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(BusinessWeek)   Olive Garden and Red Lobster struggle to revive sales, as American appetite for authentic Italian foods and high-class seafood cuisine dwindles   (businessweek.com ) divider line 415
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2012-06-22 09:33:01 PM  
I figure the people who like Red Lobster or Olive Garden either:

1) Don't have any other options in their area.
2) Haven't ever had decent quality/tasting food of the respective food type.
3) Simply don't know better due to either 1 and/or 2.

I have no problems with chain restaurants, although many of them are terrible. Some are decent though. However, many of them are reasonably priced so I can see why people would eat there - for economic reasons. For the life of me I don't know why anyone would pay $30 a plate at Red Lobster when you can go to an upscale restaurant and get a MUCH MUCH MUCH better entree for the same price. You might get less food, but the quality is so much higher. Do you really need all you can eat anything?

Olive Garden just microwaves frozen meals so I don't why anyone would eat there, it's really repulsive. I don't really care if it's authentic Italian food or not as this is not a concern for me, what concerns me is that is extremely low quality and tastes bad.

And as much as I despise a place like Denny's, I can at least see why someone would eat there if you can get a meal for $3 or whatever. I refuse to step foot in the place, but it's more reasonable to me than paying high prices for low quality.
 
2012-06-22 09:38:17 PM  

Eeyore004: John Buck 41: Been to OG twice. Dragged there once by an ex, met a blind date the 2nd time. Never again. RL? Not so bad. Always enjoyed it. Wish they were still here (Bangor ME)

Wait, the Bangor OG closed? Where will the kids go on prom night if they can't afford the gas to get to Dysart's?


Nope. The RL closed. Quite a few years ago. There's still an Applebee's just up the street (and across from) OG.
 
2012-06-22 09:40:10 PM  
people realized they could be their own microwave technician at home for a quarter of the cost?
 
2012-06-22 09:40:50 PM  

highwayrun: I should be in the kitchen: highwayrun: I should be in the kitchen: I still tease my mom about the first time she and dad came to visit me in Vegas, nearly ten years ago now. They had offered to take my then-husband and I out to dinner and she suggested Olive Garden.

Who goes to Vegas to eat at the freakin' Olive Garden?

I talked them into Battista's Hole in the Wall. The food is good--not spectacular, but the cool "Old Vegas" atmosphere, the little old man strolling around with his accordion and the all-you-can-drink house wine kick Olive Garden's ass any day.

I know, right? All kinds of choices to love in Vegas. You could be eating at the King's Buffet at the Excalibur or the Starchstravaganza at the Imperial Palace or Rewarmed Taco Night at the El Cortez.

I wouldn't know, I don't eat at buffets.

Funny thing about this city, there are nearly 2 million people in the metro area and we don't live on the Strip. It's not like there would be, you know, food options that cater to locals and tourists beyond the starch-bloated Midwestern Land Whales.

Think Imma hit the little family-owned Greek place by my house for dinner.

I did eat at buffets when I lived there. While some (the Rio, Paris) are better than others (the Orleans, Imperial Palace) they all tend to mediocre, which isn't surprising when you consider to whom they're marketing, namely gullible tourists.

I do have to say, though, Mr. Or Ms. Kitchen, that the best sushi I've ever had, hands down, was on Spring Mountain about a mile off the Strip.


Oh yeah, Chinatown! Awesome sushi places there, as long as they're actually Japanese owned and not Korean. I've had some damn fine Pho down there too.

Some good sushi places out in the 'burbs too, it seems like no matter which side if town you're on there's decent sushi nearby
 
2012-06-22 09:43:39 PM  
I used to love going to Red Lobster for those little baked shrimp scampi dishes, and the cheddar biscuits.

But, ever since I figured out how to make both myself, and how damn easy it was, I don't think I'll ever go back.

You have to drag me into an Olive Garden... I've never been pleased with the food at those places, and they're always so crowded and noisy it makes me want to pull an 'Arnold In Kindergarten Cop' in the middle of dinner. My family, however loves those kind of places, so whenever we get together it's Olive Garden/Red Lobster/Red Robin/Applebees...

/Ok, and occasionally Black Angus... They're OK...
 
