OT: Top Chain Restaurants

I stumbled across this article with a top 25 of US chain restaurants list. There were some headscratchers (Red Lobster, Ledo's Pizza, Panera) and some no brainers. https://www.eatthis.com/popular-restaurants/?fbclid=IwAR2l3czJ0o6yRx0kOl...

What is your list of top chain restaurants?

For me, here is a list based on my feelings right now. This changes daily.

1) Pals Sudden Service
2) Jersey Mikes
3) Texas Roadhouse
4) Culvers
5) Great American Restaurants
6) Capital Grill
7) Zoe's Kitchen
8) Chick Fil A
9) O'Charley's
10) Mission BBQ

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I thought I was in for a whirlwind clicking on a french food take thread but your list isn't bad.

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It is the Stockholm Syndrome kicking in.

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I try to avoid chains (especially these days) but here are some places I'll actually go to:

  • For a healthy midweek meal, there's Zoe's Kitchen, Chopt, McAlister's Deli, or Fresh 2 Order (F2O is a distant last place)
  • For a roadtrip, it's Chick-fil-a. If it's Sunday, you settle for something else, it doesn't matter, the rest are all the same
  • For drunk food, it's Cookout
  • For hungover breakfast, it's Waffle House
  • For coffee, it's Starbucks

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I used to like McAlister's, but the one in Front Royal ruined me. The only time I visited, it was one of the worst customer service experiences I have had, and the food wasn't great.

Some sleeper picks:
Jason's Deli
Santini's New York Deli
Cava
Waffle House is my go to for breakfast

I used to love Bob Evans, but it has gone downhill.

I don't drink coffee, so I don't have a pick there.

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I have dislike for Jason's Deli. I go once every few years and I'm always disappointed. Never heard of Santini's New York Deli (but I love NY Deli's, so this sounds promising) or Cava).

I'm not a huge Pizza person, but I guess I could add California Pizza Kitchen to my original list. I always like it, but I don't go there often (because I'm not a pizza person).

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Jason's Deli is my go to for a Reuben because no other place near work makes one

The muffalata there is as good as any I have had in New Orleans. Get the whole, it's super cheap that way, and take half for lunch a couple days later. The bomb.

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Seasonal Brew means High ABV for football season and standard the rest of the year.

Santini's is pretty good. Anytime I'm out in Manassas or FFX, I try and stop by one. They have some steak and cheese options that are good, multiple types of Italians, and club sandwiches.

Be careful, they typically are decorated heavily in NY Giants swag.

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+1 for Santini's. When I used to work in Herndon the one in Chantilly was in our regular rotation for lunch.

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If you like Cava you would love Meza! More food and way more options!

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Based on your recommendation, I had a late lunch at the Mezzeh in the west end of Richmond this afternoon. My compliments. It was delicious, especially because they had a variety of pickled vegetables that complimented the meat and grains well. They immediately bypass Zoe's on my list.

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I really liked the salad bar at Jason's Deli.

I don't drink coffee, so I don't have a pick there.

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I can't speak highly enough about Santini's. Sandwiches are the bomb and fries are so so good too.

Another vote for Santini's, loved going to the one here in Sterling.

Another big one for me is Millers. Only one in Virginia is here in Sterling. Really great bar food with steak and other options. Ribs are pretty good but my favorite are the chicken nachos. Huge stack of chips, great toppings, good portion of chicken and comes with a great queso bowl in the center.

Weekend brunch is Clyde's or Bungalow Lakehouse.

Outback Bacon Cheese fries with their ranch dressing are a favorite.

Really good one off for diner food in Ashburn is Joe's Cafe.

I just moved to the area and have had recommendations for all these places. I preferred Texas Roadhouse to outback which just opened. I also love Chuys for a TexMex chain. Their green hatch chile sauce is awesome.

Related to Millers, the Millers family of restaurants in the OBX are on my absolutely will not go eat at under any circumstances list.

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Totally different experience up here, they have top notch managers and senior experienced servers. Captain Jacks ice cream cake is the perfect way to close out a food coma

I can't eat at a Waffle House unless the sign is missing at least 2 letters

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You get chastised and ridiculed for liking Jersey Mike's on TKP.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

Jersey Mike's would have been number 1 if they had kept corned beef as an option for the reubens. I am still salty regarding it's removal.

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Giant #26. Grilled chicken add pickles. None of that Mkke's way for me though.

Love Jersey Mikes but they (nor anyone else) would ever be ahead of Pals

I don't think it's a community sentiment as much as it's my sentiment and you all have to live with it lol

Plus I don't really care if you like it, I just care about it being labeled "good". It's just not!

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ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

Blatant abuse of power

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He's just governing in the spirit of 2020.

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W's reflexes here are still impressive.

If Jersey Mike's was priced about a third less, it would actually be worth the money. Otherwise, pass. I'll go to the nearest local mom and pop pizzeria and get a better Italian sub from there.

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I don't feel like taking the time to really think too hard about this, but Potbelly and Qdoba would be on my list for sure.

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1. Whataburger
2. Whataburger
3. Whataburger
4. Whataburger
5. Whataburger
6. Whataburger
7. Whataburger
8. Whataburger
9. Whataburger
10. Whataburger

I have only had Whataburger once, and it was okay. I thought they went a bit heavy on the mustard, and the fries were so so.

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I like their spicy ketchup very much.

Gotta have a Whataburger everytime I go back down south. Best fast food breakfast in the world too, those Jalapeno Cheese Biscuits, fuuuuuuuuuuck.

In-N-Out is legit.

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I don't get the hype. I think it's the most overrated restaurant chain in America. It's just a McDonalds that offers spicy mayo on the food.

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Best way I can explain it is that it is the burger that made McDonald's famous back in their early days when it attracted people in droves. It's classic, It's simple and it's amazing.

Having lived in San Antonio for a little over two years now, I regret I can only vote once for this comment. (I *would* throw Chick-Fil-A at #10, but that's a minor quibble.)

I know it's only in North Carolina but Smithfield's Chicken 'N BBQ is at the top of my list by a landslide

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I wish Smithfield didn't mince their pork. That seems to make it dry out faster.

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Smithfields is great. I prefer the minced pork. Brunswick stew is great. All other sides are solid. A must have on a visit to NC for my family.

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I must agree on the choice. While I have had some coarse chopped Q that was fantastic, I also prefer minced bbq in most cases. Pulled pork at a pig pickin' is great, but there's something about that minced pork that, when properly seasoned, takes the cake for me. Smithfield's is very good Eastern NC Q. As you say, their sides are good, while I didn't think the hushpuppies were outstanding, they are good. The fried chicken is good as well, but I don't go there for other than q and puppies.

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I love hushpuppies so I enjoy having some but agree there aren't the best. I like hushpuppies with a little more flavor with a little onion and other spices mixed in. We like their BBQ Chicken. The sauce they have is really tasty. There's definitely all the one off places locations (Ralph's, Parker's, Roland's, etc) that are all good but don't have a favorite between them all.

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You are right to mention Ralph's, and to my mind, right up there with the best hushpuppies I've ever had in my long life. Their Q is good too, but the pups were special. They serve them in a basket when you sit down, before you order, even, and they have a lady whose job is to make them all day long. No extras like onion in them, but mouthwatering good doesn't do them justice. Wish I had a reason to go through Roanoke Rapids, but probably won't again.

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I haven't been there in a bit but my parents stop there a good amount going down to Beaufort.

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It can definitely be hit or miss based off of how you like your bbq, but if that's the case then their fried chicken is the best, their Brunswick stew is the best, their hush puppies are the best, their fries are the best, and their banana pudding is the best.

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Do they do the classic vinegar based NC bbq? On the way to vacation I usually stop in Wilson for Parker's bbq but have moved since last year and can't stop there this year

It is but i don't think it's as overwhelmingly vinegary as some other NC places can be

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Yeah, I agree. Good stuff without the pucker factor some vinegar sauces can produce. Just take it as it's made and don't add anything unless you absolutely have to have heat to enjoy, then a Texas Pete splash or two, but I don't bother. Good bbq shouldn't need anything extra, for my money. I'd say try it, you'll very likely like it. There is better Q to be had, but for a chain, Smithfield's is consistent and good and conveniently located for travelers.

