What stores/restaurants do you refuse to shop/eat at and why?

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Postby Battery111 » Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:25 pm

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Gun control is well worth debating, but can we get this thread back to sandwich complaints?

Anyone who wants to debate heavier topics can go here:

http://creditcardforum.com/lounge/11459-gun-control-police-actions-etc.html#post76256


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Postby whit » Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:53 pm

Vattené wrote:My previous job involved a lot of travel, often to tiny, remote towns. On several occasions Subway was literally the only option for a restaurant (and once not even that - it was gas station food or nothing). People there grew to despise Subway because they were forced to eat there so much. Now that I'm further removed from that time, I can enjoy Subway here and there. The ones in my town aren't bad, service-wise. I'll only bother going there if I have a coupon, though.

I am not a vegetarian myself, but I can empathize with how difficult it must be to find varied, good vegetarian options. Not that this is nearly as big of a struggle, but I hate potatoes. You can't avoid them at restaurants - they come with just about everything! I wonder they are as ubiquitous internationally.


That's like me with airports and McDonald's--but now they have shake shack and if I had to because of another cancelled flight stuck in airport situation I would, or just grab a drink and snack from Starbucks/peets

I haven't been to tiny towns, usually find myself in metro but if I am sidetracked to one I would try a local place..maybe go on yelp or Google reviews to see what others say and photos (I swear I can tell a lot by looking just same with online shopping but of course not 100% foolproof)

My friend would just always do McDonald's or Starbucks rather than taking a risk

I think if you absolutely love it there's nothing wrong with it-- I could and did until the cafe closed, eat avocado on bagel everyday--now I eat the same citrus brioche

But if given the chance, in a new city, I would love to eat something I can't get at home

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Postby Vattené » Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:35 am

I am the same way. We did go to different and local places in bigger areas, but it would surprise you how often Subway was literally the ONLY thing available. These towns are too small for hotels, so it wasn't uncommon to stay 45+ minutes away and commute. Dinner wasn't as bad as lunch, at least.
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sun Mar 08, 2015 1:24 am

I was reading that Americans are now spending more money eating out than at grocery stores.

http://www.eater.com/2015/3/6/8163891/americans-spend-more-restaurants-grocery-stores

Included in the grocery figure is ready-made food - so actual cooking is getting rarer. I cook a lot, and I like to eat well - lots of organic salads and veggies, lean chicken and fish, occasional prime ribeyes, exotic chocolate, and reasonable wine. To me, it seemed like I was splurging a bit - but then I got a taste of what good food costs when I'm not cooking.

On a recent trip, I was eating out quite a bit during NYC Restaurant Week (3 courses, small portions, fixed price, drinks extra), and was amazed at some of the prices. On one wine list at a Marriott-owned restaurant, I saw an $85 bottle that I had previously bought at Costco for $14 (and I didn't even like it at that price). I had water that night.

The food at that Marriott restaurant was actually reasonable. The steak was a fair deal for NYC restaurants in general (considering that it came with two other courses), but still very small for my home-cooking standards and it made me long for a big Costco ribeye. I might possibly eat there again sometime, but I'll always be very suspicious of their wine prices.

But real estate in Times Square is not cheap, the room was perfectly adequate and clean, and I got it at a good rate.
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Postby whit » Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:19 pm

I feel like there's a big wave of fashion and food

Usually with recline of the economy people don't spend unnecessary.

But at the same time, you may not indulge in an expensive item you're more likely to treat yourself to a $4 pastry..

And with social media, unique flavors and twist, for the masses who can't afford to splurge on a $200-$300 per person dinner at 2/3 star restaurants--that's if they can get reservations--there is places like the donut bar, mr. Holmes bakehouse, doughboy doughnuts, Etc

Where there's always a darn line, and sometimes even before the place opens

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Postby cardcustomerservice » Mon Mar 30, 2015 12:28 pm

Nixon wrote:It seems like it...Lol.


I'm with you guys. Glock 23, Tennessee here.
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:48 pm

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Gun control is well worth debating, but can we get this thread back to sandwich complaints?

Anyone who wants to debate heavier topics can go here:

http://creditcardforum.com/lounge/11459-gun-control-police-actions-etc.html#post76256


cardcustomerservice wrote:I'm with you guys. Glock 23, Tennessee here.


I already made a thread for that.
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:55 pm

I have a much more local and convenient Chipotle now!
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Re: What stores/restaurants do you refuse to shop/eat at and why?

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Mon May 23, 2016 11:59 am

I'm on a little strike against a local Italian place. I called in an order (three pizzas with varying toppings...not super-simple, but not terribly complex), and came by 5 minutes after the clerk said it would be ready. After 20 minutes of "it'll just be another minute" it was clear that they hadn't even started cooking the food until I'd arrived to pick it up (and they weren't very busy). They also got the toppings wrong on two of the pizzas.

I only saw two new employees at the counter, so I couldn't easily complain to the manager/owner or a more experienced employee.

I don't know if I want to go back there or not. The food is decent but nothing exceptional, and there's another place nearby with smaller portions but better-quality food. Sometimes I just want pizza, though, instead of burrata ravioli with duck sausage or something like that.
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