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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

You Know You Love It: Seven Best Chain Restaurants in S.F. Bay Area

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The last coherent memory you'll have at Chevy's. - BILLADAY/FLICKR
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1. Chevy's

This chain gets our #1 spot because not only does it continue to dominate globally with its Tex-Mex'edness, its roots are right here in Alameda. Yes, the Bay's shittiest shitbox tropical island paradise became home to el numero uno Chevy's in 1986. In fact, this writer's first job was slinging watered-down margaritas and defrosted flan to drunken idiots cherished patrons at the Alameda location. Let me tell you this: That Chevy's was the cleanest restaurant I ever worked at, even though that's not saying much. Only once -- just one time! -- did a floor tamale ever make its way to a table, and that's only because that table was full of dicks. Even though the Alameda location is now defunct, there are still several Chevy's in S.F. and its environs, and they're all equally awesome. If you can't get down with a gigantic bowl of sometimes great, sometimes inedible salsa; some tortillas from La Maquina (the tortilla machine of death -- watch your fingers!); and top-shelf margaritas that are really made with bottom-shelf tequila, then we don't want to know you. Oh, and don't forget the excellent deals during EL HAPPY HOUR. Yes, that is what it is actually called. We can't make this shit up. So go ahead, get a MangoGuavaWatermelonRita with seven pieces of giant fruit and nine Mexican flags hanging off it. It might be 2,000 calories and not get you even remotely drunk but you're already the asshole drinking a fake margarita at a fake Mexican restaurant, so let's just do the damn thing! Viva TexMexico!

Laura Beck is a founding editor of Vegansaurus! and tweets at mrpenguino. Follow SFoodie on Twitter: @SFoodie, and like us on Facebook.

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