My vote goes to a crap-fest place called Joe's Crab Shack in Houston, New Orleans, Dallas and other southern cities.
Junky frozen shrimp from the supermarket served on PLASTIC PLATES just like the old highschool hot lunch place. Potato salad sphere served by an ice cream spoon. Paper napkins. Plastic water glass. The shittiest, shittiest food in creation.
OP I was going to say Denny's but you are correct. Joe's Crab Shack in any location is the worst. Overpriced crappy frozen food, dirty tables with uncomfortable seating, lazy indifferent staff, noisy and filled with screaming children.
What's wrong with Denny's? The only think I ever eat there is something like pancakes and eggs, and they're always OK.
R3 Poor quality bland food that is heavy on the carbs. I don't think I have ever had a good cup of coffee at one.
That chain of fools...
Keep in mind, OP, Joe's Crab Shack caters to people who think Red Lobster is too fancy.
I used to work at Joe's one summer & we called it Joe's Crack Shack because we would take turns going out behind the dumpster and smoke crack LOL.
And no, I don't do that any more I am a teacher now and my kids would never even suspect I was like that!
I also worked at Cracker Barrel and we called it ... yup I Crack Barrel because we would take turns going out behind the dumpster and smoke crack LOL.
I was bad. Long time ago - good times!
Applebee's. In my humble opinion.
Olive Garden - they just heat shit up and present the food as authentic Italian cuisine.
I am apparently going to have to first check out the party scene behind the dumpsters of Cracker Barrel and Crab Shack before I go there for dinner!
Ridiculously expensive for what it is.
Good thing I won't eat there because of my religious convictions agaist the owners' corporate giving policies.
[quote]Good thing I won't eat there because of my religious convictions agaist the owners' corporate giving policies.
Well, aren't you just so special!
Death to Chick-Fil-A!
My vote goes to both that bigoted abomination and Applebee's.
There is no Joe's Crab Shack in New Orleans. It closed years ago due to lack of interest by the locals.
Choke on a nug, r14
Red Slobster. Ate there recently after not having been for a few years and it lousy. Low quality seafood drenched in butter, more salad dressing than lettuce in the caesar salad, blech.
I second Red Lobster! What a piling steam of shit. Seafood, especially shellfish should never be eaten in a low-cost environment.
They all pretty much suck.
Red Robbin, not YUM.
I believe Long John Silver's may be more vile. Everything is fried.
Proud to serve hate food.
R27 I cant hear the name Arby's without thinking of this:
I use to love gong to Friendly's as a kid to eat the burgers and ice cream. Haven't been there in years.Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Sundae was my favorite. Great memories. Anybody remembers Beef Steak Charlie's?
I've seen at least one roach at every Denny's I've ever been to.
Denny's. The food there is so fucking plain that I've had TV dinners that tasted better (not joking).
I was in upstate PA for work a few weeks ago and had a truly dreadful meal at Ruby Tuesday. Some grilled chicken breast with sloppy white sauce and "sautéed" mushrooms. Blech. It was gross. Funny I went to college in upstate NY and we went to RT every once in a while and I don't remember it being so gross. Maybe my palette is just more refined now?
There's a Joe's Crab Shack in SF and it's more ambiance than food. Every so often some song will come on and the staff breaks out in dance. Some of them get up on the tables and dance. It's disgusting to see people's dirty shoes trampling all over where you eat. They don't even care.
Then I also ordered three margaritas and never caught a buzz, I wonder if there was even any alcohol in it.
Overpriced, overrated, and garbage.
Another vote for Denny's. Expensive grease. Yuk!
I remember Beefsteak Charlie's. At the time SNL did a parody of it called Pre-Chew Charlies, where the waitstaff would pre chew you food for you so it would be easier to eat.
Went to a Red Lobster once and the lobster was rubbery and had a huge mudvein running down the middle. If you can't even cook what your restaurant is named after, it's time to shut it down.
Also went to BJ's Steakhouse twice and had bad service/food.
Don't even bother with Applebee's, it's the hangout for 20 year olds and if you aren't 20, the staff has no time for you.
You can smell the priss on most of these posts.
R24, Red Robin is far better than most of the other places listed here.
You can smell the white trash trailer dweller in one of these posts.
r41 is obviously an effeminite.
And it smells better than the food.
R42 is obviously a retard.
[quote]I second Red Lobster! What a piling steam of shit. Seafood, especially shellfish should never be eaten in a low-cost environment.
My God, this isn't even idiocy. It's a caricature of idiocy.
I would go with Chik-Fil-A.. but I am in the land of chain food so will probably report back a few more.
Something hit r44 a little too close to home
Boston Market. Every time I've eaten their food it feels like Ive eaten a brick. Heavy food, euugh
Something hit R42 right between the eyes.
