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2014-05-25 11:02:06 PM  
3 votes:
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.
2014-05-25 09:44:48 PM  
3 votes:
All of those places suck rhino taint. Now we need a boxed wine biatchapalooza.
2014-05-25 09:35:41 PM  
3 votes:
Meh, I can handle Panda Express every now and then.  It's just fast food, but in a pinch, it's different.
2014-05-26 12:19:21 AM  
2 votes:
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.
2014-05-25 11:00:53 PM  
2 votes:
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
2014-05-25 10:57:15 PM  
2 votes:
Panda Express is awesome. It's like the movie Constantine. As long as you go in knowing what it is, and not expecting something truly "authentic," then you're going to be all right.
2014-05-25 10:54:48 PM  
2 votes:
Panda Express and sbarro are restaurants?  I always considered them food court fast food.
2014-05-25 09:58:34 PM  
2 votes:

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 ;-)
2014-05-25 09:55:16 PM  
2 votes:
It's beyond me why anyone would care where and what other people eat.

And I was a chef for a living.
2014-05-26 07:14:20 PM  
1 votes:

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.


We usually drive around and look for a local place that is packed with cars that have local plates. This has led to many, many excellent vacation meals.
2014-05-26 04:19:56 PM  
1 votes:

John Buck 41: Nabb1: 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.

I just wanted a decent ribeye. Nothing southern about it. Ended up with an overcooked (asked for med. rare) half-inch thick POS. It was on the company dime though, so no lightening of my wallet.


You ordered a ribeye at a Cracker Barrel. You ordered a ribeye. At a Cracker Barrel. Not Ruth's Chris. Cracker Barrel. I like Cracker Barrel well enough, but I'm not going to order a steak there. When at Cracker Barrel, it is best to get the country fried variety of steak if you are just that keen on steak.
2014-05-26 08:06:16 AM  
1 votes:
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 03:21:34 AM  
1 votes:
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 12:53:35 AM  
1 votes:

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 12:51:56 AM  
1 votes:

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 12:35:59 AM  
1 votes:

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 12:29:12 AM  
1 votes:

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 12:20:21 AM  
1 votes:
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 12:20:16 AM  
1 votes:
I think people say "foodie" because it's close enough to "fattie" without actually saying "fat".
2014-05-26 12:18:39 AM  
1 votes:
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 12:12:44 AM  
1 votes:
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.
2014-05-25 11:45:04 PM  
1 votes:
Meh. They all have their place, I guess. What I really hate is foodies.
2014-05-25 11:38:02 PM  
1 votes:

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


I am so very sorry that your local seafood joint has been vomiting on your food.
2014-05-25 11:25:03 PM  
1 votes:

Aigoo: I eat at Applebee's once a year: when it's free.

I eat at Red Lobster or Olive Garden when someone else chooses and is paying.

Otherwise, I don't eat fast food with the exception of the rare, once every other month or so pizza (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). I call it 'stuff pretending to be food.'


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2014-05-25 11:24:39 PM  
1 votes:
I ate at Applebee's several times while I was working in North Dakota. They had double captain and cokes for the price of a single on Tuesdays. Plus the food was consistently full of fat and high in sodium. Perfect when dining while working out of town.
2014-05-25 11:24:27 PM  
1 votes:

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.
2014-05-25 11:20:49 PM  
1 votes:

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?


I've eaten at Olive Garden twice. The second time I went because i figured that there was no way it was as bad as I remembered it. But it was. Even the bread sticks were salty and disgusting.
2014-05-25 11:16:19 PM  
1 votes:
Way to go after low-hanging fruit, article author.
2014-05-25 11:05:09 PM  
1 votes:

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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2014-05-25 10:59:10 PM  
1 votes:
So you can actually make a living writing about how chain restaurants suck?

Huh.
2014-05-25 10:54:34 PM  
1 votes:
That had to have been written by a Farker. The only thing missing was a diarrhea remark or two.
2014-05-25 10:36:45 PM  
1 votes:
What's this guy's obsession with "overcooking"?
2014-05-25 10:20:58 PM  
1 votes:

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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2014-05-25 09:24:44 PM  
1 votes:
I'm no foodie, but I agree with pretty much the whole list, with the exception of Red Lobster and Olive Garden. I know I've been to those places, but I can't remember what their food tastes like. There are just too many great seafood and italian restaurants around here, so no one ever says, "hey let's go there."
 
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