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(BusinessWeek)   DynoMegaCorp Foodstuffs Inc. to open several Olive Garden-Red Lobster combo restaurants so hoverounders and other assorted hayseeds can have a one-stop outlet for creamed salt and boiled fat while waiting for their diabetic foot to fall off   (businessweek.com) divider line 44
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2012-07-06 09:30:18 PM
3 votes:
I've said it before and I'll say it again - these places are McDonald's with pretensions.
2012-07-06 06:45:38 PM
3 votes:

Livingroom: why so much hate in this headline? i mean, welcome to fark and all, but wow- somebody is really pissed off that other people like food that they dont.


Yeah, maybe.

It's probably too much to hope that they are pissed the the CEO doesn't want to give his employees sick leave or lunch breaks. Link
2012-07-06 10:11:03 PM
2 votes:
Olive Garden and Red Lobster are not restaurants - they are cafeterias. Every item is either a frozen puck (biscuits, bread sticks), or a frozen boil-bag (literally everything that isn't bread or lettuce).

That isn't to say that what they "serve" can't be enjoyed, or isn't...tasty...(urp)...but you don't have to be a "Food Hipster" to recognize those places for what they are: poor-quality, overpriced garbage.

I ain't telling you not to go there if that's what you like. Hell, I still eat McD's upon occasion (get a craving for McDoubles and fries), but I ain't going to claim fast food like McD's, OG and RL aren't trash. What I would suggest is that you might try finding a local, family-run establishment that actually cooks decent food so that you can help support those small businesses, rather than massive corps. If it doesn't have a drive-through and you aren't in a hurry, you'd be better served (literally and figuratively) by going to a real restaurant that makes honest food and is owned by a local entrepreneur. Drive-through fast-food I understand. Actually going to a fast-food joint to have a sit-down dinner is mind boggling.

/OG and RL are junk-fast-food
//same as McD's and BK
2012-07-06 09:43:30 PM
2 votes:
There is never a reason to go to either of these of these places, for food at least. Olive Garden and Red Lobster are places you end up, you don't go there intentionally. I can guarantee you there are better places, in the same price range, near your house. Just stop people, it's embarrassing.

/doesn't go to restaurants for the bread
2012-07-06 09:36:14 PM
2 votes:
Both of those restaurants taste like eating a salt lick, only marginally better than applebees or chili's.
2012-07-06 09:31:31 PM
2 votes:

I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: I have yet to find an equivalent in quality and utter yumminess to Red Lobster's biscuits, homemade or at a different restaurant.


2 1/2 cup Bisquick
3/4 cup COLD milk
4 tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. garlic POWDER
1 cup sharp cheddar

Mix. Drop on cookie sheet. Bake.

Yeah, they taste pretty close.
2012-07-06 09:30:53 PM
2 votes:
Well subby its like this, You can go piss up a wet rope and cry for humanity being filled with imperfection while I go get some delicious Red Lobster cheese biscuits.
2012-07-06 08:46:35 PM
2 votes:

Mugato: Got dam, subby. Did a whop rape you with a crustacean or something?


WOP. W.O.P. Without Official Papers. Kids these days can't even get ethnic slurs right.

This is going to be the funniest post ever if "wop" is part of the Fark Filter.
2012-07-06 07:09:39 PM
2 votes:
When I was in college, Olive Garden's unlimited soup salad and breadsticks deal was the best thing ever. It was like a 45 minute drive to Roanoke, but we'd make it worthwhile with all the zuppa toscana we'd cram into our gullets. The waiters hated us so much.

But yeah, now that I'm gainfully employed and don't have the metabolism of a 20 year old, I eat real food.
2012-07-06 05:56:32 PM
2 votes:
why so much hate in this headline? i mean, welcome to fark and all, but wow- somebody is really pissed off that other people like food that they dont.
2012-07-06 11:41:56 PM
1 votes:
God is great, Beer is good and white people are crazy!
2012-07-06 10:44:59 PM
1 votes:
ADD a McDONALDS TO THAT AND U HAVE JUST INCREASED THE HEALTHINESS 6 FOLD
2012-07-06 10:43:02 PM
1 votes:
Now, my aged grandmother and her cronies at the retirement home LOVE Olive Garden. And to be fair, the Olive Garden near her house is not a bad restaurant. (We always go there when I visit)

It's not, of course, a good ITALIAN restaurant, or anything like one. But that Olive Garden, at least, is a nice place for old people who want Italian-tasting food but can't handle too much spice, red sauce or garlic. I think that sums up the love for Olive Garden, at least in areas near retirement communities.
2012-07-06 10:38:22 PM
1 votes:

CruJones: A couple of weeks ago we decided to cruise out to Ryan's Steakhouse for dinner...