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There is also a Parkers in Greenville and you can order it online now. Been ordering some to get my fix since we didn't go on vacation this year

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Something to be said for that dryish minced stuff if it isn't dessicated from sitting around. Ascetic in nature, a really good dryish minced Q with that spare eastern vinegar pepper salt flavoring is so good with a long neck Bud that I'd drive to RVA tonight to get one. Well, hyperbole aside, the good ones aren't everywhere, but tend to be at the small places, the bars, the old time spots. There was a Cherokee fellow named Lowrey, who owned and operated the boat rental place on the Northwest River at the border of NC and Va on the road to the OBX who served the best of that sort I've ever had. Long gone, for sure, his barbeque was the measuring stick for me back in the 50's and 60's. Pit cooked, he'd then chop it all up and put it in a big kettle over an open fire, add the vinegar salt and peppers, then stir it with a cut down boat paddle in this big iron kettle. Every week. Dry as a popcorn fart, but absolutely irresistible to this bottomless pit in those days. I ate six for an extended lunch one day in the super heat of an August Saturday when we were escaping the midday doldrums. Deal was, for every beer Daddy had at lunch, I could have a bbq samwich. Every other Q I could have another Pepsi. Took us a couple of hours, but Daddy's deal with me was that lunch was private, not to be discussed with mom, and I'd better be able to eat supper when we got home. I've had some really good bbq since then, but Lowrey's will always be right there among my top 5 experiences with the genre.

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I've never understood the thought of mincing. Pulled pork is where it's at.

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I vote for Smithfields, but not for the BBQ, but for the chicken tenders. That's the best thing on their menu

Skirmp Shack has good shrimp if you need a quick seafood fix. I need to try it grilled.

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Skrimp Shack has good fish too. Not sure if it's isolated to just the one I have been to but the chicken was a bit overdone.

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Ford's Fish Shack in Ashburn does good seafood all around, especially the oysters.

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I don't know where on the list it would go, but Bojangles is definitely in my top 10. I just finished up a delicious cajun filet biscuit for lunch.

What's good at Jersey Mike's?

Not much!

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Roast Beef
BLT
Reuben (I get it without cheese)
Philly Steak (also I get it without cheese)

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Club Sub is also good.

Chicken Philly is my personal favorite.

+1 for the Chicken Philly. Haven't found one better at a chain restaurant.

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We don't love dem Hoos.

#9 Mike's Way, no tomato, add jalapenos and relish

Its pretty damn close to perfection

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The number that I actually eat at has dropped over the years. Before the pandemic I was trying to eat at more unique local restaurants.

Chickfila, Chipotle, Moes, and Popeye's are the only 4 I really eat at anymore so that would be my default top 4.

Big shouts to former frequents like Waffle House. Late night coffee and breakfast food in college was a common occurrence. I'll add Bojangles as a place I still occasionally go for biscuits, but not so frequently as to make my top list. Wendy's is also an occasional late night grab. I also grew up enjoying others like Texas Roadhouse and Chili's, but don't eat at those places very frequently. In college my friends and I had an Outback Steakhouse phase because 3-4 of them worked there and we could always get discounts, and sometimes they would stack.

If we had Cane's, In n Out, or Whataburger I would eat those sometimes as well. We don't have those here though.

Edit: Additional shoutout to Panda Express.

As for Chains, I like the burgers at Jack Browns.

Anything else is for convenience only so, Wendy's is not far from my house on the same side of the road that I travel so on long 12 hour brew days, it's on my top list as the sub shop near my house has closed.

That's it. Other than these 2 and places I've stopped along the side of the road, I think that's it for that past 2 years at least.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

I'd love to bring a Jack Brown's concept to DC. Sadly, there are already a lot of burger type places up here.

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What's your favorite burger in DC?

Are you looking at "Burger" restaurants or Burgers in general?

From a burger joint perspective:
Thunder Burger is decent and they have some unique options, a little on the fancy side, but still good.
Bobby's Burger Palace isn't too bad either.
Plan B - We always stop here if we are visiting the museums or monuments. Pretty good overall.
Stoney's has a solid lineup, and the sandwiches are good too.

BGR, I guess I would have to put them up on the list. Though it's been a while since i stopped into one.
Z-Burger has had some good ones
Five Guys, for a while, I went away from them as they are heavy. But have since come back, as long as you order the small. You can't beat the fries either.

There were a couple of dive bars that I think are closed now that used to have good burgers, so thats a shame. Looking at Eater's list, looks like I need to try some other places out when the pandemic is over.

https://dc.eater.com/maps/best-burgers-restaurants-dc

Though, never know how good these lists really are. I mean there are some that say Duffy's has the best wings, and thats definitely not true, haha.

Now i really want a good burger...

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You have to try Red Apron if you get a chance. I've only had the one in the Mosaic District, but the ground beef mixture they used was really good. Also Big Buns in Shirlington and Ballston are both very good as well.

I think there is a Red Apron close to Plan B, so may have to look into it.

We don't get out of the district as much, even before the bubble. And MD is by far much easier to access. But will have to look at Big Buns next time I'm in either of those spots. I was going to try and get to the Target in Ballston since they have an exclusive GI Joe line, so maybe sooner rather than later.

Ballston has changed a ton, used to be down the road from there and the only reasons to go to the mall was the food court, Rockbottom, and Bailey's.

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Red Apron is a butcher shop first where they created restaurants at each Red Apron location. The burger I had from them was at B Side which is attached to their mosaic location. I have not been to their Penn Quarter location yet but I think it's much larger.

You need to try the food court. The food court has an oyster bar, Hot Lola's Chicken (amazing Sichuan spiced Nashville hot chicken), neopolitan pizza, poke, ice cream jubilee, a south American street food place, bbq, and sushi. This is in addition to several restaurants that just came in with all of the mall renovations. They unfortunately are pretty much all chains that moved in, but they are still very good.

A friend of mine was opening a shoppette there, so I heard there was a lot of good stuff coming in. The whole mall was changed quiet a bit.

Crossing that river though can be a hassle, haha.

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Miss BGR, the one in Sterling was in a terrible location but the Wellington burger was awesome, really wish they had found a better location

The photo of me that is the background of my wife's was taken at BGR. I had no idea they were gone, but location was a place we didn't drive by a lot.

Wellington was great and milkshakes were good too.

The Greg Brady is my favorite kind of heart attack

Edited to add photo and description:

For those not familiar, yes, that there is a burger topped with mac n' cheese, and BBQ potato chips.

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

That should be an illegal combination of comfort foods.

I get a little Pavlovian response just seeing the photo.

Speaking of heart attack burgers - My neighborhood pub has a burger where the buns are glazed donuts from a local donut shop. It doesn't sound great, but the sweet/savory mix is fantastic. Not a chain, but worth sharing:

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Where is this?

The restaurant is Cypress, it's in Midtown Atlanta, 2 blocks east of Georgia Tech.

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Moderators!

These guys are posting food porn!

Feel free to add to the TKP Eats thread that Big Perm started sometime ago if it's not already there

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Ooohh, if you link it here, I'll update with all my favorite Atlanta eateries!

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Feel free to hit me with suggestions, I moved to Atlanta and have found some go-tos when I decide to eat out.

The General Muir
Community BBQ
Thaicoon
Beetlecat
Pig n Chik

General Muir is ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ. For bbq, I think Heirloom is the best I've ever had; it's not KBBQ, but rather, American BBQ with Korean inspired flavors. Beattlecat is great as well. What part of town are you in?

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I'm in the Druid Hills area, pretty much right by the CDC/ Emory. I'll have to give heirloom a try, that sounds great!

Sam's BBQ1 is my favorite in greater ATL. Many BBQ joints' mac & cheese is directly copied from their recipe after it was put online following a nasty ownership dispute.

Thanks for the shout out GGC. I haven't cracked it open since the last update but would more than happy do another revision if suggestions come in

Is there a way to be able to add individually or, since it's your map, you have to add everything yourself? Because for Atlanta, the General Muir is a MUST add.

Edit: And for that matter, I've got some places for Tampa and the Triangle area in NC (Raleigh-Durham-(Cary...)-Chapel Hill)

The map isn't dynamic, as in, I have to do the updates and then upload them to the map. So I'm not beyond having others fill out the sheet, but I'd still have to do the map update, I don't mind doing the hand jamming part and then upload them on an occasional basis. All I really need is enough information to find the location (name, city, state if it's not obvious).