2012-06-22 09:44:03 PM  

Omahawg: better dressing than olive garden. make it at home any time you please

Short Stop Italian salad dressing:

1 Cup Sugar
2 T Salt
2/3 Cup Water
1 1/2 Cup Cider Vinegar
1 T Parsley
2 Cloves Garlic (minced)
Capers (I use a couple of Tablespoons)
Mix the above and let sit at least 1/2 hour.

Then add:

1 Cup oil
Stir and refrigerate. If oil gets thick let set out 1/2 hour before using.


A whole cup of sugar? That seems... excessive...

/Also, I go to olive garden occasionally to get two meals, a few bowls of soup and whatever I ordered as leftover.
 
2012-06-22 09:44:33 PM  
Certain members of my family, whose names are best left unsaid, love Olive Garden. I had the misfortune of sitting through a birthday dinner there a few weeks ago, it was a 45 minute wait for a table. A few days later I found a mom and pop Italian restaurant in the same town that not only had the best manicotti I've ever had, they were practically empty that night. On the way home I drove by Olive Garden and sure enough, the parking lot is packed and I see people standing by the door waiting to get in.

I don't want to live in this country anymore.
 
2012-06-22 09:45:47 PM  

Funk Brothers: This is what a kitchen in an average Red Lobster looks like.
[i.imgur.com image 507x377]


Oh Christ, that looks like it's from Silent farking Hill.
 
2012-06-22 09:46:01 PM  
Ersatz food for ersatz people.
 
2012-06-22 09:48:14 PM  

DocFarker: ZombiesYall: Hey, is this the thread where we brag about being too high-class to eat at chain restaurants?

Yelp, but you can only brag if your white though..


I'm more of a pinkish-beige, does this disqualify me?
 
2012-06-22 09:48:45 PM  

ZeroCorpse: styckx: My favorite ghetto place (and by ghetto I mean stereotyping the place by the commericials) is Golden Corral. I see their commercials all the time and lol @ the fattie magnet Chocolate Wonderfall and now they're even giving away Cotton Candy.. That place is the poster child for obesity in America.

I used to work in a Sveden House restaurant. It was a smorgasbord (using the term loosely. It was really just a run-of-the-mill buffet), and every Sunday all the absolute fattest people in the tri-city area would drop in, pay their $5.00 a head (this was the 80s), and stay there ALL DAY, eating like pigs.

It was disgusting. I'm not just talking about your average fat people, here. I'm talking about the kind of people who need two chairs... The kind of people who have to wash with a rag on a stick... The kind of people who probably have car keys and missing household pets stuck within their folds of fat.

And these heifers would load up their plates with everything at once. Mashed potatoes with chocolate sauce? You bet! Swedish Meatballs covered in nacho cheese? Oh, yes! Beef gravy milkshakes? They did it. An entire plate heaped with Jell-O and corn? Yes, they did that, too. Getting their coffee in a bowl? Yes. Filling a plastic cup with chili, water, and cheese, and then drinking it? Yes, they did this, too.

Barfing on the table and shiatting on the floor in the restroom? That was them, as well. One time, I even found a plate full of chicken bones in a stall, on the floor next to the toilet... Some porker waddled in there with a pile of fried chicken and sat there crapping and eating for what must have been at least 15 minutes. Possibly more. It was a lot of chicken bones. I think it might have been the equivalent of a chicken and a half. And the bones were cracked, too. They sucked the marrow out of at least some of them. ...All while taking a dump.

The place was horrific. It was almost 30 years ago, and I still occasionally have nightmares about it. And the worst thing about it was the the owner had a strict rule: No bussing the tables until the whole party leaves. That meant the mess piled up in the middle of the table, and under it, and on the floor next to chairs... All while these people stayed for hours and hours, eating more food in a day than some people eat in a month.

So the chocolate fountain at Golden Corral doesn't bother me. It has nothing on the Sveden House.


WTF!!!!!
I have worked in a few restaurants in my day but WTF!!!!
 
2012-06-22 09:50:33 PM  
I find it sadly amusing that a thread bashing Olive Garden/Red Lobster will get about the same number of comments as a thread praising Taco Bell's new Doritos taco shells.
 
2012-06-22 09:53:54 PM  

Funk Brothers: This is what a kitchen in an average Red Lobster looks like.
[i.imgur.com image 507x377]


Meat-slime?
 
2012-06-22 09:54:40 PM  

Indubitably: Funk Brothers: This is what a kitchen in an average Red Lobster looks like.
[i.imgur.com image 507x377]

Meat-slime?


