75 episodes

The hilarious search for the most mediocre chain restaurant in America. Host Michael Ornelas hits popular spots like IHOP, Texas Roadhouse, & Chili's to find the perfectly average 5-out-of-10 "fine" dining experience.

"Fine" Dining Michael Ornelas

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 201 Ratings

The hilarious search for the most mediocre chain restaurant in America. Host Michael Ornelas hits popular spots like IHOP, Texas Roadhouse, & Chili's to find the perfectly average 5-out-of-10 "fine" dining experience.

    P.F. Chang's Review feat. Andres Simonian (Spanish Wendy's Guy, Y-List Actor) [Part Two]

    P.F. Chang's Review feat. Andres Simonian (Spanish Wendy's Guy, Y-List Actor) [Part Two]

    Scale the Great Wall of Chocolate!
    Andres Simonian (not from Home Economics or Mythic Quest) is back to plunge into our review of P.F. Chang's Michael thinks the atmosphere in a P.F. Chang's is "sexy" Michael tells the tale of the Cumbre Tunnel Massacre shootout that almost claimed his great-grandfather's life Andres makes a high-stakes Shrek-themed wager with Michael What's Going On Over There with the unnamed noodle crisps in the dishes? This week's Secret Menu theme: Tasty Tourist Traps What we ate:
    Dynamite Shrimp Chili-Garlic Green Beans Hand-made Dumplings Kung-Pao Dragon Roll Fire-Braised Short Ribs Crispy Honey Chicken Signature Pork & Shrimp Lo Mein The Great Wall of Chocolate Chang's Apple Crunch "Fine" Dining is now on video! Head on over to our YouTube to watch this episode!  
    Music by: James McEnelly (@Ramshackle_Music)
    Theme Song by: Kyle Schieffer (@JazzyJellyfish)
    Segment Transitions Voiced by: Sandy Rose
    "Fine" Dining is on Patreon! Get an extra episode every month (catch April's episode on Shari's Restaurant & Pies with my cousin Emma Danger), extended Yelp from Strangers segments every other week, merch discounts, download access to our music including the 7 singles from our Olive Garden musical, and more!
    Patreon Producers: Sean Spademan, Joyce Van, & Sue Ornelas
     
    Get the 5 Survival Tips for Casual Dining at www.finediningpodcast.com!
     
    Send in your P.F. Chang's stories at finediningpodcast@gmail.com.
     
    Follow the show on TikTok and Instagram @finediningpodcast
    Follow Andres on Instagram @andressimonian
     
    Let me know where I should go next by leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, PodcastAddict, Overcast, or wherever you get your podcasts. I read every one!
     
    Next week on "Fine" Dining: The Original Pancake House History [Part One]! I'm joined by comedian Chad Opitz, and Shrekfast is upon us. Learn the history of this oft-overlooked franchise in the world of breakfast chains! Ever work at The Original Pancake House? Send your stories to finediningpodcast@gmail.com.

    • 51 min
    P.F. Chang's History feat. Andres Simonian (Spanish Wendy's Guy, Y-List Actor) [Part One]

    P.F. Chang's History feat. Andres Simonian (Spanish Wendy's Guy, Y-List Actor) [Part One]

    It took 55 episodes to do Chinese food!
    Actor Andres Simonian (one of the Wendy's guys in the Spanish-speaking markets) joins me this week, covering the history and the Yelp reviews for P.F. Chang's The whitewashing of "P.F. Chang's" is uncovered in this week's Eat Deets Andres is called on his lie about getting stuck in "unexpected" traffic Michael & Andres try the Lettuce Wraps since they didn't order them during their meal What are Michael & Andres' fortunes? Discussion about P.F. Chang's restaurants in Asia A guy on Yelp thought a self-acknowledged Chauvinistic review would play well "Fine" Dining is now on video! Head on over to our YouTube to watch this episode!  
    Music by: James McEnelly (@Ramshackle_Music)
    Theme Song by: Kyle Schieffer (@JazzyJellyfish)
    Segment Transitions Voiced by: Sandy Rose
    "Fine" Dining is on Patreon! Get an extra episode every month (April's episode dropped at the end of the month, and I visited Shari's Restaurant & Pies with first-time podcast 3-peat guest, my cousin Emma Danger), extended Yelp from Strangers segments every other week, merch discounts, download access to our music including the 7 singles from our Olive Garden musical, and more!
    Patreon Producers: Sean Spademan, Joyce Van, & Sue Ornelas
     
    Get the 5 Survival Tips for Casual Dining at www.finediningpodcast.com!
     
    Send in your P.F. Chang's stories at finediningpodcast@gmail.com.
     
    Follow the show on TikTok and Instagram @finediningpodcast
    Follow Andres on Instagram @andressimonian
     
    Let me know where I should go next by leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, PodcastAddict, Overcast, or wherever you get your podcasts. I read every one!
     