Awesome, I'll see what all I can throw together. Thanks for the effort!

FYI it's one of my favorite threads on all of TKP and I love it. I have 100% looked at it for recommendations when traveling. I remember you mentioning that you were working on it but didnt have enough legs to post a new thread yet, and then going back into your comment history and upvoting every single comment lol

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Appreciate hearing the feedback and the legs! I'm a big fan of hole in the wall places, and seeing how well received it's been makes it worth it

The one here in Roanoke had a caprese burger that I stole the concept from and developed a burger.

Big fat all beef burger with salt, pepper, basil and small diced fresh mozzarella topped with a fine fat slice of tomato, lg basil leaf and slice of fresh mozzarella sauced with reduced balsamic vinegar sauce.

I've added carmelized onion to add a little more sweetness as well.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

INJECT THAT SHIT INTO MY VEINSSSSSSSS I still won't go to red Robin after they dropped their Mac n cheese burger from the menu. If anyone knows anywhere else that is intelligent enough to add Mac n cheese to burgers please let me know it's a void I need filled in my life.

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

Red Robin is my favorite large chain restaurant (i.e., excluding those with just a handful of locations like Palace of Asia or Whole Hog Cafe). But I was so bummed when they stopped making the Oktoberfest Burger.

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Mine was when they stopped making their bacon aioli

I worked at Red Robin for almost 8 years. A lot changed from the time I started till the time I left as a Kitchen manager. Their service has fallen off and they have pretty much gotten rid of the best parts of their menu. Unfortunately, they changed their core values and that was the beginning of the end. They are struggling right now.

Yeah, my brother was an Assistant GM at their Charlotteville location for five years until he was laid off due to Covid and now it looks like they may not even reopen that location so he is looking for work down there doing something else, also looking in Richmond because of where they live. There service definitely fell off a cliff, at least I know to order mayo, bacon bits, and lemon slices and add in a bunch of black pepper to make the Bacon aoili.

I have the recipe somewhere. I'll get it to you if I can find it.

It sounds like that's happening to a lot
of the managers, unfortunately. It was bad enough when they dropped the salaries by 30% or so. I'm glad I got out when I did. I love running my Domino's. Plus we are the standard bearer for my sector of the industry.

Would definitely agree they went down hill when I was growing up the place used to be a great place for a burger before a movie since it was by the theatres but killing off my mac n cheese burger due to health concerns was the last straw for me. If I'm ordering a heart attack macncheese burger do you think I care about my health that much?

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

i try to avoid national/regional chain restaurants in favor of local chains and local establishments.

that said: i miss the f outta cookout.

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I can walk to a Cookout. But, I don't. Cookout is garbage unless I desperately need a corndog and I am willing to sacrifice my lowest standards.

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Here in Norfolk, someone decided it would be good business to open a Cookout right beside Doumar's. Extremely similar concept, but Doumar's is better, cheaper, and has been a Norfolk staple for forever. I honestly don't know what kind of person would choose Cookout there.

Cookout is my go-to for milkshakes when I don't want to go very far. I live like 5 min from the one on Victory in PTown. No tunnel, no toll.

But Doumar's is a better lunch. Plus Limeade.

I'll admit I go to Cookout quite a bit too because there's one five minutes from the Dam Neck gate. The tunnel/bridge and toll are the second most annoying thing about living in Portsmouth, besides the panhandlers on High Street. Can't walk two blocks to Bier Garden without getting asked for money 15 times. So ready to move.

I don't get it either. Plus you can't get the original waffle cone. I love Doumar's.

you'll notice that i didn't say it was good and i didn't even say that i liked it

i just miss it.

spicy tray with a honey mustard wrap, a corn dog, a side of chicken quesadillas and a fancy shake somehow kept me from killing myself in my final semester of grad school and i'm exaggerating that only a little bit.

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The last couple of your sentences are the key for Cookout. It's not that its particularly "good" (though some of their milkshakes are quite good), its that you can get a lot of food for really cheap. And nothing is particularly bad there either. So you have food that's decent enough and its really cheap, that's a win for me.

The cookout in Blacksburg imo is always pretty good๐Ÿ˜ƒ the one in Radford tho๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

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Having a cookout 5 minutes away is dangerous for me. I think their BBQ sandwich is better than most middle of the road BBQ places.

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You need to find new bbq places then

They have solid NC vinegar flavor and is never dry with good coleslaw. I eat better bbq but I don't like all the places that just have plain bbq and have a million sauces for you to put on. If I'm down in NC all the local spots are a lot better.

Can't spell DBU without Bud

I just had a debate with some folks in a Lynchburg Facebook group about Mission BBQ. We have great local BBQ here and people were begging for a Mission BBQ and I just don't get it.

My favorite chains are Moe's, Five Guys, and probably Mellow Mushroom. Otherwise I'm cooking for myself or eating local.

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Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Mission BBQ near us has the driest meat I've ever had and I suspect that one time I had microwaved beef.
Don't go after 3 tries.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

I probably put them too high. I still haven't found anything local here in Richmond that I like. Everyone here loves ZZQ but it is way too much salt for me to handle. I used to love Buzz and Ned's and need to get back, but I wanted to try some local spots closer to Mechanicsville. So far, all have been duds.

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Try Smokh in Scott's Addition or Deep Run Roadhouse. I only get brisket at both so can't speak on the pulled pork there.

Can't spell DBU without Bud

Go to the Salty Pig at Hanover Commons. Really good, I highly recommend.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

Big fan of Alamo in RVA. Buddies took me there when i was up visiting from the Panhandle.

Vroom Vroom

Carter's Pigpen.

I criticize knowing full well I could never do what these athletes do.

Tried Smohk RVA?

I just don't trust people working a day job like that to get it right. I'd rather go to the folks who have grown up doing it.

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Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

The mission in Roanoke has always been really good everytime I went. I can't wait until the one in CBurg opens๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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A mission BBQ is coming to Cburg where they are redoing the one mall parking area. I am looking forward to trying them, but I love the Due South BBQ.

Please list your favorite BBQ places in the area. I know of and would recommend County Smoak, Pok-E-Jo's, Small Batch, and Silver Pig in Madison Heights. Am I missing any other good ones?

Only good one your missing is Blue Ridge BBQ. There's fifth and federal but they're closed down still and I never cared for their BBQ anyway (among other things hehe).

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Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Just wanted to make sure Blue Ridge and Small Batch were mentioned. You two carry on.

If you play it, they will win.

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It's all you need. Though I haven't gotten to try County Smoak yet. It's so hard for me to get out to get BBQ. If I'm eating BBQ I'm usually making my own.

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Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

If anyone is ever in Roanoke, you have to try Mama Jeans. They only do certain days of the week and are literally just a food truck with 2 giant smokers but it's hands down the best BBQ you can get without making a 5 hour roadtrip. The guy used to be the smoker for Hometeam BBQ down in Charlestion, SC if anyone has ever been there, but recently moved back to Roanoke with his wife, who is from Salem. It's legit some of the best bbq i've ever had and i've been around the block with some q.

Gobble Till You Wobble

Been trying to get them to come to the brewery but they are busy.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Will try it. Home team is $$

Virginia Barbecue up by Virginia center commons in the home depot lot is awesome, sometimes a bit fatty but I don't mind means it's not dry.

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

Is that a VA BBQ now? When I worked at that Home Depot Halligans opened a BBQ restaurant there and it didn't last long but they were actually pretty good.

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Yup it's been converted to a VA BBQ now and I go there alot the BBQ is solid and the pricing ain't shabby. They have a spot in downtown supposedly but I've never been there.

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

Pal's is clearly #1. You're a smart man.

This is a good post.

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I just came here to check if Pal's was at the top. All is well here.

Biscuitville goes in there somewhere.

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Yessir. Best biscuits, hands down... not even close.

Leonard. Duh.

Not many people get to experience Biscuitville. It really isn't even close.

Agreed. Ate there all the time (when I could afford it) when I was a student at Wake Forest.

I actually had Biscuitville over the weekend when we were at my parents' house. We can't get it at home.....

