This depends on where you live. We have some amazing restaurants in Charlotte that sell amazing food. Usually locally sourced meats and veggies. It's funny, in a lot of parts of town, there are NO chains.A European visitor once told me that US food is like US movies: "all guns and boobs".
We often favor an Italian place near us- they have perfect roast chicken (bone in- they give you the leg and thigh), short ribs, duck, hanger steak. They use olive oil. There is a Tapas place that is really great too- lamb dishes are often really great there. The greek place by work uses real olive oil in their dressing. Don't get me started on BBQ. The pull pork, collard greens in bacon fat with vinegar. There are food trucks with local pastured pork tacos on home made tortillas.
When I travel though, I realize how spoiled we are in the Carolinas. Even before I went primal.... I hated going home and going to shit like the "Olive Garden". To me, Italian is chicken stuffed with fennel sausage stuffing with a side of risotto.... not some shitty unlimited pasta coated in good.