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Sep 17, 2007 05:52 PM

I know this belongs in "CHAINS" but I ONLY trust your guys opinions and recs. [moved from Los Angeles board]

with that being said, what are some actual "eatable" chain resturants, my girlfriend loves chains and the only two I like is red robin and mimi's but im getting tired of the two, so what are some other "good" ones? how's coco's? or applebees? etc.

thanks, and again sorry for not posting this in the "chains" section but I only trust Los Angeles chowhounders

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  1. PF Changs is the only decent chain.

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    1. re: yogachik

      Eh, I'll eat PF Chang's lettuce wraps. Their mongolian beef if I'm desperate.

      I like Cheesecake Factory as a chain. I don't think I've ever had a bad meal there. I've also never had a cheap nor healthy meal there.

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        1. I also like Cheesecake Factory. My favorite is probably TGI Friday's but there aren't any Friday's in LA proper :( Chili's & Chevy's are also near the top of my list, but similar non-LA issue.

          If the definition of chain means there is more than one location, then add Bossa Nova to your list. Great stuff. Also C&O Trattoria has pretty reliable Italian food, nothing special, but good & satisfying.

          I'm guessing you don't want upscale?

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          1. re: LisaStitch

            There is a T.G.I.Fridays in the Ladera Center 6721 La Tijera, Los Angeles, CA 90045. It's across the street from Panns.

            1. re: nitaj

              That's right! I forgot about that Magic Johnson one! Thanks!!!

          2. Chain restaurants in LA are a lot like the Mom & Pop ones in a way - if they have been around for a long time, they must be doing something right. Also, IMHO there are different kinds of chains - Norm's, Denny's, Coco's and Carrow's have their niche, but there are also chains like Morton's, Ruth's Chris and Mastro's at the other end of the spectrum, right?

            Some chains that I like are the Outback Steakhouse at Chapman/Harbor near Euclid, Pho 79 inside the Asia Garden Mall in Little Saigon, PF Chang's for the lettuce wraps, Houston's for the babyback ribs, Lawry's for prime rib, hmmm I'll stop now because this list could get long.