I'm feeling fat today and want to talk about good bad mass produced food.
Cracker Barrel's potatoes au gratin patty is like crack.
I still live in 1986
Houston's makes great burgers. And Whataburger makes a decent fast-food burger (the only edible fast-food burger in these parts). I still crave Dunkin Donuts, but there are only two franchises here.
I loved Chi-Chi's. They did not deserve what happened to them.
Chevy's fresh mex is good.
"Chow down @ Chick-Fil-A!"
Houston's, their ribs are the best.
I'd still pick Popeye's over any other place, though.
Love PF Chang's (brown rice and steamed broccoli)-
if health were not a consideration and I were not a vegan, I could dine on some Popeye's with pleasure...
Chilis and Chipoltle
Cheesecake Factory OM NOM NOM
Or Panera Bread.
Bertucci's isn't bad for a chain. Also Chipotle.
I like Houston's cold slaw. They add just a touch of tarragon which makes their slaw exquisite for my tastes. I don't know if this is the recipe for all Houston's, but it is for the one in Pasadena, CA.
Bojangles. Best biscuits ever!
Love P.F. Chang's MONGOLIAN BEEF and the CRISPY GREEN BEANS.
In-N-Out, by far. Just the burgers, not their fries. Best fries are from McD's.
I love how I get hot flashes after I eat there. I'm not sure the hormonal shifts that takre place after i eat a Grinder or 50 Grinders, but they sure are good. The hot flashes are a welcome on a cold winter day.
Moe's Southwest Grill is also a keeper
PF Chang's WonTon Soup is the best.
Panera for fast food.
Smashburgers for Burgers.
Still love CPK.
A&W. I was an A&W beer boy when I was a teenager. I brewed the root beer in the basement and put the orders from the kitchen on the trays for the surly car hops. We had one big-fat cook named Ethel who sang and cracked dirty jokes like Roseanne while she worked.
Just ate at Giraffa's in North Miami. Delicious steaks, really fresh-tasting.
How can very old dead meat be fresh tasting?
Chipotle--since I think it is the only chain restaurant that have been to in the past 10 years more than once. I know it sounds a little precious, but I try not to shop/eat at chains and to support local businesses as much as possible. Of course I'm a hypocrit and use Amazon with alarming frequency.
The Outback, Famous Daves BBQ, Black Bear Diner.
Healthy Choice is the only one I'll patronize.
R32, do you live in N. California? I just moved here and have noticed The Black Bear Diner.
R2, There is a hash brown casserole recipe that tastes really similar to the Cracker Barrel
recipe, but it is close. This recipe can feed a large crowd and is good for a brunch."
2 lbs frozen hash browns
1/2 cup margarine or 1/2 cup butter, melted
1 (10 1/4 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
1 pint sour cream
1/2 cup onions, peeled and chopped
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 350°F and spray an 11 x 14 baking dish with cooking spray.
Mix the above ingredients together, place in prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes or until brown on top.
Another vote for Outback Steak House, and Famous Daves, and also Chipotle.
Houstons, hands down.
They have a veggie burger that is the best I've ever had. EVER.
Olive Garden! Their salad bowl and breadsticks are divine and the food is decent.
P F Changs
Checkers and Golden Corral
IHOP. Yes, it's awful, and awful for you.
But they do deliver the comfort food, the kind your momma never actually made.
Houston's (or Hillstone) is a bit more upscale for a mere chain restauraunt. Awesome cocktails!
For something a little more informal, I like Longhorn Steakhouse. Pretty good steaks, reasonable prices. And excellent margaritas.
Have to agree with Longhorn Steakhouse. For the price, it's primo.
I used to live near a Philadelphia Cheesesteak place. I miss that place.
Death to R41, traitor to the gay cause.
Steak 'n Shake, in the midwest and south.
I hear there is a new on in Broadway in Times Square.
Anyone from NYC tried it yet? What did you think?
Ponderosa's breakfast buffet is really very good, hearty; excellent hash browns in cheesy cause; excellent ham, bacon - yummmM!
Do you live in Austin?
I lived there for 9 years and missed DD as well..only two locations.
In the NE now, a DD on every corner.
Cracker Barrel Chicken n Dumplings...
Now that's Crack!
Olive garden is way overpriced boil-&-barf!
[quote]do you live in N. California? I just moved here and have noticed The Black Bear Diner.
I'm in California but not the northern part. There are Black Bear Diners in California, Nevada, Arizona and Oregon. It's diner food definitely, but their chicken fried steaks are the best. That's the only thing I ever get there but I love it.
I love Outback burgers and their blooming onions and Famous Daves ribs and shredded pork. FD has great 'fire hot' sauce too.
