I've always thought that if a place has more than one branch, then it's not very good. Or only one branch is good. A lot of New Yorkers think this. But, here in Tulsa, a lot of people prefer to go to nationwide chains. Are they ever any good? Can they be? If a famous singer trained a whole bunch of people to ape his every movement and vocal nuance, would you want to see one of those clones?
Today's New York Times has an article echoing these sentiments. With the top chef in the kitchen, "they taste constantly, berate even their top staff for not getting the seasoning right, micromanage shamelessly" But the chef can't do that if he is a thousand miles away.