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Most Divisive Restaurants?

I wonder what are the most divisive restaurants -- people who love the place and people who hate the place, the emotions are raw, and nobody changes anybody's mind.

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  1. Pinks
    Philippe
    Ricky's Fish Tacos
    Apple Pan
    Tommy's
    In n Out
    Father's Office
    Daikokuya

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    1. re: ns1

      What happened to Tito's? ;-D>

      1. re: ns1

        Wait... who hates Ricky's Fish Tacos???

        1. re: jesstifer

          I was going to ask the same question, but in a different vein ... I thought I was the only one!

          1. re: calpurnia

            i've seen heads exploding about this one

            1. re: ns1

              There are people that hate In n Out?!? Spot on list.

              Spice Table gets a lot of love on this board, but there are some bloggers who hate it.

              1. re: andytseng

                My wife hates In n Out -- too salty. I like 'em okay, but there are dozen better burgers in town. The fries are inedible, and bible verses on the cups turn me off.

                1. re: jesstifer

                  i hate the food served at In n Out too.
                  their shakes taste and have the mouth-feel of cool whip.

                  1. re: jesstifer

                    I agree with you about the bible verses. I wouldn't go to In-and-out for years because it that (well, that and there wasn't a close location).

                    To make the burger better, I ask for extra tomato, extra lettuce, ketchup instead of their secret sauce, and both grilled and raw onions. It really freshens it up (and they don't charge extra, which is nice). The fries become much more edible if you order them "lightly well" as they turn from limp fries in need of Viagra, to something with nice texture. Give that a try.

                    As for their shakes, I think they're just okay... but I do appreciate when they can make your shake a Neopolitan, which is interesting.

                    1. re: DrBruin

                      I think just about every single chain restaurant (or franchise type) is divisive.

                      In N Out is no exception.

                    2. re: jesstifer

                      "...but there are dozen better burgers in town."

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                      A dozen better diner-style (thin patty, which is what we're discssing when comparing to In n Out)) burgers in town in the $3 range? Where/who?? The In n Out cheeseburger goes for about $2.15 and the double-double goes for about $3.15. Where are better $3 burgers using fresh quality ingredients, because i would sincerely patronize them?

                      I know, many have previously argued that since they allegedly almost never indulge in fast/chain burgers, when a craving hits, they'll seek out a better more expensive burger to make the calories worth it. They'd rather shell out extra for something from Apple Pan or Pie n Burger (both of which i also actually like). But if you have a family of 4 or 6 and you're going out for a little indulgence, that extra $3 per burger x 4/6 family members adds up and adds another $15+ onto the tab for what was supposed to be a simple burger meal.

                      Again, where are these better $3 double burgers exactly? Batsh*t crazy responses like Burger King don't count (yes, i know everyone's entitled to like what they like, but such batsh*t crazy responses like Burger King on other threads are just too much and will cause one's head to explode like in that film Scanners)... Thanks

                      1. re: silence9

                        I didn't say better burger for a lower or comparable price. Just better, in the same genre. Without trying to count a dozen, I prefer Tommy's, Carneys, Ftburger, Astro burger, Sunset Grill, Pinks, Apple Pan, Johnny Rockets, The Hat, and a half doze interchangeable pastrami/burrito/burger joints. Burger King certainly not, thogh I have weakness for Famous Stars. But if <$3, or a drive-thru, is a huge criterion... Sure, In n Out.

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                        Apple Pan
                        10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                        Sunset Grill
                        7439 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                        Sunset Grill
                        1701 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                        1. re: jesstifer

                          Sunset Grill is no more. Now it's Shaka Shack Burgers. Haven't been but plan on going one of these days. Put in a place link for Shaka Shack (including a website with menu containing prices) to the CH database and marked Sunset Grill as closed.

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                          Shaka Shack Burgers
                          1701 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                          1. re: Servorg

                            Thanks for the info! Though I still was fond of it, it was never the same without Joe.

                          2. re: jesstifer

                            Thank you for the sincere response, I appreciate it. You did indeed compile a list of your faves... I will need to try Carney's for a burger, and The Hat...

                            1. re: jesstifer

                              I really like Fatburger, but a regular Fatburger, fries and a coke "deal" any my local Fatburger is $8.99 plus tax. It's $9.98 plus tax for a cheeseburger deal. I think an In N Out cheeseburger, fries and coke is about half that price.

                              1. re: jesstifer

                                I didn't say better burger for a lower or comparable price. Just better, in the same genre. Without trying to count a dozen, I prefer Tommy's, Carneys, Ftburger, Astro burger, Sunset Grill, Pinks, Apple Pan, Johnny Rockets, The Hat, and a half doze interchangeable pastrami/burrito/burger joints ...
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                                Tommy's is good only because it's open late. Apple Pan and Johnny Rockets are easily double the price of an In N Out burger.

                                If you think a typical pastrami/burrito/burger joint (e.g. Astro Burger) is better than In N Out than we are really starting with very different premises as to what a good burger should be.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  in n out could do a great hood burger if they had the ingredients. one can dream.

                        2. re: ns1

                          Good list. Phillipe's & Tito's at top of my 'most divisive' list. Especially with Tito's threads, Chowhound Team always needs to intervene.

                          1. I second a lot on that list (but I like FO).

                            Off the top of my head, I'd add...

                            Musso & Frank's.
                            The Ivy
                            Dan Tana's

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                            1. re: foodiemahoodie

                              Good additions to the list, foodiemahoodie

                              1. re: foodiemahoodie

                                Love Dan Tana's and Ivy is consistently good.

                                1. re: BSW6490

                                  As I understand it, the Ivy can be good if you're either a celeb or well known to them. Otherwise, all bets are off.

                                    1. re: Peripatetic

                                      I strongly disagree with this statement. Also, if you want Ivy's food at a fraction of the price, go to their commissary on South Robertson. Food is great, place is tiny. Dolce Isola is the place.

                                2. Does Crustacean count?

                                  Or do the emotions (good and bad) have to be somewhat equally divided to be considered "divisive"?

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                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                    I think Crustacean is what the Zagat calls a "teflon" -- a restaurant that few here would defend but does great business anyway.

                                  2. Anyplace that begins with "El..." and is famous for margaritas and/or green corn.

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                                    1. re: jesstifer

                                      lol. i can't believe any one would defend this genre!

                                      1. re: echoparkdirt

                                        I confess I'm a bit of an El Chavo apologist. I love their Chile Verde; spiciest in town.

                                      2. re: jesstifer

                                        ...um, El Taurino...? Haven't seen too much negative about them...

                                        1. re: annagranfors

                                          It's always "wooo! El Taurino" at 2am, but by 2pm it's like "FML, El Taurino". Disgusting stuff when you're sober.