I know I sound fat, but I don't eat out much.
Red Lobster is the worst.
I have been to Famous Daves in San Jose, R58. I like all the different sauces they have. I will try the Black Bear Diner next time I go to my vet in Morgan Hill. haha, You don't sound fat.
Could someone explain Dave and Busters to me.
Baja Fresh. Pico Grillo and Tostado Salad. Fantastic!
Rubio's isn't bad at all
Chick-fil-A, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic
R54, I'm in Houston. One of the DnD franchises is out by the ship channel somewhere. I tend to get their donuts when I'm on road trips.
Ahhh Waffle House. I love their waffles. Wish they had chains in the SoCal area.
Bonefish Grill is really quite good.
Houstons, Famous Daves, Doc Cheys Noodle House
Picholine, Artisinal...that kind of chain
Chick-Fil-A and Chipotle
I tend to favor the American comfort food variety, so places like Marie Callender's, on the west coast, or The Black-Eyed Pea, in the south. For fast-food, probably the Sonic Drive-in or Steak 'n' Shake or In-N-Out. I used to periodically go to Tony Roma's to gorge on one of their BBQ feast plates, along with their "onion loaf" as an appetizer.
It's probably a good thing for me, my cholesterol, and my waistline, that none of these restaurants is currently available in my area.
Four Seasons Hotel restaurants.
Another vote for waffle house. They don't have one in my home town, so every time I'm in SC I stop.
Favorite local is hated by DL, but not me, is Applebees.
There I said it!
The Cheesecake Factory.
I love their 3000 calorie meals.
I tried to go to the Broadway Steak and Shake but it was a madhouse. The line was out the door and there were only a few tables in the entire place. I guess a lot of people take the food out but we were heading to the movies and needed to eat in. I guess they never anticipated the crowds or they would have opened in a larger space.
We walked down to the Shake Shack on Eighth Avenue. It is always pretty good and, even though it is crowded, we always find a table.
Loving Hut. It's a 100+ worldwide chain of vegan restaurants, the food is a variety of fusion dishes and actually quite good. It's run by a weird religious cult. Each one features big screen TVs, which pump out continuous messages of world peace, respecting our animal friends, and the spirituality of the Supreme Master! It's wacky-wonderful.
The Popeyes chicken outlets in New Orleans have different spice recipes. I don't know why they don't roll them out nationally, because they're so much better.
The salads at Houston's are overpriced, but they're delicious.
What would I be doing in a chain restaurant?
[quote]What would I be doing in a chain restaurant?
Popeyes for red beans & rice & spicy fried chicken
Shake Shack for burgers
Duchess for onion rings
chipotle for a black bean burrito
Sonic for a sugar free Cherry lime slushy (w/a shot of rum on top - yummy!)
sometimes you just want a little bit of junk
Which is not in TX.
El Pollo Loco
Dallas BBQ is only a mini-chain (I think they're only in NYC?), but I LOVE their chicken-and-ribs combo. It's one of my biggest secret vices whenever I'm home. They have great barbecue sauce.
And their drinks may be watered down, but they're certainly cheap and large.
Actually, they're an incredibly good value by NY standards, especially their Early Bird Special.
OMG R88 - Duchess! I love the egg and cheese on toast. I haven't seen one since I left CT.
I like Chipotle and California Pizza Kitchen.
I can't believe some of you would eat at a Chick-Fil-A. That's like a Jew eating at Hitler Haus.
Seriously fucked up of you people to give them your money. You're truly self loathing.
Oh, anyplace I can get cak and graxy. And unlimited Red Dragon cheddar appetizers.
Popeye's has the best fried chicken on the planet, without question!
Cracker Barrel and Chipotle. Oh the shame!
[quote] They have great barbecue sauce.
Dallas BBQ also has THE BEST ranch salad dressing ever.
Their prices have gone up, but the Early Bird is still there. And I love the veggies tempura.
When I visit my mom on Long Island, I buy her a chicken. She loves BBQ's chicken.
Famous Dave's, Dairy Queen, Longhorn, The Cheesecake Factory, and Applebee's.
Mr Gatti's pizza - if you can find one anymore...
dallas BBQ was the place for the cheapest decent NYU student date meal ever! When I was an undergrad in the 90's they had dinner for 2 for $7.95 (BBQ chicken, cornbread, baked potatoes & onion loaf)
& it was good!
What will happen to Pollos Hermanos now that Gus is dead?
[quote]Could someone explain Dave and Busters to me.
White Trash Suburban Sports Bar
Ruth Chris, Mastros, JAlexanders, white chocolate grill.
[quote]Could someone explain Dave and Busters to me?
It's like Chuck E. Cheese for people old enough to dress themselves.
