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The 6 Most Overrated Restaurants

Many nutritionists claim that Americans eat out too much. Maybe. Maybe not. What is certain is that some Americans are less than discerning about where they eat out. Considering the number of restaurants to choose from, it makes little sense for any American to spend their eating-out money on sub-par restaurants. Below are the six most overrated restaurants in America.

One note before the list, though: overrated doesn't mean that the food is bad. It means that many people speak about these restaurants in almost reverent tones, when, in fact, better food is available at other less "celebrated" restaurants. None of the restaurants on this list deserve the lofty opinions about them held by so many.

6. Papa John's

I get the convenience factor, but unless you're snowed in and need food desperately or you are throwing a birthday party for a child, there's no reason to eat anything from this mockery of a pizza restaurant. A pizza's flavor is mainly derived from its sauce and its dough. Papa John's sauce is way too sweet and comes out of a can. Its dough is prepared in large, assembly line bakeries and then trucked to the restaurants where it sits in the walk-in cooler waiting to be tugged and pulled into a circle by someone who knows next to nothing about baking or pizza. To top it off, most communities have pizza joints that serve truly house-made pizza for basically the same price as Papa John's.

5. Chipotle

I first ate at a Chipotle almost two years ago. Based on the amount of hyperbolic worship heaped on the chain, I was expecting so much more than what I discovered. It took me less than a minute inside of the place to realize that Chipotle is just a pretentious Moe's with a great marketing department. Since then, I've eaten at my neighborhood's Chipotle dozens of time because my kids love the place and I love my kids. But every time I'm there, and no matter what I order, the food is always bland. It's definitely not worth the hype.