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Posted: 12/3/2012 7:26:28 PM
I will start with Taco Time.
Local PNW fast food Mexican, but it's super fresh.

I'm thinking about the other 2.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 7:28:48 PM
Ruth Chris steakhouse
Cheesecake Factory
PF Changs

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Posted: 12/3/2012 7:30:09 PM
Bonefish Grill - good, fresh seafood

Seasons 52 - healthy and delicious

Panera - love being able to mix and match, love that their broccoli cheddar soup, love that the calorie count is on the menu board.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 7:32:38 PM
Chipotle - Because it's something I can select ingredients as I watch them make it, and ensure I get the lean & green items I need for my meal requirements. Also, because I read an article on them and their beginnings once, and think they are a cool company. I like that they use free range and/or organic foods.

Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes - Again, I like being able to eat healthy, and being able to select from good fresh foods. The kids also love it here, so everyone is happy.

Gosh, I don't know what my 3rd is right now. We go out to Pho' all the time, but those aren't chain places.



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Posted: 12/3/2012 7:37:45 PM
Top 3 is hard.

For quick/inexpensive meals:
Panera, because I can always get a healthy and tasty meal there.
Chick-Fil-A, because I love me some spicy chicken and cole slaw, I own it
TIE: Potbelly or Five Guys, depending on whether I want a healthier sandwich or a foil-wrapped greaseball.

For sit-down meals:
Cheesecake Factory, because the food is reliably good (albeit with a few duds on the menu)
California Pizza Kitchen, for tasty pizzas and salads and a good kid's menu
Local chain in Northern Virginia - Great American Restaurants - includes Coastal Flats, Sweetwater Tavern, others - really great food, very fresh, always a good pick

I think that covers most of our eating out these days, to be honest. I can walk to Panera and Potbelly from work, Five Guys and CFA are big supporters of our preschool, and we go to Sweetwater or Coastal Flats a couple times a month. Yum.

But we also like Noodles & Company... and we like Chipotle... and and and... we just like eating out

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Posted: 12/3/2012 7:39:06 PM
#1 Tony Romas...there is only one in Minnesota.
#2 Noodles and Company...they are cheap.
#3 Boca Chica....local Mexican restaurant that has a great lunch buffet.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 7:39:22 PM
There are only really 3 we go to, TGIFridays, I like their food. The other is Chili's. I've been digging their Monterey Chicken lately. Ruby Tuesday's salad bar is heaven on earth.



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Posted: 12/3/2012 7:39:30 PM
Carrabba's - I love their bread and dipping oil. And I've never ordered any entrée from there that I didn't like.

Panera - Good food at a reasonable price.

Chipotle - A recent favorite. Good quality, yummy food.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 7:40:26 PM
Freebird's
Fuzzy's Tacos
WhichWich

It's difficult to find vegetarian fast food, but those three are the best.

ETA Jason's Deli.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 7:42:32 PM
I LOVE Souplantation too! I'm there for lunch with a girlfriend at least once a week.

California Pizza Kitchen. I love their thai chicken pizza and their spinach and artichoke dip.

Rubios - Best fast food fish tacos.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 7:43:04 PM
Melting pot~ I love fondue but it is so expensive that I haven't been in forever.

Red Lobster~ It is our go to for birthdays and stuff. My friend took me last year but I haven't been in forever before that.

Texas Roadhouse~ I love their rolls and I think their prices are reasonable.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 7:46:31 PM
Panera...yummy and close to our house.

Chipotle...yummy and close to our house...I am sensing a trend here.

I am not sure about the third, there isn't really one that stands out above the others.


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Moe's Southwest Grill

Five Guys Burgers & Fries

Taco Johns


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Red Lobster...coconut shrimp and those biscuits!!

Panera...asian chicken salad

Buffalo Wild Wings...everything!


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Posted: 12/3/2012 7:54:42 PM
There aren't a lot of chain food options where I live besides the basics like Burger King, Wendy's and McDonalds. I haven't been to half of the names listed here.

Chili's- Love the type of food they serve.

Taco Time - BUT I have found they are not consistent with their cleanlieness and food. I refuse to eat at a couple of locations.

Cheesecake Factory - For the cheesecake, the food is okay except for the orange chicken.

ETA: Forgot about Texas Roadhouse! Love their rolls too. If you are a regular, they remember your name. Just ask my dh.

