Originally Posted by savoir
Decency, like beauty, rests entirely in the eye (or stomach) of the beholder.
Indeed. I can imagine the the cardboard that I saw for sale
under the monicker "hamburger" at street stands in London in the 80ies might have pleased some people. It did not please me however.
The same with coffee. I was completely flabbergasted when, upon ordering a coffee at a bar in Aberdeen the local bartender just grabbed a mug, dumped in some instant, and poured hot water
The coffee was not in the least bit fit to drink.
I all in favor of sampling local cuisine. But you have to find it first, and sometimes all you need is a meal and a drink of predictable quality. And there the chains come in handy. Starbucks will never be the best coffee in town. It will however rarely be the worst either.