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UdoKier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:09 AM
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Poll question: Do you patronize corporate food factory quasi-restaurants?
You know, the ones with the portions that are too big even if you split one, that serve monstrosities like the "Bloomin' Onion", Places like...



etc.



Do you patronize corporate food factory quasi-restaurants?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:14 AM
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1. No way.
One of the advantages of living in South Philly is the wide variety of excellent homemade foods.
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:56 PM
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17. I was just going to post the same thing
Why is god's name would you go to Olive Garden when you can go to Radicchio or Matyson or Caffe Casta Diva or even the old Fri Sat Sun or Astral Plane or a hundred other good restaurants?

But we're spoiled - I'm not sure WHERE I'd eat in Houston if I were to boycott chains...
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Samurai_Writer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:39 PM
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33. Where to eat in Houston...
Irma's (mexican)
Jalepenos (nuevo mexican)
The Hobbit Cafe (vegetarian and more)
Bombay Palace (indian)
Star Pizza (pizza!)
Amy's Ice Cream (ice cream!)

Any mom and pop Vietnamese restaurant in Little Saigon
Any mom and pop chinese restaurant in Chinatown
Any taqueria in Spring Branch

Houston has more restaurants per capita than anywhere in the country! Great, great restaurants, not just the chains.
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:48 PM
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35. I am going to print this out
and look them up on my next trip.

It's probably where I stay or where I work in Houston - I must be near your city's "chain strip" when I'm out there.
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Mandate My Ass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:22 PM
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25. You said "South Philly"
Now I'm hungry -- for gravy. :9
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jdonaldball Donating Member (684 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:29 PM
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30. CHEESE-STEAK! CHEESE-STEAK! Pizza steak with mushrooms!
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laheina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:17 AM
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2. Tonight I had Indian take-out.
Curried yum-yums :9
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:20 AM
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3. Occasionally we eat at Co-Co's or Denny's
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 02:20 AM by SoCalDem
buy usually we go to one-of-a-kind family-owned restaurants :) Better food.
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:24 AM
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4. According to the most impeccable
and overpriced counsel the party can afford, not eating at the likes of Applebee's is the cause of recent Democratic routs. So, shaddup and choke it down. For your children. For the country.
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UdoKier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:54 AM
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5. Aside from the fact I disagree with most of what she says...
She strikes me as just as out of touch by saying that Applebee's is "moderate-to-low-priced"

I go to mostly mom & pop joins here in San Francisco, and they are no more expensive than Applebees.

I can't eat out, even at cheap joints, very often due to budget constraints.
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pinniped Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:01 AM
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6. The only one I really like is Claim Jumper.
.
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AgadorSparticus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:11 AM
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7. i occasionally eat at most of them. i try to eat at home as that is best,
but we can't have everything we want, now can we? i also drive an SUV. go ahead and judge. i don't care. oh wait, here's the clencher, i also eat fast food on occasion. i know. naughty naughty. but i can't help it. those in and out burgers and fries are so damn good.
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T Town Jake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:11 AM
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8. Think of the children!...
...another one of your "fair & balanced" push-polls obviously, UdoKier :eyes:
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UdoKier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:34 PM
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16. It *is* fair and balanced.
That's my story and I'm sticking with it.
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Jack_DeLeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:17 AM
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9. Jack Daniels Steak and Shrimp at Friday's is great...
I never eat there regularily, not one near me, and too expensive to be eating there daily. But every once and a while when I have alot of money and I go into the city I'll go eat it.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:45 AM
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10. Had seafood gumbo at Mother's restaurant yesterday (New Orleans)
... and today I'm going to have an oyster po-boy at another mom-n-pop.

I NEVER eat corporate food. :puke:
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scarlet_owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:55 AM
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11. Not on my own, but sometimes I am dragged to those places
by my family.
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:09 PM
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19. I hear you there
The in-laws love these places for some reason, to me, most of them are :shrug: at best, going quickly to :puke:. When it is up to my wife and I, we'll either eat at home, since we now live in the middle of nowhere, or eat at a local restraunt. The food may or may not be more expensive, but the quality is always much better.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:37 AM
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12. Was invited to Applebee's tonight.....for a party but I still might go to
my friends restaurant first.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:38 AM
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13. I think I went to chili's once
but I prefer either ethnic food or upscale restaurants where I can splurge. Either one tend to be single operators.

