Posted 12 June 2006 - 08:12 PM
it's pretty fun to read some of the posts in this thread. I don't know if you just always eat out by yourself, really embrace the idea of food snobbery, or maybe some mix of both.
Does CF meet my hopes of a melded cuisine? Well, that's a somewhat loaded question, presupposing a goal of wanting a melded cuisine as a good thing. why don't you state your opinion? you seem unhappy that nobody is replying to your question...give them something to reply to.
I think CF works for what it is - a place where anyone can find something to eat. It certainly meets CF's goals based on the lines out the door. LPM was being generous with his 60 minute comment at the Green Hills location. It's usually 90 minutes and can get up to 3 hours on Friday and Saturday night. Likewise, Maggiano's hovers in the 2+ hour wait on weekends. because of this, i have not gone to this maggiano's yet, and have only been to cheesecake factory once or twice (usually when it was an off-peak time or i had shopping to do). i won't wait 3 hours to eat ANYWHERE, be it CF or el bulli.
Why are people waiting this long? Well, it's certainly not because they think it is akin to a "walmart" as someone put it. I think it's quite the opposite. Places like applebees and ruby tuesday's are the bottom rung of chain dining. Macaroni Grill is probably in the middle rung, and PF Chang's, Maggiano's and CF occupy the upper echelon. It's visible in the exterior and interior of the buildings themselves, the service, the menus, etc. hell, the service at pfc and cf can be better than a lot of the independent restaurants *cough* bound'ry *cough.* For what you get, the prices are more than reasonable. Like the Time article said, not everyone can have fine dining all that often. it seems like everyone walks out with a leftover box. i say good for them if they can get a sandwich for 10 bucks that is reasonably good to very good and will cover two meals, score! Will you be having the most authentic pad thai or cajun food? No, so what? It's not like if I go down the road to Patrick's (a New Orleans/Cajun place), the quality will be exponentially better. Plus, there are always groups of 4 or more dining at CF - for the very reason that everyone can find something. What is so GD wrong with that? the menu is something like 20 pages long. surely there is one thing that some of you would find acceptable. then again, i probably would not be surprised if someone had a problem with their nachos for being too safe...becasue nachos are such an inherently exotic food. *rolls eyes*
that's great that you go to the italian place when you want some pasta. what would you do with a party of six? take your ball and go home because you don't get your way? maybe be a pain in arse and just whine until everyone else caves? CF is the ultimate compromise place. more importantly, they actually have some things you simply cannot get at other establishments. here's a prime example - the buffalo wonton. i ask you to find me another restaurant in nashville that makes it. i bet you can't...because i have never found one. guess what? it's actually good! fancy that. and their cheesecake...is it the best? no, probably not...but who is to say? some people like real creamy cheesecake while others like it a little more "sharp." i'm perfectly happy with the oreo cheesecake there...it rivals that of bronte, another green hills restaurant. as an added bonus, it's about the same price but you get more. well, that's good for my appetite and horrible for my waistline...but such is life.
tryska, the story about your ex is funny. he should never eat at some of the places here. i am positive that the chips and queso to go order from casa fiesta is only about 2/3rds of what the dine in version is. oh, and what cf are you seeing long waits at? i've found that the perimeter mall location isn't as bad as the buckhead one.