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Favorite Casual Dining Restaurants

Updated on March 28, 2008

There are many casual dining chain restaurants with locations from coast to coast in the U.S., as well as in many other locations around the world. Many people enjoy eating out at casual dining establishments for lunch or dinner, and they are also terrific options for frequent travelers.

One thing that brings comfort to many business travelers is the fact that they can usually find their favorite casual dining restaurants just about anywhere they go. While part of the fun and excitement of going to new locations can be sampling tasty local cuisine, there is also something to be said for being able to find a familiar place for dinner at the end of a hectic day of meetings during a business trip.

Favorite casual dining restaurants include:


If you're looking for a fun place to enjoy a delicious meal, Chili's can be an excellent option. Their ribs and burgers are super, and the relaxed atmosphere is very appealing. To locate a Chili's in your area, visit the restaurant's website. This casual dining chain has locations around the world. There are even Chili's in several airports, providing a welcome break and great food for weary travelers.


If you live in the eastern half of the United States, you're probably familiar with the O'Charley's chain of casual dining restaurants. With the slogan of "Good Food, Good Times," this company focuses on providing diners with excellent food and a pleasant dining environment. Visit the locations page on the restaurant's website to find a location near you.

Olive Garden

If you're in the mood for tasty Italian Food in a relaxed atmosphere, it's hard to beat Olive Garden. One of the most appealing aspects of this casual dining establishment is the unlimited supply of breadsticks and green salad that are included with every meal. With the slogan of "When you're here, you're family," this company strives to provide a warm and welcome atmosphere for patrons. You can run an easy online search to find a location near you.

Ruby Tuesday

One of my personal favorites, Ruby Tuesday is a great casual dining choice whether you're in your home town or on the road. You can always count on Ruby's for a great salad bar and a wide variety of meal options, ranging from terrific burgers to delicious seafood meals. To find a Ruby Tuesday near you, see the chain's online restaurant locator.

T.G.I. Fridays

No matter where you travel in the world, it's likely that you'll be somewhere near a T.G.I. Fridays. You can expect great food and positive and upbeat atmosphere any time you visit this restaurant. Enter your zip code on the restaurant's website to find a location near where you are now or where you'll be traveling.

Suggestions, Anyone?

These are just a few of the many great casual dining restaurants. Want to share your own favorites? Feel free to post them in the comments section below!


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