[quote]Olive Garden - they just heat shit up and present the food as authentic Italian cuisine.
All of those chain restaurants just reheat food prepared centrally. Obviously, they do some simple cooking, but the bulk of the food arrives prepared.
Red Lobster doesn't serve much real lobster. The used farm-raised "rock lobsters" which aren't actually lobsters at all.
The people having a little fit about how terrible ordinary food is are pathetic. r39 got it right and r41/r44,r49 has been upset about it ever since.
McDonald's of course.
[quote]All of those chain restaurants just reheat food prepared centrally
No, they don't. The question is, why is it so IMPORTANT to you to creat the illusion that it is true? Why? This is the weirdest obsession I've ever seen.
[quote]My God, this isn't even idiocy. It's a caricature of idiocy
Great description of this thread.
r53, it's an ideological thing, kind of like a political resentment I think. The restaurants are owned by big corps. Of course, a single restaurant owner can be just as much of a conservative asshole. But yeah, a lot of these food criticisms are overblown to say the least.
R53 Why are you in such deep and passionate denial?
These chains feed customers hideous, chemical laden shit. They do it by shipping easy to prepare food - frozen or steampacked - to their franchisees.
You think at Olive Garden soneone's Grandma Totini is slaving away in the kitchen? And that magically gets to your table in 10 minutes or less? Ginne a fucking break. It's some barely literate guy in the kitchen plopping a plastic bag in a pot of boiling water or nuking it.
I went to an Olde Country Buffet once. Horrific food, but the fatties were all jamming up to the buffet to get more, more, more. Awful.
r56, I know someone who used to work at OG and know that your post is bullshit. Their entrees are cooked just like any other restaurant. Most of the meat ingredients are frozen, but they are cooked on commercial ranges and baked in ovens. Chemicals? Who knows? Any food you eat out could have the "chemicals" you're talking about.
I'll attempt to translate r57
"I want to announce that I'm separating myself from a class of people I resent. Ooooooh, they're yucky!! I'm worthy by comparison. Whew... I feel much better now."
I'll have to assume R59 is obese and loves Olde Country Buffet.
If 6'0" 135 is obese to you then yes, I'm obese. OCB is an average low cost buffet, nothing more, nothing less. They fact that you'd need to use the word "horrific" for ordinary food makes you a freak.
Shoney's take this hands down. Though I believe to be a souhthern chain pure shit food served with shit service...SUCKS!
Golden Corral. Hands down. It's why I don't want to visit my parents anymore.
There's nothing wrong with having a preference for fresh, nutritious and well-prepared food when you're paying to eat in a restaurant. I'm sure we all take enough short-cuts when we cook at home, but when I go to a restaurant, I don't feel a bit bad that I'm picky.
I'll attempt to get this thread back on track and rescue it from the angry lover(?s) of junk food: Taco Bell.
R61, you weren't there. The place was dirty, the food was not "average low cost" food. Maybe it wasn't representative of other OCBs, but it was, in fact, horrific.
[quote]No, they don't. The question is, why is it so IMPORTANT to you to creat the illusion that it is true? Why? This is the weirdest obsession I've ever seen.
I've never commented on this before. I read it, but I'm not sure where. But it makes perfect sense. Chain restaurants depend on consistency from day to day and between each franchise because people go to chain restaurants because they know exactly what they are going to get. They want something familiar. There are more than 1,400 Chili's, for example.
Central preparation also speeds up the preparation process and lowers costs.
Either Olive Garden or Red Lobster. Always nasty, greasy crap.
Gawd Datalounge's demographic is changing if TWO separate posters have admitted to working in and smoking crack in the back of a chain restaurant.
[quote]Gawd Datalounge's demographic is changing
Let's hope so.
Probably Applebee's, I've been forced to go there several times and never really had anything I enjoyed.
At least Olive Garden I can do the breadsticks and salad for cheap and it is decent meal for the price. Red Lobster is pretty crappy seafood but the cheese biscuits are decent.
Don't think I could contrive a single good thing about Applebee's.
It's the M Submarine chain. They pop up whenever a neighborhood dies and used car lots take over Main Street.
They serve some form of meat bi-product sliced very thin. The meat comes in beige (chicken/turkey?), red (beef?), or dark red (roast lung?). Everything comes doused in an orange sauce that doesn't really involve tomatoes or anything else you can identify.
It's not terrible, but you leave feeling like you've eaten Buddig beef.
Arby's. How can they call that overly processed, chemical laden, artificial tasting brown stuff roast beef? The cheese is even worse.
[quote]How can they call that overly processed, chemical laden.....
Which chemicals are you speaking of?
