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  1. David 5000

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    Oooh I need to investigate this next time I can go to the US. Probably 2023.
     
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  2. Ellie

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    I had a thoroughly nice meal in the much derided Denny’s once. It was kind of like what Wimpy used to be in the 80s.
     
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    Denny's is OK, but not sure I'd go there for any meal except breakfast. A friend of mine got a DINNER SALAD there and unsurprisingly it was awful.
     
  4. KindaCool

    KindaCool Kick Rocks. Eat dirt.

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    The best chain y'all HAVE to try is POPEYES CHICKEN. I had it every night for about a month when I first got here. Their chicken sandwiches literally had to be guarded by security :D

    @RJN I cannot be the only one.
     
  5. POP!

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    In terms of breakfast chains, First Watch has been popping up everywhere the past few years and I quite enjoy that.
     
  6. Phoenix

    Phoenix Get Well Soon

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    Popeyes is fine but that chicken sandwich was so overrated. Also the second time I tried I felt like I was eating saw dust.
     
  7. RJN

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    @POP! We have a Grand Lux Cafe here, but I've never been. I didn't know it was owned by Cheesecake Factory.

    Also I love First Watch. It's probably my favorite breakfast chain.

    Chic-fil-a is a guilty pleasure because they are homophobes!
     
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  8. RJN

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    @POP! @KindaCool have y'all had Waffle House? It may only be a Southern thing but it is an experience
     
  9. POP!

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    They don't have Waffle Houses in the north, but I'm pretty sure I've had LONG AGO. I remember it feeling LESS THAN SANITARY
     
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  10. RJN

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    I don't generally eat at any of these though. The thing is that they aren't any cheaper than local restaurants. In rural areas they are sometimes the only option
     
  11. RJN

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    That's part of the experience! The risk of death.

    I haven't been since last February, but I walk by one all the time and the cooks and servers do not wear masks
     
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  12. RJN

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    Are you surprised that we eat pasta from a frozen bag in America??
     
  13. lolly

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    I went to Cheesecake Factory the first time I went to the US in 94 and was distinctly underwhelmed, so have never felt the need to visit again when there is so much choice.

    I do love a Wendy's breakfast/brunch, though. And i can never resist a diner in the evening. I remember loving a few Lori's Diners in San Francisco, but don't know if they are just a SF or California chain rather than a national one. I don't remember seeing them elsewhere in the US.
     
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    @Lucille are you imagining a bag of frozen cooked spaghetti?

    its not weird to have frozen Bolognese or something in a supermarket, or have I been in japan too long? I mean you’d see a frozen lasagne at least
     
  15. KindaCool

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    Yeah I don't think it's a thing on the north. We just have the IHOP and a local one here called The Golden Nugget lol
     
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  16. KindaCool

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    North Korea has a Popeyes?
     
  17. KindaCool

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    Not to mention, they're always in the NEWS. I remember reading once on Twitter about 2 dudes who tried to rob a Waffle House, only for the waitress to pull out a gun from beneath her APRON :D
     
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  18. KindaCool

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    Yeah frozen pasta is usually the TV dinner kind. Not just straight up unprepared pasta lol
     
  19. Sheena

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    Pre-vegetarianism, the Cheesecake Factory's chicken wings were basically the best I'd ever tasted.

    But the size of the portions was ridiculous. I could never finish them.
     
  20. Phoenix

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    They eat pasta out of a tin, I wouldn’t put much stock in their palates.
     
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  21. RJN

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    Since going pescatarian, chicken wings are the only food that I really miss and can't find a substitute for. Buffalo cauliflower is good but not even close to the same
     
  22. Sheena

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    THIS. 100 times over.
     
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  23. David 5000

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    I went to one in Atlanta; was very disappointed by how few WAFFLES were on the menu.
     
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    :D

    How did you like Atlanta? Where did you stay?
     
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    Reminds me of the first time Mr L went to Dunkin' Donuts and he couldn't get over that you weren't given some sort of dip to dunk in.
     
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  26. David 5000

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    I went for 24 hours in 2019 for the Saints-Falcons game on Thanksgiving so most things were closed (the Waffle House was literally the only option for lunch); I stayed in a hotel behind the aquarium I think. Did some tourist stuff the following day; the aquarium and Coke World weren't bad but the CNN tour was highly underwhelming.
     
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  27. Dr Lecter

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    God I loved Wimpy
     
  28. Pipo

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    Denny's is one of the few places I can tolerate breakfast, though I'm sure they use some kind of "instant egg mix" where they just add water :zombie:

    IHOP on the other hand just makes me GAG but their Red Velvet pancakes are to die for, though I only have two whenever I end up going (not willingly I must say :D)
     
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  29. KindaCool

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    Oh I love the IHOP. Especially the banana and nutella crepes :emoji_heart_eyes:
     
  30. KindaCool

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    I loved exploring all the famous restaurants when I first moved here.

    TOP TIER:
    Popeyes
    Sonic

    MID TIER
    Olive Garden
    Wing Stop

    BOTTOM TIER:
    White Castle
     
  31. POP!

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    Ooh wings, I do love going to BUFFALO WILD WINGS
    I never had any of these aside from Olive Garden :o

    What does one get at POPEYES? My former boss once took me to KFC (we were in the middle of nowhere in West Michigan) and I was horrified :D
     
  32. KindaCool

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    I actually still prefer KFC, but Popeyes is still excellent.

    The chicken sandwich at Popeyes has literally started fights. It's quite tasty.
    But the chicken tender strips are also excellent. Also their fries are better than KFC's.

    Which ones do you have in your city POP?
     
  33. RJN

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    KFC > Bojangles > Popeyes

    None of them compare to real southern fried chicken places though
     
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    God I was so sick from one of those ...
     
  36. Mats

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    none of the US chains tickle me. it is however extremely frustrating to see all the delicious food trucks and small hipstery eateries on US Netflix food shows and have NONE of that here
     
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    I think so. I much prefer Outback as the middle of the road steakhouse chain.
     
  38. Beverley

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    You've got those FOOD COURTS!

    (I had some amazing noodles at the food court in Malmö)
     
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    I had a thing for SWEETGREENS when I spent some time in America.

    Who doesn't want to pay $15 for a salad? :disco:
     
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  40. RJN

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    Oh I fucking love Sweetgreen! I'm glad we don't have one here so I don't waste all my money on it. The Harvest Bowl is probably my favorite fast casual meal
     

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