain burger places move in. There's a few blocks that are almost only hamburger restaurants. A great old deli goes away and a Subway takes its place. The Free Market is great if you don't mind the lowest common denominator. And w/ the deteriorating middle class, that's all that's going to be left; ultra cheap garbage food, or the fanciest restaurants you can think of. Hell, Red Lobster is in that middle zone and is dying, hard.
 
2014-05-26 12:17:56 AM  

Trocadero: ciberido: I make a pretty decent meatloaf, for example, but I couldn't make a kofta if my life depended on it.  If I felt like meatloaf, I could stay at home and bake my own, or I could go out to a Golden Corral and order one.  I don't have that option with kofta.

Kofta is one of the easiest "ethnic" things to make. The hard part is getting ground lamb. Everything else is common and easy and take very little time. Hell, I've been lazy/cheap and just used plain old ground beef, and it's still pretty good (just go for higher fat, like 80/20 at least).


Um... you realize that there are about a million different foods called "kofta," right?  Not all of them contain lamb.  Not all of them even contain meat at all.

Even if the particular kofta you're thinking of is very easy to make, that doesn't mean that the one I want is.
 
2014-05-26 12:18:39 AM  
Chain restaurants are harmless, unless you're watching your sodium intake. The food is nothing special, but they can simply be that quick and easy place to grab a meal to get out for a couple of hours. Having said that, I don't think I've been to a chain restaurant intentionally in years. There are plenty of local places that I'd much rather spend my money at.
 
2014-05-26 12:19:21 AM  
I feel better about myself when I look down on other people that do things that have absolutely no effect on me. AND I don't even own a TV.
 
2014-05-26 12:20:16 AM  
I think people say "foodie" because it's close enough to "fattie" without actually saying "fat".
 
2014-05-26 12:20:21 AM  
What always makes me scratch my head is that if you go on vacation to a beach town, you will see places like Red Lobster or Olive Garden packed. Then you see a local joint across the street named something like Pirate Jack's half full. Yeah, I would travel 1500 miles to eat in the same shiat hole I could eat less than a mile from at home, but never do.
 
2014-05-26 12:21:59 AM  
Olive Garden and TGIFridays are the wurst
 
2014-05-26 12:22:35 AM  

fusillade762: The My Little Pony Killer: One doesn't have to be a foodie in order to realize that there's far better food out there than Red Lobster and Olive Garden.

/and no, I didn't even bother with the rest of your list
//blech

Fun fact: both those chains are owned by the same company, Darden. And RL is apparently been so disappointing earnings-wise they're looking to sell it off.


Golden Gate Capital of San Francisco bought RL 4-5 days ago. If you like drama in your business section you should check out some of the stories. The Darden shareholders are freaking out.
 
2014-05-26 12:24:53 AM  

99.998er: What always makes me scratch my head is that if you go on vacation to a beach town, you will see places like Red Lobster or Olive Garden packed. Then you see a local joint across the street named something like Pirate Jack's half full. Yeah, I would travel 1500 miles to eat in the same shiat hole I could eat less than a mile from at home, but never do.


Yep. Red Lobster started out in Florida.
 
2014-05-26 12:27:41 AM  

grumpfuff: ciberido: grumpfuff: vossiewulf: Mitch Taylor's Bro: lindalouwho: It's beyond me why anyone would care where and what other people eat.

And I was a chef for a living.

I hope you cared what other people ate WHILE you were a chef ;-)

Give her a break, she's no more than two.

Answer to original question:
[img.4plebs.org image 350x377]


You're thinking of Cindy.

/amazed no one else caught that

I got that it was a reference to The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, but I couldn't remember the name exactly.

Well, Dr. Seuss is probably second only to Mr. Rogers in terms of my childhood heroes. That and the "amazed" part was mostly referring to (red-faced) linda.


If I ever miss a Mr. Rogers reference, just shoot me. I'm a Pittsburgher.
 
2014-05-26 12:29:12 AM  

99.998er: What always makes me scratch my head is that if you go on vacation to a beach town, you will see places like Red Lobster or Olive Garden packed. Then you see a local joint across the street named something like Pirate Jack's half full. Yeah, I would travel 1500 miles to eat in the same shiat hole I could eat less than a mile from at home, but never do.


Some people just don't care about quality food.  That being said, the place called Pirate Jack's could be a tourist trap and even worse than Red Lobster.  With Yelp and various forums it is getting a lot easier to find good places even in touristy areas without having to have a local clue you in though.
 
2014-05-26 12:33:37 AM  

Rev. Skarekroe: What's this guy's obsession with "overcooking"?


He made a list of places who mostly microwave precooked food. Chances are the food will be over cooked.
 
2014-05-26 12:34:25 AM  
Jeeze, there sure are a lot of spoiled snooty farkers in this thread! For people like myself that live in shiatty/rural areas of the country (I live in the San Joaquin Valley), Olive Garden IS often the best Italian food you can get. There is one Olive Garden in a town about 20 miles from me. It opened maybe 15 years ago. There is ALWAYS at least a 15-30 min wait. On Fri night/Sat/Sun, the wait is usually an hour; holidays, just forget it. I got my wife takeout from there one Valentines Day (she was in the hospital with our newborn son, and it's what she wanted), and the line at the restaurant to pick up an order that had been called in 45 min earlier was out the door, an hour and a half! To pick up! Yes, their breadsticks are too salty, but I don't know anyone around here that doesn't like their food and doesn't consider them a rather upscale option for dining out.

