I complain about living in the city a lot. In short, the sheer size of everything is overwhelming. If there's one thing I love about it though, it's the choice of restaurants and bars. Off the top of my head, places that we go to on a regular or wish we could go to more often, fit the list of . . .
Barbecue, Indian, Indian, Greek, Greek, Thai, Thai, Chinese, Pizza, Cajun^, Tex Mex, Mexican, Mexican, Mexican. I don't think any of them would fit francopoli's definition of sketchy food safety, but the majority of them definitely aren't trying to look fancy. They're all best enjoyed with the company of others, of course.
That said, if given the option between a place like Wendy's or a place like Applebees, I'm doing fucking Wendy's drive through, because the food quality is about the same, Wendy's is cheaper, and I can eat it in the privacy of my own home with my dog watching me beg as I remind her that that's the rudest thing a dog can do but I'll allow it cause she's cute as a button when she begs. You can't get entertainment like that at Applebees, even with shit on the wall.
^It's been literally years at this point since I've had Shrimp Etoufe. Dala and a bud of mine promised we can get some this month so I'm excited as shit about that.