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Old 03-10-2012, 04:19 PM   #11
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i think olive garden sucks, but then it's being compared to a dozen different mom and pop italian resraurants in my area that are excellent.
dw convinced me to go to the olive garden a few times when we at a mall, so it's not like i didn't give it a go. what makes me think they suck was that the first time, i ordered pork cubes in a wine sauce and not only was the pork bad (it smelled and tasted off), but there was a sliver of plastic in the sauce that the waiter admitted was from the bag that the sauce comes in. another time i ordered chicken parm. the chicken cutlet was pounded so thin and so badly overfried that it was like a wood chip. how can you screw up chicken parm?

so no thanks for me. dw knows better than to ask me to go again.
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I'm with you, Bucky. I've been to olive garden several times. I was underwhelmed to say the least, and it's sure not because I'm a food snob, considering my favorite local place for Italian Food is a small local chain called "Presto Pasta", where the meals are a real bargain and down right delicious.
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Old 03-10-2012, 04:33 PM   #12
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Maybe I should be happy Olive garden has never opened here...
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Old 03-10-2012, 04:45 PM   #13
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i have eaten there several times. i usually get the sample plate and salad. both are good and filling.
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Old 03-10-2012, 04:55 PM   #14
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Olive Garden is a good place to go for soup, salad and breadsticks. I meet friends there and have really enjoyed the food and the service.
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:56 PM   #15
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Olive Garden is a good place to go for soup, salad and breadsticks. I meet friends there and have really enjoyed the food and the service.
It's funny how people taste differ. I ate there twice and I thought the breadsticks were tasteless and the salad dressing was so vile it ruined the salad. Yet I really liked the pasta I ordered!
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:17 PM   #16
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I don't consider OG to be great food, but it is usually tasty and consistent. I am also in an area where there are no great local places, I've looked but so far have come up dry.

For many it might be the best option that they have for Italian type food. My favorite Italian chain is Maggiano's.
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:18 PM   #17
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I am in this camp.

Olive garden is to Italian, what McDonalds is to burgers.
Make room for my tent too please.

I have no problem with people liking OG (or McD's for that matter). I would never put someone down for liking what they like. But for me I find OG inedible for the most part. I have had soup there that I actually really enjoyed and I think the bite of chicken parm that my wife gave me was not bad, but aside from I have not eaten anything else there that I would ever serve. The amount of salt they use it beyond insane. I am not someone who goes super light with salt, but of the 4 times I have eaten at an OG, 3 I have physically not been able to continue eating because it was too salty.
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:26 PM   #18
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i mentioned this thread to my wife and she said, " well, it's ok if you only eat the salad, breadsticks, and a simple pasta dish. it's not really italian..."

when i replied about how greasy and salty the breadsticks were, she mentioned that they were the diet breaking part of going there, but it was ok because it's only every once in a long while.

i don't know. if i'm going to eat something "sinfully" diet breaking, it's not gonna be breadsticks.
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:43 PM   #19
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I'm not going to say OG sucks. It's far from authentic, but okay as far as chain restaurants go. And if it's the only Italian option you have in your town, then so be it.

I live in a large metro area with a lot of diverse mom & pop restaurants. When my wife and I go out to dinner, those are the kind of places we tend to like. They usually have personality. Just my opinion, but with chains, the food can sometimes taste a little like it came off a conveyor belt.
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