What's Your Favorite of These Restaurants?

Discussion in 'The Backstage' started by Skintaster, May 28, 2013.

Which Casual Dining Choice is Your Favorite

  1. Chili's

    13 vote(s)
    11.0%
  2. Bennigan's

    3 vote(s)
    2.5%
  3. Applebee's

    8 vote(s)
    6.8%
  4. Outback Steakhouse

    19 vote(s)
    16.1%
  5. Other.

    14 vote(s)
    11.9%
  6. T.G.I. Fridays

    3 vote(s)
    2.5%
  7. They All Serve Garbage Made From Rat's Asses.

    58 vote(s)
    49.2%
  1. Skintaster

    Skintaster V.I.P. Member

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    And least favorites?
     
  2. Corrosion of Conformity

    Corrosion of Conformity Senior Member

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    What?
     
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  3. Kalamazuu

    Kalamazuu Senior Member

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    (I think you forgot the list of "These Restaurants." Or just didn't mean to add the "of these.")
     
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  4. So What

    So What Senior Member

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    They are all fast food, served to appear as if it is from a mid scale restaurant.
     
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  5. chupe442

    chupe442 Confused as ever..... Premium Member

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    Applebees.. Its the most consistant to me.. Bennigans is good too!
     
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  6. Skintaster

    Skintaster V.I.P. Member

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    Ok, of my poll choices? :)
     
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  7. Gin&Pentatonic

    Gin&Pentatonic Senior Member

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    Eww barf.

    I don't eat at restaurants that are advertised on the hoods of NASCAR race cars.
     
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    Brians Evil Twin Poophoria Sōtō Zen V.I.P. Member

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    If you were blindfolded, could you really tell the difference between simliar menu items at any of these restaurants?

    They are all corporate chains serving bland pre-packaged frozen food and prescribed menus aimed at the average American palate.

    Chili's has 1,400 locations and is owned by Brinker International
    Bennigan's had about 300 locations until they filed for bankruptcy in 2008, now they have about 30.
    Applebee's has over 2,000 locations and is owned by Applebee’s International, Inc.
    Outback has about 1,000 locations and is owned by Bloomin' Brands, Inc.
    TGI Fridays has less than 200 locations and is owned by the Carlson Companies

    On May 22, 2013, investigators with the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) raided 29 bars and restaurants around the state, including 13 TGI Friday's franchises; the result of a year-long probe dubbed "Operation Swill". Investigators had received complaints from customers that the establishments were substituting premium brand alcoholic beverages with lower-cost brands, while charging them for the more expensive liquor. The investigators found that the bars filled premium-brand bottles with cheaper alcohol, including potentially dangerous rubbing alcohol, or water with added caramel color "to fool the customer, and increase profits". The ABC, with assistance from the State Division of Criminal Justice, seized bottles of open alcohol from the bars, and demanded records from the establishment's owners. A statement released by Friday's said it "was just made aware of this issue and is working closely with the franchisee and owner of the cited locations to review and investigate these serious allegations."
     
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    JTM45 Premium Member

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    I'll take Chili's, good chips and salsa plus I want my baby backs!
     
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  10. Kalamazuu

    Kalamazuu Senior Member

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    I must have missed it,, or it wasn't there yet, it's all good. :)
    I like the burgers at Applebee's, and the chips at Chili's are good.
    When I go out I get a burger most the time.

    Fridays I don't remember too well, and I've never been to outback.


    Edit: and I think I've been to Bennigan's once or twice, I remember it being good, but nothing specific.

    And these are about the fanciest restaurants I go to.
     
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  11. Skintaster

    Skintaster V.I.P. Member

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    In the spirit of full disclosure, I haven't eaten at one of these places in years, and won't in the future. I think they're all pretty gross. But I was having a conversation about them with a friend, so I thought I'd see what the rest of you thought. :)
     
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    Malikon Possibly a Bot V.I.P. Member

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    With a gun to my head?

    Chilis.

    Only because the guacamole dip + chips is pretty good.

    Overpriced corporate restaurants do suck though. And far more of that food is microwaved then people really want to know.

    I had a friend get a job at Red Lobster and I was shocked how much of the food he told me was microwaved.

    For those prices people need to cook the damn food. If I wanted microwave food I could stay at home.

    For restaurants these days you really have to find small little 'non-chain' places that use fresh ingredients and don't pre-freeze their food.

    There's a couple little places around here like that. ( I do love the variety of food in Chicago.)

    But those restaurants listed? Junk,...all that's junk.

    That's just McDonalds on a fancier plate.
     
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  13. Gin&Pentatonic

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    For some reason it irritates the ever-living shit out of me how some of these places advertise their "Jack Daniels ________" as if its going to be something worth eating. It's not. It's total dog crap. I tried the Jack Daniels Chicken something or other at a TGIFridays a while back and it tasted like nursing home food. But I guess it's good marketing because people are eating that garbage up because its got the name of a popular liquor attached to it.
     
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  14. Groove Toad

    Groove Toad Banned

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    I'll eat at Chili's because my wife and son like it. The chips and salsa are OK. The rest of it tastes like a Banquet frozen dinner.
     
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  15. Rich

    Rich Non sequitur Premium Member

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    There are too many great non-chain restaurants in my area to eat at any of those places.

    At the bottom, I'd put TGI Friday:

    Rubbing alcohol as scotch? N.J. officials release details of 'Operation Swill' | NJ.com

     
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    Groove Toad Banned

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    Regarding Chili's. Is it really necessary for them to boil the corn on the cob so long that a toothless hillbilly can eat it?
     
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    Brians Evil Twin Poophoria Sōtō Zen V.I.P. Member

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    We have so many great restaurants in the Philly area in all price ranges that there is no reason to go to a chain. Even in my little suburban town we have a 2 Sushi bars, 2 gastro pubs, a micro brewery, a half dozen brick oven pizzerias, and 4 or 5 sports bars, not to mention PF Changs.

    If I don't mind driving a few miles there are dozens of chefs, and hundreds of highly rated eateries: http://www.phillymag.com/articles/50-restaurants-philadelphia-2012/
     
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    markerdown Senior Member

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    They all really suck, and their menu's are extremely similar. Throw melted cheese or shrimp on a steak with some bbq sauce or a pseudo portabelo mushroom,... throw in some slick tv commercials /advertising and it's a new dining sensation, mmmmmmmmmm....not!!! :D
     
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    Subway is the place I frequent most.
     
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  20. jeff_farkas

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    Fuddruckers..
     
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