Ruby Tuesdays- reasonably priced, good salad bar, has some fairly healthy selections available.
I love Waffle House. Not only is there that whole "Star Wars Bar Scene" vibe to them late at night, the food is also very good. A pecan waffle and cheese omelet is the best meal ever after a few drinks.
I was in a small Georgia town for work, maybe 12,000 people, where there were two Waffle Houses, one on each side of the Interstate exit ramp, and it was amazing how quickly I came to think of the one closest to my motel as "my" Waffle House. I would drive by the other one and ponder how strange and foreign the people who ate there must be.
My third night I asked for a takeout coffee for back in the room, and the waitress gave it to me for free because I was a regular customer.
Gotta have the BO. Bojangles.
[quote]White Trash Suburban Sports Bar
Aren't ALL sports bars "white trash suburban"?
My favorite chain is the 99 Restaurants in the Boston area. They have a large selection - both comfort and healthy food choices.
Remember when the Boston Market people thought they would sweep all before them. Or Fuddruckers (YOU CAN SEE THE MEAT).
Or Mrs. Winner's steroid chicken?
You also don't see anybody going in for Morrisons or Picadilly!
Floaters, the authentic seafood restaurant.
I LOVE Golden Corral. It's a fabulous buffet, and all-you-can-eat, too.
Do they still have those Roy Rogers Hamburgers restaurants?
What about Steak & Ale restaurants?
Another New Yorker for Dallas BBQ -- my favorite location is on Third Ave & 73rd St. Takeout and/or delivery is hugely de rigeur for neighborhood hi-rise types -- you'll never see them inside. In the restaurant itself (recently renovated and quite swanky compared to the old decor) you'll sometimes see wobbly wasp couples sharing the two-fer sunset special because it's dirt cheap, but otherwise it's unlikely you'll run into anyone you know. It's basically a soul-food restaurant and everyone there seems to commute down from north of 105th St. Tons and piles of food and masses of frozen drinks which are served in large, thick molded glass goblets with a test -tube of booze stuck into the slush, along with a colored plastic swizzle and paper parasol. My guilty pleasure there are the crispy wings, which are the size of King Crab Claws, and since they are battered and fried, are probably about 200 calories each. There used to be six to an order for $5.99 and now they've upped the price a buck and decreased the order to five. They annotate the placemat menu with quips about every item -- the wings are "oh those wings" and the cole slaw (very sugary; $1.99) is described as "how sweet it is". My usual order is a small order of regular wings, a side of cole slaw (add lots of black pepper) and ice water with lemon, which is austere, but it's plenty, and I always Ieave a "big" tip to compensate for the paltry, no-booze order. I've tried other stuff on the menu, but you can see that it's really the wings which are
the thing, and unique to this place. Yum!
I can't believe someone mentioned Duchess. I also haven't been there since I left CT in 1980.
No one else mentioned Fresh Choice. Turns out it is only in Northern California, but not surprised. Stupid Americans and their obsession with Agribiz-supporting junk food.
Popeye's has really good red beans and rice for a chain. I used to eat a small red beans and rice with a biscuit for lunch.
Cheesecake Factory all the way!
Nando's Peri Peri
Bojangles' has the best sweet tea ever.
Bojangles Chicken and Mayflower Seafood.
[quote]Bojangles Chicken and Mayflower Seafood.
R127, where are you from? I'm from Durham.
none, only idiots do this
I was not impressed with the Cheesecake Factory(Atlanta) in the least.
Pasta dish was nothing special, and neither were the 3 desserts that we divvied up.
The only really good bite I had was of my sister's arugula/beet/blue cheese salad.
Have zero desire to go back the next time I pass through Atlanta on my way to Knoxville.
In fact, next time I want to try the Marietta Diner...It was featured on the food network(triple D) and has good internet reviews.
R120 Fresh Choice is essentially the same as Souplantaion/Sweet Tomatoes.
PF Chang's was so fucking good!
So good that a wk later I grabbed lunch at 1 of their mini PF Chang Express stores that a friend told me about. Also really good and you get a nice amount for around 8 dollars.
The dumpster out behind Home Country Buffet.
Why not? Same shit ... And it's free.
bojangles for me
I think Shake Shack is better than In N Out
Five Guys Burgers and Fries is pretty good.
Moe's Southwest Grill. Spicy!
I was reading a Korean guidebook and they listed Popeye's as indigenous food because apparently they didn't know Popeye's was American and assumed it was Korean because of the vinegary spices.
I agree about Houston's. Except it's called Hillstone now. At least the one in Faneuil Hall is called that. Love the ribs, the cocktails, and the sushi also.
I also like Longhorn Steakhouse. Especially the margaritas!
