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Oct 22, 2010 01:07 PM

Why aren't there any high quality Asian/Chinese restaurant Chains?

Pei Wei Asian Diner and it's P.F. Chang's daddy are ok but don't deliver the goods. So why is it so difficult to offer high level affordable Asian food...Thoughts?

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  1. Are you talking Morton's-type quality or ...well, some midprice chain. Surely there's something between Olive Garden and Ruth's Chris, pricewise. Just can't think of any.

    1. Does Panda Express meet your requirements?

      1. People who eat at chain restaurants don't really demand high-level affordable food of any style.

        1. My first thought was that the food requires more care and preparation. But then I remembered that there are very good Mexican chains.

          So, I'd guess it's about the limited market. Chinese takeout is already very expensive when compared to the big boys like McDonald's, so a high quality Chinese chain would be unappealing when it comes to price - It would be so close to mid-level restaurants that you mind as well go to one of those.

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          1. re: ediblover

            Not being argumentative but what are the "very good Mexican chains"?

            1. re: c oliver

              Chi-Chi's (founded by guys named McDermott and McGee) before the Hepatitis outbreak?

                1. re: c oliver

                  I liked to pronounce it with a hard 'I' ala Les Nessman. Chy Chy's

                  they were all throughout the midwest at least, but not anymore, comparable to Casa Gallardo or Chevy's.

                  funny how ticky people get over a few random deaths...

          2. "high quality" and "chains" do not intersect on a Venn diagram.

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            1. re: Veggo

              Ding! Ding! Ding!

              We have a winner!

              1. re: Veggo

                Just for the sake of argument, Veggo, let's divide "chains" into two groups: Fast food and family style restaurants such as Chili's, Claim Jumper or Olive Garden. While I admit that the latter are not elegant eateries, they are a considerable step above the former as far as quality.

                1. re: Veggo

                  Brilliant...I was wondering why thge OP was picking on a specific ethnic group. You could change that for any nationality