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2014-05-26 12:51:56 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.


It's the same reason why McDonald's is so popular.  Most people want familiarity and predictability more than they want quality.  For them, a bird in the hand is worth a flock in the bush.
 
2014-05-26 12:53:02 AM  
I am reading this while eating some great chicken enchiladas. It's at some dinky looking place that uses paper plates but man is it good! I am on a good Mexican food fix right now.
 
2014-05-26 12:53:35 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.


I can cook, but oftentimes takeout is cheaper than cooking myself.  If I get a craving for something I then have to go buy a bunch of ingredients, end up with more than I need, and have leftovers that I may or may not eat, plus all of the leftover ingredients that I may or may not use before they go bad.

If I go to a restaurant or get takeout I pay for the meal I want, and that's it, no leftovers or waste to deal with (and no dishes to clean).
 
2014-05-26 12:54:50 AM  

lindalouwho: 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:
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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.

If I ever miss a Mr. Rogers reference, just shoot me. I'm a Pittsburgher.


With a handle like yours, missing that is probably about just as bad. I guess you're lucky I'm a pacifist. :P
 
2014-05-26 12:57:10 AM  

Tom_Slick: I like Panda Express, there are better places but it really isn't bad food.


Never been, but lets face it... most local ma and pop Chinese food is probably not much better,  I've had very good Chinese, but if I need a quick meal delivered in 10 minutes for $15 (me and the Mrs.)... I'll just go with the local Chinese place.  Not gourmet, but you really can't fark up Chinese food.  It does the trick, and its fast and cheap.
 
2014-05-26 01:02:50 AM  
downstairs: Not gourmet, but you really can't fark up Chinese food.

I beg to differ.  I've seen it done.
 
2014-05-26 01:02:50 AM  

Krieghund: I used to love Chili's back in the day, now I find them way too salty.


Came here to say exactly that.  I have no problem with fast food and chains- they serve a purpose.  If I'm in an airport or need something quick, I'll get McNuggets.  But indeed- Chilis is *way* too salty.  I totally get that for my $10 or whatever I'm not getting a master chef cooking my steak... but damn, calm down on the salt!  If someone wants their food over-salted, put a shaker on the table and let them go at it.  To each their own.
 
2014-05-26 01:03:45 AM  
Wait, am I the only one who sees the real story here? The one where you can De-slidify a slideshowby bookmarking a de-sliding bookmark after going to the farking slideshow website? I just tried it. I may actually browse through future slideshows now. God bless you, subby!

/short version - go to this site, follow the directions in the middle of the page and bookmark that link. Then after stumbling on a slideshow, click the bookmark you made, and wait for de-slidification.

//Or if you don't trust a stranger saying "check this link out, it's wonderful!", just follow the trail from subby's post.
 
2014-05-26 01:03:52 AM  

mediablitz: 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?


Oh, I know that LOTS of people like "those places." That's easy to understand. Perhaps you should go back and re-read the thread, including the text of the image vossiewulf posted, and see why your statement makes no sense in that context. Maybe then you'll understand what I was getting at.
 
2014-05-26 01:06:59 AM  
Olive Garden is a piss poor excuse for  Italian food.
/yes I'm a foodie
//yes I'm italian
///fuhgeddaboutit
 
2014-05-26 01:07:10 AM  

ciberido: downstairs: Not gourmet, but you really can't fark up Chinese food.

I beg to differ.  I've seen it done.


Oh I was being short.  Yeah, I have too.  Its just very rare.  My local place makes a very weird egg foo young.  I guess its the spices they use, which may appeal to others- not my thing.  But all in all if I'm just looking for a food-mouth-stomach then watch TV kinda night... Chinese works.  Its quick and cheap.
 
2014-05-26 01:10:29 AM  

grumpfuff: lindalouwho: 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.

With a handle like yours, missing that is probably about just as bad. I guess you're lucky I'm a pacifist. :P


You're right; my intent wasn't to obscure that fact.

Here's a fitting gun:

shapedpoptart.jpg
 
2014-05-26 01:13:59 AM  

Bullseyed: 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.


