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What's the best sit-down chain dish you've ever had?

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  • fara Mar 21, 2011 07:13 PM
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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. probably the veggie burger at Houston's.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      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).

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

      2. 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).

        1. 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)

          1. 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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            1. re: silence9

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

              1. re: Sarah

                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. Bone-in prime rib steak at Prime Rib.

              1. 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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                1. re: srsone

                  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.

                  1. re: mucho gordo

                    wheres woodland hills?

                    1. re: srsone

                      Los Angeles suburb in the western San Fernando Valley.

                      1. re: Servorg

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

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

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

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

                      1. 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.

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

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                          1. re: Janet from Richmond

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