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Nov 4, 2010 08:06 PM

Regional/National Chain Restaurants - Metro Detroit

Just for fun, and not because I would encourage chains over local offerings (but we all visit them from time to time) --- What is your favorite regional or national (not just local) chain restaurant, having a location in the Metro Detroit area?

My nomination is Troy's McCormick & Schmick. Fresh fish, "solid all around," plus reasonable prices and a basic classiness about it, without being exclusive. Not perfect, but on my rotation.

I'm pretty sure we could get a nomination for P.F. Chang's and/or J. Alexander's. We're talkin' chains. Not the love of your life. So, don't be ashamed.

McCormick & Schmicks
2850 Coolidge Hwy, Troy, MI 48084

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  1. j alexander's
    red robin
    buffalo wild wings
    panerra (wife & kids like it, i don't)

    2 Replies
    1. re: xman887

      :-) You have to admit that we'd be a bit worse off if Panera just disappeared. Kind of like Starbucks.

      PS--- Part 2 of the Question: Are there any chains we DON'T have that you wish we did have?

      1. re: vtombrown

        Oh, dude: Part 2 is *painfully* easy.

        Chick-Fil-A. Without hesitation.

    2. Breakfast: The only reason I'll visit a McDonald's:
      - Breakfast burrito
      - Coffee
      - Restroom

      Wendy's: Broiled chicken sandwich
      Subway (various)

      Legal seafood

      Part II:
      Legal seafood


      For a friend who is trying to visit ALL Chik-Fil-A locations; I have created
      a waypoint file for Garmin GPSs. You want?

      1 Reply
      1. re: rainsux

        Thanks, but no, RS. I'm not a Garmin user, and CFA tends to be something that I go colossal on when I'm near one.

      2. The occasional Steak n Shake lunch

        National Coney Island (yes I know not everyone's a fan but I do like them...once every 4-6 months!)

        Does Red Coat count since there are two of them now :)

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        1. re: coney with everything

          +1 on Steak n Shake. Their butter burgers are amazing. In the same vein, let me add Culver's to the list.

          For Part 2 of the question:
          -- Zaxby's and/or Raising Cane's
          -- Nando's
          -- Zippy's (a Hawaii/California chain)

          1. re: coney with everything

            How did I not know there are two Red Coats? Where is the second one located?

            1. re: Jack Freeman

              Redcoat #2 is located in what was Zinc Brasserie in West Bloomfield, on Orchard Lake Road. Same family owned both, but they decided that they were going to concentrate on the Redcoat branding, and try to expand it.

              Zinc Brasserie
              142 Columbus Ave, Sandusky, OH 44870

          2. Not everything at Chili's is edible, but some combination of the chili itself, the mustard slaw, a Caesar salad, one of the burgers with guacamole on it, and Sam Adams beer is decent for chain food. I also enjoy that I can go in there at 10 to eat and not feel like I'm being hustled out.

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            1. re: Jim M

              I agree with you on their Old Timer (burger), and you're also right about their hours.


              Jersey Giant Subs (Mainly Lansing plus one in Woodhaven)

              On the real Small Chain front...2 store fronts or so

              Telway Burgers - BTW Check This Out
              Breakfast Club

              Jersey Giant
              2900 N Williamston Rd, Williamston, MI 48895

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              1. re: JanPrimus

                Which Breakfast Club location do you go to Jan? We love Breakfast Club but have noticed recently that the Madison Heights location has been having some issues. We ate there dozens and dozens of times without a single inconsistent meal and then over the course of a few months every time we have gone there was something wrong with one of our meals. I'm praying that it's a fluke or a temporary thing...I'll be totally bummed out if I lose my "go to" place.

                1. re: Jack Freeman

                  I used to go to the Madison Heights location when I worked out that way but now I am in Wixom so I have been hitting the Farmington Hills location. Have yet to hit the Commerce location.