Is this the best or the worst list?
I admit to have been to all the listed places, but except for Texas Road House & Ruby Tuesday's, it's been a good 10-15 years since my last (and I do mean last) visit for the others.
Technically I was at a Texas Road House about a year ago (first visit), but after about 10-15 minutes, we had to leave due to the ear-shattering noise level. When I found myself shouting to be heard by the waitress (about 2-3 feet away), we realized that was not going to be a good experience, so we left.
Monthly for the past 1-2 years, we've been getting $10 off coupons via the newspaper for use against two entrees at Ruby Tuesday. We've gone about four times and although the meals were decent, I can't imagine returning without a $10 coupon.
We are typically not chain people, but do stop perhaps 2-3 times / year (in no particular order) at Sonnys BBQ, Waffle House, Steak & Shake, D'Angelo's, McDonalds, Potbellies, KFC, Sweet Tomatoes, Five Guys & Bertucchi's - primarily when traveling. We rarely stop at a chain when near home - too many independents with far superior quality / value to consider a chain.
Oddly, we went about ten years without stopping at a KFC when about two years ago, we stopped and were quit surprised. We've since stopped perhaps about a half dozen times and have been especially pleased with their slaw and original recipe chicken. We now find Bojangles to be too spicy and Popeye's must search the world for the skinniest birds (all bone / minimal meat).
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