You're correct about intentional formula - it's the "loss leader" concept. The free stuff is loved enough to bring a lot of people in for meals.
 
2014-05-26 01:15:24 AM  

lindalouwho: grumpfuff: lindalouwho: 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.

With a handle like yours, missing that is probably about just as bad. I guess you're lucky I'm a pacifist. :P

You're right; my intent wasn't to obscure that fact.

Here's a fitting gun:

shapedpoptart.jpg


I was thinking more like one of these?

gadgethim.walyou.netdna-cdn.com

(lol at the Sprite can)

Or maybe a shotgun? Get it? A SHOTgun? For SHOTS???
(shut up, I couldn't get the image to link properly)
 
2014-05-26 01:17:23 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?


People dis Olive Garden because it claims to serve Italian food.

What they serve is at best a pastiche of the real thing. It is also heavily Americanized, so it's not surprising that many Americans like it. All the more power to them. Their claim that they serve authentic Italian food, however, is a fraud.

/ Oh, and the pasta is systematically overcooked.
 
2014-05-26 01:20:22 AM  
panda express has fresh, stir fry veggies.

sbarro i think uses fresh veg for their slices. you can also get a side of mixed veg. i don't think think it's frozen, but definitely overcooked usually.

everything else on that list is mostly processed frozen garbage. they have booze, but i'd rather get something at a short order place and drink at a bar.
 
2014-05-26 01:46:03 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.


Vacation is the only time I become a "food snob". I refuse to eat at a chain when I'm out of town unless I absolutely have no choice in the matter.
 
2014-05-26 01:55:59 AM  

Tom_Slick: MNguy: 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?

They are too expensive for the author.  Maybe he'll review Jimmy Johns for his next article.

And compare it to a Publix made deli sub.


There is NO comparison to a Publix made deli sub.
 
2014-05-26 02:15:04 AM  
Most of those places are perfectly fine.
There are some bad Sbarro's but there are good ones.
The ones on the Penn Turnpike are usually good.
And some of the Golden Corrals in the Southwest are really good, although in the North they tend not to be very good.
McDonald's and Burger King are shiatty food, Olive Garden is not.
 
2014-05-26 02:16:30 AM  

capt.hollister: 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?

People dis Olive Garden because it claims to serve Italian food.

What they serve is at best a pastiche of the real thing. It is also heavily Americanized, so it's not surprising that many Americans like it. All the more power to them. Their claim that they serve authentic Italian food, however, is a fraud.

/ Oh, and the pasta is systematically overcooked.


Not really.
This is something hipsters and foodies like to say.
But it's just pasta.  Just pasta.  You can't "Americanize" pasta.  It's starch with tomato stuff on top.  It's fine.  Grow up.
 
2014-05-26 02:28:16 AM  

Begoggle: capt.hollister: 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?

People dis Olive Garden because it claims to serve Italian food.

What they serve is at best a pastiche of the real thing. It is also heavily Americanized, so it's not surprising that many Americans like it. All the more power to them. Their claim that they serve authentic Italian food, however, is a fraud.

/ Oh, and the pasta is systematically overcooked.

Not really.
This is something hipsters and foodies like to say.
But it's just pasta.  Just pasta.  You can't "Americanize" pasta.  It's starch with tomato stuff on top.  It's fine.  Grow up.


No, pasta can easily be over cooked and any cuisine can be Americanized.  Check out any decent authentic Italian restaurant to see the difference.   Olive Garden isn't terrible, but it's not good either. And it sure as shiat isn't Italian food.
 
2014-05-26 02:35:45 AM  
RIP Chili's:

"Chili's first location, a converted postal station on Greenville Ave. in the Vickery Meadows area of Dallas, Texas, opened in 1975. The original Chili's on Greenville Ave. moved to a new building near the same site in 1981 before ceasing operations in 2007.[3] After laying idle for years, the building was torn down in 2012 to make way for a new 7-Eleven convenience store.[4]"
 
2014-05-26 03:18:16 AM  
I'm not even going to check to see if "Whataburger" is on the list.  It rules.
 