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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:43 AM
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14. Hardly ever...
Sometimes, perhaps, in a group.

On my own, Houston has far too many alternatives.
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bryant69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:48 AM
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15. I like Applebees
I like Olive Garden too. And Trias, On the Border, and Smokey Bones.

Of course I patronize the local Thai restaurant, and the Indian one too. So I don't eat only at chain restaurants.

I refuse to make a political statement with what I eat. "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. Matt. 15:11.

Bryant
Check it out --> http://politicalcomment.blogspot.com
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ohio_liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:07 PM
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18. Not really...
All the chain restaurants here are in a ring around the mall. The wait on weekends is more than an hour, a half hour during the week. The local Applebees has the rudest people working as greeters and waitresses and I refuse to ever step foot in it again. Olive Garden I go to once every two or three months when I visit family in Pittsburgh. There aren't very many mom-and-pop restaurants left in the area and the ones that do exist don't have very good food. I tend to cook at home 99% of the time. My neighbor and I are both Italian mamas so we cook a ton and share with each other all the time. We order in pizza once or twice a month.
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IStriker Donating Member (408 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:10 PM
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20. Never
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:13 PM
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21. Not much else to choose from here
:shrug:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:18 PM
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22. Once in a while. Prefer a local franchise called "The Governor's"
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bloom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:20 PM
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23. The Olive Garden chain donates mostly to Republicans
Outback Steakhouse, $641K, 95% republican;

Tricon Global Restaurants (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell), $133K, 87%
republican;

Brinker International (Maggiano's, Brinker Cafe, Chili's, On the Border,
Macaroni Grill, Crazymel's, Corner Baker, EatZis), $242K, 83% republican;

Waffle House, $279K, 100% republican;

McDonald's Corp., $197K, 86% republican;

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Sonic Corporation, $83K, 98% democrat;


Triarc Companies (Arby's, T.J. Cinnamon's, Pasta Connections), $112K, 96%
democrats;
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:34 PM
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31. I *knew* I liked Arby's and T.J. Cinnamon's for a reason!
Too bad neither of 'em is ANYwhere near me. :(

You can't get me into an Olive Garden or Chili's though...bad imitations of ethnic food, politics aside. If I want good Italian food, I'll make it at home or go to a 'mom & pop' Italian restaurant...not Olive Garden.

Generally, I prefer my own cooking, but a T.J. Cinnamon's Cinnamon Roll is Truly Awesome...and if I'm on a road trip to Ohio, there's always a good reason to stop in Breezewood, PA on the way and get a Roast Beef 'n' Cheddar at Arby's :)

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bloom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:39 PM
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34. I'm lucky to have a great choice
of non-chain restaurants to choose from around where I live.



It's nice to know what chains donate to Dems when traveling.
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ChairOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:20 PM
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24. I want my babyback babyback babyback,,,, LOL /eom
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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:23 PM
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26. You forgot Outback Steakhouse.
Yes, I do!
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lectrobyte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:26 PM
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27. Occasionally. They are located conveniently, and open at times
other restaurants may be closed. Not my first choice, though.
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txaslftist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:28 PM
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28. Guilty as charged...
Call me a cookie cutter democrat.
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ReverendDeuce Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:28 PM
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29. Chili's ground peppercorn burger = gooood stuff! n/t
n/t
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:37 PM
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32. Only if relatives insist
Back during the Clinton health insurance debate, Pillsbury, which owned the Olive Garden, claimed that it "couldn't afford" to buy health insurance for its employees.

I found that very off-putting, since I knew much smaller businesses in Portland that either paid for or subsidized their employees' health insurance.
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DinahMoeHum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:48 PM
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36. Ugh! I'd rather go hungry first.
:puke:
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:49 PM
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37. nope, i live in nyc and dont have to
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karlrschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:06 PM
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38. Occasionally Red Lobster because I'm a lobster fiend and it's the only
place within 75 miles you can get it and we go to Outback now and then...I love that onion thing...
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