P.S. It's pink.
 
2012-06-22 09:54:40 PM  
www.copykat.com

The only reason I'll still eat at Red Lobster.

Though with some Bisquick you can make better ones at home that aren't nearly as salty.

/I also love their coconut shrimp
//Judge me, I don't care!
///Yes, I've had good seafood. Maryland and South Carolina. Delicious.
 
2012-06-22 09:56:24 PM  

Jurodan: Omahawg: better dressing than olive garden. make it at home any time you please

Short Stop Italian salad dressing:

1 Cup Sugar
2 T Salt
2/3 Cup Water
1 1/2 Cup Cider Vinegar
1 T Parsley
2 Cloves Garlic (minced)
Capers (I use a couple of Tablespoons)
Mix the above and let sit at least 1/2 hour.

Then add:

1 Cup oil
Stir and refrigerate. If oil gets thick let set out 1/2 hour before using.

A whole cup of sugar? That seems... excessive...

/Also, I go to olive garden occasionally to get two meals, a few bowls of soup and whatever I ordered as leftover.


I could see a tablespoon of sugar but damn...a cup? And no pepper? or Parmesan?
 
2012-06-22 09:56:35 PM  

Indubitably: Indubitably: Funk Brothers: This is what a kitchen in an average Red Lobster looks like.
[i.imgur.com image 507x377]

Meat-slime?

P.S. It's pink. How do you color that, haters of color? We're all pink, mans. Come on.

 
2012-06-22 09:56:39 PM  
I think I can make better crab legs with frozen stuff I buy at the grocery store. I do wish I had a restaurant pressure steamer but still...
 
2012-06-22 09:56:52 PM  

Optimus Composite: Certain members of my family, whose names are best left unsaid, love Olive Garden. I had the misfortune of sitting through a birthday dinner there a few weeks ago, it was a 45 minute wait for a table. A few days later I found a mom and pop Italian restaurant in the same town that not only had the best manicotti I've ever had, they were practically empty that night. On the way home I drove by Olive Garden and sure enough, the parking lot is packed and I see people standing by the door waiting to get in.

I don't want to live in this country anymore.


Olive Garden has better marketing, and people will believe marketing, even if it's offal
 
2012-06-22 09:58:14 PM  
Fark has way too many hipsters these days.

Id say its more interesting that the slightly more expensive than normal restaurants are doing bad. People are tightening their belts.
 
2012-06-22 10:00:45 PM  

9beers: MrHappyRotter: Red Lobster == DISGUSTING

It's obviously not the best seafood but I've never had a problem with it when I've been there. If anything is disgusting, it's the people you see there. Most of the time you'd think the Red Lobster was attached to the local Wal-Mart.


I'm sorry, whether it was two, ten or twenty years ago, if a restaurant serves me dried out (but somehow slimey on the outside), tasteless and tiny scallops,. there's a very good chance I'm going to automatically assume their food is nasty. Serve me that same quality food a second time in a row, and I'm going to automatically assume their food is nasty and inedible for the entire span of my natural life. This is especially true for the cost/quality ratio of that chain. The only redeeming quality has been and likely always will be the cheesy biscuits they served, so I pray to God that they haven't done away with that.
 
2012-06-22 10:00:52 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: OG and RL both have decent dinner rolls/bread sticks.

The last time I ate at RL it was next to the hotel I was staying at. I got shrimp pasta alfredo (pretty hard to screw up). It was served with the cheese on the top molten and the cheese in the middle raw.


That's because, just like every other chain restaurant, it has its crap already made up and sitting around. You order something? It gets pulled from a rack and stuffed in some kind of heating device like a microwave or oven.
 
2012-06-22 10:04:24 PM  
CSB

I almost hooked up with the granddaughter of the founder of Darden Restuarants on spring break.

End CSB

/She was pretty hot
//She has a tattoo, of a red lobster
///surprisingly sexy
 
2012-06-22 10:07:15 PM  

9beers: Contrabulous Flabtraption: Called my dad on father's day. He said he'd gone to Red Lobster for dinner only to find it "full of every black and mexican" in the area.

I LOL'd at his racism.

That's not racism, it's a fact. The last time I was in a Red Lobster, it was about 75% black and that's in an area where blacks make up 10% of the population at most. Brothers will drive their asses off for some bad seafood.


But it has to be in parties of at least 14 people, a la family reunion. Don't forget that part.
 
