Best multi-location places in the metro-area?
I'm new to the city and my job has me on the move around the Boston-metro (Suffolk, Essex, Plymouth counties, etc.).
I'm trying to find a place with at least 2 locations (no chain-restaurants like Applebeas, Chili's, etc.) so I can find a common eating hole while I'm out and about...
Halfway Cafe has several locations and I think the chow is pretty decent.
Pizzeria Regina / Polcari's has many locations
Santarpio's now has two.
Two other ways to answer this: clusters of restaurants within a single building, and neighborhoods with high restaurant density.
For the former, my first thought is 88 Connection, the food court in the Allston Hong Kong Supermarket in Packard's Corner. The Shops at Porter, f/k/a Porter Exchange, is a mall in an old Sears building with a small cluster of good Asian (mostly Japanese) restaurants.
For high density over a few square blocks, Allston and Chinatown are two useful neighborhoods.
If you mean mini-chains, there's Aquitaine, Met Club and its offshoots, Stephanie's/Stephi's, Strega, Daily Catch, Sal's/Salvatore's, Al's Subs, Le's, Legal (originally just a local chain), Montecristo, Figs, Tapeo/Dali, India Quality/Punjab Palace, Petit Robert / Jacky's Table, Cafe Polonia, Guru the Caterer/D'Guru, Olecito, Rosticeria Cancun, Zocalo, Za, Boloco, Oishii, Clover Food Lab, Addis Red Sea, Flatbread Co., Sel de la Terre, uBurger, B. Goode, Summer Shack, Ten Tables, Taco Loco, Orinoco, Pomodoro, Tamarind Bay, Tostado, Kelly's Roast Beef, Anna's Taqueria, The Sunset, Cambridge 1, Shabu-Zen, El Pelon, Flour Bakery, Elephant Walk, Steve's Greek, Parish Cafe, Midwest Grill, and The Franklin. (I don't love all of these, by the way.)
Both Sichuan gourmet (5?) and garden(2 locations), Kelly's roast beef ( some chounders don't like) , I think you would do better to have some goto places in each area vs. mini chains a lot are pretty hit or miss like Sal's and Kelley's.
Kelly's Roast Beef
595 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906
295 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445
1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446