METHYLCYCLOPROPENE,ARTIFICIAL COLORS,ARTIFICIAL FLAVORING,ASTAXANTHIN,CANTHAXANTHIN,MSG,HIGH-FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP,SODIUM NITRITE AND NITRATE
Olive Garden has great salad.
I was at the Alamo several years ago and became fascinated by this mother of 2. She literally walked through every exhibit without seeing anything, the only thing she was concerned with was fawning over her two brats and trying to over stimulate them with things she kept pulling out of her purse. Even when the kids were looking at an exhibit she kept trying to hand them things - "you want this, Jeffrey? Here Brittany, Mommy's got this for you." Finally she ran out of things to hand them and said "We're almost done and then we can go to Taco Bell."
Going to Taco Bell in San Antonio. I've hated chain restaurants ever since.
Dead Lobster. Crapper Barrel. Piss-hole Pete's Pizza.
So literate one at r75 what specific evidence do you have that those are present in r73's food but not in an alternative food?
Did you see the Tina the Alamo tour operator?
My food is so bad none of you even thought of it.
Agree with R11. Olive Garden. The last time I ever ate there, my lasagna was frozen in the middle!
If you really want to talk horrific drek ...
And ... sorry, I just threw up in my mouth a little
... The Four Seasons.
I've never been to the places you all are mentioning here.
Another lying prissybutt shows up at 82.
(someone's dad is a franchise owner)
R83 is accustomed to overpaying for his shitty food.
I don't think Joe's Crab Shack is especially inexpensive.
This is like Sophie's Choice...
[quote]"Finally she ran out of things to hand them and said "We're almost done and then we can go to Taco Bell."
Little did they know that the Alamo used to be a Taco Bell. Two hundred Texans bravely fought and died in the Battle of the Gordita.
OP fools no one. He would probably shit his pants if someone invited him out as a guest for dinner at Red Lobster.
[quote]I've seen at least one roach at every Denny's I've ever been to.
Hon, if you're going to make up a ridiculous lie, at least make up one that's slightly believable.
Fresh roach is good eatin'.
I have had lousy food at all of these chain restaurants and I have had satisfying meals at all of these chain restaurants, but the same is true of almost every restaurant, chain or private, at which I have eaten.
Restaurants are largely the lucky draw of the day and chef/cook on duty. I've never found all that much difference in wait staff at either chain or privately owned restaurants. That's why I tip the same no matter the type and reward those who took advantage of an opportunity to make me appreciate their presence and being my server.
All this baloney of who is pushing god and who is not doesn't effect my decision where to eat. I have religious and non religious friends and both accept me just as I am. Life is too short to go out of one's way about these trivialities.
My belief is that the religious might restrict their choices to religious friendly businesses, but what difference does it make to me as one who isn't religious?
r91, it's hard to tell one lie from another in this thread with all the hysterical prisspots screeching about the horrors of food those 'other' people eat.
As a roach I am sick and tired of being derided and made a symbol of the unclean. We roaches are as clean as the surroundings in which we are forced to live. Have you ever seen an unkempt roach? We are always neat and presentable. Hell, in flight I would go so far as to say we are beautiful. Roaches never commit murder or rob bank or sell drugs on the corner. I guess if we have genetic flaw, it's that we don't have gay roaches, but we sometimes have orgies and, well, who knows what my slip in where?
Now wake up posters, a roach is a good thing.
r93, although I feel a bit different about buying from right wingers, I have to say your post is far too sane, objective and rational for this thread.
I luv you, Roachie.
There's nothing wrong with Chilli's.
R94 is the Olive Garden Apologist who screeches LIAR LIAR LIAR LIAR LIAR at complaints and observations because she LUUUUUUUVS the breadsticks and fills her purse with them before the toddles out of the swillhaus.
R98, I've never ever had a good meal at Chili's. I've managed edible meals at ALL the other places listed here at one time or another. There are a few "safe" choices on the menus at most places.
But after five attempts at three different Chili's, I won't go back. Even my chicken sandwich was inedible (tasted like they'd just cleaned the grill with cleanser before cooking the chicken... and didn't rinse it off, so it got all over the chicken, bleh).
I think five attempts to find something that didn't completely suck is enough attempts. I'd rather eat at Applebees, Red Lobster, or Olive Garden than Chili's... without question or hesitation.
It is, in my experience, the worst. By far.
I'm pretty grossed out by most buffet restaurants, particularly Ponderosa and Golden Corral (I've seen roaches at both and have never had a satisfying meal because everything is pretty much ewwww) I'm also not particularly fond of Arby's or Taco Bell.
I'm happy to say that I haven't eaten at one of these places in quite a while. I would guess that any place that has Buffet in the name is utter dreck.
