The 6 Most Underrated Restaurants

My article ranking the 6 most overrated restaurants brought with it a rash of comments disagreeing with me. That's fine. More than fine, in fact. That's the fun of lists. However, the verve with which people defended fast-food restaurants kind of proved my point. I mean, my own editor wanted to have me excommunicated for daring to slight Chik-fil-A (she wasn't alone, people in my own church were also aghast at my culinary apostasy).

Flipping the script somewhat, I'm now going to deign to tell you which restaurants are the most underrated. By underrated restaurants I mean those that people love to turn their noses up at, when, in fact, those restaurants exceed what they've set out to do. By no means am I claiming that any of the restaurants on this list (except one) even come close to reaching the culinary heights of whatever happens to be your favorite locally owned restaurant.

And, remember, as one person commented on my previous article, "Let your own taste buds be the judge, not John Ellis' palate." However, I must confess that I'm at somewhat of a loss as to how to apply that sentiment since I am John Ellis.

I hope you enjoy my list.

6. Texas Roadhouse

I love a good chef-prepared steak. In fact, if a real-to-goodness chef is not running the kitchen, I will most likely not be ordering steak. Texas Roadhouse is the one exception. The chain restaurant never freezes their steaks and does a good job of preparing them, to boot. More steak snobs should give Texas Roadhouse a try. They're missing out on some pretty good steaks that are all mostly under the astonishingly low price of $20.

5. Bojangles'

Growing up in the Deep South, fried chicken was a staple in my house. Sadly, I rarely eat it anymore. My wife is Canadian and I only cook meat over an open flame. While not my mom's fried chicken, Bojangles' rarely disappoints. Plus their dirty rice and mac and cheese are both quite tasty.