2012-06-22 10:08:52 PM  
Why do elderly folks love Olive Garden so much? Seems like every time I go by one, there's a flock of 70+ folks waiting outside. Do they get a discount, or did they simply reach the age where they can't taste anything and don't care? Or both?
 
2012-06-22 10:09:55 PM  

Omahawg: Interesting, but what the hell's Capers?

sarcasm or a real question?


Yeah. I don't understand it either. Are they pickled peas or something? What's with the jar of formaldehyde? Who the f*ck would eat that?
 
2012-06-22 10:10:47 PM  

HempHead: kidsizedcoffin: Rufus Lee King: Speaking of crabs: When I worked in a seafood restaurant in Charleston, SC quite a few tourists would ask if the Alaskan king crabs were caught locally. They weren't kidding, either. Sure, they were caught locally. We caught them in boxes from a huge freezer in Shallotte, NC!

That's like asking if Chilean Sea Bass is caught in Chile.

[makeapowerfulpoint.files.wordpress.com image 640x294]


Yeah; the marketing department decided the human race wasn't decimating the world's most endangered commercial fishery fast enough and ordered a name change to rectify the problem...

/try not to eat it, mostly succeed
//pity it's so damn tasty
 
2012-06-22 10:11:39 PM  
I'm not sure why ANY person goes out to a restaurant to get "Italian." Seriously? It's a sauce on some shape of pasta. You can do the same shiat at your place for a buck or so worth of stuff.
 
2012-06-22 10:12:56 PM  

Dejah: I like their Zuppa Toscana. Every restaurant has good stuff and bad stuff, I assume.


Link to an excellent Zuppa Toscana copycat recipe; scroll down the page a bit until you get to a review written by someone named Dans La Lune and use that recipe. IMHO, tastes even better than the restaurant version (fresher ingredients & not as salty...)
 
2012-06-22 10:14:04 PM  
As someone who grew up in a commercial fishing family and having all sorts of fresh fish, lobster, and clams I have to laugh at people that think RL is decent food. I can get lobster caught the same day which doesn't make any difference since they'll live in the fridge for days. Live clams will last a couple weeks in the fridge. WTF do seafood vendors bother to say fresh clams/lobster? As long as they are alive they taste the same. Eat a dead clam and you'll have your head in the toilet for hours. Haven't had Maine lobster, but would love to compare it to Cape Cod lobster, don' think there would be a difference. Besides I get my lobster free so why bother. Having striped bass ceviche as an appetizer tomorrow, yummmm.
 
2012-06-22 10:15:49 PM  

Cup_O_Jo: This company also bought Longhorns and are destroying it.


That sucks. My daughter is taking me, Mrs. Buck, and my parents (her grandparents) there tomorrow. Went to Longhorns a little over a year ago. Enjoyed it.

Also went to the Ground Round about a year ago. My FiL poured ketchup (KETCHUP!) on a ribeye steak. It was all I could do not to jump across the table and strangle him.
 
2012-06-22 10:16:07 PM  
I love the disdain for Olive Garden and Red Lobster... as if you are supposed to get high quality cuisine at an Applebess-level chain restaurant. For the $16 or so you'll pay for an entree there, it's acceptable.
 
2012-06-22 10:16:17 PM  

ongbok: AbortionsForAll: ongbok: LtDarkstar: What's funny is watching all of the ghetto black people who go to Red Lobster in their "finest" fake furs and crap because to them that's a "very upscale restaurant" LOL! I wonder how many times Red Lobster has been asked if they take food stamps :P

It's even funnier watching the trailer trash white folks like you that go there dressed in your best CAT hat and flannel laughing at them when everybody already knows the real joke is that Red Lobster is the closest that you will ever get to an upscale restaurant.

Just so you know, your reply was vastly inferior to the statement which you were answering (on multiple levels - humor, accuracy, etc.).

No it is pretty accurate. After all you seem to know a lot about what type of people frequent Red Lobster. The only way for you to have that type of knowledge on the subject is if you frequent the place quite often yourself, and that would tend to prove the point that Red Lobster is the closest that you will ever get to upscale dinning. Me on the other hand, I have no idea what kind of people frequent either Red Lobster or the Olive Garden because I have never been to a Red Lobster and only been to Olive Garden twice in mt life. Furthermore since I was a child I was taught that if you were going to eat out, you really should look for upscale places to eat.