By chance, when I am on the road, I go to Carraba's, Panera, and recently discovered Texas Roadhouse. J. Alexanders is quite good too. Those are my go-to chains.
[quote]All this baloney of who is pushing god and who is not doesn't effect my decision where to eat. I have religious and non religious friends and both accept me just as I am. Life is too short to go out of one's way about these trivialities.
That's both sad, and clueless. It's not baloney when they're using YOUR money to oppress, persecute, and demean gay people.
Stop being an idiot.
If you actually eat at Chick-Fil-A for any reason, you're being an ignorant moron, and you should really just stop.
I thought Joe's Crab Shack in New Orleans closed because it washed into the lake.
I also used to work at Texas Roadhouse and we called it Texas Blowhouse because we'd always be doing blow in the bathroom on breaks. But one time we convinced this new young busboy that we called it that because the new busboys have to give all the waiters blowjobs - and he believed it (and I got one)!
I worked at a lot of chains (I am also R7/R9) but that was one of the most fun. Ah my glorious misspent youth!
I like Chili's, Applebees, Cracker Barrel, and Red Robin.
I agree with the poster who said Boston Market. Betty Crocker makes boxed mashed potatoes with more flavor, and the mac and cheese tastes like Kraft, just overpriced.
I'm so amused by the people calling anyone with the sense to stay away from the sodium laden obesity farms that the chain restaurants "prisspots."
Chili's is by far the saltiest food I've ever tasted.
I've eaten at Applebees. It's not that bad, unless you're really stuck up about food.
I like the Hardees breakfast biscuits.
I wouldn't go to most of the places that have been mentioned. But if you like cheap food (these places cater to a specific type of patron) then by all means go there and get your fill. And then there's the practical aspect of it; a lot of people can't AFFORD to go to better places.
The one place mentioned that I particularly dislike is Arbee's. The food there is CRAP. It tastes synthetic, like it's not real food at all! And by God, it probably isn't.
Proud Boston Market CEO Announces Food Hasn't Been This Gross In Years
News • food • business • ISSUE 49•18 • May 2, 2013
GOLDEN, CO—Visibly beaming with pride, Boston Market CEO George Michel told reporters Thursday that the food at his restaurant chain “has rarely, if ever, been more disgusting.”
“From macaroni covered in congealed, room-temperature cheese to rotisserie chicken so fatty and greasy that it makes you gag just by looking at it, our food right now is extremely, extremely gross. And nauseating!” said a broadly smiling Michel, adding that he couldn’t be more pleased with how revolting the current menu is. “We didn’t think we could get there, but I can honestly say that Boston Market’s already bland, unwholesome pseudo-cuisine that has made customers feel sick for years is, if anything, more stomach-churning than ever.”
“Just look at this watery, greenish-grayish limp spinach,” Michael said, picking up a forkful of the slimy food product, putting it in his mouth, wincing immediately, and becoming noticeably ill. “Repulsive! Now, if you’ll excuse me for a second.”
According to Michel, it took determination and patience to arrive at a point where the food at the restaurant was “as close to inedible as it gets.” Employing Boston Market’s “three Gs” philosophy—Gross Food, Gross Ingredients, Gross Everything—Michel said the franchise was able to provide its customers with cornbread so hard it can be used as a doorstop, gravy that has a thick film of fat in every scoop, and cranberry walnut relish that tastes as vomit-inducing as it sounds.
Michel proudly confirmed that whether it’s a small suburban franchise in Daly City, CA or a large urban location in New York City, he could now walk into any Boston Market, take one whiff of the meatloaf, and immediately begin dry heaving.
As an added bonus, Michel noted, the coffee also tastes like complete and utter dog shit.
“Now, don’t get me wrong, our food has always been gross, but we asked ourselves, ‘Could we lower the bar even further?’” he said. “Five years ago, people could cut into a piece of our famous chicken and maybe guess whether it was white or dark meat. Now, it just looks like one clump of some sort of compacted food product. In the past, the mashed potatoes tasted like instant, but could we get them to taste like the kind served to prisoners in the federal penitentiary system? The answer is yes. And could the fluid our sweet corn sits in for hours on end become greyer and murkier? I’m happy to say it could.”
“The zucchini and squash still taste slightly different from one another, but don’t worry, we are working on that,” Michel added. “And on the plus side, I can’t even think of our chicken pot pie without also imagining human shit being drenched in gravy.”
Though he is happier than ever with how utterly sickening every food item has become, Michel emphasized there is no reason to get complacent, and repeatedly stressed that the food at Boston Market could always be grosser. That’s why Boston Market recently added bone-in St. Louis–style ribs to the menu. The ribs offer the franchise, sources say, a chance to make the overall food quality “off-the charts repellent,” and according to Michel, that was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
“First you have the barbeque sauce, which we could make revolting in our signature Boston Market fashion by letting it become hardened piles of goo,” Michel said. “And then there is the meat itself. We always said if we’re going to serve ribs, they’d better turn our customers’ faces either green or pale white. That’s why every bite is a mixture of fat, gristle, and God knows what.”
