6 up-and-coming restaurant chains

Here are half a dozen restaurants -- some new, some quite established -- with intriguing stories and sales trends that make them worth a look in the coming year.

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Jan 14, 2014 7:38PM
Not interested in any of them.  Many of them sound too pricy for me.  Panda express food is HORRIBLE!
Jan 15, 2014 12:18PM
The idea that Macaroni Grill is Italian food is hysterical.  Come to Federal Hill in providence and eat Italian food.  You'll understand that Macaroni grill is as Italian as Chile's is Mexican.
Jan 15, 2014 8:37AM
Give it a month and MSN will have these restaurants going out of business. They pick their topics and present them with as much credibility as our government has.
Jan 16, 2014 4:21AM

Wow, These are your must eat places?

It's like you went to the mall food court, closed your eyes and pointed.
Jan 14, 2014 9:51PM
I'll still buy my meals in family restaurants...... I am not impressed with any of these on this list.  
Jan 14, 2014 10:30PM
Last Friday night I online ordered two pizzas at 6:45pm and received  confirmation for 7:26 pick-up. I left my house at 7:20 and drove the 3/4 of a mile to the restaurant. When I left at 8:05 with two pizzas I decided that they no longer needed my business. The only words spoken to me by the employees were...."Your name",  "That will be $$.$$ "  "Here's your receipt".   Thanks Pizza Hut. Glad I don't own any stock.
Jan 15, 2014 2:09PM

So, they consider restaurants with hundreds, if not thousands, of locations 'up and coming'???

Great detective work.

Jan 14, 2014 10:54PM
Panda Express has no chance in Florida. They came and went. They're really not any better than the small Chinese restaurants or the mall foodcourt.
Jan 14, 2014 8:07PM
Let the MSG flow none of them sound good just more fatting food loaded with salt
Jan 15, 2014 1:23PM
...for the $...local/full service grocery store has a great buffet section...great prices for less than $6...a lot healthier...
Jan 14, 2014 9:26PM
I tried a few of the chains promoted here early in their existence - and never returned. A number of good but expensive hamburger chains have popped up in recent years; however, I wonder how many will survive the increasing costs of beef (with corn going to ethanol rather than cattle feed)  and labor (with the 13% increase in minimum wage). As such, the 60% failure rate may increase greatly.
Seriously? Thought more than half if these tired old concepts were in financial trouble and circling the drain!
And their success will depend on how the US economy will keep doing over the next few decades.
Jan 15, 2014 3:42AM
I haven't eaten at a Nathan's in years because the one that was near me went out of business.  However, at the time I did eat there, I liked their food.  I don't know if  the food is as good as it was then.  But if I come across another one, I would definitely try it again.  At the the time I ate there, they had a corned beef and a pastrami sandwich.  Both were excellent. 
Jan 15, 2014 2:30PM
Jan 15, 2014 2:57PM
Romano's was a good choice until several years ago when they were bought out. The new owners apparently let accountants design the menu. They are still far ahead of Olive Garden and their unique "no sauce" pasta. Apparently accountants rule the kitchen there too.
Jan 15, 2014 11:27AM

Used to really enjoy Noodles & Co. about 10 years ago when one came to my Chicago suburb.  Then they totally changed up their recipes and I've probably only been to a N&C once or twice in the last 5 years.  Not as good as it once was.


Been to a Romano's Macaroni Grill a few times while in FL.  I have to say I enjoyed it.  I'd call it a slightly more upscale Olive Garden, with menu offerings that seem more authentically Italian compared to OG.

Jan 16, 2014 8:27AM
The best food is what I cook or prepare. I know what's in it and no unfriendly waiter/waitress will spit in it.
Jan 15, 2014 4:18PM
Well, just wait five years and most of these will be on the disappearing restaurant list...or already gone list... Restaurants are not permanent.....nor is the latest fad....
Jan 16, 2014 9:56AM
Panda Express is just plain yuck!  The food has no taste.  I make better Chinese food and I am mexican.  LOL
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