Although it is always nice to dine at quality homegrown establishments, for some foods, I find that chains are better options than the food available at our local establishments (chain or non-chain). Also, there is nostalgia for chains you grew up with. With that in mind, I list 3 chains that I wish opened an outlet in San Diego.
White Castle, creator of the slider, is the original fast food chain. It is the hamburger I grew up with in New York. In my opinion, there is nothing like it, with the perfect melding of the bun, grilled onions, and hamburger patty. (As a side note, their sliders are awful as cheeseburgers, although some people appear to love them.
Probability of establishing an outlet in San Diego: 0.0%
Lucille’s is a chain that now has 13 restaurants, 11 in California. They offer true smoke bbq, and their menu is extensive and creative. I love their smoked tri-tip. They also have a great inexpensive kids menu.
Probability of establishing an outlet in San Diego: 35%; If they did open an outlet in San Diego, I suspect it would be in the Sports Arena area.
Portillo’s is an Illinois-based chain of giant cafeteria-like restaurants that has opened 2 establishments in California (Buena Park and Moreno Valley) in the last few years.Their Italian beef sandwiches are very good and cheap (< $5). Their Chicago style hot dogs are also pretty good.
Probability of establishing an outlet in San Diego: >5%