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(WTOP)   Owner of Legal Sea Foods would like you to know that just because he has dozens of restaurants all over the East Coast all serving the same bland seafood to the same bland customers, he is most definitely still not a "chain"   (wtop.com ) divider line
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2014-08-12 10:13:37 AM  
If the answer to either of the below statements is yes:

One or more of my restaurant locations is located within an airport.

One or more food products bearing my restaurant's name is available for purchase outside of my restaurant.


then STFU, you're a chain. Maybe not one of the worst ones out there, but you're a goddamn chain.
 
2014-08-12 10:22:59 AM  

Pocket Ninja: If the answer to either of the below statements is yes:

One or more of my restaurant locations is located within an airport.

One or more food products bearing my restaurant's name is available for purchase outside of my restaurant.

then STFU, you're a chain. Maybe not one of the worst ones out there, but you're a goddamn chain.


I'd also include a location in a mall.
 
2014-08-12 11:47:25 AM  
Why does he feel the need to call his company, "Legal Sea Foods"? Does he have a side business in illegal sea foods?
 
2014-08-12 12:17:22 PM  

gopher321: Why does he feel the need to call his company, "Legal Sea Foods"? Does he have a side business in illegal sea foods?


Yeah, sounds sketchy as all get-out.
 
2014-08-12 12:18:19 PM  

gopher321: Why does he feel the need to call his company, "Legal Sea Foods"? Does he have a side business in illegal sea foods?


I believe their tagline is "If it's not fresh, it's not Legal." I don't know if the name or the tagline came first.

The Washington Business Journal, advertising in the guise of news since 1977.
 
2014-08-12 12:18:20 PM  

gopher321: Why does he feel the need to call his company, "Legal Sea Foods"? Does he have a side business in illegal sea foods?


Everything he serves is over 18 years old.
 
2014-08-12 12:22:19 PM  

baconbeard: gopher321: Why does he feel the need to call his company, "Legal Sea Foods"? Does he have a side business in illegal sea foods?

Everything he serves is over 18 years old.

i.chzbgr.com
 
2014-08-12 12:22:54 PM  
I eat a fair amount of illegal seafood.

Like the lobsters I take out of other peoples traps...
 
2014-08-12 12:23:44 PM  
 
2014-08-12 12:24:05 PM  

gopher321: Why does he feel the need to call his company, "Legal Sea Foods"? Does he have a side business in illegal sea foods?


The Hump.
 
2014-08-12 12:24:52 PM  

toadist: I eat a fair amount of illegal seafood.

Like the lobsters I take out of other peoples traps...


If you say that in Maine they will kill you on sight
 
2014-08-12 12:25:35 PM  
I like their clam chowder.
 
2014-08-12 12:26:22 PM  
Not chain. Gang?.

There's a difference. A place here grew to five or six restaurants. Two were later closed by the owner. It was difficult to control the quality of both the food and service. You couldn't buy in. You couldn't purchase a franchise. You and your group of "investors" could enjoy meeting in the restaurant but that's about it. Not a chain.  You probably couldn't even marry into the family business.
 
2014-08-12 12:26:25 PM  
Some chains are pretty good, like a Ruth's Chris.  Or Rudy's for BBQ.  I don't advocate Ruth's over a local joint, but I can say I've never had a bad experience at one.
 
2014-08-12 12:28:19 PM  

Prey4reign: I like their clam chowder.


This. They're not too bad. Nice to have at the US Air gateway at National during a delay, anyway. Cream of crab soup is the tits.
 
2014-08-12 12:28:53 PM  
This is going to be like "used" cars, isn't it? They weren't always "previously owned".
 
2014-08-12 12:30:21 PM  

toadist: I eat a fair amount of illegal seafood.

Like the lobsters I take out of other peoples traps...


Make sure you put one of the waterproof "Why you shouldn't eat lobsters" PETA flyers in the trap after you get the lobster out.
 
2014-08-12 12:30:36 PM  

baconbeard: gopher321: Why does he feel the need to call his company, "Legal Sea Foods"? Does he have a side business in illegal sea foods?

Everything he serves is over 18 years old.


Just 18?  That'd be Barely Legal Seafoods.
 
2014-08-12 12:31:08 PM  

burdock: gopher321: Why does he feel the need to call his company, "Legal Sea Foods"? Does he have a side business in illegal sea foods?

Yeah, sounds sketchy as all get-out.


Ey, pally, you got this guy all wrong, see? He's a respected pillar of his community, an usher down at St. Anthony's, the whole works,  capisce? Bruno, get a load a this guy, thinkin' Roger The Fish was some kinda shady character! Ha ha! You'll have to excuse Bruno, sometimes he don't see the humor in things. But yeah, the Fish, he's on the level, see? He's even a member of my club:

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2014-08-12 12:31:22 PM  
What's worse than being called an asshole?
being an asshole that owns a chain and denies it.
next he'll be denying the health department ratings.

