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(NBC News)   To continue appealing solely to people that have never eaten at a non-chain restaurant and confuse fine-dining with dumpster-diving, Olive Garden promises cheaper (not better) food, more (not different) options   (nbcnews.com) divider line 48
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2013-02-28 11:41:43 AM

I hate any franchise dive with cloth napkins, your not fooling anyone!


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2013-02-28 12:00:27 PM
Instead of making a dozen bad dishes, they're now going to make TWO dozen bad dishes.
 
wee [TotalFark]
2013-02-28 01:53:28 PM
When I was young and didn't know any better, I gave my Italian coworker and his wife a gift certificate to Olive Garden. I didn't quite understand their reaction at the time.

He thanked me very sincerely for the gesture, but have it on good authority they never used it.
 
2013-02-28 01:56:29 PM
They're ready to meet the demand

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2013-02-28 01:58:58 PM
As long as they don't cut down on the barking snakes!
 
2013-02-28 02:03:30 PM
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I want to be able to watch the cook burn my food on the grill and feel lumps in my gravy!
 
2013-02-28 02:04:07 PM

wee: When I was young and didn't know any better, I gave my Italian coworker and his wife a gift certificate to Olive Garden.


"And for you we have FRENCH toast, FRENCH fries, FRENCH bread..."
 
2013-02-28 02:06:40 PM
if  the business model ain't broke don't fix it so it must be broke. i don't think og uses microwaves all that much. i'd guess for the pasta it comes in single serve vacuum packs and it gets dropped in hot water and the timer button is pressed. just my guess. i went to og once. i've had better supermarket frozen meals.
 
2013-02-28 02:10:56 PM

oldfarthenry: [i1151.photobucket.com image 500x286]
I want to be able to watch the cook burn my food on the grill and feel lumps in my gravy!


I heard that place sucks. Although, it looks pretty busy every time I go by.

It was also in the the almost incomprehensible Prairie Home Companion movie.
 
2013-02-28 02:15:22 PM
pisketti
 
2013-02-28 02:19:35 PM
If I want Olive Garden food I go to the grocery store and buy a Stoffers frozen dinner.  That is what their food tastes like to me.  My 80 year old mother loves the place so we have to go there for her birthday every year.
 
2013-02-28 02:24:02 PM

starlost: if  the business model ain't broke don't fix it so it must be broke. i don't think og uses microwaves all that much. i'd guess for the pasta it comes in single serve vacuum packs and it gets dropped in hot water and the timer button is pressed. just my guess. i went to og once. i've had better supermarket frozen meals.


I think they do pasta on site in batches, not sure though.  One thing is for sure, there is a major quality issue in its preparation.  I will never eat at OG because I don't care for my pasta to be full of startchy clumps that are congealed and underdone.  Three different OGs, three different states, same problem/experience in all of them.  No thanks.
 
2013-02-28 02:24:23 PM
Smaller portions?  They're doing it wrong.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37RivL9UBWs
 
2013-02-28 02:27:12 PM
Not a food snob by any means. However when I tell people that I've never eaten at a Olive Garden or Red Lobser they look at me as if I'm lying. (I have way better/worse things to lie about, trust me)

/also never had a Big Mac (ever since I was a small child I've thought they smelled funny)
 
2013-02-28 02:27:22 PM
Right subby.

/Everybody's a wannabe Bourdain.
 
2013-02-28 02:30:09 PM
I'd be a little upset if I went to cooking school in Tuscany and it was just "Take plastic bag out of freezer. Throw in pot of boiling water."
 
2013-02-28 02:31:54 PM

H31N0US: wee: When I was young and didn't know any better, I gave my Italian coworker and his wife a gift certificate to Olive Garden.

"And for you we have FRENCH toast, FRENCH fries, FRENCH bread..."


I want my $2!
 
2013-02-28 02:58:19 PM

Dwangerous: Not a food snob by any means. However when I tell people that I've never eaten at a Olive Garden or Red Lobser they look at me as if I'm lying. (I have way better/worse things to lie about, trust me)

/also never had a Big Mac (ever since I was a small child I've thought they smelled funny)


If you had a friend or relative that liked either one and wanted to go would you flat out refuse?  If so, you are a food snob.
 
2013-02-28 03:08:26 PM

H31N0US: wee: When I was young and didn't know any better, I gave my Italian coworker and his wife a gift certificate to Olive Garden.

"And for you we have FRENCH toast, FRENCH fries, FRENCH bread..."


I believe that was Franch toast, Franch fries, and Franch bread...

And to drink... Peru!
 
2013-02-28 03:21:49 PM

Dwangerous: Not a food snob by any means. However when I tell people that I've never eaten at a Olive Garden or Red Lobser they look at me as if I'm lying. (I have way better/worse things to lie about, trust me)


I wish I could say that. But then, I wouldn't know the joy of driving past OG and RL to get to a real restaurant.