    Next week on "Fine" Dining: P.F. Chang's History [Part Two]! Andres is back, and if you picked up on his not-so-subtle hints in this first part, he didn't love P.F. Chang's. Hear our review and see what's salvageable! Ever work at P.F. Chang's? Send your stories to finediningpodcast@gmail.com.

    • 44 min
    Chipotle Review feat. Zara Mizrahi (Stand-Up, American Dad, Family Guy) [Part Two]

    Chipotle Review feat. Zara Mizrahi (Stand-Up, American Dad, Family Guy) [Part Two]

    In honor of Cinco de Mayo, let's review a restaurant as Mexican as our host is: Chipotle!!
    It's time to chat the Chipotle Mexican Grill dining experience, joined once again by stand-up comedian and Chipotle-lover, Zara Mizrahi What's the actual best restaurant Zara's ever experienced? The "art" on the wall is not art, no matter how badly it wants to be What's Going On Over There with the restaurant turning down the music as soon as we start talking? The number of government employees in uniform is Way Too Much We wanted to adopt our burrito-smith despite him warning me of a guac explosion The drawing for an all-expenses paid trip to Applebee's! What we ate:
    Agua Fresca (Michael) Sofritas Burrito (Zara) Carnitas Burrito (Michael) Chips & Guac (Both) "Fine" Dining is now on video! Head on over to our YouTube to watch this episode!  
    Music by: James McEnelly (@Ramshackle_Music)
    Theme Song by: Kyle Schieffer (@JazzyJellyfish)
    Segment Transitions Voiced by: Sandy Rose
    "Fine" Dining is on Patreon! Get an extra episode every month (last week, I released April's episode where I hit Shari's Restaurant & Pies with first-time podcast 3-peat guest, my cousin Emma Danger), extended Yelp from Strangers segments every other week, merch discounts, download access to our music including the 7 singles from our Olive Garden musical, and more!
    Patreon Producers: Sean Spademan, Joyce Van, & Sue Ornelas
     
    Get the 5 Survival Tips for Casual Dining at www.finediningpodcast.com!
     
    Send in your Chipotle stories at finediningpodcast@gmail.com.
     
    Follow the show on TikTok and Instagram @finediningpodcast
    Follow Zara on TikTok and Instagram @zaramizrahi
     
    Let me know where I should go next by leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, PodcastAddict, Overcast, or wherever you get your podcasts. I read every one!
     
    Next week on "Fine" Dining: P.F. Chang's History [Part One]! I go deep into the lore of the most iconic American-made Asian cuisine restaurant chain in the country, and I bring Andres Simonian with me, in what might be a traitorous act, given he's one of the "Wendy's guys" in the current ad campaign they're running in Spanish-speaking markets. Ever work at P.F. Chang's? Send your stories to finediningpodcast@gmail.com.

    • 52 min
    Chipotle History feat. Zara Mizrahi (Stand-Up, American Dad, Family Guy) [Part One]

    Chipotle History feat. Zara Mizrahi (Stand-Up, American Dad, Family Guy) [Part One]

    The debut of a brand new game: The Secret Menu!!
    Michael hits a place about as Mexican as he is for Cinco de Mayo, Chipotle Mexican Grill with long-time friend and burrito enthusiast, stand-up comedian Zara Mizrahi Chipotle can't shake the stigma of having been owned by McDonald's Learn about the legendary Chipotle burrito coins in Eat Deets Zara wants to tithe her income to Chipotle Chipotle forayed into soul food, pizza, and burgers in other failed restaurant experiments The debut of The Secret Menu: this week's category is Chipotle-Borne Illnesses Corporate greed and tip culture have turned employees into panhandlers A Yelper finds it "off" when the Chipotle employee seems happy to be alive The full review comes next week! "Fine" Dining is now on video! Head on over to our YouTube to watch this episode!  
    Music by: James McEnelly (@Ramshackle_Music)
    Theme Song by: Kyle Schieffer (@JazzyJellyfish)
    Segment Transitions Voiced by: Sandy Rose
    "Fine" Dining is on Patreon! Get an extra episode every month (just yesterday, I released April's episode where I hit Shari's Restaurant & Pies with first-time podcast 3-peat guest, my cousin Emma Danger), extended Yelp from Strangers segments every other week, merch discounts, download access to our music including the 7 singles from our Olive Garden musical, and more!
    Patreon Producers: Sean Spademan, Joyce Van, & Sue Ornelas
     
    Get the 5 Survival Tips for Casual Dining at www.finediningpodcast.com!
     
    Send in your Chipotle stories at finediningpodcast@gmail.com.
     
    Follow the show on TikTok and Instagram @finediningpodcast
    Follow Zara on TikTok and Instagram @zaramizrahi
     
    Let me know where I should go next by leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, PodcastAddict, Overcast, or wherever you get your podcasts. I read every one!
     
    Next week on "Fine" Dining: Chipotle Review [Part Two]! Zara returns to review her one true love: Chipotle burritos. We'll talk all about our lunch at this fast-casual juggernaut. Ever work at Chipotle? Send your stories to finediningpodcast@gmail.com.

