Number 5: For several years, the closest location was 70 miles away in LaCrosse. Thankfully, about 4 years ago, they finally opened a franchise in Rochester. The name of the place: the Olive Garden. Their salad is always good and the entrees are solid.
Number 4 is a joint I used to like more, but they've wussed out of late. Famous Dave's. They no longer serve burgers that are cooked medium, only medium-well or well. What a bunch of dumb-asses! Well-done just sucks off all the good nutrients.
At number 3 is a relatively new place: Romano's Macaroni Grill. Their lasagna is killa! Nuff said.
At number 2, you'll find some mighty tasty food though they get ridiculously busy on the weekend. I'm talkin' 'bout da Outback. One drawback is that they only have 3 soft drinks available: Coke, Diet Coke, and Sprite. That's a bit lame...
My favorite is only a few miles from my house and is a good time on any day. Good food, good salads, good apps, and good atmosphere can always be found at Friday's.