Which makes him an asshole and a liar.
How much does he pay his waitstaff?
 
2014-08-12 12:32:15 PM  
ate a 5.25 lb lobster at the one on the pier in Boston long time ago...

yummsters.
 
2014-08-12 12:33:21 PM  
There used to be one near my house they had good food.

But they were definitely a chain.
 
2014-08-12 12:35:04 PM  
wait, what?
 
2014-08-12 12:35:37 PM  

www.quickmeme.com

 
2014-08-12 12:35:57 PM  
Sorry, dude.  If you have more than one location with the same name, you're a chain, and no amount of arguing semantics is going to change that.
 
2014-08-12 12:40:41 PM  
I travel to Boston alot and LSF is the McDonald's of seafood.
 
2014-08-12 12:40:47 PM  

gopher321: Why does he feel the need to call his company, "Legal Sea Foods"? Does he have a side business in illegal sea foods?


Yeah, I caught that as well
 
2014-08-12 12:42:47 PM  

enry: Pocket Ninja: If the answer to either of the below statements is yes:

One or more of my restaurant locations is located within an airport.

One or more food products bearing my restaurant's name is available for purchase outside of my restaurant.

then STFU, you're a chain. Maybe not one of the worst ones out there, but you're a goddamn chain.

I'd also include a location in a mall.


That wouldn't work around here, it's not uncommon for a good independently owned restaurant to open a second location in a mall food court or even stranger have it's only location be in a mall food court.  Hell for a long while the best middle eastern restaurant in Halifax NS was in a dimly lit mall food court.

The truly strange though are those chain restaurants that have tons of locations but every single one of them is in a mall food court.  Basically one very small step above fast food in the restaurant pecking order, the likelihood of contracting a foodbourn illness from one of those places is probably #1 though.
 
2014-08-12 12:44:12 PM  

enry: Pocket Ninja: If the answer to either of the below statements is yes:

One or more of my restaurant locations is located within an airport.

One or more food products bearing my restaurant's name is available for purchase outside of my restaurant.

then STFU, you're a chain. Maybe not one of the worst ones out there, but you're a goddamn chain.

I'd also include a location in a mall.


I would actually say, these things may be indicative of being a chain, but in fact, are not conclusive.

i would argue that being a chain involves multiple locations with the same name, menu, and decor.

/ although, what I would also argue is that the franchise restaurant is a little bit more pejorative than the chain restaurant.
 
2014-08-12 12:46:58 PM  

burdock: gopher321: Why does he feel the need to call his company, "Legal Sea Foods"? Does he have a side business in illegal sea foods?

Yeah, sounds sketchy as all get-out.


Maybe he should team with Amy's Baking Company...
 
2014-08-12 12:49:00 PM  

Egoy3k: the likelihood of contracting a foodbourn illness from one of those places is probably #1 though.


people say that about cheap places, but I don't think it's all that accurate.  cheap places keep stuff frozen and then cook the hell out of it, probably in a vat of oil.  they start with some over processed thing that's basically salted into preservation, then fry it.  horrible for your health, but very little space for dangerous bacteria to form.

/ compare with some place serving raw oysters.  all sorts of possibility for dangerous foodborn illness... yet, we all think it's fancy shmancy.  it is.  oysters are wonderful.  whether it's at a 25 cents an oyster happy hour or some place with the audacity to charge $20 for a half dozen.
 
2014-08-12 12:51:39 PM  
It's not a TGI Fridays or Red Lobster.

But it is a chain.
 
2014-08-12 12:55:57 PM  
I'm from Boston. I love seafood. Yet I have eaten at their restaurants only once, when my boss took me to lunch after I started a new job. I don't understand why it's so popular.
 
2014-08-12 12:56:47 PM  

pute kisses like a man: Egoy3k: the likelihood of contracting a foodbourn illness from one of those places is probably #1 though.

people say that about cheap places, but I don't think it's all that accurate.  cheap places keep stuff frozen and then cook the hell out of it, probably in a vat of oil.  they start with some over processed thing that's basically salted into preservation, then fry it.  horrible for your health, but very little space for dangerous bacteria to form.

/ compare with some place serving raw oysters.  all sorts of possibility for dangerous foodborn illness... yet, we all think it's fancy shmancy.  it is.  oysters are wonderful.  whether it's at a 25 cents an oyster happy hour or some place with the audacity to charge $20 for a half dozen.


I'm talking about places like this;

www.yyc.com

Food that was prepared by sullen high school students, stored in a supposedly cleaned out bin over a supposedly clean steam table under a heat lamp for god knows how long before being scooped out with a supposedly clean spoon and placed on your plate.  I dunno.  Your point is well made but still I'd rather have my food prepared by people who give a shiat.
 