    • 58 min
    IHOP Review feat. Jasper Lewis (Internet Menace) & Katie Molinaro (Renowned Foodie) [Part Two]

    IHOP Review feat. Jasper Lewis (Internet Menace) & Katie Molinaro (Renowned Foodie) [Part Two]

    Enter for an all expenses paid trip to your local Applebee's*!
    Jasper Lewis, biscuit enthusiast, is back to take on IHOP, the International House of Pancakes with Michael A hyper kid listening to metal in the booth next to us is WAY TOO MUCH Michael & Jasper discuss the viral list of places that "women don't want to be taken on a first date" Jasper is all about our server's lack of vocal fry Katie Molinaro (@eatitkatie) joins us to try Lay's exclusive Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity potato chip flavor The pancakes are good! The biscuits are the worst Jasper has had in Los Angeles Michael busts out the You-Must Bowl for a totally legitimate and not-at-all rigged drawing to set up next week's restaurant "Fine" Dining is now on video! Head on over to our YouTube to watch this episode!  
    Music by: James McEnelly (@Ramshackle_Music)
    Theme Song by: Kyle Schieffer (@JazzyJellyfish)
    Segment Transitions Voiced by: Sandy Rose
    "Fine" Dining is on Patreon! Get an extra episode every month (Coming soon: Shari's Cafe & Pies with the return of my cousin Emma!), extended Yelp from Strangers segments every other week, merch discounts, download access to our music including the 7 singles from our Olive Garden musical, and more!
    Patreon Producers: Sean Spademan, Joyce Van, & Sue Ornelas
     
    Get the 5 Survival Tips for Casual Dining at www.finediningpodcast.com!
     
    Send in your IHOP stories at finediningpodcast@gmail.com.
     
    Follow the show on TikTok and Instagram @finediningpodcast
    Follow Jasper on TikTok and Instagram @heyjasperlewis
     
    Let me know where I should go next by leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, PodcastAddict, Overcast, or wherever you get your podcasts. I read every one!
     
    Next week on "Fine" Dining: Chipotle [Part One]! Stand-up comic Zara Mizrahi joins Michael to learn the history of her number 1 love: Chipotle. Ever work at Chipotle? Send your stories to finediningpodcast@gmail.com.
     
    *$50 for gas, $200 Applebee's gift card. Go to linktree.com/finediningpodcast and select "Bees Giveaway" to enter!

    • 53 min
    IHOP History feat. Jasper Lewis (Internet Menace) [Part One]

    IHOP History feat. Jasper Lewis (Internet Menace) [Part One]

    Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity is BACK!
    Michael is joined by friend and "woman-of-God" Jasper Lewis to talk all things IHOP, the International House of Pancakes and chain restaurant juggernaut Poor signage/menu descriptions leave Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity a mystery What's Going On Over There with the barren Wikipedia page for IHOP? Learn the history of the franchise, from its founder's interest in coffee to its acquisition of Applebee's (which it paid for in cash) That whole "IHOB" thing A Yelper recounts the restaurant's denial that there could be hair in his food because "no one who works here is hairy" The full review comes next week! "Fine" Dining is now on video! Head on over to our YouTube to watch this episode!  
    Music by: James McEnelly (@Ramshackle_Music)
    Theme Song by: Kyle Schieffer (@JazzyJellyfish)
    Segment Transitions Voiced by: Sandy Rose
    "Fine" Dining is on Patreon! Get an extra episode every month (March saw me go to Dallas to eat Steak 'n Shake with my Dad), extended Yelp from Strangers segments every other week, merch discounts, download access to our music including the 7 singles from our Olive Garden musical, and more!
    Patreon Producers: Sean Spademan, Joyce Van, & Sue Ornelas
     
    Get the 5 Survival Tips for Casual Dining at www.finediningpodcast.com!
     
    Send in your IHOP stories at finediningpodcast@gmail.com.
     
    Follow the show on TikTok and Instagram @finediningpodcast
    Follow Jasper on TikTok and Instagram @heyjasperlewis
     
    Let me know where I should go next by leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, PodcastAddict, Overcast, or wherever you get your podcasts. I read every one!
     
    Next week on "Fine" Dining: IHOP Review [Part Two]! Jasper Lewis is back to talk about our experience in the restaurant, and we're joined by Katie Molinaro to taste test a special Lays flavor. Ever work at IHOP? Send your stories to finediningpodcast@gmail.com.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
201 Ratings

201 Ratings

PodcastListener56 ,

Mediocrity at its finest

The most mediocre podcast in America!

bubbec ,

Hysterically Entertaining

I heard about this podcast from the Snack Show podcast (another 5 star podcast). While I live on the east coast I do recognize some of the restaurants. The descriptions and history of each chain are fascinating; it’s the reviews of the food and drinks that are wild. I listen late at night and hope my neighbors in the building don’t think I am crazy (well ok, they know I am). I really enjoy this podcast!!

Schmooly Jones ,

Like Applebee’s

Like Applebee’s, this is the perfectly mediocre podcast.

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