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Never cared that much for any of them before and will be supporting local even more than ever now. 

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Just now, E-Z Glider said:

Never cared that much for any of them before and will be supporting local even more than ever now. 

same

well OK I do love Chick-Fil-A & Popeyes

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Fast food - Chick-fil-a

Sit Down (lower end) - Copeland’s 

Sit Down (higher end) - Shula’s (is this considered a chain?)

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3 minutes ago, E Street Brat said:

Olive Garden for special occasions 

like the apocalypse? 

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As far as sit down chain places, I like the Bonefish Grill and Ruth Chris is a pretty good steakhouse. Like most though I prefer local eats.

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Moe's, blue coast (small "chain"), salsaritas. 

Zaxby's, Chick-fil-A

Five guys, cook out (how could I forget cook out? It's my kids go to but on the other side of town)

Culver's (we're finally getting one next week)

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5 minutes ago, -OZ- said:

Moe's, blue coast (small "chain"), salsaritas. 

Zaxby's, Chick-fil-A

Five guys

Culver's (we're finally getting one next week)

Five guys is putrid

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7 minutes ago, -OZ- said:

Moe's, blue coast (small "chain"), salsaritas. 

Zaxby's, Chick-fil-A

Five guys

Culver's (we're finally getting one next week)

really miss this place, had one in austin and then up in minnesota too....... good burgers and desserts

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10 minutes ago, pantherclub said:

Five guys is putrid

Your shut your mouth! 

We don't go often but when I'm glutton for a fast food heart attack, it's one of the chains I can count on.

I prefer Shaggy's but not a chain.

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1 hour ago, wikkidpissah said:

3-4 previous threads on the subject

Haven't tried it yet but have heard good things!

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PF Chang's: Not going to seek it out based on where I am, but they do a decent job

Il Fornaio

California Pizza kitchen: used to be wonderful, now kind of meh

Bubba gump's: not spectacular, but consistent (never a bad meal) and the ones I've been to have wonderful views.

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I’m only considering sit down type restaurants here, no fast food or fast casual

Red Robin

Buffalo Wild Wings

Outback

Texas Roadhouse
 

those are about the only ones i visit with any frequency 

will hit these occasionally 

chilis

bob Evans 

ruby Tuesday 

 

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Cheesecake Factory

claim jumper

popeyes

panda express- a safe option for take out chinese

chipotle

red robin

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How many are necessary before it is considered a chain? 

Winking Lizard (Ohio only I think, but there are about 18 of them)

Maggiano's Little Italy

Texas Roadhouse

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Ruth's Chris and Mastro's for steakhouses. Capital Grille is good too.

Another vote for Red Robin. Those are some damn good burgers.

I dig Panda Express - food is always pretty good, cheap, and fast.

Filiberto's for fast food Mexican in the Southwest.

Krispy Kreme makes a mean doughnut.

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1 minute ago, kutta said:

Ruth's Chris and Mastro's for steakhouses. Capital Grille is good too.

Another vote for Red Robin. Those are some damn good burgers.

I dig Panda Express - food is always pretty good, cheap, and fast.

Filiberto's for fast food Mexican in the Southwest.

Krispy Kreme makes a mean doughnut.

I think Mastros is where I went in Vegas and ordered a $50 steak and took 2 bites because I already had like 2 full day’s of nonstop drinking and had no appetite 

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1 minute ago, Dan Lambskin said:

I think Mastros is where I went in Vegas and ordered a $50 steak and took 2 bites because I already had like 2 full day’s of nonstop drinking and had no appetite 

They have a cool one there in Cosmo I think.

The original one is in Phoenix, and it's still my fav. But they've been bought out by an investment group and doing a lot of expansion - they have an awesome menu.

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I guess I’m lower class. I can find something to enjoy at nearly any fast food place. 

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17 minutes ago, kutta said:

Another vote for Red Robin. Those are some damn good burgers.

I love me some bottomless, piping hot steak fries that accompany their burgers.

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Whataburger

Chik-fil-a

Popeye's

Waffle House (Road trip breakfast only).

Blimpie

I really won't do chains for anything higher end than fast food.

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I never really got all the Olive Garden hate

Its not the greatest food in the world but it’s not bad either imo

We order curbside once in awhile. 

The salad is big and always fresh. The chicken broccoli Alfredo is pretty good.

The zeppole are pretty darn good too

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1 hour ago, Cowboysfan8 said:
2 hours ago, pantherclub said:

Five guys is putrid

🙄

Just curious, does anyone else using a PC just see his response as a blank box?  On my phone I see it is the eyeroll emoji.  I've seen several replies in different threads and all that is showing on my screen is a blank box.

