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Old 03-10-2012, 09:02 AM   #1
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Restaurant Review of The Olive Garden Goes Viral

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Is the Olive Garden that bad???

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Old 03-10-2012, 09:11 AM   #2
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I've never been disappointed with the food. We even had them cater a dinner for the band parents! Just another example of the food snobs trying to take over IMO.
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:47 AM   #3
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I agree. If you like it, who's buisness is it, anyway? Some people need to put others down to feel superior. Talking about love of food isn't enough for these people. They need to feel superior about everything in their lives. I know a few people like that. They are too busy complaining about things to actually experience any simple pleasures.
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:01 AM   #4
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I wouldn't go so far as saying that Olive Garden is gourmet food, but it IS good and, from what we've experienced, a well-run business.

The Olive Garden restaurants I've been to have all been clean, pleasant and well-managed. The food, with one exception, was very good and as Mrs. Hagerty said, generous serving-wise. The one exception was one that served somewhat mediocre food. Don't know what happened, but the "spark" just wasn't there. That restaurant was in a 'burb of Washington, DC and it's unlikely I'll ever be back that way again so I won't know if there's been any change/improvement.

As with anything else, if you don't like what they offer...go somewhere else. It's not like we don't have plentiful restaurant choices in this country.
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:41 AM   #5
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I liked the salad and breadsticks! What's wrong with people nowadays?
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:43 AM   #6
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The ones around here have gone downhill, they are not very clean and the food has been mediocre at best. When they first opened they were excellent.
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:03 PM   #7
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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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Old 03-10-2012, 03:20 PM   #8
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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, 03:24 PM   #9
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We've eaten at OG several times. We have not experienced badly cooked or adulterated foods. The meals we've had were tasty and reasonable. When someone is looking for authentic Italian, I don't recommend OG. I also don't recommend the locally owned place. It's not very good either. Crappy food is not limited to chain restaurants.
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We have Johnny Carino's here, not bad...the best place is still my kitchen.
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