Sure, Houston's is better than, say, Applebee's or Red Lobster, but it's still a nationwide chain. And if you admit to dining at Mi Cocina or Taco Diner because of the quality of their cooking, you might also like Chili's.
So what's going on? If we love one and hate another, doesn't that suggest there's nothing wrong with chains on the whole? Why are we--or at least some people--so keen to dismiss chains, yet also blind to the fact that some of their favorite places are chains?
Maybe it's part of the same impulse that causes us to despise strip shopping centers, yet shop in all those clusters along Preston. What do you think?
Results from last...when the hell did we last ask a Question Of The Week?...in which we asked for your dining resolutions for the new year...
As you would expect, there were a few resolution-related comments about weight loss. For instance, luniz wrote "No dining resolutions for me. Unfortunately I need to drop some pretty serious weight in the early part of next year so I'm going to have to go back to diet nazi mode and weigh all my food and give up the weekly blowout meal. So my plan is to dine less basically. Maybe once a month instead of once a week." And
knottygirl added "Me, I plan to keep up the diet, which means eating out less and cooking at home more. It's really sad, though--I finally look great (14 pounds lighter here, whoohoo!) and now I'll be staying home instead of hitting the hot new restaurants? It should be the other way around, I think."
A couple readers decided to use the new year to explore. For example, TLS said "my dining resolution is to get back to ordering more unfamiliar (to me) menu items. I used to be an adventurous eater until a co-worker took me out for 'extreme' sushi which led to food poisoning and a decade of food fear. So new decade, new food." And
Worzel Gummidge vowed "To visit every Latin American restaurant in The OC and in the emerging area in Carrollton."
Then there was chevytexas, who decided to risk becoming the first person ever booted from COA by writing "Hm, more sliders and flaming drinks in 'hard door' clubs for me. With sweet potato fries. Oh, and we're going to experiment with a variety of lamb and veal sushi using arboreal rice and organic lime. And rye whiskey, more rye."
He redeemed himself with the rye.
Finally, we must include this exchange.
Gipson: "I vow not to get so caught up in futile, one-sided food blog arguments. And another thing, Samar is lame."
carrots are great: "Samar is lame? Have you been? I think you sound a little lame..."
Gipson: "@carrots are great
You're lame! Shit, I've already failed."
That's why we appreciate our readers so much.