Which one has the best seafood?
How does one get the parchment sheets in between the cheesecake slices at Cheesecake Factory?
Fave Low End Chain: Five Guys
(very reliable, no matter where you visit)
Fave High End Chain: Houstons/Hillstone
(ironically, for the scrumptious veggie burger)
FYI: I hate waiting around in Five Guys for my food, so I recently tried the online ordering process. They don't make your fries until you get there, but you get to skip straight to the pick up area and it's a lot faster, even if the line to order is a short one. Highly recommended....
I like Panera but it's always an ordeal to get seating at the ones near me.
Five guys / in n out are good
sonic only for slushies - all of their food has a vanilla taste to it.
Popeyes can't be beat for chicken rice & beans
Wendy's salads are good if you're trying to be healthier but only have fast food choices
Rubios is DELICIOUS and I could eat there often if I had one nearby.
R116, Steak n Ale is being revived along with Bennigans. I remember going to Steak n Ale for their prime rib. Great salad bar too.
Rock Sugar Pan Asian Kitchen
I like Pei Wei Asian Diner (owned by PF Chang's) but they closed the only location near me, so I never go anymore.
Taco Bell, thanks to their new breakfast stuff. YUM.
le pain quotidien
mcdonalds. for cookies. baked fresh everyday.
Don't eat in any other chains.
Ruby Tuesdays. Best healthy option on road trips. Salad bar for two and share the turkey burger minis.
I like Ruby Tuesdays as well; unfortunately they do not exist in California.
I wish ruby tuesdays would stop messing with their menu/concept. They are rumored to be in trouble financially.
Sweet Tomatoes - wish they had one near me.
R132 The Marietta Diner is good, and is located near an exit off I-75, just north of I-285. It's not a nice neighborhood, but it is worth the trip.
It's open 24/7, 365 days per year, and is a MAD HOUSE on Christmas Day. Probably Thanksgiving, too. Lines all of the way out the door---both lonely single types, highway truckers, and large families who may be traveling or just don't want to cook.
The concept is much like any diner in NY state----they serve every type of food you can imagine. But here is the Atlanta area, it stands alone so it gets more attention.
It's a local chain, since the owners have a handful of different restaurants in the Marietta area (a seafood place, a steak house, an Italian place) but all of the food is similar, and they all serve those HUGE desserts.
And I mean, HUGE.
Still McDonald's french fries!! And Red Lobster: coconut shrimp really rock!
Jollibee for sure!! Give me a Chicken Joy!!
At Five Guys you need a magnifying glass to find the burger on the bun.
No idea what you're talking about, R162... their burgers are great.
I like to waste time cyber stalking ex-boyfriends, and much to my surprise one of them has now apparently amassed a small fortune opening up Five Guys franchises within an hour or so from our old hometown.
He had a big deal job that he gave up once he owned a few of them, so I'm guessing the money is good.
What could have been....
But I console myself with the recent picture I found of him online, doing publicity for yet another restaurant location that is opening soon...it looks like he eats there every day...and we all know what that would do to your figure.
(hint: destroy it)
Outback Steakhouse's Bloomin' Onion
California Pizza Kitchen's Potato Leek Soup
PF Changs Lemon Chicken
McDonald's French Fries
Popeye's & Red Lobster Biscuits
Friendly's Peanut Butter Sundae
I'd love to see a calorie calculation on that meal.
Chipotle's is my fave
Panera's after that
A new place by my hosue called "East Coast Wings" is good
I can handle Staek n Shake when on the road...or Popeye's. Or Sonic.
These endless junk food threads. it's hard to believe adult men are posting ''CHEESECAKE NOM NOM''. It must be fat fraus.
PF Changs- Best fast Asian food
Popeyes Chicken- The Chicken and Biscuits so good
Outback Steakhouse- I love their coconut shrimp, and steaks are pretty decent
Bonefish Grill- Has really decent grilled fish, and healthier options than most places
Del Toco- I'll put them over Chipotle, and Taco Bell any fucking day.
There are NO burger chains that I like, the best burgers are from hole in the wall places, or BBQ joints IMO.
[quote]PF Changs- Best fast Asian food
I'd hardly call it "fast." It's not even 'fast casual,' like Panera.
Nothing asian about PF Chang's
Another vote for Bojangles. Awesome seasoned fries.
Outback has an appetizer that I just love....
lump crab on avocado... topped with tomato, basil, and a wasabi vinaigrette(hold the damn chips).
I just eat it with a fork.
Oh man, their Concrete Mixers put DQ's blizzards to shame
I'm a non-American, so I don't know a lot of these places, but from what I do know, I always lurved ihop and you should appreciate it more, Americans!