Good God! I'm glad I took the time to read that hahahaha.
2012-07-06 10:37:05 PM
1 votes:

I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: I have yet to find an equivalent in quality and utter yumminess to Red Lobster's biscuits, homemade or at a different restaurant.


Fark yeah, Red Lobster's biscuits are a piece of heaven in edible form. I could stuff myself to bursting with just those whenever I go there.
2012-07-06 10:34:42 PM
1 votes:

the_colonel: I remember Olive Garden from the late 80s/early nineties when it was good. Each store made their sauce on site with, no kidding, tomatos. They also made their pasta and breadsticks fresh out in the front of the restaraunt. The stuff didn't come to the store premade. It was as close to authentic Italian as much of the country would ever see. Then the accountants and capital groups took over. I think a lot of folks out there still see Olive Gaden as the same place they used to go (still in the same building), not knowing everything shows up in a bag from an industrial kitchen.

Also, if you're in Brunswick,Ga and go to Red Lobster for seafood, you choose poorly.


I did not realize they'd changed. I haven't been to an Olive Garden in at least a decade, but I recall them being, while clearly assembly line by the numbers and somewhat bland, distinctly okay. A cut above Denny's, for whatever that is worth.

Red Lobster, however, has always been Long John Silvers with table service and twice the price tag.
2012-07-06 10:34:00 PM
1 votes:

alsih2o: Headline of the year.


THIS
2012-07-06 10:31:49 PM
1 votes:

CruJones: A couple of weeks ago we decided to cruise out to Ryan's Steakhouse for dinner...


Classic http://alt.tasteless/. I remember when this was posted, it had to have been around '93 or so. By glub I laughed just as hard back then as I did reading it just now.
2012-07-06 10:13:16 PM
1 votes:
Be afraid of what happens when Landry's takes this tactic
2012-07-06 10:05:34 PM
1 votes:
I like shiatty food on occasion as much as the next person, but not when it comes to Italian or seafood.
2012-07-06 10:02:40 PM
1 votes:
Aren't the microwaves used at Olive Garden a different power level than the ones used at Red Lobster? You put the bag of Rigatoni al fresco in the Red Lobster microwave and you might gets flames. Then the manager will be mad because that's the third bag of Rigaton aw f*** (That's what they call it in the kitchen) that you burn that week. He is never going to let you nuke a bag of clam chowder even though you know that you're supposed to nuke it half, roll it and nuke it for the rest of the time.
2012-07-06 10:00:06 PM
1 votes:
These restaurants are OK...but don't kid yourselves. In the kitchen of those places are "chefs" opening bags of frozen breadsticks and veggies and cans of premade soup base. It's faux fine dining.
2012-07-06 09:54:49 PM
1 votes:

CruJones: Olive Garden really isn't that awful. But it's certainly palatable. I wouldn't go there on a date, but for lunch or something? Eh, sure.


I used to work with this young couple and one time the girl was complaining to me about her BF. She said "I wish he'd take me someplace nice for a change. Like Olive Garden."

I had to chuckle.
2012-07-06 09:52:22 PM
1 votes:

BronyMedic: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Combustion: You dorks whining about "food hipsters" probably see NOTHING wrong with Coors Light, huh?

It's not as good as Mich Ultra, in my opinion, but its not too bad.

You've lost your right to talk about beer if you think the words "not too bad" go in the same sentence as Michelob Ultra OR Coors Light.

You must think Natural Light is for those fru fru rich folks.


I like Mich Ultra, and I hate anything heavier than a pilsner. I fully admit than I have horrible taste in beer, though, and I'm sure the beer enthusiasts enjoy their buddy's craft ale 10x more than I enjoy my piss water.
2012-07-06 09:51:25 PM
1 votes:

Avery614: There is never a reason to go to either of these of these places, for food at least. Olive Garden and Red Lobster are places you end up, you don't go there intentionally. I can guarantee you there are better places, in the same price range, near your house. Just stop people, it's embarrassing.

/doesn't go to restaurants for the bread


Don't know about Red Lobster, never went in one, but your house *is* at least as good a place, in a lower price range than OG. You can make anything they sell about as quickly. And replace their breadsticks by painting Krazy Bread from Little Caesar's with some olive oil.
2012-07-06 09:49:24 PM
1 votes:
I think when it comes to people's preferences for food and drink, about 90% of the people who frequent Olive Gardens, Outbacks, and who drink Bud Light, are honest about what they like and enjoy their proclivities. On the other hand, I think only about 10% of the people who claim to only eat at locally-owned, from-scratch, "authentic" restaurants and who drink only craft microbrewed pale apes, are honest about it. I think most do it in order to impress people, and even fewer actually enjoy it. Of course me fellow Farkers fall into that exceptional 10% :)
2012-07-06 09:44:55 PM
1 votes:

jaytkay: I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: I have yet to find an equivalent in quality and utter yumminess to Red Lobster's biscuits, homemade or at a different restaurant.