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2 hours ago, nirad3 said:
2 hours ago, -OZ- said:

Moe's, blue coast (small "chain"), salsaritas. 

Zaxby's, Chick-fil-A

Five guys

Culver's (we're finally getting one next week)

really miss this place, had one in austin and then up in minnesota too....... good burgers and desserts

This is easily my favorite fast food chain.....not even close (sorry Chic-Fil-A you're second).  As far as sit down restaurants, I don't really have one....feel like we do better at home.

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36 minutes ago, Cowboysfan8 said:

I never really got all the Olive Garden hate

Its not the greatest food in the world but it’s not bad either imo

We order curbside once in awhile. 

The salad is big and always fresh. The chicken broccoli Alfredo is pretty good.

The zeppole are pretty darn good too

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I agree. It's not homemade pasta or anything, but it's not terrible. The salad is great. And the mushroom ravioli is pretty damn good.

I worked there for a while as a waiter, and always thought the food was decent.

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Back in my Chicaoland days I was a big fan of Potbelly's Sandwich Shop.

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36 minutes ago, Cowboysfan8 said:

I never really got all the Olive Garden hate

Its not the greatest food in the world but it’s not bad either imo

We order curbside once in awhile. 

The salad is big and always fresh. The chicken broccoli Alfredo is pretty good.

The zeppole are pretty darn good too

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It's overpriced pasta. 

There's a reason it's done well, and the salad is good.. But we won't eat there, it just isn't worth the price.

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27 minutes ago, -OZ- said:

It's overpriced pasta. 

There's a reason it's done well, and the salad is good.. But we won't eat there, it just isn't worth the price.

Pretty sure everything is just frozen and microwaved to order

It’s not terrible, and I used to go frequently in my late teens / early 20s, but I don’t think I’d ever choose to go there again

I probably haven’t been in like 10 years and that was for a soup, salad and breadsticks lunch

Also have multiple local Italian joints that are much better so it’s just not something on my radar

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10 minutes ago, Dan Lambskin said:

Pretty sure everything is just frozen and microwaved to order

 

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Taco Johns and Qdoba probably my favorites.  Culver’s is solid too I swear the one in my town is a goldmine.  Busy all the time.  Their spicy chicken sandwich is pretty darn good

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10 minutes ago, Cowboysfan8 said:

:no:

Yep looks like I got caught up in an Internet myth

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1 hour ago, Dan Lambskin said:

Pretty sure everything is just frozen and microwaved to order

It’s not terrible, and I used to go frequently in my late teens / early 20s, but I don’t think I’d ever choose to go there again

I probably haven’t been in like 10 years and that was for a soup, salad and breadsticks lunch

Also have multiple local Italian joints that are much better so it’s just not something on my radar

We were given a gift card last year, took us almost a whole year to decide to use it. It was fine, but there's no way I'd choose it over any of probably at least 70 restaurants nearby. 

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Chuy’s has pretty good Tex-Mex. One of the few chains with Hatch green chile.

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Ale House. I believe it was local here in Florida to start, but I have relatives in PA now telling me they have them there. Beers, burgers, wings. 

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6 hours ago, pantherclub said:

Five guys is putrid

First "that guy" of the thread. 

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5 hours ago, kutta said:

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Krispy Kreme makes a mean doughnut.

It's kind of amazing anyone would eat Dunkin donuts if they could choose Krispy Kreme. (DD does have better coffee)

The only donut I prefer is daylight donuts.

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4 hours ago, Mister CIA said:

Back in my Chicaoland days I was a big fan of Potbelly's Sandwich Shop.

I had that once and then looked online at the nutritional info for their sandwiches. Just looking at the sodium count gave me a minor heart attack.

Never at there again.

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5 hours ago, Galileo said:

Texas Roadhouse

I’m glad a few folks have tabbed Texas Roadhouse ... ours is pretty solid.

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Olive Garden was probably a lot better in the past. I worked at one back when they did make the pasta fresh in house. Had a pasta-making station right up front in the lobby so people could watch while waiting for their tables.

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Texas Roadhouse - Full slab o ribs with a baked sweet potato, and an order of rattlesnake bites

Five Guys - Love their cajun fries, but they overcook their burgers

Burger King - Original chicken sandwich minus lettuce - an easy go to when you can't decide on anything else

Ruby Tuesday - I get my money's worth at the salad bar

Cracker Barrel - The only place around that serves sweet iced tea

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