Yeah, we did the Red Robin twice this month, once as a take-out and once as a dine-in. The burgers were great both times but I prefer the take-out. It was not an enjoyable dine-in experience. The place was full of children, most of them under the age of 10. Each table other than ours and one other had between two to five children seated. The kids far outnumbered the adults in the dining room! They weren't bad kids, just really loud and there was food all over the floor because, well, young kids are just messy! Our poor server was frazzled and in a hurry to leave, and he came by before we were finished eating and asked if he could go ahead and check us out because his shift was almost over and he had some end-of-shift tasks to take care of before he could go home. I will do another RR take-out in a heartbeat.
I like Olive Garden only for soup, salad, and breadsticks. I used to take my husband's grandma once a month when she was at the nursing home before she got too sick to be able to go anywhere, and she passed away last year so I haven't been in a long time. For some reason she loved OG and Red Lobster. Talk about a place that sucks! Our RL is a dirty, overpriced restaurant with mediocre food. But, it wasn't about me, it was about her, so I would always let her pick and those two places were where she wanted to go.
I'd love to find out who does Ruth Chris as well. Maybe it's time for me to go back through the official list and see who I am not signed up with. But, I would end up having to drive 40 miles because there isn't one in my city.
Coyle has some good restaurants that are small regional chains that are pretty good, but they also are 40 miles away. After a glass of wine and a good meal, that's a long drive home.
I agree about doing shops at places you love. I usually give a place a few tries just to be sure that it wasn't a fluke when I went and it was bad. Applebee's was just that bad. I take the Fleming's when it shows up because I don't normally go out and spend $200 on a steak dinner and I also am in hope that they will get it together and it will be an awesome experience. Like I said, it's good, just not $200 worth of good.
The restaurants worth discovering aren't shopped by MSCs. They are small, privately owned, and obscure. They certainly are not chains.
Buffalo Wild Wings and Panda Express. I had never eaten at either restaurant. I am more of an organic, non-gmo eater on my own dime but chicken wings, breaded chicken, & basically anything poultry is right up my alley.Throw in some potatoes and we have a party. Also, Beijing Beef is Ahmazing.
Very true and I find it hard to get past my memory of those. My oldest son tells me there are good mushrooms out there (he discovered them after he got married) but I just can't get my mind around the past. Plus when I go to a restaurant and get a dish with mushrooms, either because I forgot to tell them no mushrooms or I did ask and they forgot, the mushrooms I see look slimy to me then too. Maybe someday I'll be surprised to find out something I like actually has mushrooms in it and change my mind. But until then. . .@JASFLALMT wrote:
Oh, sassy that's a shame. I find mushrooms a great vehicle for other foods, as I love stuffing them with a variety of cheeses, herbs, sausage, seafood, etc. They also make a great addition to pasta dishes. I imagine you probably got ahold of some slimy ones at one point in your life. What a turn off, I know. But there are so many good things about them, as well as nutritional benefits. But there are people who feel the same way about seafood.
What does PAD mean?@JASFLALMT wrote:
The Flemings is only $400 if you take several people. It's $200 for 2 people (plus bar and valet). Carrabbas is shopped by the same MSC but I haven't seen it in awhile.
Red Robin is shopped by a company that has very simple shops; they do a lot of electronic shops and they don't normally pay very well unless you get PAD (you'll never get PAD for RR). I haven't found Ruth Chris but like I said, it's a distance to drive so I am not in any hurry for that.