I often notice alot of bashing of certain chains and fast food operations. I am not a firm supporter of chain restaurants and do think fast food operations are not in societies best interest. However, I think alot are unfairly judged by unrealistic criteria. Of course a Chipolte, Taco Bell is not going to be the same quality as your locally sourced 1st generation mexican family own restaurant. Just as McD's , Bk, 5guys, probally will not match up to the local pub in your area , killer burger.
It is almost unavoidable that most of us will be forced to eat (even frequent) some type of these chains. My challenge is to come up with a POSITIVE that these places bring to a community even if its not thier food. (possibly a hard task )
For me its like this:
Texas Road House (in my location) does an outstanding job with steaks and ribs. The price quality ratio meets my expectaions 20 fold. They also make a valid effort to help out the community at hand..
Olive Garden, has become my arch rival. I live in an area with some very very good quality Ital food, but yet OG has lines of over an hour EVERY NIGHT.... Thier salad and bread stick are very good, wont lie. I just hate that these kids will grow up thinking that OG is how it shoud taste.