Fill in the Blanks: (city) is the (chain restaurant) of cities

charlotte skyline with chili's sign
I want my city back city back city back. (Original photo by James Willamor)

Today’s Axios Raleigh newsletter referred to Charlotte as “the Applebee’s of cities.” While this seems like a fairly apropos burn of the Queen City, it’s not exactly accurate. According to four-year-old tweet from Rabbit Hole supporter Nick Andersen that has now entered the North Carolina Internet Canon, Charlotte is actually the Chili’s of cities:

Sure, they seem the same, but there are very subtle differences between Chili’s and Applebee’s. Only those with a trained palate and an eye for corporate feng shui can guide you, much in the same way that a skilled sommelier might help you choose the perfect variety of Boone’s Farm.

What I’m trying to say is that there are many chain restaurants. There are many cities in North Carolina. In the comments below, I’d love to hear your pairings. So fill in these blanks: (NC city) is the (chain restaurant) of cities, and if you want, leave a line or two that explains your reasoning (One ask: Please be somewhat civil). I’ll collect and analyze your selections for an upcoming Rabbit Hole. It’ll be the Sponsored Yelp of newsletters, if you will.

Thanks again, readers!