2014-05-26 03:21:34 AM  
I really hate all the people who throw around the phrase "authentic" at food.  That "Americanized" Italian food & Chinese food?  Yeah, it was created and popularized by Italian & Chinese chefs and adapted to the American palate.  Many of us have grown up with it and prefer it to anything from the original place of inspiration.  It is "authentic" in itself and doesn't need some pretentious "foodie" dissing on it just because they took a trip to Italy or Beijing once.
 
2014-05-26 03:43:09 AM  

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


Because sometimes we get dragged along to these crapholes.

Okay, I can usually find something not too awful at most of these, but there are so much better places we could be going for less money.
 
2014-05-26 03:49:38 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.


When traveling, one of my rules is to never eat dinner at chain or franchise restaurants.  If I know where I'm going ahead of time, I check out Roadfood to see if there's any local joints worth stopping at.
 
2014-05-26 03:57:40 AM  

basemetal: Meh, I can handle Panda Express every now and then.  It's just fast food, but in a pinch, it's different.


I was taking the bus home from work one day several years ago (the gf had the car) and was passing in front of a Panda Epress down the street from my place. Two seats in front of me was this odd couple, this short little skinny guy paired with this whale of a woman. Gigantor says to her boyfriend, "Gee, there's one of them Panda Express. Honey, when we get some money saved up, we're gonna have to try that place out."

Truly, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
 
2014-05-26 04:45:48 AM  

Trocadero: 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.


Another factor driving that bifurcation is the rapidly increasing cost of food as climate catastrophe devastates humanity's ability grow crops and increasing ocean acidity destroys the bottom of the food chain.
 
2014-05-26 04:47:31 AM  
you are far more likely to die from heart disease than from a gunshot yet people want guns taken away, why aren't we getting rid of unhealthy eating choices and options?

/not a gun owner
//didn't always eat healthy
///hate Michael Bloomberg
 
2014-05-26 04:52:32 AM  
downstairs:  Not gourmet, but you really can't fark up Chinese food.  It does the trick, and its fast and cheap.

Sure you can:  cook it in cottonseed oil, derived from the most heavily pesticide-sprayed crops on the planet.  Do you think the industrial process to extract the oil filters out all that poison?  This is the first thing I ask about when going to an unfamiliar Chinese place.

Panda Express uses canola oil, which isn't good, but it's better than all the other seed oils.
 
2014-05-26 05:19:54 AM  
Well, lessee:

* Sbarro.  I have never seen these outside of a mall food court, and then it's usually the food court bay with no line and heat-lamped-to-death pizza.  Oh wait, I forgot:  I did see one in Houston Hobby Airport, and actually ate there.  They had a happy hour going, and their computerized shot-o-meter was leaking a bit, giving an extra half-shot in most drinks.  The grease on the pizza slice helped balance out the rot-gut vodka.  3.5 stars for briefly whisking me away from the din of Hobby Airport.

* Olive Garden.  We end up there occasionally for large work lunches.  I do love the salad there, so I usually order something small-it's easy, order something that's supposed to be mostly protein-and load up on the salad.

* Red Lobster.  Meh.  After three or four cheddar biscuits, I don't care so much about the seafood.

* Chili's.  I used to go here every couple months for bar food and margaritas.  One of the better options after 11PM away from a big city, because most other places are closed by then.

* Friday's.  I used to eat there all the time in my 20s.  There was one just up the street from me.  They had some halfway decent meals at the time.  This is before they got rid of the candy stripe uniforms and the thirty-seven pieces of flair.  And then the the Jack Daniels Grill took over half the menu, and more recently they Guy Fieri-ed the menu.  Either that, or my taste buds changed.  Now it's good for a few stiff drinks after midnight when all the other places stumbling distance from my hotel have closed when on a business trip.

* Applebee's.  Only time I end up at one of these is when I'm in the local "big town" in otherwise rural Michigan, northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin.  My mom likes to treat us to Applebee's because it's nice to sometimes go to a "nice restaurant."  Ahem.

* Golden Corral.  I get indigestion just watching their commercials, and feel nauseous whenever they show their chocolate fountain.  (Something about the way the chocolate ripples just makes me queasy. It's too fluid, in just the wrong way.)  Every one I've seen around here (D/FW area) seems to be run down, and the patrons ambling in and out make me feel skinny.  (And I assure you I'm not.)  Haven't tried it, and not in a hurry to.

