Picking up on the overrated thread, there was a point that went:
>>You can't keep packing them in night after night year
>>after year like Chinn's does if it's a lousy joint.
>On the contrary, this is a common phenomenon,
>especially in the suburbs. Hence this thread.<
OK, why? Is this just the suburbs? Is it because there just aren't enough good mid-priced places? Do people just not know better? Is it a money thing?
I notice that my parents (in the 'burbs in another state) go to the same place over and over because it is cheap, convenient, they like the owners, it is reliable and they like a menu with a huge list of things you can order (15 kinds of fish alone!). I think the place is mediocre, with most of the food overcooked. There's no ambiance, and it's a place to go simply if you can't stand cooking. They think I'm picky, and that the food is good - they also like their food cooked more than I do (salmon rare is fine by me).
So am I a snob? Are we snobs here? Or is it that there just isn't much choice so one learns to lower expectations? Or just doesn't know better?