Favorite food from a chain "sit-down"?
- amkirkland Sep 26, 2006 01:57 AM
Although I advise my friends who are being courted to "never trust a guy who takes you to a chain restaurant," we all have our dirty little secrets, right? For me it mostly begins and ends with Bennigan's. They used to have a reuben that was delicious, probably cause it's so simple, you couldn't mess it up. But they did, they took it off the menu. A few others...
Bennigan's Monte Cristo or turkey o'toole w/ baked potato soup
Romano's bread and penne rustica
Chili's chicken crispers.
Cheddar's cookie monster
... alright, now everyone fess up
Cheesecake Factory Four Cheese Pasta and Biscuits
CPK Chopped Salad sans salami or cheese
Sisley Chopped Salad sans salami or cheese with eggplant
Jerry's Deli omelettes... the ONLY thing i will eat here and will go here for
Waffle House Hashbrowns
Macaroni Grill Chicken Scaloppine
Original Pancake House Dutch Baby
Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits
Rolls at Texas Roadhouse
Chili at Texas Roadhouse
Steaks at Texas Roadhouse
Minestrone at Johnny Carino's
Burger with guacamole and bacon at Chili's
Tomato Basil soup at Applebee's
Texas Roadhouse is my preferred sit-down chain place, overall, except for the noise level which can be deafening.
Dakota Smashed Pea and Barley Soup at the California Pizza Kitchen -- paired with a half-size field greens salad, it's great light meal.
Bennigans chicken fingers with honey mustard. Best chicken fingers in the world.
I cant think of anything else....Ruby Tuesday makes a good burger. Haven't tried their new USDA prime burger yet.
Cheesecake Factory Chinese Chicken Salad
Carraba's fried calamari & bread with dipping oil
CPK cheese & garlic foccacia
Cheesecake Factory Santa Fe Salad
Red Lobster Lobster Chops(and those fabulous biscuits)
Outback Jackeroo Chops
a second vote to both the broccoli cheese soup from TGI's and the cheddar rolls from Red Lobster (can I get those together somehow???)
Popeye's spicy chicken combo
Cheesecake factory-Chicken Piccata*
Queso dip & Broccoli Cheese -Chilis
TGIF's-shrimp with Jack Daniles sauce
*Funny how so many people diss CF, but seems its on a list of people's favorites in many posts.
Waffle House - Country Ham and Eggs (substitute grits for potatoes) There are no Waffle Houses in CA so I especially enjoy trips to the South and one of my first stops is always WH.
Dave's Famous Barbeque - Slab of Baby Back Ribs Amazingly good for a chain; no hint of pressure cooker taste.
Mimi's Cafe - Probably one of the safest chain menus in the country. The food will satisfy all but the most peculiarly effete.
Chilis - The margaritas are tasty.
I don't feel guilty at all about eating:
Burgers at Houston's
German Pancakes at Original Pancake House
Chilis - Veggi Blackbean Burger, it's delicious!
In n Out Burger, Double Double (before I became a veggi)
Outback - Kokaburro Wings (extra hot)(also before I became a veggi)
Romano's - Penne Rustica (I think it's their best dish)
Arby's - Curly Fries
White Castle - Cheese Burgers (eastern U.S.)
and . . I used to love those Waffle House Hash Browns too, scattered, smothered, covered! along with the Chicken Melt Sandwhich
I used to buy the Double Double and then go across the street to Arby's for the curly fries! Now I'm dieting!! LOL! and I've since become a pesce-vegetarian, meaning I do eat fish. But, those late night burgers were fun. But, after eating the Chili's black bean burger wow! I like those better than meat. I have been searching for where I can get them to cook at home. I bought some made by Garden burger in the grocery store, but they don't compare. Maybe we can get Chili's to market their burger in the frozen goods sections of grocery stores like other restaurants have done. Maybe I'll check out their website and send them an email!
Frisco Melt and a side of small fries, with a Jr. Mint Chocolate Shake at Steak and Shake. Best fast food meal ever.
I echo the Red Lobster Cheese Biscuits, not that I'll voluntarily go to Red Lobster.