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Lunch:
Panera (I could eat there, every day)
Runza (OMG... not only their runzas, but their hamburgers are wow)
Cracker Barrel (they get it right 99.9% of the time)



Supper:

Texas Roadhouse (when I want to indulge in chicken fried chicken and hubby says the steaks are decent for the area)

Cheesecake factory (rarely get to eat there but have not been disapointed, yet)

Olive Garden (love their soup, and hey, I think their italian is great, no matter what the food snobs say. Millions of people can't be wrong )

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Panera (Bacon turkey bravo, good bread, soup, etc.)
Carino's (Italian nachos, house salad dressing and the chocolate cake)
Corner Bakery (soup, salad, sandwiches and simple baked goods)

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Longhorn

Copelands

Landrys

Carrabas

Same reason for all the choices: great food, great service, great drinks... There's nothing I can gripe about

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Burgerville is the only one that comes to mind. Fast food, but with quality ingredients that are mostly local. Their rosemary fries are especially fantastic.

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Chipotle-because it is just plain delicious!
Five Guys-because they have the best burgers around
Chick-Fil-A-because they have great chicken and I love their milkshakes


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moe's

cheesecake factory

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* Famous Dave's! We love them so much, they catered our wedding.

* Morton's Steakhouse! Do I really have to explain why? It's delightful.

* Golden Corral! The fatty in me will always love all-you-can-eat mac 'n cheese.



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The Keg - we've never had a bad meal there - ever! The wait on the weekend may be long, but once you are seated you have appetizers fairly quickly after ordering.

Cheesecake Factory - we don't have them here in Canada, but we've enjoyed every meal we've ever had when in the US on holiday.

Kelsey's - we love their appetizers!!


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Olive Garden--when we have relatives from out of town it's a place we can agree to. We can all find something we like

Sweet tomatoes-same idea, but just with DH and kids.

Seasons 52-we sell like it --healthy, good and fresh.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 9:08:01 PM
Outback steakhouse
Chipotle
In n Out Burger (although we don't have one here)

Main reason is that they're safe for my dd who has food allergies. But we like their food too.


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Chipotle
Cane's chicken
Panera

I think Panera is a bit expensive but the food is always very fresh.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 9:18:01 PM
Friendly's - the kids love it and it has a great kids' menu...might not be the tastiest or the fanciest, but hey, whatever makes the kids happy

Applebee's - relatively good, relatively healthy options, and 7 days a week, 3-6 they have happy hour

Chinese buffets...some are better than others...but for the most part, they rock. Some nearby even have a grill where the person cooks the dish for you, and many have the people making suishi right in front of you...so it's pretty cheap considering how much you get!

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Posted: 12/3/2012 9:18:26 PM
Chili's - no matter where you are it tastes the same and it's always good.

Mc D's.....don't laugh but when I lived in Europe I always went to McDonalds when I was homesick.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 9:30:11 PM
We don't have most of those around here! (NYC suburbs)

We generally avoid the chains, I guess. Service is usually lousy, food is "meh."


We do like Panera for a quick lunch

We have been to Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza several times. Our location is hard to park at, though... and sometimes that does figure into a decision of where to eat.

I guess Cheesecake Factory for third? Haven't been there in a long time, though.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 9:40:08 PM
Dick's Drive in --local to Seattle. LOVE. Yummy fast food-ness that's pretty cheap

Chipotle --feels heathy and it's yummy

those two were my obvious first two....I'm trying to select the third, but nothing completely stands out. I'm tied with mongolian grill --also healthy, or the Keg cause I love me some bread, steak, and baked potato. Or Red Robin based on cheese sticks alone.

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Chipotle: Love the fresh ingredients. Love the story behind the restaurant.

Panera: I would eat their creamy tomato soup every day.

Tie for 2 Nebraska chains: Runza and Valentino's Pizza.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:07:48 PM
O'Charley's-fairly fast, inexpensive, and I love the loaded potato soup and southern fried chicken salad.

Olive Garden-usually pretty quick and inexpensive. Love their breadsticks and salad.

Red Lobster-three words...cheddar cheese biscuits.


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Subway. I can make 4 meals from a footlong.
Boston Market.
Outback.

Not really sure I would call them "favorites" as much as "most frequently visited."




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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:13:30 PM
Bonefish- gluten free menu, good food, great service, healthy options (I usually get the tilapia, asparagus, and jasmine rice.)

Texas Roadhouse- great food, great service, good food, healthy options (I usually get the grilled salmon, salad, and sweet potato.)

Red Robin- good food, great service, gluten free menu (I usually get the gourmet cheeseburger with a gluten free bun, and sweet potato fries, allergy free.)

The other two restaurants that we frequent are local restaurants. We dont eat at fast food restaurants.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:03:44 PM
PF Chang's. Ooooooohhhhh......Ahhhhhhhh...........
Did someone mention other restaurants??? oops. Sorry. I got lost in the Chang.
Ooooooooohhhhhhh.....Ahhhhhhhhh......

