Over the years that I have been writing about food, friends have questioned whether or not I have a bias against chain restaurants. I do. I have a preference for locally owned and operated establishments, which do, generally, turn out much better food and offer a more enjoyable dining experience. But, I can’t ignore the fact that some chain restaurants actually do serve some pretty good food, very good in some cases.
Here is a list of regional and national chains which have operations in Houston that I do enjoy. I’ve excluded the home-grown places, since these are, to my mind, well, local places. Hamburgers and steaks are two themes that seem to do well in replication.