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Okay...I don't usually go to chains but our grown kids wanted to go. We live in Sacramento.

It was noisy! The kobe-style beef burger was excellent..very. The french fries were very bad..tough, not crispy, blah. The banana cream cheesecake was really banana cream pie..as was the key lime cheesecake. The fresh lemonade was good.

I still wouldn't go back.

Is there a decent chain restaurant out there?

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  1. I don't mind it every once in a while. Love the sweet corn tamales...an arepa style appetizer.

    The salads are good.

    Hey, its a chain. you can't expect much, but it is okay in a pinch.

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    1. re: taxchic

      I'll agree that the salads are good, esp the "caesar" with chicken, which is not really caesar but is still good. Huge portions, even at lunch. What I completely do not get is the hour+ wait times at lunch. It is not THAT good and it is a chain, afterall. People here seem to just love it, though. Granted, the location I am referring to is located in suburbian/mall hell, so there are not a lot of other viable choices.

      1. re: taxchic

        I am not embarrassed to say that I LOVE the corm tamale appetizer at CF! As a matter of fact, I made my husband take me there last weekend (I am pregnant and HAD to have them). The rest of the food was pretty good... chain restaurant pretty good. Service was terrific and I also brought home the banana cream cheesecake and it was great! Blame it on the pregnancy but I loved these two items before I got pregnant and I have only been to CF a handful of times. Lived in LA for years (was taken there in BH) and now that I moved to Montvale from the city, we just discovered one ten minutes from us... My hubby is in trouble for another four months! LOL

      2. Houston's is the only chain I know of that really doesn't feel like one. We've visited them in Scottsdale, Hackensack and NYC. The food is consistently good and the service is usually efficient and friendly. (Don't know about the others, but the one at the Citicorp Center in NY can be a madhouse - with a noise level in the bar that verges on deafening - on Thursday evenings, right after work.)

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        1. re: Deenso

          I also like Houston's and love their veggie burger. It is one of the best veggie burgers I have had and I have had quite a few. Additionally, my hubby works near the one on Park Avenue South and he and the boys go for lunch there. They love the burgers and the french dip, among other menu items. That being said, I agree with the poster below that chain restaurants are good for what they are and you decide which ones fits with your needs and which do not.

        2. I think the reality is that every chain has foods that are acceptable and doable for reasonable prices.

          I "like" CPK salads, Chili's and El Torito fajitas, Daily Grill meatloaf, Houston's burger, Islands tortilla soup, fries, and some of the sandwiches, Calif. Chicken Cafe salads, Ruth's Chris lobster and sides, Koo Koo Roo mac'n'cheese, Zankou Chicken, and my bf would throw in a vote for Tony Roma's ribs.

          1. Ruth's Chris Steak House might be the USA's most successful restaurant chain foodwise, not financial. Of course they are also one of the most expensive chains around.

            1. I love the french fries at Cheesecake Factory. Get a side of their garlicky ranch dressing and I'm in heaven!

              Hubby and I like their tex mex eggrolls --it's one of the best appetizers I've had at a chain.

              I also like their Thai Steak Noodle Salad (cold noodles, steak, cilantro, mango vinagrette, shredded carrots and cashews) and the Chicken Avocado Sandwich. I also like the Endive Blue cheese Pecan salad when I'm in the mood for something light.

              For dinner, I love their Chicken Madeira. It's their most popular item. It's 2 sauteed chicken breasts topped asparagus spears and melted mozzarella and finished with a mushroom madeira sauce. Smashed potatoes on the side. I always ask for extra madeira sauce so I can spoon it over the potatoes.

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              1. re: boogiebaby

                I do too! My tactic when my friends make me go (in SF) is to order a plate of fries for $3 and one of their huge alcoholic beverages. Really takes the edge off being annoyed to be inside TCF. For food, the salads are fine, as are the avocado egg rolls.

                1. re: nooodles

                  honestly, for the amount of food you get for the price you cannot complain. you can always get 2 meals out of it. also, you should appreciate it for what it is.. it is a place people go with a group of friends or family. the variety in its menu lends itself to pleasing varied tastes and the extensive dessert menu lends itself towards birthday, etc celebrations for friends and co-workers.

                  1. re: well

                    This is the exact reason I like TCF. Variety in menu for large groups that won't all want the same type of food. I went there last year for my son's high school graduation (with his best friend and his family), a group of about 20 pp. It was perfect. The service is almost always very good, the portions are huge and quality is usually very good as well. It's not cutting edge cuisine, not "chow-ish" by any stretch of the imagination but that's not their purpose. They do what they do very well.

                  2. re: nooodles

                    honestly, for the amount of food you get for the price you cannot complain. you can always get 2 meals out of it. also, you should appreciate it for what it is.. it is a place people go with a group of friends or family. the variety in its menu lends itself to pleasing varied tastes and the extensive dessert menu lends itself towards birthday, etc celebrations for friends and co-workers.

                  3. re: boogiebaby

                    I had to go for a business lunch and found the thai steak salad to be mediocre at best. I wasnt expecting real thai flavours but the food was very bland and the individual ingredients did not seem fresh.