Restaurants everyone loves--except you
Ignoring the Sonny Bryan's, Campisi's, etc., some of the ones that come to mind...
Celebration - I still go there occasionally but every time I do, it just reminds me of why I don't go more often. The food is just tired.
Mi Cocina - I used to live in the restaurant wasteland of Lake Highlands and this was one of the few choices. Overpriced and mediocre food.
Nonna - I know I'll get blistered on this but if I served you this same food in my home without you knowing where it came from, you'd be underwhelmed. I will say though the wines they have are fantastic.
Club Schmitz - I dearly love Texas beer joints but I don't get the attraction and popularity of this place.
If you can make food just like what I've had at Nonna, I'm coming over. Immediately. Seriously, please invite me over.
I'm not sure I totally get the obsession with Monica's or Gloria's.
I don't get the appeal of Luna de Noche, especially at that price point.
I totally get rushing to Cafe Brazil for a late night meal, but during the day when tons of other options exist? No thanks. Maybe I just haven't found the right dish there since everyone else seems to love it.
Re: Celebration. At least they ARE consistent.
And, I'm one of those that loves Nonna. But, everyone's entitled to their opinion.
I like your list a lot in that you capture a lot of places that are overrated in my opinion. Mi Cocina and Celebration our garbage. As for Nonna, I agree with you that it is overrated. I'm not saying I can make Italian food of that quality nor that I don't enjoy the food but as far as high end restaurants go, Nonna is basically par for the course. I went for the first time last week and had one or two mind blowingly good dishes, one or two disappointments, and a lot of what I would expect for the price.
Other restaurants that I feel everyone loves except me would include:
Alligator Cafe - Prefer Big Easy, their po boys and gumbo are not the best
Any NY style pizza in Dallas - used to live in Brooklyn and now i'm a huge pizza snob
Hook Line & Sinker - overrated, it's fine for what it is but people talk about it as if it's the best seafood in town
Lonesome Dove - everything I had there was mediocre
Hattie's - loved the shrimp and grits but nothing else impressed me