The trusted legions of corporate eateries across the land certainly corner an array of markets for various cravings and their convenience is always the bottom line.
Given my choice, I’d likely pick Olive Garden or Red Lobster. Both brands have stood the test of time and hold a fairly decent track record for quality and value. Both, in fact, were owned by the same parent corporation until Red Lobster had been recently sold by Darden Restaurants, Inc., a Fortune 500 company that also runs Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze and others.
I always enjoyed the buffet-style restaurants that are popular in the mid-west and southern states. California-based Sizzler has long specialized in steak, seafood and salad bars— that is, until Covid restrictions recently caused them to file for Chapter 11. I suppose their future now remains on the back burner.
My least favorite of the lot is probably TGI Fridays, which was founded in New York in the 1960s and now headquartered in Dallas,Texas. My mainly esoteric issue stems primarily from a dining experience in which I had ordered only an appetizer but, from what I remember, it wasn’t prepared properly.
I wondered why they chose to respond at all. Wouldn’t remedying a tiny problem of one customer be worth it to prevent the guy from never returning to their restaurant as well as bad-mouthing it to everyone he knows? That's okay, I suppose. It’s not like he’d ever gripe about the incident to the entire world in a blog one day, right?
“Glad I called in that bomb threat.”