Texas-based restaurants among Tripadvisor's top national chains
Houston Chronicle
December 18, 2018 - Houston's dining scene may be touted for its unique establishments that produce sophisticated cuisine, but now it's also being recognized for producing some of the nation's favorite chains.

Some Texas-based organizations claim spots on Tripadvisor' newly revealed top 10 small, and 10 large, chain rankings. The travel outlet shares the dining establishments with several locations that have the most positive ratings from their readers.

According to a press release, these rosters were devised by "an algorithm that took into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews from all of a chain's property locations that were listed on TripAdvisor during a 12-month period."

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen is No. 7 among the nation's top 10 small chains. This category is for companies with 10 to 50 nationwide locations. That list tends to favor some of the nation's higher-end restaurants chains, including Houston's, which is based in Beverly Hills, Calif. — not Houston. This spot is under the umbrella of privately-owned Pappas Restaurants, which was founded in Houston in 1967.

Elsewhere in Texas is another small-produced favorite. Founded in Plano in 1979 is fine-dining Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chão, which landed just at No. 7 in the aforementioned list. That's just one spot above Pappadeaux.

Jason's Deli, founded in Beaumont by Joe Tortorice, Jr. in 1976, sits at No. 8 on the list of top large chains in the US. This sector is for businesses with 101 or more nationwide locations.

"Chain restaurants are integral to the American dining experience as they offer consumers convenient and satisfying meals for all occasions," said Bertrand Jelensperger, senior vice president for TripAdvisor Restaurants. "For the first time, TripAdvisor is ranking restaurant chains that provide exemplary food, service and value to diners. Every company featured in these rankings should be proud of the recognition they are receiving from TripAdvisor's community of millions of travelers and locals searching our site for a great place to eat."

Top 10 Small Chains (10-50 locations)
1. Eddie V's Prime Seafood
2. Seasons 52
3. Houston's (not local, based in California)
4. Ocean Prime
5. J. Alexander's
6. Fogo de Chão
7. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
8. Half Shell Oyster House
9. Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano
10. Maggiano's Little Italy

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