I totally agree with the article list of blurbs that Applebee's, TGIFriday's, Golden Corral, Planet Hollywood, and Hard Rock Cafe are terrible.

Red Lobster sucks except for the biscuits, as has been said. I usually just get a large salad to go with them.

Panda Express is Chinese fast food. I consider it in the same class as a Carl's Jr. or El Pollo Loco, just a different drive-thru option, if a bit more expensive. The food isn't bad for what it is, and it's one of the rare drive-thru places where you can get a ton of veggies in your meal.

My wife and I always remarked to each other that Sbarro looked and smelled better than any other mall food court place, but invariably tasted the worst. I thought the chain went bankrupt; I haven't seen one in a few years.
 
2014-05-26 12:35:59 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: 99.998er: What always makes me scratch my head is that if you go on vacation to a beach town, you will see places like Red Lobster or Olive Garden packed. Then you see a local joint across the street named something like Pirate Jack's half full. Yeah, I would travel 1500 miles to eat in the same shiat hole I could eat less than a mile from at home, but never do.

Some people just don't care about quality food.  That being said, the place called Pirate Jack's could be a tourist trap and even worse than Red Lobster.  With Yelp and various forums it is getting a lot easier to find good places even in touristy areas without having to have a local clue you in though.


If I am unfamiliar with the area I will ask the locals first,concierge second. Concierges can be paid off, but usually they are straight up.
 
2014-05-26 12:38:18 AM  

lindalouwho: fusillade762: The My Little Pony Killer: One doesn't have to be a foodie in order to realize that there's far better food out there than Red Lobster and Olive Garden.

/and no, I didn't even bother with the rest of your list
//blech

Fun fact: both those chains are owned by the same company, Darden. And RL is apparently been so disappointing earnings-wise they're looking to sell it off.

Golden Gate Capital of San Francisco bought RL 4-5 days ago. If you like drama in your business section you should check out some of the stories. The Darden shareholders are freaking out.


Those stories usually bore me but the Red Lobster one seemed odd. Darden "sold" RL to one of these outfit's like Romney's Bane Capital. The price was something like 2.6 billion but the capital shop then immediately recovered 2.5 billion by selling some RL real estate.
 
2014-05-26 12:38:24 AM  

Witness99: I don't know why people dis Olive Garden. I made their "Stuffed Chicken Marsala" recipe this weekend and it was awesome. I also make the Cheddar Bay Biscuits from Red Lobster. What's not to love?


Because the stuff they give away for free isn't supposed to count. I wonder if that's an intentional formula though. McDs sucks, but fries. Red Lobster is eh but biscuit yum. Olive Garden ew but bread sticks yay.
 
2014-05-26 12:43:31 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: 99.998er: What always makes me scratch my head is that if you go on vacation to a beach town, you will see places like Red Lobster or Olive Garden packed. Then you see a local joint across the street named something like Pirate Jack's half full. Yeah, I would travel 1500 miles to eat in the same shiat hole I could eat less than a mile from at home, but never do.

Some people just don't care about quality food.  That being said, the place called Pirate Jack's could be a tourist trap and even worse than Red Lobster.  With Yelp and various forums it is getting a lot easier to find good places even in touristy areas without having to have a local clue you in though.


That and some people go to those places for the specials.  I dated a girl from a huge, poor family who always went to Olive Garden when they went out to eat.  Eventually I asked why they always went there and she told me it was because the "endless bread sticks and bottomless salad" for something like $2.99.  If you have to fill nine stomachs for 30 bucks, you could do worse I imagine.  I'd hate to be that waiter though.
 
2014-05-26 12:44:11 AM  
That's a surprisingly accurate list.

I used to love Chili's back in the day, now I find them way too salty.
I'll eat at the Panda Garden 2 blocks from my house on a rare occasion.

I have no intention on ever going to any of the other 8.
 
2014-05-26 12:45:08 AM  

Krieghund: I have no intention on ever going to any of the other 8.


going *back to* any other the other 8. I've tried them all, and found them all 'meh'.
 
2014-05-26 12:47:05 AM  

lindalouwho: It's beyond me why anyone would care where and what other people eat.

And I was a chef for a living.


People with jobs and/or friends sometimes find themselves eating at a restaurant that someone else has selected.

Or so I'm told.
 
2014-05-26 12:47:23 AM  
Chilis is okay, and the drinks (margaritas) are good.  It's overpriced, but then most restaurants are these days.  Plus we don't always feel like cooking / eating at home.
 
2014-05-26 12:48:49 AM  

Krieghund: Krieghund: I have no intention on ever going to any of the other 8.

going *back to* any other the other 8. I've tried them all, and found them all 'meh'.


Friday's used to make a pretty solid burger, and they'd cook it medium rare, so that was a plus.  Maybe they still do, but I haven't been to one in ages. They a also used to have cut up rings of jalapeño coated in corn meal and then deep fried, sort of like fried okra but with jalapeños instead, those were good.
 
2014-05-26 12:51:41 AM  
Life is too short to eat at chain restaurants.
 
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