According to Michel, he likes to carve out time in his schedule every day to think of different menu items and then contemplate how foul Boston Market could possibly make them.
“Imagine if we served lamb chops,” Michel said. “Maybe add some of our sweet Thai chili sauce to them? Hell, we’d have lines to our bathrooms stretching around the block.”
Joe's Crab Shack is THE WORST. I wonder how they stay in business. Not only is it horribly overpriced but the food is crap. Worst of all, we were sitting there trying to have a conversation over (overpriced) drinks and the whole joint burst into dance and song singing along with "Working at the Car Wash" and it went on forever. They all looked humiliated, as I was for them. Who in God's name thinks this is entertaining or creates a "fun" environment???
I got dragged to an Old Country Buffet. Never again. Foods those colors do not exist in nature. Ugh.
R111 Car Wash must be the one song they know and/or have the rights to. I had to go to a Joe's Shit Shack for someone's birthday and it was feckin' dreadful.
Lest you think this thread was a waste and served no purpose, just know that now r99 can feel better about herself.
On the other hand, I absolutely LOVE Gray's Papaya. And anybody who would say otherwise is not only a prisspot, but an ASSHOLE.
[quote] I also used to work at Texas Roadhouse and we called it Texas Blowhouse because we'd always be doing blow in the bathroom on breaks. But one time we convinced this new young busboy that we called it that because the new busboys have to give all the waiters blowjobs - and he believed it (and I got one)!
You're full of beans!
Captain D's used to be so good. After the 3rd getting under cooked fish I asked for my money back...
[quote]we would take turns going out behind the dumpster and smoke crack LOL. I am a teacher now and my kids would never even suspect I was like that!
Yes they do. Outside of the classroom you're known as The Crackhead.
A bunch of women I worked with went to Joe's Crab Shack for lunch and they all got food poisoning. Incredibly, they all went back because it was convenient.
[quote]All this baloney of who is pushing god and who is not doesn't effect my decision where to eat. I have religious and non religious friends and both accept me just as I am. Life is too short to go out of one's way about these trivialities.
Trivialities? If you think your basic rights are trivial then you need to get some help. Some of these places are funding ballot measures to deny gays our basic civil rights.
I recently ate at a Pappadeaux's. It was very expensive and nothing had any taste.
This is OP and I've designated R88 as a "WW" nominee for this thread.
Sophie's Choice, lol!
Any chain pizza restaurant, like Papa John's or Dominos.
Papa Johns is 10x better than Dominoes!
The only fast food chains I really like are Popeyes and In-N-Out. I haven't eaten at McDonald's, Burger King, Hardees, KFC, Taco Bell or Subway in at least 10 years. And I'll never eat at Chick-Fil-A.
As far as restaurant chains, I like Famous Dave's, PF Changs and Bahama Breeze. I've never been to an Olive Garden and never will - everything in their commercials is drowning in sauce and it all looks the same.
I noticed that's all there is if you're travelling by car in the midwest. All of these restaurants that you mention seem to be the only choice.
We always said that after you ate at Arby's you would get a case of the R B's which translates to "runny butt".
R127, the wise choice is to eat at local eateries when on the road. When you stop for gas, ask someone if they know of a good place to eat in town. It turns traveling into a memorable culinary experience along with sightseeing.
Funny (in a very, very sad way) story about Golden Coral:
Once about ten years ago a co-worker dragged me there. And the rotisserie roasted chicken that day was FANTASTIC. I ended up having three pieces. And everything else was pretty decent as well... the buttered yeast rolls, corn, green beans, and a bunch of other good stuff.
Well, such a great experience means we decided to go back the next week. Of course, it wasn't good at all. Because it never is except that ONE time. We kept going back every week for nearly a year... like a smack addict chasing the golden unicorn, we chased the high of that first meal. Finally we gave up as the quality declined even further.
The last time I went, the food was so disgusting. I'll never go back.
"If you've never been to a Waffle House, just imagine a gas station bathroom... that serves waffles."
-- Jim Gaffigan
R105. I like your style.
@R133 Thanks, babe! I don't smoke crack anymore but still love those BJs :)
I worked at a Burger King as a teen a very long time ago. When we would run out of burgers sometimes(it happens) and fell behind, we would go into the waste food buckets and get the burger patties and use them. The manager on duty knew what was going on and just laughed and laughed.
