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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

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    tom porc Apr 8, 2007 11:25 PM

    Macaroni Grill- bread, penne rustica, tiramisu
    Ruby Tuesday-triple prime hamburger

    1. abbefaith Apr 5, 2007 01:34 PM

      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

      1. KellBell Apr 5, 2007 12:26 PM

        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!

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        1. re: KellBell
          aurora50 Apr 5, 2007 12:45 PM

          Oh yeah - Coco's - their "House" Sour Cream Dressing.

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          AlyKen Apr 5, 2007 11:51 AM

          Nice comment, Bob W! Go Gators!

          I like to order fried okra as a side at Cracker Barrel, mostly because no one else I know likes okra. My husband enjoys going to Don Pablos, and I like their sweet corn cake and carnitas.

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          1. re: AlyKen
            Bob W Apr 5, 2007 01:21 PM

            Mmmm, fried okra! I used to love the fried okra at the Morrison's Cafeteria in Gainesville, liberally doused with sport peppers in vinegar.

          2. Bob W Apr 5, 2007 11:39 AM

            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.

            1. carolinadawg Apr 2, 2007 05:49 PM

              Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish Grill...so good!!

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                lconnor Apr 2, 2007 03:13 PM

                PF Changs tofu lettuce wraps and the dan dan noodles and the orange chicken.

                1. ArikaDawn Apr 2, 2007 03:08 PM

                  CPK - Hummus Appetizer
                  Logans Roadhouse - Anything and Everything Salad
                  Smokey Bones - Sliced Smoked Turkey w/mustard based bbq sauce
                  Quarterdeck - Turkeyburger

                  1. Jpan99 Apr 2, 2007 07:57 AM

                    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

                    1. NiKoLe1625 Apr 1, 2007 03:15 PM

                      Bertuccis: rolls, Carmine pizza
                      pf changs: chicken lettuce wraps, mushu chicken
                      CF: thai chicken lettuce wraps, asian chicken salad, avocado egg rolls
                      CPK: grilled veggie salad, thai crunch salad, wild mushroom pizza with chicken

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                      1. re: NiKoLe1625
                        marmite Apr 2, 2007 02:55 PM

                        The CF Avocado Eggrolls appear frequently in my dreams, I love them so much.

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                        steakrules85 Apr 1, 2007 01:35 PM

                        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

                        1. foodie in seattle Oct 12, 2006 06:08 PM

                          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.

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                            Jeanne Oct 12, 2006 06:01 PM

                            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

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                              calabasas_trafalgar Oct 11, 2006 06:19 PM

                              North Woods Inn - Garlic cheese toast and blue cheese salad

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                              1. re: calabasas_trafalgar
                                aurora50 Apr 5, 2007 11:48 AM

                                Ditto on North Woods Inn - will add their red cabbage salad and housemade steak relish to your list.
                                Chilis- Mushroom Burger, medium-rare.

                              2. k
                                Kam7185 Oct 6, 2006 09:34 PM

                                *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

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                                  BearCity Oct 6, 2006 08:19 AM

                                  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

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                                    calabasas_trafalgar Oct 2, 2006 05:37 PM

                                    Almost forgot, Marie Callendars Cabo San Lucas salad.

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                                    1. re: calabasas_trafalgar
                                      linlinchan Oct 5, 2006 06:16 PM

                                      I like Callender's Gorgonzola, Pecan & Field Greens Salad. We used to go to the one across the street from work all the time.

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                                      linlinchan Oct 1, 2006 12:40 AM

                                      Frisco Melt and a side of small fries, with a Jr. Mint Chocolate Shake at Steak and Shake. Best fast food meal ever.

                                      1. potbelliedkiln Sep 29, 2006 05:56 AM

                                        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

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                                        1. re: potbelliedkiln
                                          amkirkland Sep 29, 2006 08:54 PM

                                          Wow, we should go dine together. I love the black bean burger, almost preferring it to their meaty greasebombs, but I agree that in-n-out puts out a mean burger. And oh goodness... the penne rustica... you can keep your curly fries though.

