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Chain restaurants that are good

I'm definitely not a fan of the chain restaurant, but every once in awhile I have a few friends who aren't big into the local scene so I have to compromise by going to a chain (I'll try to take them somewhere and they always end up choosing whatever chain is in the area--blah). Some I've been to are pretty horrible, but I am wondering if anyone has any ideas for future reference that I can use if I need to. One chain I have gone to and liked was PF Chang's.
Thanks for the help.

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    1. re: ipsofatso

      I agree with that. I was really surprised the first two times I went there.

      1. re: ipsofatso

        We are about to get our first NYAJ here in Northern Virginia. It does look interesting.

        Some chains I like: Bonefish Grille, Red Hot & Blue, Original Pancake House, Texas Roadhouse, Bertucci's, CPK. Bob Evans' (breakfast only).

        Some I don't: Moe's Southwest Grille, Applebee's, Damon's (poor value), Eggspectation (ditto)

        1. re: Bob W

          Thank god someone agrees about the Bob Evans. We dont' hav ethem out here in CA so everytime I go home, my mom thinks I'm crazy for asking to go to brunch at Bob's.

          1. re: bkh238559

            I agree 100% I can`t understand why they don`t have them out here.I like
            their whole atmusphere.

      2. J Alexander's is pretty good (I like the spinach and queso dip) and I've had a good steak at Capital Grille.

        Links:
        www.jalexanders.com

        www.capitalgrille.com

        1. I actually really like Bertucci's. While I have had my share of fabulous Italian food in my life, i must say that this place is not all that bad. It is definitely 100 times better than Olive Garden and Macaroni Grille. Their pizza is actually quite good as well as their salads. The other night for the first time I tried their salmon. It was very tasty! I've also had the chicken piccata and chicken marsala which were not bad! I honestly don't think that i've ever had a bad meal there! Oh, and their roles with olive oil are AMAZING!!

          1. If you have a Houston's in your area, the food is always good and prices are always reasonable.

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            1. re: stumpworks73

              My friends and I love Houston's here in Atlanta. Food is consistent. Nice ambiance, although that can depend on the location.

            2. Calfornia Pizza Kitchen is a favorite of mine -- not only for pizza, but also for pasta, soups, and salads.

              http://www.cpk.com

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              1. re: silverbear

                I went to CPK for the first time this past Sunday and was a little disappointed. We got a barbeque chicken pizza and a pepperoni, sausage, and mushroom pizza. The bbq chicken wa not bad, but the other was barely palatable. We did however very much enjoy the tuscan hummus appetizer which I would recommend to anyone that goes there.
                It could have just been that the pizza's we ordered are not necessarily the best they have to offer, but I do not know that I would go back.

                1. re: silverbear

                  I've had mixed experiences at cpk, but overall, I think they do well. I like the thin crust pizza they do (can't remember the name -- "Sicilian"?; it has a couple different types of meet on it) and amazingly, I actually like that chipotle chicken pizza they do (there's so much bad food out there with chipotle in the name right now, I was really surprised that I liked this). And they make this salad that's very good, with nuts, pears (I think), chevre; it's an expensive salad, though.

                  I've found I only like a few things there, so I get tired of the place, easily (I'm in that state right now).