I was raised on a variety of foods, from Mexican to Thai to Indian, and most of my friends enjoy a variety of different ethnic foods.
However, I have one friend who hates eating anywhere with me - he always complains that I never go anywhere with normal food - everything's "trendy and weird". I'm pretty versatile, so really, I can be just as happy with a good chicken sandwich as good pad thai, so I don't mind saving my ethnic, etc food for other friends...but I need suggestions on where (other than a TGIF-ish chain) I might find decent "normal" food. Keep in mind this is someone who considers hummus weird and had never seen guacamole, much less tasted it. He likes chili fries, chicken wings, steak, ribs, etc...and most of all, dessert.