Chinese all-you-can-eat buffets are really gross. One of them near here hired illegal Latin American immigrants to cook the stuff. Turned out, they would smash the garlic with their feet out back in a bucket .
What, nobody mentions Waffle House?
Howard JOhnsons restaurants were always gross.
Mall court food is okay only if really hungry. Otherwise, too sweet, too salty.
Starbucks snacks/pastry tastes fake. Their coffee is roasted too much. Plus, they won't serve decaf in the afternoon, when I would most likely order decaf. I gave up on them long ago, and now go just to the locally owned place. Better coffee, and great in-house pastries.
Chinese take-out places, any of them. EWWWWW!!! Dirty and lousy food at all. Go to a real Chinese place in the city and THEN see if you like those take-out places.
Taco Hell. The food is so bland the Mexicans who worked there didn't know what they were making.
Dominoe's Pizza. YUCK. The worst pizza ever. Frozen pizza is better.
Friendly's is anything but friendly. Why does every Friendly's smell the same? They all have that weird chemical odor to them. Lousy food, too.
Here in Australia we don't have the wealth of crap American chains of course, but we do have Starbucks. Somehow it has managed to hang on despite cafes with much better coffee on every corner. It has never really taken off in a big way. I guess you have to have something for people with no taste so there it is.
My answer: Starbucks.
My elderly aunt took me to Denny's last week for "brunch." I had whole wheat pancakes and they were surprisingly good. The waitstaff was very patient with and sweet to her (she's chatty, to say the least). It's not the best food or the nicest place, but it's fine.
R142. How much is she worth?
Red Lobster. Granted, I've only ever been to one once, so maybe it was just that particular location, but it was so so horrible. Everything tasted like salt. It was terrible.
I can't believe someone defended Papa John's here. Must be a FoxNews viewer.
1. Joe's Crab Shack
People love Waffle House. It is almost mythical in the popular culture.
Waffle House is like the No. 1 employer of ex-cons.
I'd rather they cook waffles than doing whatever they used to do, R148.
[quote]Chinese take-out places, any of them. EWWWWW!!! Dirty and lousy food at all. Go to a real Chinese place in the city and THEN see if you like those take-out places.
What's the distinction? I live in a large city and we have nice Chinese restaurants and crappy Chinese restaurants. All of them do take-out. I think this is true of any kind of restaurant, city or suburban, take out or not. Some are good, some are bad.
What makes a Chinese restaurant "real"? You do know its not authentic food from China, right? It's all Americanized, even fully fabricated. Chow mein, crab rangoon and fortune cookies are all American inventions. Chinese families don't sit down to sweet and sour chicken for dinner, either.
You made me smile, r143. Aunt Carol lives on Soc. Sec. and a small school district pension (she was a secretary for 38 years). Going to Denny's is a big deal to her and she's just so sweet. She takes all of her nieces and nephews there for their birthdays [because we eat for free]. And all of us make sure we carve out the morning of our b'days for this 'treat.' We give her Denny's gift cards for Mothers' Day so that she doesn't incur any cost. It's a familial pyramid scheme.
The Olive Garden Apologist Troll comes out of the woodwork every time someone posts a negative comment here about her fake Italian restaurant chain. She must have the OG on google alerts.
Somebody at datalounge has a daddy with an Olive Garden! You mean, we could have been eating free breadsticks ALL ALONG?!
[quote]R131 it took a year to figure that out ?
Ask any heroin addict how long it takes to realize you'll never get that first high back again...
I can take Olive Garden. I know it's crap "Italian" food, so I don't order any of that. The Soup, Salad, & Breadsticks are edible and cheap. The Capalini Pomodoro with Chicken is not horrible (they usually over-cook the pasta, but never so much it's disgusting), and is relatively healthy. Avoid all the 'featured' entrées, especially anything seafood based.
Waffle House is disgusting. That said you can't really fuck up eggs and waffles too bad.
Red Lobster. My mother wanted to go there for her birthday. The place was filthy. The food was horrible.
R157: Did they at least sing to her?
[quote]Joe's Crab Shack is THE WORST. I wonder how they stay in business. Not only is it horribly overpriced but the food is crap. Worst of all, we were sitting there trying to have a conversation over (overpriced) drinks and the whole joint burst into dance and song singing along with "Working at the Car Wash" and it went on forever. They all looked humiliated, as I was for them. Who in God's name thinks this is entertaining or creates a "fun" environment???
If they sang "I Say a Little Prayer", that would be fun.
Sizzler restaurants are the spawn of the culinary Satan. I ate lunch there once, years ago. It was shockingly bad.
I will eat at a chain restaurant maybe two, three times a year, max.
Many posts have mentioned Chili's as being horrible. Strangely, I have never found Chili's to be so bad. I usually only have something Mexican, like nachos or something similar, so I guess you can't go too wrong with that.
