In the Cheesecake Factory thread below, chez2mike berated someone for eating there several times a month. It got me thinking that there are a lot of restaurants where all the food "begins to taste the same." Here's my case:
I've worked at the Music Center now for two whole weeks. I get to eat at Otto's (a Patina restaurant) everyday for lunch for free. I haven't even gotten through the entire menu and I am already tired of it because every single dish has something about it that reminds me of everything else I have eaten there.
Does that make sense?
When you think about Cheesecake Factory, Denny's, Wolfgang Pucks, Marie Calendars, etc, dont' they all invoke a taste in your mouth, regardless of the specific dish you have ordered? I think it is especially true of the diners like Denny's, but I don't think this phenomenon is exclusive to the "lower-end" chain restaurants. I wish I could explain it better -- its just a feeling I have. Now that I have eaten at Pinot Grill, Pinot Cafe, and Otto's, I have a "taste" in my mouth that epitomizes the corporation. When I think of Denny's, whether I think of the GrandSlam Breakfast, Moons-Over-My-Hammy, or a plain burger, I get that "taste" that I know what it is going to be like.
Am I nuts?