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8 minutes ago, Patricio Swayze said:

 


And that’s a good thing.

Made me think of Magic Wok on the drag in the mid 90s. King pao chicken, rice, egg roll and a drink for $3.71. Scary.

 

I lived around the corner from Magic Wok during that time......Cheap college kid chinese food for when you were tired of pizza delivery and all the other fast joints in the area.

 

19 minutes ago, Gene Parmesan said:

I look at Chilis, Applebees, TGIF, etc as just extensions of fast food.  They are family friendly and you are generally in and out pretty quick.  Chilis burgers are okay to me.  I'd say a step above fast food.  Not somewhere I would want to be on a Friday night, but if you are on the road or for lunch or something.  It's only a positive experience if there is no wait, imo.

Agree totally....Chili's makes a decent burger and most "fast casual" places fit the bill when you care more about just getting something decent and quick. 

Agree on the hate for Applebees though...was stuck in Oak Ridge, TN on assignment for a couple of weeks in the mid-90s and Applebees was, at the time, the pinnacle of fine dining there. Hated that place ever since and fortunately have maybe only been once or twice since at the behest of family members.

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10 minutes ago, 4th&Five said:

Subway. There literally isn’t a worse sandwich chain out there. 

Cruiser????

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Did some solid finger banging at chilis in mesquite while in HS. Honestly don't know the last time I went though. I don't get it at all. Shit isn't even that cheap compared to much much better restaurants

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2 hours ago, Bojack said:

I worked at 8 different restaurants in my youth, ranging in price from Waffle House to an upscale seafood place. Applebee's was the only place I worked where I would not eat anything even if it was free.  

Storytime. How come?

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2 minutes ago, MaybeACoordinator said:

Applebee's is the swanky weekend late-night hangout in some towns where I'd never live, such as Lufkin. They have DJs and shit. 

applebee's is THE place in Uvalde.

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Applebee's is the swanky weekend late-night hangout in some towns where I'd never live, such as Lufkin. They have DJs and shit. 


In Brazil I have seen lines that rival our top BBQ joints here in Texas to get into Applebee’s and Outback Steakhouse. Makes no goddamn sense because cheap and delicious food can easily be found throughout Brazil.

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I'll second Hooters - I mean why. Food is terrible and the waitresses ain't that hot. At least go to twin peaks (not it Waco though). There are plenty of options for scantly dressed girls (Tight Ends, Wild pitch around where I live)

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1 hour ago, Gene Parmesan said:

I look at Chilis, Applebees, TGIF, etc as just extensions of fast food.  They are family friendly and you are generally in and out pretty quick.  Chilis burgers are okay to me.  I'd say a step above fast food.  Not somewhere I would want to be on a Friday night, but if you are on the road or for lunch or something.  It's only a positive experience if there is no wait, imo.

This is where I'm at. If we're driving for vacation or something, Unless we have place in mind that we want to try, we're looking for a Chilis. There burgers are decent. and are only like $7.99 or something so it's not like it's more expensive that fast food.

And, I'm at the point in my life that I just can't eat fast food (except Whataburger, of course).....Al of it just tastes nasty to me. 

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35 minutes ago, SimonBolivar said:

Did yall know that Picadilly Cafeteria is still a chain in some states? I thought that place died with the last generation.

They were big in Northern Virginia when I lived there in the 80s.  I was surprised to see one this past June in a strip mall in Louisiana off I-12.

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1 hour ago, RDCanecutter said:

Anybody got that friend that he is too shy to get a girlfriend, but he wants to eat at Hooters and when you go there he acts like Dos Equis Man and all the girls know his name?

Ha!  I had a friend back in Knoxville that absolutely swore he was getting hit on every time we ate there.  Every, single time.  I told him he should try a strip club sometime - he may end up getting married in his mind.  He has never been to a strip club before, so I can't imagine how excited he'd be with the attention he'd get there.

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3 hours ago, GreenspointTexas said:

Burger king

mcdonalds

carls jr

wendys

jack in the box

applebees

chilis

subway

pizza hut

starbucks

kfc

churchs

dickeys

pokejos

 

 

all horrible

 

9 hours ago, MaybeACoordinator said:

Arby's. If I want to eat old meat flaps with horseradish sauce I will go down on an elderly prostitute and probably pay less.

Subway. Always mediocre or less, now I think only of Jared diddling kids. 

Popeye's. How the mighty have fallen. All that's worth ordering now is the beans and rice. Not much meat on the chicken these days, and the spicy is bland. 

Captain D's, Long John Silver: This has been a mystery for me for decades now. 

Burger King: Has no identity, no niche. 

You both suck cock.  

