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Jul 5, 2007 12:40 PM

any extraordinary local chain rest recs?

Just wondering if anyone has chain rest. specific menu items that y'all enjoy out in the burbs?
Here's my initial list...

I like Houston's for their smoked salmon, soups, burgers

PF Chang's Seabass with Spinach and brown rice, fried banana dessert

Legal Seafood's Oyster po' boy

Coastal Flats fried dough, fish and chips, chocolate waffle dessert

Popeye's onion rings

Cheesecake factory mashed pots, iced tea, chocolate cake

Any recs?

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  1. The Oceanaire crab cakes.

    1. Five Guys - burgers and fries

      1. I love, love, love California Tortilla...especially the Blackened Chicken Ceasar soft tacos or their Ceasar burrito. It really is good food and cheap...I like it better then Chipolta and Baja Fresh etc.

        I'm also a fan of the burgers at Five Guys.
        Both Cal Tort and Five Guys are local compared to the above places which can be found mostly all over the country.

        1. It's not clear to me what your question is. I'm not sure about Coastal Flats, but the rest of those are chains which, while perhaps not nationwide, are at least regional chains with many locations. If you're asking what menu items you like (seems to be the case) whether or not it's a chain seems irrelevant.

          If you're asking which local branch of a chain does a particularly good job with a certain menu item, that may be worthy of discussion. Hey, I like the soup, salad, and breadsticks at Olive Garden because I don't care much for their pasta dishes (though occasionally they have an interesting chicken thing) - but that isn't much of a recommendation. Is that the sort of thing you're after here?

          1. I love the burgers at Ted's Montana Grill, the fried oysters at McCormick & Schmick, and the pizza at Vapiano's. I used to like the spaghetti and meatballs at Macaroni Grill, but the one near me (Ballston) is now closed.