My steak and cheese biscuit with grape jelly was quite good.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Excellent choice. Veteran move adding the cheese and jelly.

Yeah. I grew up on Biscuitville too... And lucky me, there is one less than 5 minutes from the parents... When I was in high school, I worked at a day care center with my mom. Sometimes I would go by in the mornings before I was supposed to be at work, either to hang or because my mom needed me to run errands. My coworkers were always sending me for breakfast. One coworker in particular (who I claimed as another mother) would beat me on the arm like an excited child and want me to get breakfast and she ALWAYS reminded me to get the grape jelly.

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I have not had Biscuitville. I need to add it to my list.

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They serve the eggs 2 styles fried or scrambled if your biscuit of choice includes egg. I've eaten Biscuitville my entire life and scrambled egg is the way to go.

Fast food:
1. Raising Canes
2. Cookout (can't get top 2 anymore in FL)
Florida list:
1. Chic Fila
2. Popeyes
3. What a burger
4. PDQ

Fast Casual:
1. Jason's Deli
2. Newks
3. M Shack
4: Metro Diner
Sit Down:
1. Texas Roadhouse
2. Cheesecake Factory

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PDQ > Canes imo

PDQ can have some pretty weak tea, their sauces can't touch Cane's sauce and I prefer crinkle cut fries to show string. But PDQ is miles better than Zaxbys trash.

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Newks is good when you are looking for healthy options but their menu is pretty limited

The post was about favorite fast food chains not healthy food. Almost mutually exclusive categories. ( said in jest not rankor )

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In-and-Out is the GOAT and I will fight you if you disagree.

In-n-Out is an overhyped McDonald's clone but with garbage fries.

I second this. It was the single most disappointing food experience of my life.

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I expected my soul to transcend into some sort of psychedelic state for at least an hour. Very meh.

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Gotta agree with this. And the whole time people who were excited for me to eat it watching me like

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And after in and out this is how you'll always look

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

Hence the name, In-N-Out.

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"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
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"11-0, bro"
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In-N-Out isn't even the best fast food burger in California. Habit Burger FTW

I think recently Five Guys actually beat out In-N-Out in Cali. My favorite so far was Hodads down in San Diego.

In-N-Out is on the list of places to go, but definitely burger options out there.

Previously LowBrau.

There's a chain of Mexican down in San Diego, or there was in the 80s all with slightly different names. Aliberto's Albierto's Abilerto's etc.

they were really good.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

there still is. Although, there are better options imo. Super Sergios and Vallarta Express are my favorites there. Neither are chains though, but same SD-style burrito and taco shop.

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Pretty sure Wendy's won a blind taste test over all the big dogs of the fast food burger world at some point. It may have been 5+ years ago because it goes by so damn fast.

Wendy's and Arby's to me are the upper crust of the typical fast food chains. Hardee's, KFC, maybe BK are middle of the road, and McDonald's or Cookout if I want to pay to purge my intestines.

I worked in a McDonald's growing up and my sister worked in the Burger King across the road. After comparing kitchen stories, we decided to only ever eat at a McDonalds if there was a choice of just those two.

Habit opened in Charlotte and I went with some coworkers when it opened. It ruined me on any other burger chain. I miss them very much.

Habit just makes In-n-Out burgers for twice the price. I don't like either of them though...

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Habit Burger is weirdly expensive for what you get. It's not bad, but it will never be my go to. If I want to spend a lot on a fast food burger I will go to Five guys every time.

Shake Shack

Pollo Tropical

Chick fil a does a lot of things right

Edit. Add the following:

Culver's

The Habit

Maple Street Biscuit Company

Chuy's

Suddenly, I'm getting hankering for fast food.

Chipotle
Pizza Hut (stuffed crust only)
Chilis (when feeling fancy)

If we are talking about true chains.

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Not big on Texas Roadhouse. I've eaten at about 4-5 of them. My wife and kids are fans.

HOWEVER... If you're ever in Wilmington, NC, try the Texas Roadhouse on Eastwood. It's always quality, and always consistent. If their staff had run the coronavirus task force, we'd have been playing sports again by the 3rd round of the ACC tourney.

Leonard. Duh.

The Texas Roadhouse in CBurg is a favorite of the wife and I, but if there staff was running the coronavirus task force we would all be dead already. We had an pre-order for 12:30 pickup on Mothers Day. We got there at 12:20. They brought the food out at 2:15.

Shout out for Culver's. Midwesterners know what's up.

Culvers is great. I have eaten at one in East Lansing, MI and one south of Charlotte near Carowinds.

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Arbys - come at me

For French:

Automatic deduction for cheese that pours.

Arby's in Richmond used to be amazing (they were a test market) but besides the standard roast beef which is always 50/50 on taste it's not any good outside Richmond.

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Its for when you are really hungry but don't want to actually digest anything

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Culver's, Great American Restaurants, Shake Shack, papa Murphy's.

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If n=2 or 3 locations counts as a "chain" I would say

Palace of Asia, #1 by far.
EDIT: Of my gosh, forgot Whole Hog Cafe. If you count places with just a few locations that would be up with Palace of Asia too.

Assuming you mean bigger chains though.

Red Robin
Chick Fil-A
Chili's
Would have said Subway years ago, but they seem to have gone down hill. Heck I would rather Wawa subs now
Don't have any up here near me, but Bojangles
Spaghetti Factory

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TIL that Spaghetti Factory still exists

Yeah, that was a standby for me out on the West Coast. Old Spaghetti Factory.
Browned butter and parmesan with mushrooms.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Perkins is top of my list solely for the breakfast menu alone. The tremendous twelve is the only correct way to start the day.

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

I go to Perkins just to get the southern fried chicken biscuit everytime I go to Wisp or Deep Creek

Chick-fil-A and Chipotle get most of my business. Like Firehouse Subs. Steak and Shake is terrible slow but hits the spot late after a gig.

Current best deal ever...giant loaded baked potato at Longhorn Steakhouse is $3...so Mrs and I each get one to go for under $10 including tax and tip.

Potbelly's
Chick Fil A
Five Guys (if one is nor available Wendy's)
Q'Doba
Arby's
Cracker Barrel
Red Robin
**Duck Donuts---I can't believe I forgot that one...

Agree with Biscuitville in Southern VA...

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

And here I learn Duck Donuts is a national chain. There are two in California, both near where I live in OC, and I thought those were the only two that existed.

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Started in Duck, NC (OBX) hence the name. There are several here in Hampton Roads now but I am pleased to know there are locations on the west coast.

There is a Duck Donuts about a 5 minute drive from my house and I pick up donuts from there maybe once a month.

Yeah, my wife does that with the kids every few Fridays.

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Oh, that makes sense. As a kid we would head to OBX yearly (Carolla). Seems like I should have made the connection.

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But none of the franchises touch the original (Completely biased since my in laws own a beach house in Duck)

I know almost nothing about Duck Donuts but I do know for sure that is - at best - the second best donut shop on the outer banks after Orange Blossom Bakery in Buxton.

Just came back from Buxton today. The line was out the door at Orange Blossom Bakery. We kept driving. Looks like I made a bad decision.

Tudor's Biscuit World
City BBQ
Chick-fil-A
Chuy's
Melt
El Toro (Cinci-based Mexican chain)

I want to like Chuy's but the menu is underwhelming and the food is always a miss. Their fresh tortillas have a slight raw flour taste. The chips are too thin and the salsas overrated.

My mom is from NM so I grew up eating New Mex food and will put hatch green chile on everything. Even though its from Austin, Chuy's carries hatch chile and therefore is a tier 1 chain for me.

Sadly no remaining Tudor's can hold a candle to the former downtown Roanoke location ๐Ÿ˜ข My gf (now wife) and I went into mourning for a while over that one .

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Y'all I'm sorry, shakes aside Cookout is only "good" when you are inebriated. Whenever I have been sober it just reminds me of school cafeteria food.

Their shakes are bomb, though.

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it's stress eatin' food

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Bojangles

MOD Pizza

Jimmy Johns

Steak n Shake

good food at a good price when you're in a pinch.

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Grouping by category:

Breakfast: McDonand's.

Lunch: Moby Dick (kabobs), Super Chicken, Santini's, Potbelly. Agree with Frosty above that Wawa does a decent sub, too.

