Best and Worst chains in the Boston area
BEST: Outback Steakhouse
WORST: Olive Garden
I have to be honest I have never had a good meal at the Olive Garden its all good until the entree's come really good Salad great breadsticks but then its all downhill from there, Ive probaly been around 3 times. The first time I was just curious wanted to check it out, the second I wanted to give it another chance cause like I said before everything before the entree and appitizer were pretty good, and the third I went cause my ex practically begged me.
Now the Outback completly different story, the service could use work but damn I love those garlic mashed potatoes, the last time I went I got the rack of lamb which I didnt think was as great as there prime rib or porterhouse but still enjoyed it.
I think Outback is the only chain I like they just have great food.
Outback is pretty good for steaks. I actually had shark there once (it was a special) and it was really, really good. Olive Garden? Never been--too many good Italian restaurants in this area that aren't chains.
My favorite chain is PF Chang's by far, but even then, it's only a few blocks from Chinatown, so I'd rather end up at King Fung or Jumbo or the Hong Kong Eatery.
My mother has made it clear that if I ever eat at the Olive Garden, I will never be allowed back in her house.
Much better- PF Changs, Legal Sea Foods(good food, service can be shoddy), also Bugaboo is good especially with the kids.
applebees is horrible, what are those riblets anyways?
I actually dont mind the 99 once and a while. Only 2 things i get there are the fish and chips or the boneless buffalo wings. Both they do well.
To throw a new name in here, I'd say Boston Market is probably one of the worst, especially with their whole better-than-fast-food schtick. The chicken is slimey, the sandwiches are all slathered with dressings, the sides are all cooked to within an inch of their life - to the point that they resemble what one would expect at an average hospital or nursing home. I don't get why people line up for it, unless it's partly the "healthy, wholesome-meal" conceit BM wants the public to believe.
Can you say "Bickford's?" YUCK.
I think Olive Garden, PF Changs, Applebee's, 99, Boston Market, Chilis and Outback are all horrible.
Bickfords, Applebee's and PF Changs are hands down the worst in my book.
I also think Maggiano's food is terrible and there's "so much of it!"
Ruth's Cris is good, Smith and Wollensky, Legal, McCormack and Schmick are ok.
IS Morton's still there? I walk by it all the time and it looks gone.
I haven't been to that weird rib place (forgot the name -- near new Olive Garden by BJ's in Stoughton and in Everett) and haven't been to Chevy's in Boston just in NYC (which is ok, strangely).