Chain Restaurants

Share your thoughts on national and regional chains like Starbucks, Taco Bell, McDonald's, Five Guys, Olive Garden, Pizza Hut—you get the idea.


BurgersIM about to invade tri-state area...

by gutreactions 1 year ago

It's a franchise chain called BurgersIM out of Encino, CA. and Dallas, Texas. They are about to open franchises locally in Mamaroneck at 1137 W. Boston Post Road, the spot that formerly housed Gus...


Tsuta Japanese Soba Noodles | SOMA – San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 days ago

About five years ago I “retired” myself from more than a decade of reporting on ramen spots and ranking their offerings. Real ramen had become more mainstream, expanding its presence in the Bay Are...

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Can the McRib Survive in the Viral Food Culture It Created?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 days ago

" . . . For decades, the McRib has served as the blueprint for fast food brands hoping to cultivate fan participation, weaponizing a short supply to trump up demand. The retirement tours eventually...

Wendy's Onion rings - Local Oddity? [moved from Boston board]

by hargau 12 years ago

I know its a chain but im posting here because this seems to be a local oddity. The corporate website has no mention of it, nor have i ever seen or heard of this anywhere else. I drove by Wendy'...

Does anyone remember Taco Viva from the '80s and '90s?

by Big Bad Voodoo Lou 7 years ago

I grew up in Miami in the '80s, and back then there was a fast food chain called Taco Viva, but it wasn't nearly as ubiquitous as Taco Bell is today. (Neither was Taco Bell, on that note.) It was...

Pit-smoked brisket at Subway?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Stopped at the light in downtown Monterey today, I noticed a sign on the Subway at the intersection promoting "naturally pit-smoked brisket". This page on its website says it was tested on 100 Aust...

KFC Launched Durian Chicken Nuggets In China & It's Apparently Finger Lickin' Good

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

" . . . In case you're wondering what they taste like, Chinese netizens who have tried it revealed that although they were initially sceptical, many were pleasantly surprised that the durian nu...

Carvel Ice Cream brings back memories...

by gutreactions 2 months ago

I had my first taste of Carvel soft serve ice cream in years the other night. After a good tavern meal at Prime 16 in Pelham, my companion said: 'Let's get some Carvel!' Well, we have a few in New ...

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

by HoundDogz 9 years ago

This can go in any board here for the various regions of the US but I' from the LA area so it will go here. People often put down Taco Bell talking about how bad it taste and everything. I don'...

White Castle Hamburgers Frozen Review

by FriedChickenLover 9 years ago

I have had a number of times the White Castle Hamburgers when I lived in the Long Island area.They are all over the place. I have always preferred the fresh cooked to frozen. Since living in Conn...

McDonald's Happy Meal Cookies

by mbCrispyBits 7 years ago

McDonald's stopped serving their happy meal cookies and the animal cracker-like cookies that were sold separately in a small box. I'm trying to recollect the flavor of those cookies, and the best I...

Does anybody remember when Pizza Hut used to be good?

by James Cristinian 10 years ago

I'm watching a food network pizza special and they're showing a crispy pizza with some burnt spots on the crust, packaged to go with their little paper tent. I used to get this thin crust delight ...

Popeye's opens in Riverhead

by Motosport 3 months ago

We went to the new Popeye's in Riverhead for lunch today. I like their ads and had high hopes. When will I ever learn?? We shared one chicken and one shrimp combo. Both had lots of tasty crunch...

Baja Fresh - world's biggest disappointment:(

by chompie 16 years ago

We saw that this Mexican chain , new to MA in Stoneham, with 16 more coming, boasting all fresh, no microwaves or freezers or lard, opened and it sounded so great, and looked great online, includi...

Taco Bell's San Francisco Liquor License Battle

by patsully 3 years ago

I'm very surprised that Taco Bell chose San Francisco as their second "Cantina" location. Perhaps the theory is that succeeding in a chain averse city would validate the concept for greater expansi...

Are we meant to tip at a Sonic Drive-In? Or others?

by ennuisans 5 years ago

It was only 15 or so years ago that I realized, if someone was bringing my order to the car, they might be expecting a tip. I was kind of mortified, because I never had, and the one time I tried as...

What's the difference between a Big Mac and the Bob's Big Boy Classic burger?

by ipsedixit 9 years ago

This recent thread on the Los Angeles board on a recent opening of a Bob's Big Boy http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/684870#comments not only brought back fond, nostalgic memories, but also got me ...


by Big N Fat 11 years ago

Does anyone else remember an Alphy's Restaurant chain? As I remember, it was near the 60 and 605 frwys. near Whittier, CA. Basically it was a family style restaurant similar to a Denny's. I am n...

Animal fat in El Pollo Loco

by jtanida 4 months ago

Verified w El Pollo Loco Customer Service their Rice & Beans are cooked without any Animal products. Great news for us Vegetarians.