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3 hours ago, Patricio Swayze said:

Also never understood how Taco Bell thrives in Texas. We have amazing tacos everywhere and for cheap late night there is Taco Cabana.

I don't think people in Texas think of Taco Bell as Mexican food.....it's just Taco Bell and has a taste and gastronomical price to pay that is all it's own.

You go to Taco Bell for Taco Bell - not for tacos IMO.

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1 hour ago, RDCanecutter said:

Anybody got that friend that he is too shy to get a girlfriend, but he wants to eat at Hooters and when you go there he acts like Dos Equis Man and all the girls know his name?

If you don’t have that friend, you may be looking at “that friend” in the mirror.

At home I avoid the chains and eat local. On the road the chains are good for a quick stop in because you know what you are getting.  Chili’s has a decent rice bowl for the record.

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43 minutes ago, Jameslaw121 said:

I'll second Hooters - I mean why. Food is terrible and the waitresses ain't that hot. At least go to twin peaks (not it Waco though). There are plenty of options for scantly dressed girls (Tight Ends, Wild pitch around where I live)

I like Hooters wings.  I prefer breaded to naked wings. 

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39 minutes ago, CBT said:

Umm, Popeyes is fucking fantastic, and if you disagree something is wrong with you. 

When a group of us (5-6) go offshore fishing 100+ miles out of Freeport for two days, I go buy 80 chicken tenders and divide them up in zip loc bags.  They get crushed.  Cold chicken tenders from Popeyes are great boat food.

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1 hour ago, Knoxtnhorn said:

Ha!  I had a friend back in Knoxville that absolutely swore he was getting hit on every time we ate there.  Every, single time.  I told him he should try a strip club sometime - he may end up getting married in his mind.  He has never been to a strip club before, so I can't imagine how excited he'd be with the attention he'd get there.

what if the stripper makes out with you?

 

asking for a friend

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24 minutes ago, utee94 said:

I like Hooters wings.  I prefer breaded to naked wings. 

Hooters wings are like Taco Bell. They aren't really wings, they are a thing unto themselves. But it ain't worth looking like a creeper going in there to get them.

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1 hour ago, CBT said:

Umm, Popeyes is fucking fantastic, and if you disagree something is wrong with you. 

I will say that Popeye's has high variance, and has some truly wretchedly ghetto locations that are awful. But peak Popeye's is indeed fantastic.

I also think Chili's is a place that gets underrated because everyone has to bash it relentlessly to show how amazingly cultured they are and above eating at Chili's. It's predictable and fine, which can be a much-needed thing when kids or olds or pickies are included in the mix. Perfectly good quick lunch or road food option.

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6 minutes ago, TXSooner518 said:

I will say that Popeye's has high variance, and has some truly wretchedly ghetto locations that are awful. But peak Popeye's is indeed fantastic.

I also think Chili's is a place that gets underrated because everyone has to bash it relentlessly to show how amazingly cultured they are and above eating at Chili's. It's predictable and fine, which can be a much-needed thing when kids or olds or pickies are included in the mix. Perfectly good quick lunch or road food option.

Chilis chips and salsa and chicken sandwich slams and goes hard in the paint. 

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Criticism of Popeyes bothers me. A lot. And Johnny is right - cold Popeyes is solid boat food.

And McDonald’s is actually decent for something: breakfast.

Chili’s is reliable and plain. I can get a decent burger, and a couple of good salads. I’ve eaten at the one at Love field a couple of times lately, when I wanted something other than whataburger.

Y’all are mistaking “unremarkable” for “awful” in some cases. And sometimes, unremarkable is fine.

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45 minutes ago, Johnny Sack said:

When a group of us (5-6) go offshore fishing 100+ miles out of Freeport for two days, I go buy 80 chicken tenders and divide them up in zip loc bags.  They get crushed.  Cold chicken tenders from Popeyes are great boat food.

I like Popeye's, it's good, and I bought PLKI @ $19... RIP

But Dion's is the best boat chicken, and I will not be dissuaded!  How they have not spread faster is a mystery.  Some folks just must not love gas station chicken!

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I like Popeye's, it's good, and I bought PLKI @ $19... RIP
But Dion's is the best boat chicken, and I will not be dissuaded!  How they have not spread faster is a mystery.  Some folks just must not love gas station chicken!
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Krispy Krunchy Cajun chicken (found in gas stations only) is the best gas station chicken, and actually rivals Popeyes. Disagree with me, and I will fight you.

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3 hours ago, TornACL said:

Subway is such a give-up option. It's like declaring "I don't really want to be alive, but to sustain my pointless existence for another day I guess I'll eat Subway so I don't starve."

