Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best chain restaurant?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best chain restaurant?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

What is the best chain restaurant?

“I’m pretty excited about Veggie Grill coming to Chicago!” — Brett Baker, Dry it in the Water

“Native Foods!” — Sher BonDurant, On Tap in the Windy City

“Olive Garden…the breadsticks, soup, and desserts compensate for the mediocre food.” — Melissa Bulicek, Oh, Life!

“Portillo’s.” — Jessica Gardner, Little Merry Sunshine

“Hmm, Wendy’s? Not just for their natural, fresh cut fries and generally more authentic ingredients than most ‘fast food’ joints (the drive through ones at least), but also for the way they FLAME people on Twitter! If you haven’t seen it look it up, wow! If we’re talking fast CASUAL maybe Chipotle or Noodles & Co., for the FOOD at least, but NOBODY beats Wendy’s at burning nerds verbally on social media, nobody, Wendy’s gets the belt in that department, truly, look that shit up!” — Brian Kremen, ConFIdences

“Jack in the Box tacos of course. BUT since they moved out of Chicago, nothing will be the same. Even Burger King stopped doing their ‘almost as good’ as Jack in the Box tacos. What’s this world coming to?” — Carole Lago, Inside the Wrapper

“I’m a huge fan of Wendy’s. A small chili, small fry, baked potato with cheese and sour cream, 5 piece chicken nugget with honey mustard sauce, side salad and, of course, a small chocolate frosty is the perfect ‘I don’t want to do shit when I get home on Friday evening’ meal on the cheap. Their signature chicken sandwiches and burgers are amazing, too! Oh, and their kids’ meals are only $1.99 during the summer months after 3pm and they have the option of chicken tenders or chicken nuggets.” — Mandie Molina, The Parental Venting Machine

“My Giordano’s obsession is well-documented here; that would definitely be my favourite. An honourable mention goes to Taco Bell…there’s nothing fancy about a soft taco or a bean burrito from there, but I don’t need fancy. Put some fire sauce on it, and they’re the tastiest fast-food eats.” — Nicolle Neulist, Picks & Ponderings

“Lou Malnati’s.” — Teme Ring, Comedians Defying Gravity

“The best chain restaurant is Outback. I love their cheese fries!” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

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Lead image via Giordano’s

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