Chopped CPK Club salad at CPK
Boneless Buffalo Wings at Applebees
In-n-Out Animal Style
*P.F. Changs- Spicy Chang's chicken, Pan fried Shrimp Potstickers, Moo shu Pork
*Z-Tejas- Nachos, Shrimp Dumplings, Jerk Salad
*Grand Lux Cafe- Great Salads and dressings
*Chilis- Boneless Shanghai wings, Chicken Crispers
*Claim Jumper- Seared ahi rolls, Cheese toast, buffalo tenders, SALSA RANCH SALAD DRESSING IS THE BEST EVER! French fries and Nachos are pretty good
*Carrabba's- Damian's shrimp scampi, Parmesan house dressing
*Charleston's- Chicken tenders!!
*Houlihan's- Chicken Chop chop salad, Green Chile quesadilla
P.F. Changs: hot and sour soup, kung po chicken, lettuce wraps
Macaroni Grill: Shrimp Portofino, their house bread (yum)
On the Border: Firecracker Stuffed Jalapenos, Mexican Shrimp Scampi
Firebirds: Coconut Shrimp Tempura
Rockfish Seafood Grill: Mexican Shrimp Martini, Flash-Fried Calamari, "The Bomb" (fried jalapenos stuffed with shrimp and cheese), Santa Fe Fish Tacos
Texas Roadhouse: Ribs
Ohhhhh - you're killing me with the Bennigan's Monte Cristo!! I used to go NUTS over that when I lived on the East Coast!! yumm.....
My guilty pleasure would be the Tour of Italy (chicken parm, lasagne, and alfredo) from the Olive Garden.
I am a seasoned cook when it comes to Italian cooking so I am embarrassed to share that info with anyone.
Cheesecake Factory- Grilled Skirt Steak, Chicken Littles, Chicken Madeira, Mashed Potatoes, Macaroni and Cheese, Chocolate Tuxedo Cheesecake, Basically Everything
Champps- Bourbon Glazed Pork Chops, Waffle Fries
Charlie Brown's- Wild Wild Mushroom Prime Rib, Charlie's Bone-in Prime Rib, Cowboy Prime Rib
Bennigans- Monte Cristo, Chicken Tenders, Tempura Shrimp
Red Robin- Royal Red Robin Burger, Steak Fries, Onion Rings, and Shakes
Chili's- Baby Back Ribs
Famous Dave's- Best Fries, BBQ Chicken, Corn Bread, Bread Pudding
Chili's - Caribbean chicken salad
Cheesecake Factory - Luau Salad, lettuce wraps, Asian chicken salad, fresh strawberry cheesecake
Bertuccis - eggplant panini, rolls
CPK- Thai chicken pizza
Bugaboo Creek - steak salad
CPK - Hummus Appetizer
Logans Roadhouse - Anything and Everything Salad
Smokey Bones - Sliced Smoked Turkey w/mustard based bbq sauce
Quarterdeck - Turkeyburger
Apple Pancake at Original Pancake House. I am ashamed to admit that I can no longer finish the regular size pancake and have to order the "junior." But of course, it's a junior like Al Horford of the back-to-back NCAA champion Florida Gators is a junior.
Claim Jumper - California Citrus Salad
Cheesecake Factory - whatever that Asian steak is with the wasabi mashed potatoes
Chili - Lettuce Wraps, chicken enchilada soup, boneless shanghai wings
CoCos - Tomato Bisque, Asian Chicken Salad (spicy-yum)
Red Robin - Fish Sandwich or Teriyaki Burger (they need to get wheat buns though)
PF Changs - Dan Dan Noodles
Pei Wei - Kung Pao Scallops with no rice
Johnny Carinos - that chili soup, the spicy chicken and shrimp pasta
Alright...now I want to go out to dinner!
claim jumper - french onion soup, crunchy spinach salad and corn muffin
roy's - butterfish and chocolate souffle
paradise bakery - fire roasted tomato soup
charleston's - croissants
bob evan's - bob's blt with egg
cracker barrell - egg's in the basket and hashbrown casserole
original pancake house - french crepes
Macaroni Grill- bread, penne rustica, tiramisu
Ruby Tuesday-triple prime hamburger