It's called "living in suburbia", dipshiat. Besides, one visit to Red Lobster is all it takes to realize that you're surrounded by 97% black people (loud obnoxious black people in their fancy best).
 
2012-06-22 10:16:36 PM  

urban.derelict: Omahawg: Interesting, but what the hell's Capers?

sarcasm or a real question?

Yeah. I don't understand it either. Are they pickled peas or something? What's with the jar of formaldehyde? Who the f*ck would eat that?


Respectively: flower buds, it's pickling liquid, and me. It's quintessential to much Mediterranean food, high-end tarter sauces/seafood salads, and most anything with smoked salmon (especially on an everything bagel with cream cheese and red onion). If you're more comfortable with double cheeseburgers though, more power to ya, I guess.
 
2012-06-22 10:16:46 PM  
As much as I hear the term "authentic" Italian food, or Mexican food, or whatever else, I've still yet go get an explanation of what it actually consists of.
 
2012-06-22 10:17:22 PM  
I like Darden's Bahama Breeze restaurants....wish there were more of them.
 
2012-06-22 10:18:03 PM  

Benjimin_Dover: I'm not sure why ANY person goes out to a restaurant to get "Italian." Seriously? It's a sauce on some shape of pasta. You can do the same shiat at your place for a buck or so worth of stuff.


The vegan place that operates below me serves gluten-free non-GMO orginically grown in the U.S. pasta and pasta sauces. They have the most incredible vegan meatballs made with a combination of mycoprotein and soy-based gelatins, you would never know it wasn't beef, aside from how easily it breaks apart in your mouth and the fact that it's a bit saltier and slightly more bland.

Tell me that you can make that for what you describe as "a buck or so worth of stuff". Vegan meatballs alone cost almost $2 per service (I did the math).
 
2012-06-22 10:19:41 PM  

John Buck 41: Cup_O_Jo: This company also bought Longhorns and are destroying it.

That sucks. My daughter is taking me, Mrs. Buck, and my parents (her grandparents) there tomorrow. Went to Longhorns a little over a year ago. Enjoyed it.

Also went to the Ground Round about a year ago. My FiL poured ketchup (KETCHUP!) on a ribeye steak. It was all I could do not to jump across the table and strangle him.


Ground Round? Holy shiat they still exist? I remember when I was a kid (I'm 35) I remember dad taking me to the Ground Round and they'd play silent movies on a projector.. Was the coolest shiat.. Then I remember at some point they switched over to attracting Hipsters and turned it into a Sports bar.. Then it closed years ago.
 
2012-06-22 10:20:35 PM  

urban.derelict: Omahawg: Interesting, but what the hell's Capers?

sarcasm or a real question?

Yeah. I don't understand it either. Are they pickled peas or something? What's with the jar of formaldehyde? Who the f*ck would eat that?


I'm astounded that it's possible to make it to adulthood without know what capers are.

I suppose it's possible if you're the type of person who doesn't know that cheese comes in colors other than orange.
 
2012-06-22 10:22:07 PM  

Benjimin_Dover: I'm not sure why ANY person goes out to a restaurant to get "Italian." Seriously? It's a sauce on some shape of pasta. You can do the same shiat at your place for a buck or so worth of stuff.


No meat or seafood in italian cuisine evar!
 
2012-06-22 10:22:16 PM  

MrHappyRotter: Benjimin_Dover: I'm not sure why ANY person goes out to a restaurant to get "Italian." Seriously? It's a sauce on some shape of pasta. You can do the same shiat at your place for a buck or so worth of stuff.

The vegan place that operates below me serves gluten-free non-GMO orginically grown in the U.S. pasta and pasta sauces. They have the most incredible vegan meatballs made with a combination of mycoprotein and soy-based gelatins, you would never know it wasn't beef, aside from how easily it breaks apart in your mouth and the fact that it's a bit saltier and slightly more bland.

Tell me that you can make that for what you describe as "a buck or so worth of stuff". Vegan meatballs alone cost almost $2 per service (I did the math).


Mmmm... You're making me hungry just talking about it...
 
2012-06-22 10:22:40 PM  

theknuckler_33: I love the disdain for Olive Garden and Red Lobster... as if you are supposed to get high quality cuisine at an Applebess-level chain restaurant. For the $16 or so you'll pay for an entree there, it's acceptable.


