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best chain restaurants

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by bradjonesbass, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. Okay, so best chain restaurants. I figure most of them are going to be smaller chains and upper end, but let's just see.

    I'm going to start with:

    Biaggi's - a small Italian chain - I think less than 10 stores nationwide
    Carrabas - another good Italian chain
    Ruths Crist - great steaks
    Eddy Merlot - high end steak house
  2. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
  3. The Keg - high end steak house
    Outback - mid-level steak house

    I see a pattern developing

  4. fenderhutz

    fenderhutz Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Harpers Ferry WV
    Baja Fresh - good fresh food
    California Tortilla - good fresh food
    Five Guys - good burgers and fries
  5. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    I'll +1 Baja Fresh.

    And In-N-Out FTW
  6. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    In-N-Out is the best fast food in the US. Ever.

    I was questioning how Steve ate there for a second since for some reason I thought he was a moose lover from up north.
  7. spencer

    spencer Guest

    Feb 22, 2006

  8. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    i like jack in the box and taco bell. :meh:
  9. This probably needs to be broken down into categories:
    High-end: Ruth's Chris, Morton's, Smith & Wollensky
    Mid-grade: Taco Mac (local - great wings and 100+ beers on tap), Outback, Sushi Avenue (two of 'em in a one-mile radius near me.. sounds like a chain!), Five Guys
    Low-end: TACO BELL, Krystal :bassist:
  10. Spector_Ray


    Aug 8, 2004
    Johnny Carino's
    Texas Roadhouse
  11. baalroo


    Mar 24, 2008
    Wichita, KS
    Chipotle is phenomenal and I cannot resist it, I eat there at least once a week. I'm pretty sure it's only in the midwest though. Otherwise I try to avoid non-local food joints. Supporting your local economies and avoiding big conglomerate corporations as much as possible FTW.
  12. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Chipotle is owned by McDonalds and I believe it's nationwide. Living in California, there are a million fantastic authentic burrito places, but for a bit of a different taste Chipotle is a place that I dig too.

    Macaroni Grill isn't bad for a chain. I don't know how widespread it is, but on the lower end of things I like Togo's.
  13. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    texas roadhouse is great. love the cinnamon butter.

    lol, no. chipotle is nationwide. there are two in gainesville and we've even got one in berkeley--on TELEGRAPH, of all places! :eek:
  14. christmetal


    Aug 21, 2008
    subway, texas roadhouse, and chick fil a
  15. Wendy's, Subway, most pizza places (It's pretty hard to mess up pizza). I actually like McDonalds in small doses.
  16. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Chipotle is hands down the best.

    They started off independent, were owned by McDonald's for a few years, but are not anymore.
  17. Subway
  18. ryco


    Apr 24, 2005
    Dairy Queen

    that is all
  19. Their menu, aside from the ice cream, is underrated.
  20. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    I forgot about Chipotle...

    Taco bell? You guys must love crapping your brains out

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