Dinner: Great American Restaurants, Uncle Julio's, and Outback in a pinch.

And if 2 or 3 makes a chain: Ford's Fish Shack (Angry Mussels FTW!), El Pollo Rico, Buz & Ned's.

Hot take: Chick Fil A is meh, and waffle fries are garbage.

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Sheetz also does pretty good food these days, especially with all the options to modify sandwiches.

Fords Fish Shack Mussels and Oysters rock

Outback Bloomin' onion for appetizer
Roadhouse ribeye for entree
Red Lobster shrimp for a side entree (surf & turf)
McDonald's fries for side
Applebee's Blondie for dessert

Roll me home

"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"

you went to Red Lobster and didn't get cheddar bay biscuits?

Thought about it but took the onion instead. Went with two entrees instead of two appetizers. Red Lobster also has an underappreciated bar.

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Outback off menu bushman shrooms!

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1) Duck Donuts
2) Lost Dog Cafe

Lost Dog Cafe was confusing to me, because the only one I've been to was in Binghamton, NY, and I didn't think it was a chain.

Wait, what?

Shake Shack (expensive but damn good)
Chickfila
Starbucks (where else can you get good coffee on the side of an interstate)
Five Guys
Brixx Pizza (NC/SC)
Dairi-O (NC)
Tupelo Honey

Starbucks (where else can you get good coffeecaffeine on the side of an interstate)

I do appreciate the ability of Starbucks to fulfill my drug addiction in unknown places.

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We have a few regular drives from Lake Norman: Atlanta (my folks), Blacksburg, Wilmington NC, Hilton Head, and DC. You damn right I know every exit that has a Starbucks on those drives.

Fellow Central Virginians has anyone found the Mexican white dip outside the state or that will ship to me in Florida?

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About to blow your mind:

https://www.pilotonline.com/food-drink/article_fe7119ba-6c23-11e9-be4f-1...

As a side note, in the NRV mall in Christiansburg, there used to be a Mexican restaurant at one of the entrances that made the BEST white sauce, which I thought was called queso blanco, that I've ever had. They'd douse one of those big burritos with steak, chicken, shrimp, peppers and onions with this shit and I'd die every time I had. Gotdamn that shit was glorious.

El Toro White Sauce

2 cups Miracle Whip

ยฝ cup milk

ยฝ to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

ยพ teaspoon cumin

1ยฝ teaspoons garlic powder

1ยฝ teaspoons dried oregano

* Mix all ingredients together at least 2 days in advance to allow flavors to meld. Serve cold with chips.

Recipe from the article. I'm very tempted to try to make this now.

wow imagine being so white that you put mayonnaise on your taco

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Yeah I actually hate mayo with a passion. However, I am usually willing to eat or try sauces with mayo in them like honey mustard.

Fair, but difficult to imagine this one not look being mostly mayo based on that recipe

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I agree. I'm only interested in trying it. I'm a big fan of well-made and spicy tomato salsa, so there's about a zero percent chance of anything like this replacing that as my chip preference.

No no no

I have a bona fide authentic Mexican restaurant up here (read: all the employees are from a single family and they are all legit born and raised in Mexico) and they put mayo on them foods.

I don't love it but I've been told by two other people who visit their restaurant, who are also born and raised Mexican, that it's the most authentic Mexican food around.

We have other Mexican restaurants but they're all Meximerican, and they do not use mayo on any of their foods.

Not sure what to make of this.

From my experience there if you are in Mexico it would be crema not mayonnaise. Crema is used in a variety of foods in central and western Mexico. I imagine that is what your local family restaurant normally used in Mexico. You should ask where in Mexico their family is from. However there is a Mexican version of mayonnaise that is made by McCormick I believe that is called Mayonesa, which is mayo with lime juice that is used there. Quite tasty.

Also when the hell you gonna conflate miracle whip with mayo.

The hell

I bet you say "acetominophen" instead of "Tylenol" too

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What are those?

I deal with pain like a REAL horse.

ah yes, euthanasia

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We need to be clear that Miracle Whip and Mayo are not the same thing and shouldn't be confused. They each have their purpose, but one is not a substitute for the other.

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found another one

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I'm not sure which direction you are pointed with this, buy Mayo is an ingredient of Miracle Whip.

Miracle Whip is made from water, soybean oil, high-fructose corn syrup, vinegar, modified corn starch, eggs, salt, natural flavor, mustard flour, potassium sorbate, spice, and dried garlic.

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"we put some sugar in it so therefore it's entirely different"

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Bro, I will straight fight you.

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So it's me and wasknick vs gobble gobble chumps.

I'll stand with whatever side is against Whip. hate it, like tasting mayo that's gone off

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I am still outraged by this.

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gobble gobble, chump

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Miracle Whip is made from water, soybean oil, high-fructose corn syrup, vinegar, modified corn starch, eggs, salt, natural flavor, mustard flour, potassium sorbate, spice, and dried garlic.

you forgot "sadness"

Let me be clear, I do not like miracle whip. It does not belong on a sandwich as does a thin layer of mayo.

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A thin layer of melted butter accomplishes the same structural tasks and tastes much better.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Note that there are two recipes listed in that article - one handwritten and one published

I'm going to try this but bastardize the hell out of it.
I like my sauces a bit on the tangy side so I'm thinking instead of mayo, I can use some greek yogurt blended with about 1/3 sour cream and actually get a little tartness out of it and like that better.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

I just made some today I'll get back to ya in two days to tell ya if it's any good

YEAH HERE WE GO
JUST WATCH HOW WILD IT GETS

I'm looking forward to the review

NO!

Maybe...

If you're a white sauce loving man, you need to hit up El Cero Azul in Powhatan and Chesterfield. Best white sauce and salsa bar. Plus killer happy hour and bomb food.

Vroom Vroom

I was a Don Pepe's and family guy until I left VA in '08. Haven't been back to Richmond area since 2016 and that was a quick up and back for a funeral.

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Don Pepes is the best in Richmond. I think it's called just Pepe's now and it's run by the son and the dad opened another place.

Pablo took over the two North Chesterfield locations but there is the original still in Chester .

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Awesome happy hour for tacos and margaritas, especially on taco Tuesday.

Random additional thought - Wendys isnt my favorite, but if you haven't tried the breakfast baconator, get up off your ass and get one. They are delicious.

Absolutely the best breakfast sandwich that pretty much everyone could go out and buy.

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There is only one true answer

Also, Jersey Mike's sucks donkey balls.

You eat grass all day what the hell do you know?

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To be fair I also dig the hell outta a Wendys double. Chik fil a I like. Haven't had any chain mexirestaurants in a while, like the qdoba, taco bell, etc but when I do I tend to end up at Moes.

McD's ... we've probably all been there recently but saying McDs is the top chain restaurant is like saying Stairway to Heaven is the best rock song - it's so obvious that everyone tries to deny it and tell you some other jagoff song is really the best.

Not sure how Starbucks was as far down on the list as it was, I'm sure it gets more business than just about all the rest. Except McDs

Also there were a lot of midwest shitholes on the list so I guess the survey was spread in particular circles.

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You ain't got that kinda pull with me

Or dog food either works.

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

When I was stationed in San Angelo TX, there was a creepy warehouse on the outskirts of town called "Beef 'n More." Had a silhouette of a dog and a cat next to the "More."

Definitely my favorite in HS, when there were only 5. As with any chain that expands nationally, the quality dropped too low.

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Southern Cali takes. Order can be pretty readily rearranged depending on mood and meal needs.

1) Rubios
2) Chick Fil A
3) Jersey Mike's
4) Popeye's
5) Church's Chicken
6) Pot Belly
7) True Foods - not fast food by any means
8) Denny's - don't even think about @ing me
9) Raising Canes

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Isn't Rubio's that sort of Chipotle/Moe's like place that's just way better? My brother takes me there all the time when I'm in San Diego. It is really good.

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Comparing Rubio's to those two establishments cuts deep man, real deep. Its more like if Chick Fil A and 5 guys had a baby and that baby went to finishing school and then also sold fish tacos instead of chicken and burgers.

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Is it a chain? Then it fits. I'll have to put on the list for when I head out there

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200 locations out here and they recently made a move into the east coast in Florida. Def worth a try.