Is that sarcasm or are you just unwilling to drive into downtown? I mean, I suppose you specified "Applebess-level" which entails way overpriced, low-quality food, but you can do so much better for $16-$20 an entree in Philly it's not even in the ballpark next to the one it's not even in.

/IMFSO
 
2012-06-22 10:24:49 PM  

John Buck 41: My local real Italian restaurant. Awesome doesn't come close to describing it.

Link


Wow, I live in Orono & have never heard of that place. Did it used to be Tesoro?
 
2012-06-22 10:26:06 PM  

AbortionsForAll: MrHappyRotter: Benjimin_Dover: I'm not sure why ANY person goes out to a restaurant to get "Italian." Seriously? It's a sauce on some shape of pasta. You can do the same shiat at your place for a buck or so worth of stuff.

The vegan place that operates below me serves gluten-free non-GMO orginically grown in the U.S. pasta and pasta sauces. They have the most incredible vegan meatballs made with a combination of mycoprotein and soy-based gelatins, you would never know it wasn't beef, aside from how easily it breaks apart in your mouth and the fact that it's a bit saltier and slightly more bland.

Tell me that you can make that for what you describe as "a buck or so worth of stuff". Vegan meatballs alone cost almost $2 per service (I did the math).

Mmmm... You're making me hungry just talking about it...


I love you.
 
2012-06-22 10:26:18 PM  

farkityfarker: MeAs much as I hear the term "authentic" Italian food, or Mexican food, or whatever else, I've still yet go get an explanation of what it actually consists of.


Authentic Mexican food involves tortillas, cheese, and refried beans, in various combinations. Oh, and hot sauce. I had some before they put on the hot sauce, it was the blandest stuff imaginable.
 
Rat
2012-06-22 10:28:12 PM  

DeusMeh: Rat: /inside voice

I love biscuits and crab alfredo

/inside voice

© don't tell no one I'm honkyish

does the crab alfredo give you the worst shiats ever the next day, too??


Why yes, it does!
 
2012-06-22 10:29:48 PM  

misanthropic1: theknuckler_33: I love the disdain for Olive Garden and Red Lobster... as if you are supposed to get high quality cuisine at an Applebess-level chain restaurant. For the $16 or so you'll pay for an entree there, it's acceptable.

Is that sarcasm or are you just unwilling to drive into downtown? I mean, I suppose you specified "Applebess-level" which entails way overpriced, low-quality food, but you can do so much better for $16-$20 an entree in Philly it's not even in the ballpark next to the one it's not even in.

/IMFSO


I've gotten some really good meals in that range in china town and a few mom&pop type places in the burbs, but nothing I'd consider something significantly above what you can get at Red Lobster or Olive Garden. I've had meals in downtown plenty of times and I'd spend close to $16 on a sandwich. I'd really be interested in hearing about the places that you can get a bonafide entree of seafood or steak for $16-20 that you think is significantly better than Olive Garden in center-city.
 
2012-06-22 10:31:11 PM  

rustypouch: I'm astounded that it's possible to make it to adulthood without know what capers are.


I worked with a fifty-year-old woman in Huntsville, Alabama who didn't know what a date was.
 
2012-06-22 10:31:47 PM  

rustypouch: urban.derelict: Omahawg: Interesting, but what the hell's Capers?

sarcasm or a real question?

Yeah. I don't understand it either. Are they pickled peas or something? What's with the jar of formaldehyde? Who the f*ck would eat that?

I'm astounded that it's possible to make it to adulthood without know what capers are.

I suppose it's possible if you're the type of person who doesn't know that cheese comes in colors other than orange.


I've memorized the PLU code (4543) for Belgian endive because the clerks always ask me what it is. But a few weeks ago I was buying asparagus and the checkout girl asked, "Is this asparagus?" At least she knew the word.
 
2012-06-22 10:32:05 PM  

The Jami Turman Fan Club: farkityfarker: MeAs much as I hear the term "authentic" Italian food, or Mexican food, or whatever else, I've still yet go get an explanation of what it actually consists of.

Authentic Mexican food involves tortillas, cheese, and refried beans, in various combinations. Oh, and hot sauce. I had some before they put on the hot sauce, it was the blandest stuff imaginable.


You're a riot. Ahem: http://hugosrestaurant.net/

/traditional Mexican is an incredibly diverse, regionally-oriented cuisine
//tex-mex is as you described, give or take some lard and/or beef
 
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