You Know You Love It: Seven Best Chain Restaurants in S.F. Bay Area
3. Aijsen Ramen
You would think that a China-based chain specializing in Japanese ramen wouldn't really nail authentic flavors, and you'd be right. But might we argue that some of these changes might even be (gasp) improvements? Okay, we won't do that -- we value our lives -- but still, this stuff ain't half bad! If you're stuck in the Westfield mall because you're about to see a movie or have a crippling shopping addiction (no judgment!), this is the place to hit.
2. Cheesecake Factory
Wesley Fryer/Flickr Cheesecake Factory: Restaurant. Bakery. Bar. Way of life.
This is the Big Mama of chains. The Cheesecake Factory might be single-handedly responsible for the obesity epidemic, but we say it's also single-handedly responsible for our gross national happiness. Where else can you eat a salad the size of a football field that has as many calories as 50 Big Macs? My kitchen and The Cheesecake Factory, that's where. When the doctors are wheeling you in for your triple bypass right after you finished your slice of peanut butter whipped cream Snickers Butterfinger whatchamacallit carrot cake pecan Creamsicle beef stew cheesecake, just know that it was worth it.