T.G.I. Frisco: San Francisco's Dearth of Chain Restaurants

Our favorite morsel from the blogs.

Yesterday at LA Weekly's Squid Ink, SFoodie's sister food blog with the WTF name, editor Amy Scattergood passed along a list from Nation's Restaurant News of America's 15 favorite casual-dining chains. You know, places where the menus are as unwieldy as 10 Commandments tablets, “Southwest,” “chipotle,” and “Buffalo” are inescapable memes, and there's always cheesecake for dessert. For instance, it looks like there are 15 Cheesecake Factory locations in the L.A. area alone.

Want to know what sets San Francisco apart, besides rents that encourage casual pot-dealing on the weekends and street fairs where you can air your nuts and no one cares? Of America's 15 favorite chains, San Francisco is home to just four: the Olive Garden, Cheesecake Factory, T.G.I. Friday's, and IHOP. And, okay, even Friday's is technically at SFO.

The wider Bay Area fares better with the 15 worst, but even in the burbs, coverage is as patchy as old shag:

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