Somewhere near US 15 in Arkansas at some no-name diner I ordered biscuits for breakfast and the lady picked up a bag of flour and made me BISCUITS!

I have been to several world-renowned places but that was my favorite restaurant experience ever.


Thing about back-woods people: They KNOW how to cook. Especially "breffast"
2012-07-06 09:43:31 PM
1 votes:
I had Olive Garden for dinner tonight, so I'm getting a kick.

Seriously though, the food isn't *that* bad. And with their "Two for $25" deal we got enough food to feed four people for less than $40 (after drinks and tip).

Though I agree the one time I went to a Golden Corral it was pretty awful.
2012-07-06 09:42:13 PM
1 votes:

findthefish: Oh my holy god.....let there be a fountain of sweet sweet rancid butter.


ghee, i should hope not
2012-07-06 09:41:49 PM
1 votes:
When I see people post these reviews snarking on the middle of the country for their food tastes, I can't help but imagine they are the culinary version of Studman69. They personally have the same culinary skills as Mustard Man

www.bloggerheads.com
2012-07-06 09:41:25 PM
1 votes:
Red Lobster's food looks nothing like it does in the commercials. jesus, the lobster wasn't all fresh like that; the goddam thing had the consistency and taste of rubber.

those mid-priced cholesterol-fest joints are the worst. I actually prefer mcdonald's and burger king to them.
2012-07-06 09:41:13 PM
1 votes:

JesseL: I've said it before and I'll say it again - these places are McDonald's with pretensions.


That's a pretty dumb opinion. They aren't gourmet, but they're certainly several orders above McDonald's.
2012-07-06 09:40:51 PM
1 votes:
You dorks whining about "food hipsters" probably see NOTHING wrong with Coors Light, huh?
2012-07-06 09:40:02 PM
1 votes:

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: /just because you don't see the Sysco truck yourself, doesn't mean it didn't drop off at your favorite eatery at 4am that morning


Yea, too many restaurants are really just outlets for sysco

One of my favorite restaurants just changed hands, I suggested that he not go that route
2012-07-06 09:38:13 PM
1 votes:

I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: I have yet to find an equivalent in quality and utter yumminess to Red Lobster's biscuits, homemade or at a different restaurant.


Somewhere near US 15 in Arkansas at some no-name diner I ordered biscuits for breakfast and the lady picked up a bag of flour and made me BISCUITS!

I have been to several world-renowned places but that was my favorite restaurant experience ever.
2012-07-06 09:32:02 PM
1 votes:

GreenAdder: FriarReb98: My friend's crazypsychohosebeast wife can make them

Does she like calamari?


I just love an appreciation for the classic threads of yesteryear! That one went on for an entire week...good times, good times.
2012-07-06 09:25:33 PM
1 votes:
I remember when all the A&W Drive-ins were single businesses.
2012-07-06 09:24:44 PM
1 votes:
Wow, lots of TFers white knight for shiatty chain restaurants. I never saw this before.
2012-07-06 08:14:19 PM
1 votes:

FriarReb98: I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: I have yet to find an equivalent in quality and utter yumminess to Red Lobster's biscuits, homemade or at a different restaurant.

My friend's crazypsychohosebeast wife can make them, though she adds Italian sausage chunks to it. But as they moved hundreds of miles away so she could keep him more under control, i haven't had them in years.

\miss him living around here, miss his parties, will never miss that biatch of a wife of his


Red Lobster biscuits plus Toscana soup. Yeah, that would be the greatest thing ever.
2012-07-06 08:09:46 PM
1 votes:

I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: I have yet to find an equivalent in quality and utter yumminess to Red Lobster's biscuits, homemade or at a different restaurant.


My friend's crazypsychohosebeast wife can make them, though she adds Italian sausage chunks to it. But as they moved hundreds of miles away so she could keep him more under control, i haven't had them in years.

\miss him living around here, miss his parties, will never miss that biatch of a wife of his
2012-07-06 07:20:23 PM
1 votes:
Got dam, subby. Did a whop rape you with a crustacean or something?
2012-07-06 07:03:53 PM
1 votes:
I am so tired of trolling. I remember the before time, when there were no trolls on the Internet. It was a nice time. I just don't have the energy to care anymore.
2012-07-06 06:48:19 PM
1 votes:
I like this headline for its absurd over-the-top burning hatred. Don't take it too seriously.
2012-07-06 06:37:18 PM
1 votes:

Livingroom: why so much hate in this headline? i mean, welcome to fark and all, but wow- somebody is really pissed off that other people like food that they dont.


Seriously.

ms_lara_croft: Add a Golden Corral and you have a trifecta of fail.


Golden Corral is on a different level of awful.

/just because you don't see the Sysco truck yourself, doesn't mean it didn't drop off at your favorite eatery at 4am that morning
 
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