* Hard Rock Cafe.  From what I remember, Applebee's quality food at twice the price.  Oh, and the upsell!  "Would you like your drink in a Hard Rock Cafe commemorative glass?  It's just $15!"  "Buy a t-shirt!"


* Planet Hollywood.  Haven't been there, and nothing I've seen inspires me to go.  Looks like a similar formula to Hard Rock's.

* Panda Express.  These have been popping up around here.  Truly food-court fast food quality.  When one went in near my old house, the Chinese food place I actually liked (and had delivery!) went out of business about a year later.  For some reason their food seems way too gooey, saucy and salty for me, which is saying something.  (I usually add salt to everything.)  Heck, I prefer Jack-in-the-Box's egg rolls to theirs, sadly.  Fortunately, there are much better options near my new house, including the mini "Chinatown" area in Richardson.

I'm hardly a foody.  Heck, I still hit up McD's and Jack-in-the-Box for breakfast occasionally, and the occasional Whataburger is a guilty pleasure.  But in a city the size of D/FW, there are so many other options, I can understand why most of these restaurants are only found near major freeways, near large shopping malls, or at the airport.

/I sound fat
 
2014-05-26 05:21:09 AM  
There was nothing on that list with which I could argue.
 
2014-05-26 06:20:41 AM  

baka-san: I like chilis


As do i.
 
2014-05-26 07:04:25 AM  
Surprised to see Cracker Barrel didn't make the list.
 
2014-05-26 07:35:22 AM  
I would agree with all of these except for the Hard Rock Cafe. They are expensive, but I think their food is actually good. I remember going to the Planet Hollywood in Baltimore's inner harbor. I think we paid $75 for two people. The food wasn't good and I was still hungry. In my mind, Red Lobster is just Long John Silvers with waiters. That said, I don't care if others want to go to these places.
 
2014-05-26 07:59:42 AM  

Spanky McStupid: Surprised to see Cracker Barrel didn't make the list.


SHUT YOU'RE (sic) WHORE MOUTH!

/I keed

If we're limited to the realm of chain restaurants, I'd take Cracker Barrel over Morton's or Ruth's Chris.

I have been hungry in unfamiliar places and regretted trying the independent restaurant.

Besides, I just love me some Chinese lead-painted garbage souvenirs.
 
2014-05-26 08:06:16 AM  
Never eaten at planet hollywood but the rest of them are fine for what they do. If you go to any of those places expecting a gourmet experience then you're an idiot.
 
2014-05-26 08:28:17 AM  
Once a week we eat at OG. We love the salad (dressing). The food is decent. Portions are so that we have leftovers for lunch. The staff is nice. And it's cheap. The best part is neither has to cook or clean up afterwards.

We go to Chili's a couple of times a month because of their CRACK CHIPS. Their salsa is nasty, but we can't get enough of their CRACK CHIPS
 
2014-05-26 08:30:23 AM  
I'll admit to not minding TGIF's on rare occasion (granted, it's probably been a few years since I've gone to any of the linked places).  Their Jack Daniel's chicken and burger were always tasty, from what I recall.
 
2014-05-26 09:19:19 AM  
Olive Garden? No, never again. Maybe if someone else picks up the tab AND pays me to go there. As for the rest? I've had worse. Like, say...Olive Garden.
 
2014-05-26 09:23:45 AM  

pngwnpwr: Red Lobster is as good as any other non-ocean front seafood joint.


If your town has a population over 20 thousand or so, chances are that you have access to fresh seafood.  You're just not looking hard enough due to your exceptionally low standards.
 
2014-05-26 09:36:24 AM  

Spanky McStupid: Surprised to see Cracker Barrel didn't make the list.


A big ol' THIS.
 
2014-05-26 09:41:17 AM  

Spanky McStupid: Surprised to see Cracker Barrel didn't make the list.


Cracker Barrel is just fine. It's not haute cuisine and doesn't hold itself out as anything other than what it is. If you don't like that sort of heavy Southern fare, then I understand why you might not like it. I eat there once, maybe twice a year.
 
