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AdamFoodie Oct 17, 2007 10:22 AM

So tonight my girlfriend and I are going to a concert at the Orpheum Threatre downtown, what are the dining options? my girlfriend said shes in the mood for a "chain-like" restaurant where she could get appetizers and a salad, any recs?

p.s. we are coming from the valley, so anywhere in between is cool. thanks

  1. ipsedixit Oct 17, 2007 10:27 AM

    Best chain-like restaurant in downtown is Roy's ... and the apps there are fantastic.

    1. hrhboo Oct 17, 2007 10:27 AM

      Roy's is downtown, "chain-like" and has good apps and salad.

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        Obessed Oct 17, 2007 10:55 AM

        The Palm

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          silverlakebodhisattva Oct 17, 2007 11:02 AM

          As between Roy's and the Palm, Roy's definitely has better bang-per-buck, though neither is cheap. There's also Daily Grill, and McCormick/Schmick's, downtown if GF wants a REAL chain experience...

          1. re: silverlakebodhisattva
            AdamFoodie Oct 17, 2007 11:43 AM

            roys? as in the hawaii fusion place?

            1. re: AdamFoodie
              goodhealthgourmet Oct 17, 2007 11:51 AM

              yep, that'd be the one.

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                9thandBroadway Oct 17, 2007 11:55 AM

                Roy's is good because it's nothing like a chain restaurant even though it is one.

                When you say she's in the mood for a "chain-like" place, what kind of chain is she talking about? Morton's? CPK? Daily Grill?

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          JE33 Oct 17, 2007 11:49 AM

          eat at the bar at arnie mortons...7th & Fig.

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            AdamFoodie Oct 17, 2007 03:42 PM

            yeah shes in the moond for like a mimi's,cpk,red robin,islands type of deal.

            1. re: AdamFoodie
              9thandBroadway Oct 17, 2007 04:02 PM

              Then I'd go to the Daily Grill probably. As far as Daily Grill's go, it's a pretty nice location. There's also Liberty Grill, which isn't a chain but might as well be. It's tough to recommend places because part of what makes a chain a chain is that it's sort of bland and generic.

              When she's feeling more adventurous, check on Roy's.

              By the way, the Orpheum theatre is a gem. You'll love it. Grab a drink next door at the Broadway Bar.

              1. re: 9thandBroadway
                Servorg Oct 17, 2007 04:40 PM

                And if the OP ends up at the Daily Grill they are offering their lobster pot pie now as well as a special on local spiny lobsters split and grilled with a side of lobster risotto and fixed another way that I am blanking on at the moment.

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            superredhead Oct 17, 2007 03:48 PM

            if she's in the mood for cpk, red robin, islands kinda deal, just take her to one of those.
            roy's does have a delicious butterfish that i highly recommend though.

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              jlrobe Oct 17, 2007 04:34 PM

              Roys or the Palm

              Nic and stefs, patina, cafe pinot are not chains, but they are very tasty safe cuisine

              For cheaper (and frankly not tasty) chain food, I would say Daily Grill

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                GuidoTKP Oct 17, 2007 06:01 PM

                If she's looking for pretty basic salad/appatizer fair, there is also CPK at the Wells Fargo Center.

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                1. re: GuidoTKP
                  yinyangdi Oct 17, 2007 07:56 PM

                  and another CPK next to the above-mentioned arnie mortons at 7th & Fig.

                  a little closer to the Orpheum is Wolfgang Puck's Gourmet Express at the corner of 6th & Hope.

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