This is a topic that used to discussed ad naseum with much fire and anger. Wj’s post is a very good intellectual encapsulation of the arguements about why chains are bad and why they should be opposed vigorously. Wj has expressed these opinions for many years and I respect him and agree with him for the most part.
Yet I feel most of the arguements about chains on this site were more emotional and quasi-religious than intellectual. Posters such as Meowzart and Chezkatie hightailed it over to Roguefood with vigorous blasts against our supposed love and preferences for chains and with a fury that suggested folks who ate at chains were less intelligent, less sophisicated, and less tasteful than the people who eschewed chains. Ultimately eating at chains was an immoral act and people who said anything remotely nice about chains were acting in an immoral manner contrary to the purposes of this site.
I hope this is a fair assessment of the people who left and their opinions and no disrespect is intended.I will eat at some chains but prefer the local product when possible. BT can speak with some knowledge of my dislike of Wal-Mart so I am not perfectly consistent.
I enjoy the opinions of most who post here( and most who post on Roguefood) and look forward to continuing our conversations.