Ask ChicagoNow: What is the worst chain restaurant?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is the worst chain restaurant?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds.

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

What is the worst chain restaurant?

“Olive Garden. Fake Italian food.” — Peter V. Bella, Interesting Chicago

“Only time in my life I ever got food poisoning at Dennys.” — Carole Kuhrt Brewer, Show Me Chicago

“Been trying to keep metals out of my diet, so haven’t been to any restaurants that serve chains as a part of their menu. Although I did find a promise ring in my soup at Applebee’s.” — Tony Enright, The Goods

“Pepe’s. I don’t understand how it is still a thing. We have amazing, authentic, and a plethora of mom & pop taquerias, yet some how Pepe’s still exists.” — Stephanie Esposito, Chicago Rucks

“I loathe Chili’s.” — Jessica Gardner, Little Merry Sunshine

“All of them, Katie!” — Julie VonderHeide Hammerle, Hammervision

“Red Robin, can’t stand them.” — Charles W Johnson, The Vociferous Envoy

“They’re all horrible – Applebies, Chili’s, TGIFridays, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Outback, etc., etc. They load all their microwaved food with MSG. I’m sensitive to MSG, so any time I eat at a chain restaurant, an hour later I feel like I have the flu – body aches, headache, nausea, and general malaise. It’s awful. I find local places that make food fresh and from scratch. It’s expensive, but worth it.” — Marie Larsen, There’s a Bug In My Coffee

“I went to a Denny’s in Seattle a few weeks ago and it was one of the worst meals ever. You wouldn’t think you could screw up scrambled eggs and hash browns but they found a way. The OG isn’t the worst Italian chain. Szbarro holds that honor.” — Howard Moore, I’ve Got The Hippy Shakes

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