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Oct 24, 2006 03:48 PM

Best chain restaurants?

I know, I know. But I spend half my time out in the country where I have no other choice the few nights when I'm out running errands and don't want to cook. (Taco Bell is listed in the "ethnic" section fo the phonebook and no, there aren't great local finds. This weekend I followed the "Roadfood" book to supposedly awesome Virginia ham and fried chicken and as it happens the place turned into another dull sandwich shop the moment the book came out. A Korean took over the diner -- promising! -- but stopped serving bulgogi after a month when nobody but me wanted it.)

So. If you faced a future of Chili's, Waffle House, Cracker Barrel, TGIF, Buffalo Wild Wings, Olive Garden, etc., are there any bright lights (or at least 40-watt ones)? Any dishes worth trying?

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      1. I always like the pot roast at Cracker Barrel, and Chili's has a pretty good Chipotle Big Mouth Burger (try to get it medium rare or medium).

        1. Broccoli Cheese Soup at TGI Fridays and SouthWestern EggRolls at Chilis

          1. I usually avoid chains but I do like Bucca de Beppo. It's especially great when we go out with our less adventerous friends as everyone can find something they like. I can honestly say I haven't had a bad meal there.