(Closed) Spinoff about restaurants: Where do you usually eat?

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What kind of restaurants do you frequent? Vote then explain please!
    Chains, because there are no local restaurants near me. : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Chains, because I don't like local restaurants. : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Mostly chains, but some good local restaurants. : (43 votes)
    24 %
    Mostly local restaurants, but some chains. : (68 votes)
    37 %
    Local, because I don't like chain restaurants. : (56 votes)
    31 %
    Local, because there are no chain restaurants near me. : (7 votes)
    4 %
    Mulder loves sweet potato pie. : (6 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    9243 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    I hate chains! I only go when a) I’m in a tiny town with no other options (happens sometimes when I’m on the road for work) or b) very occasionally for a great happy hour deal – and I feel guilty the whole time. 

    Post # 4
    3919 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    They are familiar. You know exactly what you’re going to,get. There’s comfort in that for a lot of people. Eating at a new local place takes guts for a lot off people. 

    I like a choose restaurant. Sometimes that’s a chain. Sometimes that’s a local place. 

    I love love love Yelp for just this reason. I can check out reviews on places. I do always take them with a grain of salt, but it gives me a good idea of where to try and where to avoid

    Post # 5
    2550 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    hate chains. i’d much rather eat at home.

    Post # 6
    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I prefer local, family owned and run restaurants.  Quality of food is typically better.



    *I don’t understand the Mulder sweet potato pie option on the poll….confused.

    Post # 7
    4416 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Glasgowbound:  totally agree. We love Chipotle or Red Robin because it’s the same everywhere and it’s always good! But we also definitely go to good local places too — we’re not utterly bound to the chain restaurant experience. Just sometimes 🙂

    Post # 8
    263 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    And when I voted for “some” local chains, I meant “one”, lol. An awesome BBQ shack (like really a shack) down the road.

    Post # 10
    12103 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    There are some smaller ‘chains’ here that started as a local place that I love.  I like chains becuase I know what I’m getting – sometimes I’m just not in the mood for an adventure!

    Post # 12
    8701 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I only eat at chains for lunch when I am at work. For dinner I pretty much despise most chains. However, in some areas there arent many options besides chain restaurants. I live near NYC so there are 10 restaurants or more on every block! Sooo many options so we are always trying different places. Plus, I prefer ethnic foods and chain places are not good at that.

    Post # 13
    447 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We try to go to local places — they are generally our favorites. However, sometimes I get a hankering for some Cheesecake Factory or California Pizza Kitchen.

    Post # 14
    400 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I think the reason chains were brought up so much in the boycotting restaurants thread was because more people would understand what they were talking about, and also at least in my experience I’ve had more bad experiences with chains than with local restaurants. I named most of the chain restaurants I complained about, but didn’t name the one local place I got food poisoning from because no one would know what I was talking about.

    Post # 15
    8701 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @peachacid:  I work in Philly often and there are plenty of chain restaurants. It’s just you probably wouldnt go because there are a million other options like in NY.

    Post # 16
    6207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    I only go to two chains- panera and chipotle, when I’m looking for something fast, because they are both on my way home and I like both of them. Everything else is local. We don’t eat out all that often though

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