2014-08-12 12:59:11 PM  

CruJones: Some chains are pretty good, like a Ruth's Chris.  Or Rudy's for BBQ.  I don't advocate Ruth's over a local joint, but I can say I've never had a bad experience at one.


The blandest filet mignon I ever had at a "high end" chain steakhouse was from the Ruths Chris in Tampa off Westshore Blvd. I actually put salt on the thing for a little flavor. I didnt know they fry their steaks in butter.
 
2014-08-12 12:59:46 PM  

WinoRhino: I'm from Boston. I love seafood. Yet I have eaten at their restaurants only once, when my boss took me to lunch after I started a new job. I don't understand why it's so popular.


...how would you know, having only eaten there once?
 
2014-08-12 12:59:59 PM  
This seems like a reasonable thing to argue about.
 
2014-08-12 01:02:43 PM  

Pocket Ninja: If the answer to either of the below statements is yes:

One or more of my restaurant locations is located within an airport.

One or more food products bearing my restaurant's name is available for purchase outside of my restaurant.

then STFU, you're a chain. Maybe not one of the worst ones out there, but you're a goddamn chain.


So it's like landrys but worse?
 
2014-08-12 01:03:50 PM  
1) If you have more than two locations, you're a chain

2) I haven't eaten at Legal Seafood in years, but back when I did, I wouldn't have classified it as "bland." Honestly, it's the best seafood I've ever eaten at a chain restaurant
 
2014-08-12 01:03:54 PM  
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Ride the walrus
 
2014-08-12 01:04:53 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: It's not a TGI Fridays or Red Lobster.

But it is a chain.


It'll always be Red Lobster to me.
 
2014-08-12 01:06:40 PM  

docmattic: WinoRhino: I'm from Boston. I love seafood. Yet I have eaten at their restaurants only once, when my boss took me to lunch after I started a new job. I don't understand why it's so popular.

...how would you know, having only eaten there once?


I lived in Boston for 20 years and have to say that other than the now closed Kingfish Hall, it was pretty hard to beat Legals for good seafood.  Can anyone name any place that is better?
 
2014-08-12 01:07:53 PM  

ZeroPly: toadist: I eat a fair amount of illegal seafood.

Like the lobsters I take out of other peoples traps...

Make sure you put one of the waterproof "Why you shouldn't eat lobsters" PETA flyers in the trap after you get the lobster out.


i.imgur.com

Sea Kittens
 
2014-08-12 01:08:51 PM  

El Pachuco: baconbeard: gopher321: Why does he feel the need to call his company, "Legal Sea Foods"? Does he have a side business in illegal sea foods?

Everything he serves is over 18 years old.

Just 18?  That'd be Barely Legal Seafoods.


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2014-08-12 01:09:13 PM  

beefoe: docmattic: WinoRhino: I'm from Boston. I love seafood. Yet I have eaten at their restaurants only once, when my boss took me to lunch after I started a new job. I don't understand why it's so popular.

...how would you know, having only eaten there once?

I lived in Boston for 20 years and have to say that other than the now closed Kingfish Hall, it was pretty hard to beat Legals for good seafood.  Can anyone name any place that is better?


I grew up eating fresh seafood we caught on the west coast. Legal Seafood still blew everything I had ever eaten in my life out of the water. I don't get the hate.
 
2014-08-12 01:10:04 PM  

fastfxr: I travel to Boston alot and LSF is the McDonald's of seafood.


Yes it is. I prefer Union Oyster House if someone else is paying, or if I have an extra god damn hour to sit on the train I like Fish Market Sushi in Allston.

Anyone else have a favorite seafood place in Boston?
 
2014-08-12 01:10:09 PM  

fastfxr: I travel to Boston alot and LSF is the McDonald's of seafood.


The cheapest and worst possible incarnation? I thought Long John Silver's had that covered. LSF isn't even cheap.
 
2014-08-12 01:11:23 PM  

nyseattitude: toadist: I eat a fair amount of illegal seafood.

Like the lobsters I take out of other peoples traps...

If you say that in Maine they will kill you on sight


My dad knows a guy who lives in Maine who's boat had engine trouble so he tied up to a lobster pot buoy while he made repairs. When he got back to the dock, a group of lobstermen stopped him and said "We saw you tie up to a pot". He explained the situation and they just said "We know. And we saw you tie up to a pot".

A while later they caught someone poaching lobsters out of a trap that wasn't his and they chopped the bottom out of his boat and told him next time he'd be in it when they did the chopping.

/cool scarey lobster story, bro!
 
2014-08-12 01:11:27 PM  
And how comes IOP never cooks the crust on their pizzas enough?
 
2014-08-12 01:11:43 PM  

WinoRhino: I'm from Boston. I love seafood. Yet I have eaten at their restaurants only once, when my boss took me to lunch after I started a new job. I don't understand why it's so popular.


I've been to a few of them (Burlington, Logan, Copley).  It's expensive but good.
 
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