We, Americans love our carbs with a fervor that could be compared to the storm that precedes high-level tornadoes. Ten of our favorite places to eat boast immense amounts of carbs and protein, and bring smiles to our faces with nachos and milkshakes. Some of our most popular chains have interesting options that remind us of down-home dining, and some make good use of foreign-seeming dishes.
The Cheesecake Factory
Lauded as the number one casual dining restaurant in the United States by Forbes and Business Insider, based primarily on sales, The Cheesecake Factory’s menu consists of everything from their spicy Pasta Ya-Yato their famed Chicken Bellagio. With a wide selection of burgers, sandwiches, entree salads, cocktails, and of course, cheesecake, The Cheesecake Factory is an American favorite from the 1970s.
Olive Garden serves classic Italian-American food, and is renown for their tasty, perfectly-baked breadsticks. People go for the shrimp scampi, the Tour of Italy, and Chicken Parmigiana. Olive Garden started in the early 1980s, and has caught on all over the United States.
A Texas-inspired steak-and-burger joint, Texas Roadhouse brings people in with the intoxicating smell of their buttery yeast rolls. Created in Indiana in the 1970s, Texas Roadhouse focuses on their steaks and ribs, but was born of the idea that steakhouses can and should be a family experience.
The largest seafood chain in the nation was actually declining in sales and in popularity until early last year, when a simple mention from Beyonce brought them back to relevance. From their Endless Shrimp promotion to their Snow Crab Legs, to the various way they prepare lobster, Red Lobster’s cheddar bay biscuits make dining the ultimate savory experience.
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Serving their signature lettuce wraps before favorites like orange chicken and kung pao chicken, PF Chang’s was opened in Scottsdale, Arizona in the early 1990s. Bringing an American twist on Chinese-American cuisine, PF Chang’s exploded into a huge franchise with over 200 locations.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Bigger and buffalo-er than PF Chang’s, Buffalo Wild Wings is a chain that specializes in different flavors and textures of buffalo wings. The company was founded by college friends in the early 1980s, and has locations around the world.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
Pizza is king here, though the burgers and salads are also considered favorites. BJ’s claim to fame is its deep-dish variety pizza, and each location having an in-house brewery. The first BJ’s opened in 1978 in Southern California, and has been feeding people delicious pizza since then.
A long list of gourmet burgers and bottomless fries and signature drinks make Red Robin a heavenly alternative to a fast-food burger restaurant. Red Robin locations also have built-in sports bars, so that you can enjoy a beer with your burger while you watch the game. From humble beginnings in Washington State at the end of the 1960s to having over 500 locations, Red Robin’s variety of gourmet burgers has delighted for decades. Never forget, though, that anything is possible if you do choose to stay local.