10 Chain Restaurant Menu Items You Must Try (and Where to Try Them) Slideshow

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8. P.F. Chang’s Double Pan-Fried Noodles Combo (Seattle)
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8. P.F. Chang’s Double Pan-Fried Noodles Combo (Seattle)
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Texture is key in this dish, with crispy egg noodles stir-fried together with mushrooms, bok choy, carrots, celery, and onions. The best part is the protein: beef, pork, chicken, and shrimp. P.F. Chang's double pan-fried noodles combo is satisfying and a healthy alternative to burger binging.

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P.F. Chang’s

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6. Outback Steakhouse’s The Melbourne (Boise, Idaho)
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6. Outback Steakhouse’s The Melbourne (Boise, Idaho)
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A cut is a cut is a cut, but there's no cut quite like The Melbourne. Lightly seasoned and buttery tender, this filet is everything a steak lover craves. No surprise, though — I've long been impressed with the meat that ushers from Outback's kitchen. Get The Melbourne with a Bloomin' Onion or seasoned fries.

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5. Tony Roma’s Caesar Salad (Anaheim, Calif.)
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5. Tony Roma’s Caesar Salad (Anaheim, Calif.)
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The king of all salads is a heavy hitter at Tony Roma's, and no wonder. It has just enough dressing, topped with the right amount of nutty-salty Asiago, and a crunchy garnish of fresh croutons. Rarely do I crave salad, but when I do, this hits the spot.

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1. Perkins’ Peanut Butter Silk Pie (Ames, Iowa)
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1. Perkins’ Peanut Butter Silk Pie (Ames, Iowa)
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Dessert — it's about time. The mere thought of this peanut buttery goodness makes me weak in the knees. First, it's good — the hard chocolate ganache like a candy bar on top of peanut butter. Then, theres the Reese's peanut butter filling and the whipped cream. I would create a special event just to dig in.

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Flickr / Perkins'

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10. Mimi’s Cafe’s Monterey Chicken Burger (Denver)
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10. Mimi’s Cafe’s Monterey Chicken Burger (Denver)
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An ooey-gooey treat with melted Jack, juicy broiled chicken breast, avocado, and garlicky pesto aioli, this sammy had us at hello. It's got all the components of a great sandwich, and it's remarkably kid-friendly. Mimi's Cafe Monterey Chicken Burger has lots of flavor and packs a punch, which makes a side dish mostly unnecessary.

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Mimi's Cafe

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9. The Cheesecake Factory’s Crabcakes (Chicago)
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9. The Cheesecake Factory’s Crabcakes (Chicago)
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What makes a good crabcake? Ask The Cheesecake Factory: perfectly seared, moist, and tender inside, with all the crabby goodness you can possibly imagine. These are perfect if you don't want to indulge in a full seafood meal, but are craving something from the sea.

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The Cheesecake Factory

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7. Texas Roadhouse’s Chicken Critters (Austin, Texas)
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7. Texas Roadhouse’s Chicken Critters (Austin, Texas)
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Sometimes you just crave fried chicken. That's when you make a pit stop at Texas Roadhouse to indulge in their crispy, meaty deliciousness. The key to these is frying them just long enough for a crispy shell and a moist interior. Mission accomplished — I could eat these (dipped in ranch) all day.

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Texas Roadhouse

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4. T.G.I. Friday’s Cajun Shrimp and Chicken Pasta (Centennial, Colo.)
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4. T.G.I. Friday’s Cajun Shrimp and Chicken Pasta (Centennial, Colo.)
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Now, I don't usually "do" Cajun, but as soon as I had this dish, I was a convert. I mean, who can resist creamy Alfredo sauce spiked with Cajun butter, tender shrimp, and deliciously moist chicken? Dish that all up over pasta, and I'm sold.

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3. California Pizza Kitchen’s Grilled Vegetable Sandwich (Fairfax, Va.)
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3. California Pizza Kitchen’s Grilled Vegetable Sandwich (Fairfax, Va.)
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Who goes to CPK and gets a sandwich? I do. See, you'd hardly notice there's no meat — not with portobellos and bell peppers building the core of a meaty vegetarian masterpiece. My favorite touch, though, is the sun-dried tomato aioli. And it's healthy!

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California Pizza Kitchen

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2. Chili’s Grill & Bar Classic Nachos (Denver)
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2. Chili’s Grill & Bar Classic Nachos (Denver)
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Classic they are, resistible they are not: melted, gooey Cheddar, jalapeños for a kick, beans, queso, and seasoned ground beef mounded on a bed of thin and crispy tortilla chips. This one is definitely a comfort for me, and gives me a boost whenever I'm dragging. Chili's Grill & Bar's classic nachos also pairs well with a Chili's margarita.

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Chili’s Grill & Bar