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Hard Rock Cafe recs?

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I know how chows feel about most chains but I am going to a birthday celebration Saturday at the Hollywood HardRock and would appreciate some recs on what I should think about ordering.
My favorite types of foods are beef (steak, burgers, ribs), shrimp and pasta. I usually like trying to get stuff I can't get anywhere when I go out to places like this....so I usually stay away from burgers unless they are really good.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. They have their menu on their website. Doesn't look like any surprises there. Certainly the kind of things you can get at any Applebees, etc.

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    1. re: c oliver

      I was looking over the menu and just wondered if anyone had any recs on what they actually liked from there (if there was anything) or what to stay away from since things can look interesting but be really bad or something may not seem all that great but is surprisingly good.

    2. I couldn't remember what it was called, but I went to the menu and looked up the dish I was thinking of - it's the Santa Fe spring rolls. They were pretty good, and I believe they have some sort of a mac and cheese with chicken that wasn't bad either. The food's about like a Chili's - it's not inspired or particularly creative, but it could certainly be worse.

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      1. re: Suzy Q

        I agree, the mac and cheese with chicken isn't bad. FYI you get 10% off if you are a AAA member.

      2. I forget precisely what its called, but they have a quesadilla named after a band member of Aerosmith (Joe?).

        I'm typically shocked at how delicious this thing is. Stuffed with chicken, monterey jack cheese, hot sauce and pineapple... dipped in your choice of sour cream or guacamole. Really good app.

        And as someone already mentioned, the "mac n cheese with chicken" dish is decent. It won't blow your mind or anything, but the addition of subtle peppers, the noodle texture and the adjacent garlic bread makes for a decent dish that won't disturb you.

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        1. re: kkachurak

          thanks for the recs. I was actually looking at that mac and cheese and did notice the quesadilla. It depends how hungry I am when I get there.
          thanks again.

        2. The Pork Chop is quite good.

          That said, I still think the best things on that menu are the burgers ... and it's not even really a close call.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            That pork chop does look good. I may either get that or some burger. Thanks everyone for the input. When I said "anywhere" in my OP I meant "just" anywhere....not necessarily anywhere as in nowhere else.