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Rubios is good for fish tacos in a pinch. Definitely better than the other chain "Wahoos." There are better fish tacos. If you are San Diego, find a place called South Beach Bar and Grill in Pacific Beach. Best fish tacos in the land. Sit upstairs at the bar and enjoy the sunset over the ocean.

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Somebody up thread mentions Hodad's. Now you bring up South Beach Bar and Grill. Definitely bringing back memories of the year I spent working at Point Loma. Pretty much ate lunch somewhere in Ocean Beach everyday. Pizza Port was another favorite.

Been there many times it rocks. Bro lives right in Pacific Beach, lots of great places.

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I mean I'm comparing it to the format. I would say it is laid out and operates very similar to a Moe's. Just way better

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Fair enough. I just pictured Chipotle where they are scooping food into tortillas with ice cream scoops on an assembly line. Rubio's is more sophisticated than that. I have little to no experience with Moe's.

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Rubios specializes in fish, so I don't think they truly compare. But, if you don't eat fish tacos, their chicken and beef tacos are probably on par with Moe's. Kinda meh.

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+1 for Rubios

When I lived in Tucson I lived next to one and I ate there more than anywhere else by far. Fish tacos and chicken burritos were the goto. Really loved that place. I heard it is not as good these days though as my experience was 20+ years ago but I would definitely stop in once I see one again.

You lived in Tucson? Shit you truly are a legend. You talking about the Rubio's on Campbell near Fort Lowell? I think that's the only one left.

As for my list:

First Watch
Hash House-A-GoGo
La Salsa
Wahoo's Fish Taco

Hells Yeah! Lived at Campbell and Glenn for a year and 3 months before moving to Oaxaca. I was a regular and straight partied with Rubios manager and crew in the shop after hours many a time.

I genuinely can't remember the last time I ate at a (non-local) chain that wasn't McD's, and I only eat there because it's that or a god awful Subway at the midpoint of my regular 5-hr drive (with jack and shit else in between)

Now, if we're including local chains:

1. El Sancho in Bend OR
...
nothing else compares

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+1 for Bend Oregon

Such a cool place, great golfing, mountain biking, very scenic, waters ports and of course BEER.

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Love Bend. Have a vacation place there. Totally up for meeting up with any Hokies coming around for food, beers, skiing, etc.

I spend a lot more time there in the winter than in the summer, usually. Helps that the ski season is half the year.

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How can Bend be mentioned without Spork?! Also my hazy memory recalls some pretty damn amazing Thai food in Bend. Is that accurate or am I remembering somewhere else in Oregon?

I'm actually not a huge fan of Spork, I really don't get the hype. Thai, you might be thinking about Wild Rose in downtown Bend, which is amazing but hard to get into without reservations these days. (There's a couple other Thai places but TBH Wild Rose is the only one I'll go to)

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hmm... not sure about the Thai place. There were a few and one was a drive thru.

I honestly have only been to Spork once and it's literally the only place I remember the name of because it's Spork, but I had a great time and the food was good.

Wild Rose is specifically Northern Thai food and it's crazy good. Their standard menu is a little short but they usually have, like, 20 daily specials.

I liked Spork's cocktails and the food is fine, but it's just not high enough up my list of favorite restaurants in Bend for me to go to. IDK, my husband liked it a lot more than I did.

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Though not related to Bend at all, if you're ever in Vegas stop by Lotus of Siam...they specialize in northern thai cuisine and though it's about a mile east of the strip on Flamingo it's a mandatory stop...so good.

Bend is cool as hell. Spork was ridiculously good. So was Zydeco

Cookout
Circus Burger (it's still a chain if only the one is left, right?)
Si Seรฑor's (Jacksonville)
Goodberry's Frozen Custard
Char-Grill
Rally's/Checkers
Sonic's
Wendy's
Bojangles

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Blake's Lotaburger for the green chile cheeseburger
Roy Rogers for the gold rush chicken sandwich

Green chile anything FTW. It's amazing that green chile is still a regionally NM thing. It is so delicious.

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Not sure where you live but Chuy's has it nationwide and even does a "green chile fest" where they run specials for a couple weeks.

In addition, Wegmans sells it in the same manner as how they do in NM. Buy it raw in-store and then walk outside and they roast it right there for you.

Never been to a Chuy's. never even heard of it until now, but I see a few in LA (but not too convenient). If I happen to be near one, I'll give it a try. But, they consider themselves tex-mex, which is generally a reason for me not to want to eat at a Mexican restaurant. (Side note: For ratings on regional Mexican food, mine is: (1) NM, (2) San Diego, (3) Arizona, (4) Los Angeles, ... (5) Tex-Mex).

And yea, I buy the 505 brand green chile locally here in SoCal. There has been chile roasting in the past summers, but haven't seen it at all this year. But it'll never be the same scale or quality as NM. Denver has the most "green chile" options I've seen outside of NM, but it's always some sort of soup/sauce.

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Have anybody been to roscoe's chicken and waffles and if so is it good?

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Popeye's - best of all the national chains. And yes, I have waited 1.5 hrs for a chicken sandwich.
Taco Bell is my crutch (crunchwrap supreme, sub in chicken).
Flame Broiler is my go-to good healthy option.
Luna Grill is pretty good. I think it may only be SoCal, but solid Mediterranean options.
Fresh Brothers or Pizza Port for Pizza. Also only in SoCal.
Milk Bar for deserts.

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If Popeyes ever figures out how to get even decent customer service they could run the fast food market.

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1) The Cheesecake Factory
2) Pal's/5 Guys
3.) Mission BBQ
4.) El Rodeo
5.) Captain D's

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I place a high emphasis on places that I don't exist anymore and places I can't get to easily - most of my list is Memphis based.
1) Tudor's Biscuitworld- downtown Roanoke
2) Lenny's subs
3) Central BBQ
4) Huey's Burgers
5) Jack Pyrtle's Fried Chicken

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Are these chains? I've never heard of any of them.

Tudor's is a WV/OH/KY thing and the rest are based in Memphis, TN.

If picking national chains, I'd pick Chick-fil-A for my #1.

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There's a Tudor's in Panama City for some reason. Had a 2 1/2 hour waiting line when it opened

They sounds delicious. I am a sucker for a sub shop.

UofM grad and spent 5y in Memphis. Solid list. Lenny's, Central (BBQ Nachos!), and Huey's all great picks. But how can you mention fried chicken in Memphis without Gus's!? Had to pull up their website to see how many locations and they're now all over the country.
Mixed reviews for Rendezvous, but it's a Memphis institution that you at least have to try once.

I miss the food the most about living there.

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  1. Sharkey's.

Five Guys
Jim and Nick's BBQ
Dunkin Donuts (the donuts and the breakfast sandwiches)
McDonalds (strictly for the breakfast McMuffins, those things are like crack for me)
Waffle House
The Varsity (kind of a chain)
Hard Rock Cafe
Mellow Mushroom
Tacos and Tequilas (for the Tequila menu)
Los Hermanos (local taco chain, place is off the chain good)
Taco Mac
Provino's, Domincks, Ippolitos - all local Italian chains
Pure Taqueria
Truck and Tap
Willie's
Burger-FI
Three Dollar Cafe
Hudson Grille

Or were you asking about only chains with national reach? Not too many of them I like these days except the few on the list above. I stay away from the Outback's and what not of the world. Have found much better options in local and regional chains for the most part. And while I love seafood, if it's not from a restaurant attached to a dock or pier where the cooks get their seafood from the boats at the dock, it's generally subpar. I cook my own exclusively unless I'm visiting a beach area somewhere.

Good call on Mellow Mushroom!

Damn can't believe I forgot Mellow Mushroom. Probably my favorite pizza chain

Hard to have top down order so by category:

Burgers:
Shake Shack (as a 2nd option, In-N-Out or Fat Burger. 5 guys was incredibly underwhelming and fries were bland and dry. In-N-Out > 5 Guys all day.)

Chicken (USA):
Bojangles or Popeyes. (I'll take almost anything over Chic-fil-A which I have never liked. Never had Raisin Canes or those type so no comparison)

Chicken (World):
Nandos or Oporto

Pizza:
Pieology Pizzeria. Not a major chain but I ran into a place called Pieology last time I was in Los Angeles and it was very, very good for how fast it was.

