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When I go out I want unique decor details and menu items that you can't get anywhere else. I enjoy ambiance and an interesting vibe. I love the friendly service and homey atmosphere that I get in little mom and pop places. They seem to pay more attention to the quality of the food they serve and I like supporting small businesses. It doesn't have to be fancy or hip. We like discovering hole in the wall spots and places outside the trendy happening areas. We are always open to trying new places and if the food and service is good we'll be back. One of our new favorite spots is a place right down the street from us in a strip mall. There is nothing fancy about it but the food is good, the people are friendly and we feel at home there. MJ is such a regular they know him by name.
I haven't sworn off chain restaurants indefinitely but it's not going to be my first choice and I'm not necessarily planning to go to one anytime soon. I can't go the rest of my life without ever tasting Red Lobster's cheddar bay biscuits again and I have only found one restaurant that has lasagna I like as much Olive Garden's. They say it's frozen but I don't care. Even Italy couldn't outdo Lasagna Classico. And those bread sticks. Denny's is a sentimental favorite of mine too. I grew up going there and it was always my Birthday dinner pick. My how times have changed.
Maybe I'm turning into a restaurant/food snob but I like to feel like I'm having some type of culinary experience. I don't need a mouthwash dispenser in the bathroom but if I'm spending my time and money I want it to feel worth it and special in some way. Chains just don't do it for me like they used to.