It smells like ass in every one of them.  

Ive heard the response many times that “it’s the bread they’re baking there.”

i have been in/to dozens if not hundreds of bakeries in my life.  Not a single one of them smelled like that.  

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1 minute ago, WhatTheBuck said:

You only think that because you think you're supposed to think that. 

No I think that because my tastebuds work.  Chili or pumpkin pie, pick one!

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Fuck anyone that says Popeye's sucks. Popeye's is fucking delicious and you should feel bad for your bad opinion.

I'll eat Arby's a couple of times a year.

I like Schlotzky's

No one is going to Taco Bell for authentic tacos. You go for the delicious food abominations. The cheesy gordita crunch absolutely slams.

JITB tacos are a top 5 drunk food.

McDonald's has the best fast food breakfast in the game after Whataburger.

The rest of the stuff on this thread? Yeah, it's bad.

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3 minutes ago, Loco said:

No I think that because my tastebuds work.  Chili or pumpkin pie, pick one!

Pumpkin pie? You've never tried Skyline, have you? It's okay. You're not alone. And nobody who gets it cares. 

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20 minutes ago, Brisketexan said:


Krispy Krunchy Cajun chicken (found in gas stations only) is the best gas station chicken, and actually rivals Popeyes. Disagree with me, and I will fight you.

They have one of these at Choctaw Casino in Durant.  Good shit, and the honey biscuits are on fuckin point.

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Taco bell is great because it's cheap as fuck. What costs 20+ elsewhere is 12 at TB.

Popeyes is tops.

McDonalds big mac coke and fries slam

I'm on a chikfila kick and I think they're my post tailgating/ndsu game hangover restaurant of choice this fall on Saturday nights.

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49 minutes ago, Brisketexan said:

Chili’s is reliable and plain. I can get a decent burger, and a couple of good salads. I’ve eaten at the one at Love field a couple of times lately, when I wanted something other than whataburger.

 

Da fuk you say??

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2 minutes ago, WhatTheBuck said:

Pumpkin pie? You've never tried Skyline, have you? It's okay. You're not alone. And nobody who gets it cares. 

Uh yeah I have, live less than a mile from one.  Their "Chili" has sugar, cinnamon, and allspice in it...  pumpkin pie after taste that no amount of shredded cheese can make up for.

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59 minutes ago, TXSooner518 said:

I will say that Popeye's has high variance, and has some truly wretchedly ghetto locations that are awful. But peak Popeye's is indeed fantastic.

I was inside my Popeye's on Tuesday and the quality of worker there is as bad i have seen, and that is comparing to a fast food place i went to in Vegas off the strip. with all the jobs in Vegas you know how bad you have to be to work at fast food place off the strip?

I think they have devalued their chicken with their Tuesday special. I have a hard time paying full price on any other day. I get two of the specials with a side for under $4 on Tuesday. Even though a full meal is well worth $7+ on other days, it just feels so expensive, when it really isn't.

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22 minutes ago, Jack Straw said:

It smells like ass in every one of them.  

Ive heard the response many times that “it’s the bread they’re baking there.”

i have been in/to dozens if not hundreds of bakeries in my life.  Not a single one of them smelled like that.  

I swear I've walked by a subway when someone opens the damn door and my clothes smell like that awful smell for the rest of the day. It's unbelievable.

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Am I the only one that misses Grandy's?  Brokenhearted when the one on Westgate and Lamar later closed down. 

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11 hours ago, MaybeACoordinator said:

Popeye's. How the mighty have fallen. All that's worth ordering now is the beans and rice. Not much meat on the chicken these days, and the spicy is bland. 

SHUT. YOUR. WHORE. MOUTH.

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20 minutes ago, MNLonghornFUKM said:

Taco bell is great because it's cheap as fuck. What costs 20+ elsewhere is 12 at TB.

Popeyes is tops.

McDonalds big mac coke and fries slam

I'm on a chikfila kick and I think they're my post tailgating/ndsu game hangover restaurant of choice this fall on Saturday nights.

Man how fucking fat are you that your order at Taco Bell costs 12 fucking dollars.

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Da fuk you say??

I travel throughout Texas. A lot. There’s been plenty of times where my last 6 meals have been 1) Whataburger and 2) eaten in my car. Everyone needs a change of pace sometimes.

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6 minutes ago, Brisketexan said:


I travel throughout Texas. A lot. There’s been plenty of times where my last 6 meals have been 1) Whataburger and 2) eaten in my car. Everyone needs a change of pace sometimes.
 

Ever have to hurriedly crumple up and hide an empty Whataburger bag in your car, before you get to the Whataburger drive-thru window? 

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