I've hated Ruby Tuesday's ever since I was 22. lol. I went there with a group, and the host handed me a children's menu without asking. The menu was for children 10 and under. So yeah. It's a matter of principle. lol!
We don't go to a lot of large chain restaurants. Our favorite restaurants are local ones.
For very casual dining, such as burgers, my boyfriend loves The Counter in Santa Monica. You create your own burgers. You choose the weight (the patties are weighed after cooking), the toppings, the sauce, and the bread. I think there are two more Counters in California.
For casual dining that's slightly more upscale, my boyfriend and I love going to Pete's Cafe in Downtown. A big factor is that we are friends with some of the people who work there, and everyone there is wonderful.
Applebees and Fridays for a night out with friends...their appetizers are so yum! Fastfood...I would have to say Taco Bell, this Mexican food place here called Los Pericos (they've got great quesadillas), and the best burgers ever-- Carl's Jr., Taxis, and Fuddruckers.
I also like this restaurant called On the Border and Cheesecake Factory. MMm....I'm hungry now!!!
the best meal i ever had was at bobbi flay steakhouse in the borgata casino/hotel. very pricey, but well worth it.
the best restaurant that i go to locally is my parent's italian restaurant. i may be biased, but our food gets rave reviews, and some people drive over two hours to eat there. jack palance (not sure if anyone knows who he is... he starred in city slickers, and a bunch of other movies) told my parents numerous times, that he liked eating in our restaurant better than spago's. the food is excellent.
my fav. chain restaurants would be either olive garden or red lobster.
my fav place is red robin and olive garden.. olive garden is expensive but if you share a plate with someone and just eat the salad and breadsticks you get full in no time and you spend like under 10 dollars