Here in Madison, we have a chain called Culver's, which specializes in burgers, malts, etc. as well as frozen custard. It is generally regarded as one of the best of the chains, although it is only in several Wisconsin locations.
Also in Indiana...
Not so, R162. I eat at Culver's on occasion here in Austin, Texas. It's kinda strange to have a place offering Wisconsin cheese-curds here, but hey :-)
Their food isn't that great though. The fries are good (they make them golden and crispy down here... I hear from friends up north that they tend to be pale and limp up there (shudder, ick))... the burgers are "okay" as long as you remember to season the patty before eating. I don't know why they don't seem to put any salt or pepper on the burgers, but without a little, it's just bland. The chicken sandwiches are just dry (especially the grilled). I haven't really tried much else.
Their ice-cream (sorry, "Frozen Custard") is amazing though, and it's the only place around here that offers raspberries as a sundae topping, so that's usually what I go for.
r150, go to the ones Chinese are eating at. It helps if you have a Chinese boyfriend as I did at the time.How we ate!! Sad others will go through life never knowing such incredibly good food. The restaurants in Chinatown are NOT all serving Americanized crap, at least not to us. I am well aware about sweet and sour pork is nonsense. Try dim sum on Sunday mornings sometime.
Maybe you should pick another restaurant, and preferably one in a major city with a large Chinese population. Too bad for you if you live in fly-over territory.
If I have to go to a chain I usually just have cocktails for dinner. Less of a chance they will fuck it up.
Chick-fil-A easily wins.
They are hate served on a bun.
R151. That is sweet. I stand corrected.
[quote]Maybe my palette is just more refined now?
If you're mixing food with paint, you have bigger problems to deal with.
(Olive Garden haters, please disregard)
OG is having a great deal right now where you can get a regular meal (including unlimited soup or salad, and breadsticks) at the restaurant and another entrée to take home for only $12.95. There are only five entrées to choose from, and they're all some form of pasta, but where else can you get two decent restaurant meals for $13? (Plus tax and tip, obviously.)
Don't any of you bitches know how to cook?
[quote]I recently ate at a Pappadeaux's. It was very expensive and nothing had any taste.
I call bullshit. I eat there almost every week, and expensive I'll grant you, but they serve consistently delicious food.
I won't argue about it so if you hate Olive Garden okay. The only thing I've ever eaten there are the breadsticks and had the endless soup and salad combo and I love it.
So if you get stuck with nothing else around but an Olive Garden I suggest trying the endless soup and salad.
Of the many shitty burger chains in this area, by far the worst is Steak and Shake. The only item I tried that was even passable was the banana flavored shake.
It's hard to imagine how the paper-thin burgers could be flattened to such a degree. The two patties on a double burger together contained less meat than a Wendy's value burger, and the meat was burned black.
Sides were just as bad. Shoestring fries were served cold and hard, cole slaw was of the prepackaged supermarket variety, and baked beans were as poor as a canned, discount brand, barely warmed through.
IHOP. Lousy food. Just the worst.
In my neck of the woods, Applebees.
R175 nails it. I heard so much good about "steak & shake" (including here on this forum)... when one finally opened within driving distance (and I mean, at the outer limits of that), I made a special trip. It was... absolutely nothing I'd ever go eat again. And it cost too much for what you got. I can't imagine the fascination.
I'll back up R172. Pappadeaux's has some amazing food. The alligator appetizer is incredible. Some very good gumbo and etoufee.
I'mfamiliar with Papadeaux in Louisiana and Texas, are they elsewhere?
[quote]The Capalini Pomodoro with Chicken is not horrible
Now there's a ringing endorsement of the Olive Garden if I ever heard one.
P.S. do they spell it "Capalini" too?
R182, I'm pretty sure the point was NOT to "endorse" Olive Garden, but to simply point out that when forced to eat there for whatever reason, there are a few things that can be ordered without having to worry about having a horrible meal.
Olive Garden owns this thread. And Golden Corral and Old Country Buffet are both NASTY. Outback Steakhouse used to be good but now they can't cook a steak to save their lives and the steaks are shit. The food at Smokey Bones is horrendous. I fucking HATE Subway's garbage food. I hate most chain restaurants.
But some I don't mind... Max & Erma's, O'Charleys, Panera Bread, Cracker Barrel are fine with me. And ok, I admit I splurge on a McDonald's cheeseburger once in a great while.
Lately, if I need a quick and convenient bite to eat, I have been going to Wegman's food bar. There is a huge variety of foods to choose from and much of it is fresh and made right there.
I love Tim Horton's coffee, much better and less expensive than that diesel fuel coffee at Starbucks, which I hate.
Hello, this is mild mannered, innocuous OP.
