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Do you think we are influncing the food quality in the Chains--I'm seeing a lot of posts reconsidering their position on Chains...

A lot of the 'most hated chains" are getting better reviews... Do you think we are making a difference?

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  1. No.

    Several meals with my family lately have confirmed it. Food is served in disgusting portions with gross chemical flavorings. And the kicker, it really isnt' that cheap.

    I don't get it.

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    1. re: JudiAU

      I don't either, for virtually the same money you can eat at a real restaurant. The last time I ate at a chain, I felt I was just pissing money away.

    2. You've proposed a nice working hypothesis.

      1. I doubt it. I suspect people who read and post here constitute only a tiny percentage of chain restaurants' customers. And in fact, I think overall the food quality is rapidly getting a lot worse, as cost-cutting measures implemented by corporate bean-counters become ever more evident on the plates of the dining public.

        In trying to keep an eye on my family's expenses for eating out, I'm one by one eliminating the chains where I've had unacceptable food and/or service. The list of ones I'll still visit is getting pretty darn short these days.

        1. Nope, not at all.

          If, and that's a big IF, the food is getting better at chains it's because there are more and more chains popping up and others are forced to up the ante.

          I've seen nothing to suggest the quality is improving and since food decisions are generally made while looking at the bottom line, I'd say no way.

          DT

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          1. re: Davwud

            Agree completely. The number of people here posting about chains probably amounts to to less than 1/2 a percent of the customer base. Unlikely anyone connected with a chain would give a damn about what people on this site think.

          2. Nope - I think there is a now more diverse population posting here and that they may be influencing the number of favorable posts on chains.

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            1. re: alwayscooking

              No

              I agree with alwayscooking. The people who for the most part are interested in good food don't read the chain board and don't speak on this board regaridng chains. And the people who are interested in chains don't bother with the other boards as much.

              However, let someone try to praise a chain on a local board and you get this ...
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/602696

              And please, if you are enamoured with Cheescake Factory, report on the chain board. That happens to be a new one that opened locally and basically lots of people offered better suggestions about places to eat in that area.

              1. re: rworange

                That was actually an awesome thread that you referenced - it was a gorgeous example of how you can use the boards to educate people about the local cuisine.

                I might just start a bogus one based on the location of my new workplace - I'm having a hell of a time finding decent chow -- That looks like the way to do it!!