The 10 Best Guilty-Pleasure Chain Restaurants
Food-snobs shun and disdain them! Health-conscious advisors tell you to avoid them at all costs! But, let's face it, who doesn't enjoy a good fatty chain restaurant meal every once in a while? Here are ten of the best.
The Olive Garden
Sure, the pasta isn't always the greatest, but you never leave hungry! Plus, unlimited breadsticks are awesome. Website
Laugh at the excessive decor, enjoy the huge and delicious portions. Website
This iconic chain, known for its cherubic mascot statue, is cheap and often delicious. Website
They've been disappearing due to financial strain, but there's still an incredible value to this all-you-can-eat buffet, and the desserts are wonderfully over-the-top too (Bavarian pudding pizza!). Website
Come on -- McDonald's is great! Plus, they're marketing towards hipsters, these days. Get in on the next big trend once the foodie backlash starts! Website
The Bloomin' Onion is purporedly one of the worst chain restaurant foods for you. It's also the most fun to eat! Website
Find out why Walt Flanagan of the "Tell 'Em Steve-Dave" podcast once made a five-hour round trip just to try the chocolate fountain! Website
Another endangered species, if you listen to business reports. Try the wonderful cheddar biscuits before it's too late, and definitely go during Endless Shrimp month. You'll be tripping on sodium the whole weekend! Website
An even more opulent, ridiculous alternative to McDonald's. Any burger chain that includes triple burgers and something called the "Angry Whopper" is just begging you to try it. It's like something out of a Patton Oswalt comedy bit come to life. Website
The paragon of fake Southwestern, with appetizers and "loaded" everything. I've never left this place hungry, that's for sure! Website
There you have it, folks. I probably enjoy Olive Garden the best, but we each have our favorites. Dress up in normcore and go as ironic tourists sometime! Bring a toddler for added adventure and craziness -- that's what my wife and I do.