I've never started a thread that got 174 posts before, I feel...well...popular.
All of my life I have tried to erase myself, but now I see that I can contribute to DL and to society at large and I promise to each and every one of you: I will put away those thoughts of jumping off the Golden Gate bridge.
R181, they're also in New Mexico.
A friend of mine got food poisoning at Golden Coral
Those of you slamming Taco Bell have obviously never been to a Taco John's, a regional tack chain that used to operate out of prefab metal buildings that would arrive on the back of a semi-truck. One day a vacant lot, next day a Taco John's.
I would like to nominate Jack in the Box. I'm sure there are more disgusting restaurants and dirtier restaurants, but Jack in the Box is in a special category, because they simply don't have any valid reason for existing.
Any product Jack in the Box sells is inferior to the similar product being sold right down the street by someone else, and that product will be sold by more pleasant people in a better environment, and usually for a better price.
Good point, R188... why ARE "Jack in the Box" restaurants always so dirty?
Copeland's is better than Pappadeaux's any day of the week.
Very few of the Katrina diaspora ever darken the door of a Pappadeaux's.
No one is claiming that Pappadeaux is super high quality or super authentic. But it's not bad. It's not HEALTHY, mind you, but what Cajun cooking is?
My dad tells of a visit years ago, on a business trip, to Red Lobster, where his food arrived half-cooked: broiled on one side, and raw on the other.
R175/R179 = classless heathens
Steak 'n Shake devotee, wiping the grease off my face as I type.
Every time I go to Red Lobster the food is always good...
I think Denny's wins this thread. Their menu is uninteresting, and they even screw up simple stuff like breakfast.
Nobody has mentioned Skyline Chili, but I seem to recall it caused mass aversion when it was mentioned in a chili thread.
That Cincinnati Skyline Chili shit is absolutely ghoulish gunk.
All involved in creating this abomination should be horse whipped, and if dead already, their graves pissed upon.
Golden Corral and Red Lobster are 10 times better than Applebees.
I swear Apleebees buys dollar microwavables by the truckload and feeds them to customers as Tyler Florence creations.
At least Golden Corral cooks the steaks and chicken right in front of the customers. Also carves the ham up front and the turkey straight off the bird.
I say that's got Applebees and their shitty micros beat.
Those Chinese take-out places in strip shopping malls are the worst of them all. YUCK.
Take your pick: Golden Wok, China Wok, Mandarin Wok, China Garden, Panda Garden, etc....they all have the same menu and the food all tastes the same. It is all awful.
Steak 'n Shake is only in business for the desserts.
At least Golden Corral has a cotton candy machine and chocolate fountain, which is more than I can say for The French Laundry or Daniel.
California Pizza Kitchen. Foul.
Applebees really is shitty. Can't even get a damn baked potato with the narly steak....
at least that was the case when I last walked through their doors(2 or 3 yrs ago).
I'd much rather have a salad, a little protein, and fresh fruit from Golden Coral.
And, really, how can you mess up turkey that comes straight off the bird? It's pretty fucking good. Not dry at all. What's to bitch about?
Oh, and they now have bread pudding for our lesbian sisters. I shit you not! I just had to try it. It's edible, but the fudge is the only good sweet they got.
Hardee's hands down
Anything with Gordon Ramsay's influence is disgusting. It's like his personality seeps into the food somehow.
I like Texas Roadhouse, but I like Longhorn's even better. I had a really gross meal at the Cheesecake Factory. For Italian, I will only eat at authentic restaurants in Boston's North End. Planet Hollywood sucks and is overpriced, but it has a really cool atmosphere. Ruby Tuesday's is gross. When dining at the Olive Garden, make sure you eat all of your bread sticks. It is well known that they take all their leftover bread sticks, even the partially eaten ones, and reuse them in their salads. You really think management is going to buy croutons when there is tons of bread sticks tossed out each day?
Longhorn's has a kick ass blue cheese dressing.
They told me they make it fresh every day. Maybe they do and maybe they don't, but it's damn good. Has a hell of a punch!
Because I travel for work I have had all of these, and everyone of them is awful. It's all fake, reheated, salty, sweet goo. Buffets are the worst followed by the applebees/Chili's ilk. I love Cheesecake Factory and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is alway good. But none of it is really all that great.
"Anything with Gordon Ramsay's influence is disgusting. It's like his personality seeps into the food somehow"
How true! - it's like every dish comes with a side dish of rage, fear, resentment and contempt...
Can I throw in Hard Rock to the list? Decent atmosphere but shitty over-priced food. Their burgers are okay, but nothing special for the 15 bucks or so they want for one.
, you are absolutely right about Outback Steakhouse. It was good...20 years ago.
What happened to that place?