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Local Restaurant or Chain?

When you eat out, do you prefer to go to a locally-owned restaurant, or a chain? I've noticed that many chain restaurants just aren't as good as they used to be, food or service. Some local places aren't good, either, but I prefer them over the chains in our town.


Asked by Trekkie at 4:37 PM on Mar. 1, 2011 in Food & Drink

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  • If I am eating out with my kids then usually a chain because they will 100% have something my kids will eat and it's the same every time so there will be no complaining.

    If it's just me or friends and I, I prefer something local. I like to try new things and support local business. I also really enjoy eating so I save the better places for when I don't have my meal ruined by tantrum throwing children. Hahaha!

    Answer by Laila-May at 4:43 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • I like my local Chinese and Mexican restaraunts! Iguana Azul is my favies!

    Answer by proudmom2510 at 5:02 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • We rarely go out to dinner, but if we do, local hands down.

    Answer by gramsmom at 5:24 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • I prefer local, but I sometimes still go to a red lobster or a oil garden

    Answer by whoreallycares at 2:14 AM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • we live in a small town right now where there's ONLY local. we very much look forward to our trips to the nearest major city for red lobster, olive garden, etc. I see the pros/cons of both but my most favorite eateries (like cheesecake factory) are chain

    Answer by hibbingmom at 4:40 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • depends on the cuisine. for pizza, i definitely prefer local places over the chains like papa johns and pizza hut (i'll settle for dominoes, though).

    there aren't too many clean local restaurants other than pizzerias around here, though. there's chinese but its always hit or miss. so i stick to sushi when i go out, lol.

    Answer by erinwhitt at 4:40 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • I like this locally owned chinese reastrant. and a Korean one too.


    Answer by louise2 at 4:40 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • Locally owned. . It's a crap shoot sometimes, but when you find a gem it's well worth it

    Answer by adnilm at 4:45 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • It depends, there are somethings at chains I absolutely like to eat (red robin)
    but there are some local that have the best food, I guess it depends what I am in the mood for. I do like to try any new local restaurant just to see if it is worth going back to.

    Answer by Bubbie0809 at 4:55 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • I prefer local, but some chains are good too

    Answer by Groovyflor1 at 6:14 PM on Mar. 1, 2011