When I lived in Michigan one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Kalamazoo had a completely different menu than the one in White Pigeon or the ones I ate at in Chicago or in Georgia. But every Mexican restaurant I have eaten in Georgia has exactly the same menu. Same items, same specials, same numbers. Doesn't matter where. Even the first lunch special is always the same: it's always the Speedy Gonzalez.
And yesterday we were out of town in an attempt to get "good" Chinese food and dammit if it wasn't the same menu as back home (all 3) or Rome GA. Same numbers, same little red chilis indicating which dishes were spicy. Even the same lunch special each served with the same choice of soups with your choice of egg roll or two crab rangoons.
I realize ALL Mexican or Chinese restaurants are the same. I can get different food and menus from here if I go to Chicago, probably Atlanta, but why are SO MANY OF THESE RESTAURANTS EXACTLY THE SAME!!!
Is there a secret syndicate of Mexican or Chinese restaurants? A faceless cartel that recruits families to move here and sets them up with a small restaurant with a prerequisite menu?
Am I the only one who has noticed and pondered this? I realize that I am at risk if I do learn the truth of being placed on a secret cartel's hit list, but I WANT TO KNOW!