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fara Mar 21, 2011 07:13 PM

Mcd's french fries would probably top my all around chain list. For sit-down...nothing pops into my head. Maybe a griddle top ribeye from Texas Roadhouse?

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: fara Mar 21, 2011 07:25 PM

    probably the veggie burger at Houston's.

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      Servorg RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 22, 2011 01:43 PM

      The non veggie burger at Houston's gets my vote (and their apple cobbler dessert with ice cream still haunts my dreams - and waist line).

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        fourunder RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 23, 2011 07:57 AM

        At Houston's....the smoke salmon, grilled artichokes and chicken fingers are in a class of their own

      2. Bada Bing RE: fara Mar 22, 2011 10:56 AM

        It's been years since I lived near a Macaroni Grill, but I recall that they had a very tasty penne pasta dish with spicy sausage in red sauce. Simple but very well done.

        Also, Red Lobster offered a tortilla soup for a while, and that was my go-to dish whenever my wife and son dragged me there (I'm not a fan of the place in general).

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          Augie6 RE: fara Mar 22, 2011 12:56 PM

          The 8oz Sirlon Steak with mushrooms and double green beans at Texas Road House.... one of the few chain places (in my area) that I look forward visiting. (under $15)

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            silence9 RE: fara Mar 22, 2011 03:51 PM

            This is shameful, but I really like the 'bbq' riblets at Applebees. These oddities are like ossified guitar picks encased in meat mittens and sauce of dubious origin. Is it the riblets or the shame that brings me back, again and again...

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              Sarah RE: silence9 Mar 22, 2011 04:07 PM

              What a perfect description -- unlike you, once was more than enough for me!! Does anyone know what cut of um-- meat is involved?

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                fourunder RE: Sarah Mar 23, 2011 07:38 AM

                Riblet - This item is derived from the transverse processes and associated lean from the lumbar vertebrae of any IMPS bone in pork loin after removal of the tenderloin and the loin eye. Riblets shall; contain no less than 4 transverse processes (sometimes referred to as “paddle” or “finger” bones); be held intact by associated lean; and include no more than two rib bones. This item shall be trimmed practically free of surface fat.
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                It comes off the back bone/spine.

            2. Delucacheesemonger RE: fara Mar 23, 2011 07:41 AM

              Bone-in prime rib steak at Prime Rib.

              1. srsone RE: fara Mar 23, 2011 07:43 AM

                chilis used to do a dish called spicy chicken pasta...i used to get it all the time..
                then they changed it to "cajun" pasta..and it didnt even taste anywhere close ..and i didnt like it as much as the old version...

                i like outback's creamy onion soup....

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                  mucho gordo RE: srsone Mar 23, 2011 11:22 AM

                  If you're in the Woodland Hills area try Zano's on Ventura. They have a superb Cajun Chicken Penne that sounds exactly like what you had @ Chilis. This dish has peppers, onions, roma tomato and jalapeno in a spicy chili cream sauce.

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                    srsone RE: mucho gordo Mar 23, 2011 03:12 PM

                    wheres woodland hills?

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                      Servorg RE: srsone Mar 23, 2011 03:15 PM

                      Los Angeles suburb in the western San Fernando Valley.

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                        srsone RE: Servorg Mar 23, 2011 03:16 PM

                        ahhh...little far away for me to go for pasta....

                2. mcf RE: fara Mar 23, 2011 07:46 AM

                  Meditteranean salmon or crab cake at Legal seafoods. I really liked Arctic char at Bonefish Grill, too.

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                    Dave_in_PA RE: fara Mar 23, 2011 07:53 AM

                    The rack of lamb at Outback. Love the reasonably priced wine list too.

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                      roro1831 RE: fara Mar 23, 2011 04:19 PM

                      Ribeye med rare at Ruth's or the seasonal vegetarian platter at Houston's.

                      1. woodleyparkhound RE: fara Mar 29, 2011 01:28 PM

                        Seafood chowder at Legal (I don't think it's on the menu anymore). I used to love to have a bowl of this with their excellent bread for lunch in the winter. I liked this more than their famous clam chowder which is also very good but has too many potatoes to suit me.

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                          Janet from Richmond RE: fara Mar 30, 2011 06:56 AM

                          The beef carpaccio at Brio Tuscan Grill. It's the best carpaccio I've ever had.

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                            ediblover RE: Janet from Richmond Apr 9, 2011 04:34 PM

                            Raw food at a chain? That's ridiculous (As in they're confidence/gusty enough to put it on the menu). And, of course, I got curious and looked them up and they don't have a location in NY.

                          2. Johnresa RE: fara Apr 1, 2011 08:38 PM

                            Chili's used to serve a dish called Citrus Fire Chicken and Shrimp. I would order it every single time I went there for 3-4 years straight. It was chicken and shrimp marinated and served over rice with veggies on the side. Delicious.

                            1. agoodbite RE: fara Apr 1, 2011 09:00 PM

                              The grilled artichoke appetizer at Houston's. I think about if often. The local branch was bought out by the former general manager, but the menu, concept and standards remain just as high as the chain's.

                              1. mrbigshotno.1 RE: fara Apr 9, 2011 02:41 PM

                                Haven't had it in a long time, but the baked stuffed pork chop at Perkins was exceptional !

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