Dining Out: Rules We Live By (Part 2)
(2) The Chain Restaurant Rule
Nicole and I feel as though, when living in a city, there’s no reason to go to chain restaurants because there’s so many local places to try. We also think all the food is pretty similar at all the chains. The Chain Restaurant Rule is not as strict as the black list though. Green Mill is exempt from the Chain Restaurant Rule, mainly because I worked there for years as a cook, but also because I genuinely think their food is better than most chain restaurants. Sometimes the Chain Restaurant Rule overlaps with the Black List. I won’t go into detail, but the Chili’s in Roseville is black listed, and also every single Buffalo Wild Wings. “Local” chains are also generally exempt from the Rule (such as Punch Pizza or Brassa), along with fast food restaurants.
(3) The Branch Out Rule
This rule is simple: if we decide we’re going to eat out, we try our best to branch out and try something new. There’s no reason to keep going back to the same places over and over again when there’s so much out there to try. Often times we find some great and wonderful place. Sometimes we crash and burn and waste our time eating bad food. But it’s worth it to find a great place.