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GroovinGourmet Aug 1, 2007 09:32 PM

Here's a doc listing the top chains according to Restaurants And Institutions. I agree with most of the Platinum picks except perhaps Olive Garden. And I would choose In And Out over Red Robin, though I believe the nod to Culver's in the burger category is warranted.

http://tinyurl.com/3awxh8

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    mojoeater RE: GroovinGourmet Aug 1, 2007 09:36 PM

    Seems that this list was produced with California in mind. Can't easily find a number of these places in other parts of the country.

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      flyerfan182 RE: GroovinGourmet Aug 1, 2007 11:42 PM

      id say casual dining should go to cheesecake over pf changs. olive garden the best italian! ha! macaroni grill beats it by far. completely agree on papa murphys take n bake pizzas they kick major butt. i'd say dunkin donuts should have made for best coffee/snacks over tim hortons.

      interesting though

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        mgb RE: GroovinGourmet Aug 2, 2007 09:15 AM

        A contest for the best of the mediocre mass-produced homogenized slop. Now there's a good expediture of time, energy and resources.

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          swsidejim RE: mgb Aug 2, 2007 10:51 AM

          hilarious..., great post, I couldnt have said it better myself.

        2. reubensandperrier RE: GroovinGourmet Aug 2, 2007 09:30 AM

          wtf Tim Hortons is 3rd!? Come on!! I wish there was something better than platinum because it should be that.

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            hungry_hippo RE: reubensandperrier Aug 2, 2007 12:51 PM

            Olive Garden better than Buca?! That's funny! haha

          2. HitchChic RE: GroovinGourmet Aug 6, 2007 09:53 AM

            Correct me if i'm wrong, isn't Famous Dave's a BBQ place? How is it considered a steakhouse?

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              flyerfan182 RE: HitchChic Aug 6, 2007 06:05 PM

              Your right Famous Dave's is a BBQ place. They do have not to shabby steaks but to claim them as a steakhouse is pure blasphemy

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              Loren3 RE: GroovinGourmet Aug 7, 2007 07:07 AM

              Almost universally appalling. A sad commentary on mainstream American cuisine.

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