Kibbee Nayee Posted March 14, 2010 Share Posted March 14, 2010 I know, we all hate national chains. They are usually atrocious, or at best, indifferent. I was thinking, over a nice glass of libation, that a compilation of local chains would be a nice addition to the dining guide. Perhaps it would be a step in the right direction of sorting out the "multiple locations" category. After all, local chains are, well, local, so they're ours. And they usually start out as one place with family ownership and a nice following, after which they expand a bit. They are usually of far higher quality than any national chain. So let me take the first representative crack and let's see how it evolves. On the lower end of the spectrum (by low, I mean inexpensive and somewhat spare in ambiance) we have Ravi Kabob, Tippy's Tacos, Anita's....and many more. Maybe a few BBQ places, like Dixie Bones or Red, Hot and Blue. I'll leave out Five Guys because I think they have gone national..... In the middle, I would include GAR at the bottom, Clyde's somewhere in the middle of the middle, and Lebanese Taverna at or near the top of the middle group. And a few more..... At the top, we have the PassionFoods group, along with Jose Andres' empire, and I'm hard-pressed to think of another in that category..... So, what I am trying to stimulate is the possibility of a third dining guide, after the main one and the brunch guide, for local chains. Then gradually, we can phase out the 'multiple locations' portion of the main dining guide by tossing a few into the 'local chains' and providing distinct entries for others in the main dining guide. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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