Our Applebees is Better than Your Applebees.
We’ve all seen the Forbes lists where Buffalo is ranked at the bottom of the country in whatever asinine category they’ve dreamed up on their website. We’ve also seen the Forbes lists where Buffalo leads the nation in some other asinine category that they’ve dreamed up. Take a bunch of stats, and you can put a city to judgement. It can go however you want, depending on how you work over the statistics.
And yes, we have Applebee’s here. And McDonald’s. And about a thousand other chain restaurants that you can find across the United States these days. I think it’s safe to say not many people road trip for food these days (Travel Channel specials aside).
Who is Ray Whitney, or Forbes trying to kid? Buffalo is a city in the United States, pretty much just like any other. Downtown is a bit vacant. The old steel plant is an eyesore. We have our problems. Then again, so does Detroit, and you don’t see players shying away from the Red Wings.
For those of us who have logged long miles East to West and North to South on America’s highways, it’s true that every city has hidden gems, a certain personality, and a reason to be cherished. And yes, they are also full of Applebee’s. IHOP’s. Burger Kings. Motel 6’s. Lowe’s. Targets. Sears. The list goes on and on, doesn’t it?
Ray Whitney hates Buffalo. He’s not alone. But in this day and age, where the concrete jungle and urban sprawl have all but changed America’s cities into a monotony of sameness, who the hell cares anymore? Do some research. It’s not that bad here.
And our “Bourbon Street Steaks” are sublime.
All that being said. (mostly in pictures), if you are ever stuck on the dreadful 95, speeding through the unending torment of the Carolina highways, look for about a hundred or more of these billboards:
Ahh, “South of the Border.” The Disney Land of all that is kitschy Americana. It’s a perfect example of something wonderful that exsits in a place no one usually cares to think twice about.
Buffalo is not just Applebee’s, and neither are the Carolinas, Detroit, or Phoenix. We all have our own special little somethin’ somethin’ going on. Folks just need to stop being so incredibly lazy and figure it out.
I’m looking at you, Ray Whitney.
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