Mexican (Baja):
Rubios

Mexican (other):
Torchy's Tacos
El Pescadito

Seafood:
Nordsee (Germany and some other European countries. They were looking to enter NYC area previously but I don't think there yet.)

Soup and Sandwich:
Pret-A-Manger

Ramen:
Mensho (I heard was expanding into USA before virus began)
Icharen (In Japan/Asia only I think)

While I have not tried all of these, you are dead on with all the ones I have tried.

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nice! which ones have you tried?

Shake Shack, Fat Burger, in N Out, BoJangles, Popeyes, Rubios, Nordsee.

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I was initially put off by Nordsee but was urged on by my friends in Germany. Was outstanding.

We visited my eldest while doing an internship in Austria, and added on seeing what we had missed the first time in Germany. That was one of his recommendations. (The other was Doner Kabob at the local train station).

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haha, doner kebab is quintessential drunk food at 3 am. But I have had a lot of great kebabs during work hours as well :)

have you seen the new Jim Gaffigan special on Amazon Prime.

I landed in Halifax and the first thing I did I ate was a doner. And the second thing I did I had explosive diarrhea.
I should have known something bad was coming. When I walked in the guy was like, "you don't even look drunk."

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Doner kebabs are the single greatest drunk food in all the world. This is a hill upon which I am firmly entrenched and will defend more fiercely than the Japanese defended Mt. Suribachi.

They're pretty damned delicious when sober as well.

There was a doner stand in Darmstadt that you had to pass on the way to the taxi stand from An Siban, the Irish pub, at which I sometimes lived.

It was the most strategically placed business I believe I have ever seen, and saved my drunk ass many a night.

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Had Nando's in Doha. Solid

My first shake shack experience was in Abu Dhabi when I got sick of the same Indian style cafeteria food at the compound I was staying at for work. I survived off it for 3 months going several times a week so I could eat beef.

holy cow, who was taking you around in Abu Dhabi?? there is absolutely amazing food there which should never have required a shake shack reliance.

Unfortunately I didn't have much time to explore when over there. I was working for an oil company and had I think 5 or 6 days off over 3 months during the summer. We spent most of the couple hours in the day that we weren't working or sleeping at Yas Marina, Yas Mall, Al Raha mall or the pub next to Al Raha mall just to get off the compound. I was able to get to Dubai for 3 days which was cool to see and did a lot over there.

I think there's an Ichiran in NYC now. Now that's a good chain... Actually, if we're going to talk about Japanese chains, MOS Burger is amazing, and Japanese McDonald's isn't half bad

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MOS burger in Japan certainly but I don't get the same from those I have visited internationally. McDonalds all over Asia is damn good to be honest

Mmmmmm Torchy's

Torchy's for the win!

Burger: Cookout
Chicken: Popeyes
Breakfast: Biscuitville
Tex-Mex: Moe's
Misc Sandwich: Firehouse
Coffee: Starbucks if someone else is buying
Sit-down: Texas Roadhouse
Donuts: Krispy Kreme
Kitchyness: Kickback Jacks
Fries: Arbys

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I really don't u derstand a number of places as I think they aren't great:

Chipotle - their meats are bad so much so I just skip the meat. The gauc is super disappointing. I'll just make my own.

Potbelly - there isn't anything special or good about them, they are just a more expensive subway with milkshakes. There are tons of better places to go in the NoVa area for a sandwich.

Cookout - They have hush puppies, otherwise they aren't good, their cheese is disgusting, their shakes are solid and undrinkable.

If driving the McDonald's cheese burger is by far the easiest burger to eat. It might not be the best, but its the easiest. (double cheese burger works too)

And to scortch the earth Sheetz is far superior to wawa.

I've been a Sheetz guy for a while though I don't have a Wawa anywhere nearby so I only end up at them rarely - I don't have a solid foundation for comparison.

And to scortch the earth Sheetz is far superior to wawa.

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The problem is you get cheese on things. Stop asking for cheese on burgers etc and your fine at cookout.

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What about Sheetz is better than Wawa? Wawa has better coffee, better subs (bread is way better and quantity of meat at Wawa is double what you get at sheetz)

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literally nothing about sheetz is better than wawa, aside from convenience of location for some people.

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The only reason to ever go to sheetz is because there isn't a wawa around.

I don't drink coffee and every sub I've had a sheetz taste like the bread is cardboard, the subs I've had are terrible, id rank subway higher than wawa.

Cookout is a value play - $3 gets you twice the quantity of food that $6 gets you at McDonalds, at the same or better quality. The variety is fantastic - you're able to get a side of corn dogs, chicken nugs, quesodilla, etc.

And you're flat wrong about the cookout milkshake. It's one of the best drive through milkshakes out there. Not to mention the variety in flavors. Personally, I'd take a cookout milkshake over DQ, but I think they're in the same conversation.

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The variety you love gives me order anxiety. Every single thing I order, I assume in my head that it is something they are going to screw up. I like to be able to just order a #2 combo and be done. Similar complaint with Bojangles. That said, I love the food.

Sidenote: if there are any waiters or waitresses reading, you will not impress me by memorizing my order. I will be truly impressed if you write down everything I say. Otherwise, I am worried about my food until it comes and rarely send anything back so I will likely end up having a bad dinner experience when the order is wrong. Rant over.

"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"

Do you have a food allergy that gets screwed up? Where does this anxiety come from?

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Nope. It is illogical. And honestly I am not that picky of an eater so you wouldn't think I would care.

"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"

I get it.

There's nothing more frustrating that waiting in the drive thru for fast food, and then figuring out after you leave that your Coke is diet, or that your unsweet tea is sweetened, or that your Big Mac is a fish sandwich, or that your quarter-pounder doesn't have cheese.

or that your Big Mac is a fish sandwich...

You can tell a difference? If you're going to the (semi-tarnished) golden arches, you're doing fast food wrong.

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totally agree on the memory ruse when taking orders. Doesn't necessarily give me anxiety but I think it's a reasonable expectation when you are spending good money the wait staff demonstrates that you are being listened to with more than a "uh huh, excellent."

I used to be a waiter. I could easily remember the orders of a table of 4, no problem. But I did the same thing you should do even if you've written it down, which is repeat it back to make sure you got it right. I've had wrong things come out when people have written stuff down. One way or another, I expect to get the right food when it comes out. Remembering who ordered what also helps if people ever switch seats. But if there was anything complicated about someone's order, I always wrote it down. And I always wrote down large tables. I liked sharpening my memory and I'm a slow writer. For whatever that's worth lol

Don't get me wrong, I'm not angry at a waiter that only uses memory but personally I feel it's better customer service to take an order with more than repeating it back to me. I get it. I know it can be done, but I'm there to spend money I worked hard for and enjoy myself. And ultimately, as what I feel I am, as a generous tipper want to give money to hard working staff. It's not a huge river to cross to write what I am saying down even in shorthand is it? Ultimately whether you write it down at the table or later at the POS it must turn into a ticket for the kitchen anyway. But I am interested, as I have never been a waiter, other than the time it takes to write something what's the benefit operationally for not writing an order down? Or how was it explained to you that it makes the dining experience better?

Not sure how prevalent in States but a lot of places I go to internationally all have handheld POS tablets now. Makes the process even faster. Things are recorded at the table just the same as writing it down before and kitchen gets the ticket immediately.

I keep forgetting that POS also stands for 'point of sale'

I said Piece of shit in my head way to many times.

I think they told us to repeat back the orders to verify them (it also occasionally prompted people who decided they really wanted something else and I didn't do it immediately after the person said it, after the whole table had ordered I'd go back through each person's order). But they didn't tell us to memorize or not. I could write shorthand, and I did sometimes for smaller tables if I was tired or something or really busy. I mostly did it just to improve my memory (which helps while you're in college), but not really any sort of operational benefit - maybe to some extent minor stuff like not having to look back and forth at your notepad as you're inputting the orders into the computer. I guess another benefit of not writing everything down is that we had to buy our own notepads and pens, so not writing everything down saved the cost of pads based on the sheer volume we'd have to write otherwise as well. Not sure what you think as well, but when I'm memorizing their order, I can look them in the face the entire time and listen, whereas if I'm writing it down, I either have to look down at my pad as the person is talking, or wait until they're done, then look down, making the next person wait on me to finish writing. Again, all mostly little things. Some people seemed impressed if you memorized it.

