Like the chain restaurant-loving Fresnans that we are, we answered with Cheesecake Factory, In-N-Out, Cheesecake Factory, Macaroni Grill and Cheesecake Factor/Elephant Bar. On the flip side, a few people stepped up with local options — Doghouse Grill, Campagnia and a trifecta of Max’s, Cracked Pepper and Elbow Room.
A similar topic came up recently in a discussion with my wife: If you’re a celeb traveling from city to city and you can have pretty much whatever you want, would you try local places or stick to chains, where you know where you’re going to get? You know my answer. But maybe Apolo Ohno would happily hit up Cheesecake Factorys all across the land. For what it’s worth: I would have sent him to La Elegante.