2014-05-26 09:58:57 AM  

MechaPyx: 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.


There's no shame in running for the border
 
2014-05-26 10:42:27 AM  
I get treated to OG by my parents once or twice a year. Their salad and breadsticks are the only reason they are still in business. Their dishes are always bland. But now you can buy their salad dressing at Sam's. Yay!
 
2014-05-26 11:03:27 AM  

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

Because sometimes we get dragged along to these crapholes.

Okay, I can usually find something not too awful at most of these, but there are so much better places we could be going for less money.


THIS!  ^^^  For my 54th birthday, my GF took me to a Texas Roadhouse in Madison Wisconsin, I think mainly because a friend of hers owns a couple of them.  Okay steak, but certainly nothing special.  And my daughter and son-in-law dragged me to Long Horn Steakhouse in Bloomington Indiana a couple months back. HORRIBLE service, mediocre food, WAY too expensive for what you get.  The thing they both had in common? Shiatty beer selection.  I like a good beer with my dinner, not some mass produced swill.  For the masses I guess.  Too many good stand-alone steak houses out there to mess wit' da chains.
 
2014-05-26 11:07:33 AM  

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

Because sometimes we get dragged along to these crapholes.

Okay, I can usually find something not too awful at most of these, but there are so much better places we could be going for less money.

THIS!  ^^^  For my 54th birthday, my GF took me to a Texas Roadhouse in Madison Wisconsin, I think mainly because a friend of hers owns a couple of them.  Okay steak, but certainly nothing special.  And my daughter and son-in-law dragged me to Long Horn Steakhouse in Bloomington Indiana a couple months back. HORRIBLE service, mediocre food, WAY too expensive for what you get.  The thing they both had in common? Shiatty beer selection.  I like a good beer with my dinner, not some mass produced swill.  For the masses I guess.  Too many good stand-alone steak houses out there to mess wit' da chains.


As chains go I actually don't mind either of those places, though Longhorns is the better atmosphere with Texas Roadhouse having marginally better steaks. Neither would be my first place to take someone to impress them, though.
 
2014-05-26 11:16:06 AM  

stonelotus: you are far more likely to die from heart disease than from a gunshot yet people want guns taken away, why aren't we getting rid of unhealthy eating choices and options?


Because we believe in the principle that adults should get to make their own choices in life?
 
2014-05-26 11:29:53 AM  
I used to love Chili's chicken tacos.  Then one day a few years ago the menu changed and they were either gone or sucked.  I called over a manager to ask him wtf...he said - apologetically - there's new ownership and there's been some changes.  Haven't been back.
 
2014-05-26 11:36:33 AM  

John Buck 41: madcitymac: oldtaku: lindalouwho: It's beyond me why anyone would care where and what other people eat.

Because sometimes we get dragged along to these crapholes.

Okay, I can usually find something not too awful at most of these, but there are so much better places we could be going for less money.

THIS!  ^^^  For my 54th birthday, my GF took me to a Texas Roadhouse in Madison Wisconsin, I think mainly because a friend of hers owns a couple of them.  Okay steak, but certainly nothing special.  And my daughter and son-in-law dragged me to Long Horn Steakhouse in Bloomington Indiana a couple months back. HORRIBLE service, mediocre food, WAY too expensive for what you get.  The thing they both had in common? Shiatty beer selection.  I like a good beer with my dinner, not some mass produced swill.  For the masses I guess.  Too many good stand-alone steak houses out there to mess wit' da chains.

As chains go I actually don't mind either of those places, though Longhorns is the better atmosphere with Texas Roadhouse having marginally better steaks. Neither would be my first place to take someone to impress them, though.


Yeah I like Texas Roadhouse and have gotten worse steaks at standalone places.  The difference is at TR if you even furrow your brow at your food...cooking level, gristle, whatever...you'll get three managers taking turns at your table to apologize, personally recook your steak - cut from a fresh cow if you'd like, comp your meal, throw in free beers and desert.  You just have to share your dinner experience with fat rednecks in ballcaps.
 
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