Some other waiters had crap memories, so wrote everything down. I've forgotten to put people's orders in that I'd written down because we were so busy (I always asked my manager to comp it (not that it happened frequently at all, like 2-3 times in the 2 years I waited tables)), and like I said, I've had wrong stuff come out that people had written down.

The other waiters also used me as a walking calculator, having me divide checks down three ways, four or more. I got a great mental workout between memorizing and doing math in my head. lol

I've seen the little POS machines on the tables so people could put in things they wanted, like drink refills and appetizers (still had a waiter take our main order, but think we could have done it in the machine as well).

first of all, that's total BS you had to buy your own notepads and pens. yikes

It's interesting that you had a choice to do it one way or another. I have always been under the impression that was a thing dictated by the front of house manager or owner. I know one quite expensive restaurant that will ONLY hire wait staff that can do by memory.

I understand your point about not making the next diner wait but then I guess that may be a big difference with me, I'm not rushed to get my order through. Certainly to get the attention of the waiter and start the order but not during the order. I would happily let the waiter take that time. I realize other people are less inclined to do so.

The volume of writing is an issue which is why i like the POS tablets. I've seen the ones on the table but I meant ones that wait staff carry with them.

I've never known a waiter that didn't have to buy their own pens.

DON'T STEAL PENS FROM THE WAITSTAFF!!!

Surprised no has mentioned Bonchon yet. Wings are better then any of the other big chains.

I love Bonchon wings, but finding out they'll toss their potstickers in the wing sauce was a whole nother level of delicious.

This just made me realize how much I miss Bonchon.

I have seen mexican food mentioned a couple of times. I don't know how many locations there are, but I enjoyed Uncle Julios/El Tios in northern Virginia and I know there were a couple of locations there.

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El Azteca in Ashland is one of the best locals around. That has been a normal go to now for almost 15 years.

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El Azteca is the place most from the area use its where I go if I want to see people I knew in high school these days but sometimes thats fun.

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Breakfast: Bojangles or Mcdonalds. Maple Street Biscuit Company for sit down.
Chicken: Bojangles, PDQ
Burgers: Five Guys, Culvers, Habit Burger
TexMex: Moe's
Donuts: Lamars or Duck Donuts
Subs (cold): Jimmy Johns
Subs (hot): Which Wich
Sit Down: Texas Roadhouse, Olive Garden

Chick-Fil-A: Cult that should never been a thing.

Jersey Mike's: overrated.

Whataburger: Can't say much since only been there twice visiting my brother in Texas (he tries to make us go there everytime we visit).

Bojangles: Average, though having one less than 2 minutes away from apartment is nice when need something quick after work.

Hardee's: Been awhile since went there but decent experience.

Five Guy's: Burgers are top notch.

Waffle House: Two hurricanes back to back years and they were the only thing open when I had no power, I will rate high.

Rita's: Now this, this is a masterpiece.

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CTRL+F isn't showing any hits for Blaze Pizza, so I'll throw that out there. Love the Meat Eater with jalapenos and mushrooms added.

I'm not a big fan of doughy pizza (think Pizza Hut), so I really enjoy Blaze's take on a crispy, thin crust.

No particular order...

Sweetwater
Chipotle
Mission BBQ
Five Guys
Texas Roadhouse
Chic-Fil-A
Mod Pizza
Cookout
Jimmy Johns
The Cheesecake Factory
Carrabba's
McDonalds

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My overall favorite and go to fast food: Chick Fil A
Of the typical fast food restaurants that are everywhere: Wendy's
Burgers: Shake Shack closely followed by Five Guys
Chicken Sandwich: Popeyes
Chicken Tenders: Raisin Canes followed by Zaxbys
Pizza: MOD Pizza for Fast Casual, Dominoes when I need a pizza at midnight after working all day
Burrito: Chipotle by miles.
Sit Down Restaurant: Chuys and Texas Roadhouse
Sub: The Deli (It's sort of a chain in NOVA) or Jersey Mikes
Gas Station Food: Wawa

Also I don't understand the hype of Mission BBQ. I think it's awful.

Qdoba has Mexican gumbo, which is awesome.

I have to the be the first to say Halal Guys

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I completely forgot about them. I accidentally asked for extra of the hot sauce. It was good, but wayyyyy to spicy once I finished it. This would still primarily be a late night option for me when I just want to stuff my face after drinking or a long day working.

The Merrifield location was not good.

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like a lot of newer franchises, the further you get away from the original, the worse off you're probably gonna be. got a handful around me in NJ and they're all solid

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See Guys, Five. When I first moved to NOVA, Five Guys was a revelation. The more franchises I saw, the worse the burgers got.

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Maybe that's the problem. I haven't been remotely impressed by Five Guys here. Just an OK burger that's not nearly worth the price

After this thread I decided to go there yesterday. So delicious. Should have gotten two.

Five Guys across from Kroger after a football game in 2006 was the move. Frank rolled through there a couple times to get food to-go after a game, and Adibi came in with his family once and was pretty cool. Think they have since closed.

Sushi King is a really great all you can eat deal for lunch....so many options on different rolls

It's all you can eat always.

I don't eat much the day before. If I can't personally declare war on Ryujin, I'm not even trying.

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Yes but the lunch price is so much better than dinner

Havent seen it but the orange chicken from Panda Express is legendary when you need a good food while smashed.

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Anybody else seeing these supposed chains and saying I have never heard of half of them?

Found out today Raising Cane's has hired a company to start finding them land where they can build their first Florida locations!

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OK, y'all talk so much about Raising Cane's that when I was on a business trip to Virginia earlier in the year (...much earlier in the year) I went there, and I was just... not impressed. I'd much rather go to Zaxby's

(I'm ready for the pitchforks now)

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The ones in Virginia are run my Aramark that's why. Same with Boston and maybe one at ECU now. I've had it in Charleston SC, Columbus OH, Houston TX and , Minneapolis MN always great.

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I don't know why they haven't expanded in Virginia much beyond that. I think the only ones aside from Charlottesville's stand-alone location are at VCU and ODU. I'd kill for one in NOVA.

Viva Chicken is really good

Anyone in the DC area into Amsterdam Falafel or is that just me and my (frequently when eating it) drunk self?
Great falafel and toppings plus awesome fries with peanut sauce or Curry ketchup are awesome. I made sure nights on U St or in Adams Morgan always ended there.

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Here is my take for Sterling:

1. Five Guys - I will ride for Five Guys.
2. Souvlaki Bar
3. Moby Dick House of Kabob
4. Jersey Mikes

When I worked near Beltsville, MD:
1. Sardis Pollo a la Brasa - Best Peruvian chicken I've had, sides were top notch as well

Chantilly
1. Sheesh Grill
2. Santinis
3. Firehouse

Sterling is supposed to be getting a Bojangles, never had it before.

Not a necessarily a restaurant per se. But Buc-ees is the best chain gas station. Change my mind.

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My favorite FF places are Five Guys, Shake Shack, Wendy's, Chick-Fil-A.

I'm honestly struggling to think of a sit-down chain that I don't think is garbage from my own experience. I guess PF Changs and Fogo de Chรฃo if I had to pick something. That said, say what you want about Outback, the Bloomin' Onion at Outback is awesome.

Also, The Outback oversalts their steaks. Who doesn't, I guess.

Still, I like them quite a lot, and they go down nicely with a large beer.

Went to Bojangles yesterday for lunch and found they have taken something from Taco Bell's playbook with their own Mountain Dew flavor, called Southern Shock. Far superior to Baja Blast. Throw in my local Bojangles does Cajun Filet Sandwich combo for $4 it was good lunch for less than $5. Hard to do that these days.

It's like Hawaiian Punch Mountain Dew. I wasn't a huge fan but never liked Hawaiian Punch. Something about the red really turns me off.

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late to the party, but my top chain restaurants are:
1-3. Chick-fil-A (far above the rest)
4. Firehouse Subs
5. Cookout (for the shakes)
6. Arby's (market fresh sandwiches are awesome)
7. Jersey Mikes

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