Nearest one is 2 1/2 hours from my home. May have to go on Sunday, now that you put the thought in my head!


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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:11:00 PM
Chipotle - fresh, healthy, local
Panera - love their Thai chicken salad
Habit Burger Grill - best burger, IMHO

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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:14:28 PM
For lunch:
1. Panera
2. Chik Fil A
3. California Tortilla

For dinner:
1. Texas Roadhouse
2. Olive Garden (did not like Olive Garden in the town we used to live in, but we moved and the OG in our new town rocks!)
3. Cheesecake Factory

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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:41:36 PM
Red Robin is my number 1 favorite. They have such a friendly staff and fun atmosphere. You never have to wait long for your food and it's always piping hot and just as I ordered it. Plus, bottomless fries! How can you go wrong with that? I love that their menu is pretty classic so everyone in the group can find something they'll enjoy.

Red Lobster is second. We don't have one locally so going is always a big treat. Everything I've ever ordered has been super good, and I especially love their biscuits and potato soup before the meal. The staff is always super nice too. The only real downside is that there's often an hour long wait for a table.

Everyone after those two is sort of a tie. I don't care for Chili's or Chipotle. We don't have a Panera but I hear so much about them I would love to try to find one.

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Tie for 2 Nebraska chains: Runza and Valentino's Pizza.
You have a Valentinos? I thought they were a local busines, but went out of business years ago...they are a chain? Who knew?

My picks:
Buffalo Wild Wings...we love wings
Olive Garden...my kids love it and soup, breadsticks, and salad are yummy
If we are going on based on volume that we go, Old Chicago, based on food, maybe Texas Roadhouse. I like Outback better, but we don't have one close anymore.


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1. Cheba Hut (great subs, 2 kinds of kool-aid and when I work really late the guy there always gives me free rice crispy treats.)
2. Culver's (simply the best fast food burger and fries I have ever had)
3. Panda Express (because I can go light with steamed veggies and green bean chicken or go bad with fried rice and orange chicken)

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Breakfast:
IHOP
Waffle House
Cracker Barrel

Lunch:
Panera
Cheesecake Factory
Chili's

Dinner:
Maggiano's
Sullivan's Steak House
Red Lobster (around here) others at the beach for seafood

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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:53:09 PM
I'm so jealous of all of you that have a local Chipotle. We have to drive an hour to get to one so whenever we're in a town with one, we eat there. DD decided that's where she wants to go for her birthday this week.


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Kinda fun seeing these places I've never heard of!

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Posted: 12/4/2012 1:18:18 AM
We tend to eat mostly at local places, especially for dinners, but my 3 fave chain places would be Chipotle, Smash Burger, and BJ's.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 4:13:29 AM
Qdoba
Red Lobster (mostly because of those biscuits!)
Panera

Those are the only three non fast food (and two are kind of anyway, what do they call those, quick casual?) chain restaurants that we eat at regularly.




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Chipolte:It is fast and yummy!
Famous Dave's: I love ribs! The portions are amazing! Good bang for your buck!

5 Guys Burgers and Fries: I like the selection of toppings. The fries are AMAZING!

I miss IN-N-OUT Burger and Baja Fresh! When I lived in California, those were my go to places!


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Panda Express: You can get fresh prepared vegetables as a side instead of something starchy and some of the main dishes are good nutritional choices. I can get a cheap and tasty lower carb Chinese food meal there.

Jason's Deli: Lots of different choices on the menu, fresh food and healthy options, great salad bar, and a big open dining area that never feels crowded. They also have good iced tea, this matters...

Panera: Loads of choices, a yummy bakery case to splurge from, a comfortable dining area to take your time and enjoy your meal, healthier breakfast options, good iced tea which is a must.

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I don't eat out much, but I love to work at Panera. When the walls are closing in at home, I take my laptop over there. The coffee is great, and everything I've tried off the menu has been good. Plus, the one near me is never busy in the mornings, so I can sit there for hours without feeling guilty.

Oh, and we did try the five guys that just opened near us. The burgers were great, and the fries were nicely brown. just the way I like them. I'd go back for sure.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 6:43:42 AM
Panera.. - Frontega Chicken (mmmm good)

the "99" - their new menu with the balsamic salmon or chicken - good

Cheesecake Factory

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Posted: 12/4/2012 6:58:14 AM
I think mine are more local

Eegees is only here, but there are 20 or so if them. Ranch chili fries, and watermelon eegees.....

Oreganos pizza - love everything.

Sauce pizza, there are three here, and I think more of them, delicious grilled cheese and tomato soup.
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