Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Favorite Chain Restaurants That Make My Life a Little Easier

1. Wendy's--definitely not my number one, but totally my sons'. Personally I don't understand why they keep discontinuing all the good stuff. Way back, they had the absolute best hot dogs, then they had a chicken caesar pita that I LOVED, and then I was very fond of the Greek salad, but they got rid of it.

2. Chick-fil-A--I almost always order the Chickin Strips Salad, but I like the nuggets, fries, and coleslaw on occasion as well. Their kid-meal prizes are great too.

3. Schlotzsky's--For a long time I only ordered the Original, but now I get the Veggie, and with the spicy ranch the put on it, it's awesome. Plus their carrot cake (a recent discovery) is amazingly yummy.

4. Pizza Hut--while I may get my fix from the Target Food Avenue, I still think this pizza is the best of any chain I've had.

5. Chipotle--I always, always get the barbacoa, either in crispy tacos or a salad--their honey-lime chipotle dressing is awesome.

6. Pei-Wei--I've loved everything, but the Pei Wei Spicy Chicken with noodles instead of rice is my (and my husband's) absolute favorite).

7. Sonic--How can you not love a place that will make you a pineapple Dr. Pepper, a vanilla Coke (fountain), or a foot long chili cheese dog with tater tots and onion rings?

8. Boston Market--mostly in the winter. I love their chicken tortilla soup--they serve it with corn chips and cheese (they used to give you green onions but don't anymore) and a square of yummy-sweet cornbread.

9. Arby's--I've always liked their roast beef sandwiches and their special 'Arby's Sauce' barbeque sauce, but now I get their Market Fresh roast beef, loaded with toppings.

10. Taco Bell--They make a pretty good bean and cheese burrito for $0.59. I also get the Taco Supreme, but nothing else. What can I say, I'm a purest.

11. Taco Cabana--This might be a Texas-only chain, and it's billed as Patio Tex-Mex. Most everything I've had is yummy, but my standby's are the bean and cheese taco and bean and cheese chalupa and cheese enchilada plate.

12. Berryhill--A relatively recent discovery. They have awesome fish tacos. For Trish: they have fried/tempura style with cabbage slaw and some sort of dressing in a corn tortilla, or they have grilled with Romaine letter, pico de gallo and a different sort of spicy dressing.

13. Jack-in-the-Box--who can resist those two tacos for 99 cents that are just a big greasy crescent of questionable meat product with a slice of cheese, a handful of iceberg lettuce, and a squirt of salsa?? Not me!

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Christine said...

I love Schlotzsky's! Man I miss that place almost as much as I miss Targets. The original rocked...*drool*

We're big pizza people. The local grocery store makes a mean pizza and it's only $10! So many nights we get that. :)

Joely Sue Burkhart said...

I would love to have a Chipotle around here! (I ate at one in MN and loved it.)

palmtreefanatic said...

I like your list and several things on it! Happy TT!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

We actually don't have some of those out here. But I'm addicted to Wendy's chili, year round.

Happy TT!

Crimson Wife said...

I'm not much of a fast food fan, but I do like Chipotle and I love the salads at Wendy's.

Panera and Au Bon Pain are my favorite "quick eats" places.

LaDonna said...

I hate how Wendy's discontinues items, as well. They have this really good spinach chicken salad for approximately one month a year. Lame.

Tempest Knight said...

Oh Pizza Hut, Burger King, and El Meson are my lifesavers! :) Happy TTs!

Virginia said...

Had my beloved Chipotle last night! I usually get the burrito bowl--SO good!

Schlotzsky's has wonderful pink lemonade!!

Ann(ie) said...

Dang, I miss Boston Market and Schlotzsky's.

Rhian / Crowwoman said...

okay Alyssa - what part of the country are you hailing from because a few of those i've never heard of down here in the south.
So Boston Market isn't just in the frozen food section, huh?

Vicki said... and taco bell. Yep, I know neither of those foods are that good for you but when you're going for the fast food stuff it's what I love best.

spyscribbler said...

Ooh, I love Chipotle! I'm a big fan of Panda (Panda ... Bear? What's it called? The Chinese Place?)

I love Schlotzsky's, too, but it's a rare treat!

Happy TT!

Julie S said...

I can't believe how many chains there are! Before I became a vegan I used to be addicted to Taco Bell. I kind-of sort-of miss it...

Lara Croft said...

Great list! The Jack in the Box tacos have memories from when I was a little girl and my mom and I would sneak off to get these for a snack - I don't think I will ever decide I don't like them! LC

julia said...

I'm with you on the Wendy's discontinued stuff. I really loved the Greek pita they had. Now my favorite is the taco salad.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Rhian- I live in Houston, a mecca of fast-food chains.

Katkat said...

Boston Market sounds so good right now!