                                          1. re: amkirkland
                                            potbelliedkiln Oct 10, 2006 11:58 PM

                                            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!

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                                          Dave Feldman Sep 29, 2006 05:08 AM

                                          I don't feel guilty at all about eating:

                                          Burgers at Houston's
                                          German Pancakes at Original Pancake House

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                                            axesbowledaslove Sep 27, 2006 07:58 PM

                                            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.

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                                              tamerlanenj Sep 27, 2006 07:31 PM

                                              TGIF Jack DAniel's shrimp? Ugh....it's like shrimp with a spoonfull of sugar in each bite.

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                                                Kari Sep 27, 2006 06:04 PM

                                                Cheesecake factory-Chicken Piccata*

                                                Queso dip & Broccoli Cheese -Chilis

                                                Texas Roadhouse-Ribs

                                                Red Lobster-biscuts

                                                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.

                                                1. OrganicGal Sep 26, 2006 07:29 PM

                                                  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

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                                                    jes Sep 26, 2006 07:24 PM

                                                    Brocolli Cheese Soup from TGI Fridays.

                                                    1. mamamia Sep 26, 2006 06:51 PM

                                                      Tomato Basil Soup - La Madeline
                                                      Strawberries Romanoff - La Madeline
                                                      Chicken Enchilada Soup - Chili's
                                                      Spinach & Artichoke Dip - Houston's
                                                      Couscous Side Dish - Houston's
                                                      BBQ Chicken Salad - CPK

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                                                      1. re: mamamia
                                                        amkirkland Sep 27, 2006 01:03 AM

                                                        next time you're at La Madeline take a look at the jars and check out the nutritional info on the Tomato Basil, it's sickening. But, they do make me proud to be from the metroplex.

                                                        1. re: amkirkland
                                                          mamamia Sep 27, 2006 07:57 PM

                                                          I already know it's hideous - but I don't care. It's good stuff.


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                                                        calabasas_trafalgar Sep 26, 2006 06:37 PM

                                                        Cheesecake Factory Santa Fe Salad
                                                        Red Lobster Lobster Chops(and those fabulous biscuits)
                                                        Outback Jackeroo Chops

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                                                          meb903 Sep 26, 2006 06:14 PM

                                                          Cheesecake Factory Chinese Chicken Salad
                                                          Carraba's fried calamari & bread with dipping oil
                                                          CPK cheese & garlic foccacia

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                                                            tamerlanenj Sep 26, 2006 02:36 PM

                                                            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.

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                                                              Mushroom Sep 26, 2006 02:21 PM

                                                              Cheesecake Factory: Shrimp & Bacon Club

                                                              1. silverbear Sep 26, 2006 02:15 PM

                                                                Dakota Smashed Pea and Barley Soup at the California Pizza Kitchen -- paired with a half-size field greens salad, it's great light meal.

                                                                1. Deenso Sep 26, 2006 11:27 AM

                                                                  All from Houston's:

                                                                  Home Smoked Salmon
                                                                  Knife & Fork Barbecue Ribs
                                                                  Grilled Chicken Salad
                                                                  Tortilla Soup

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                                                                  1. re: Deenso
                                                                    tamerlanenj Sep 26, 2006 02:36 PM

                                                                    I've heard raves for their artichoke dip

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                                                                    Chimayo Joe Sep 26, 2006 06:22 AM

                                                                    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.

                                                                    1. Seth Chadwick Sep 26, 2006 05:21 AM

                                                                      Waffle House Hashbrowns
                                                                      Macaroni Grill Chicken Scaloppine
                                                                      Original Pancake House Dutch Baby
                                                                      Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

                                                                      1. Emme Sep 26, 2006 02:09 AM

                                                                        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

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