/also never had a Big Mac (ever since I was a small child I've thought they smelled funny)

It's the special sauce!
 
2013-02-28 03:31:23 PM

Dwangerous: Not a food snob by any means. However when I tell people that I've never eaten at a Olive Garden or Red Lobser they look at me as if I'm lying. (I have way better/worse things to lie about, trust me)


 We took my father to Red Lobster for his 85th birthday 2 weeks ago.  Whatever they're doing they're pulling in the old folks in droves.  It was a 25 minute wait and every single group waiting for a table had one or more octagenarian in their party.  I left my credit card at the table and went back the next day at 3:30PM and it was just as busy.  For old folks that's the rush hour, I guess.
 
2013-02-28 03:32:57 PM

StrangeQ: Dwangerous: Not a food snob by any means. However when I tell people that I've never eaten at a Olive Garden or Red Lobser they look at me as if I'm lying. (I have way better/worse things to lie about, trust me)

/also never had a Big Mac (ever since I was a small child I've thought they smelled funny)

If you had a friend or relative that liked either one and wanted to go would you flat out refuse?  If so, you are a food snob.


Really?  Simply not liking something makes someone a food snob?
 
2013-02-28 03:38:45 PM

Vodka Zombie: StrangeQ: Dwangerous: Not a food snob by any means. However when I tell people that I've never eaten at a Olive Garden or Red Lobser they look at me as if I'm lying. (I have way better/worse things to lie about, trust me)

/also never had a Big Mac (ever since I was a small child I've thought they smelled funny)

If you had a friend or relative that liked either one and wanted to go would you flat out refuse?  If so, you are a food snob.

Really?  Simply not liking something having standards makes someone a food snob?


FTFY
 
2013-02-28 03:40:34 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I'd be a little upset if I went to cooking school in Tuscany and it was just "Take plastic bag out of freezer. Throw in pot of boiling water."


There was an OG by me that got shut down for a number of months because quite a few people got sick eating there. Turned out it was because raw chicken juice was dripping down into other things.

I guess that means they at least use raw chicken...

/not sure if I am defending or not..
 
2013-02-28 03:41:04 PM

Vodka Zombie: StrangeQ: Dwangerous: Not a food snob by any means. However when I tell people that I've never eaten at a Olive Garden or Red Lobser they look at me as if I'm lying. (I have way better/worse things to lie about, trust me)

/also never had a Big Mac (ever since I was a small child I've thought they smelled funny)

If you had a friend or relative that liked either one and wanted to go would you flat out refuse?  If so, you are a food snob.

Really?  Simply not liking something makes someone a food snob?


I didn't say not like.  I said refuse to go.  I don't care for Olive Garden and Red Lobster does not impress me, but my mother in law likes Red Lobster and wanted to go on her birthday so we went.  The way he put it was almost like a badge of honor that he had never eaten at either of the two establishments.  If that is the way a person feels about the restaurants, and they refuse to go even at the request of someone else who happens to enjoy the food, then yes, that makes them a food snob.
 
2013-02-28 03:59:28 PM

steve_wmn: Dwangerous: Not a food snob by any means. However when I tell people that I've never eaten at a Olive Garden or Red Lobser they look at me as if I'm lying. (I have way better/worse things to lie about, trust me)

 We took my father to Red Lobster for his 85th birthday 2 weeks ago.  Whatever they're doing they're pulling in the old folks in droves.  It was a 25 minute wait and every single group waiting for a table had one or more octagenarian in their party.  I left my credit card at the table and went back the next day at 3:30PM and it was just as busy.  For old folks that's the rush hour, I guess.


30 years ago, when there were a lot fewer chain restaurants and a lot fewer restaurants in general, Red Lobster actually wasn't too bad. We used to eat there regularly when I was a kid.

Nowadays things are different, but the old folks don't know it.
 
2013-02-28 04:06:56 PM

MilesTeg: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I'd be a little upset if I went to cooking school in Tuscany and it was just "Take plastic bag out of freezer. Throw in pot of boiling water."

There was an OG by me that got shut down for a number of months because quite a few people got sick eating there. Turned out it was because raw chicken juice was dripping down into other things.

I guess that means they at least use raw chicken...

/not sure if I am defending or not..


It's like finding a chunk of bone in a McDonald's burger.  Hey, at least it's got some animal in it!
 
2013-02-28 04:14:16 PM

CarnySaur: pisketti


momatoes
 
2013-02-28 04:33:34 PM

ricewater_stool: 30 years ago, when there were a lot fewer chain restaurants and a lot fewer restaurants in general, Red Lobster actually wasn't too bad. We used to eat there regularly when I was a kid.

Nowadays things are different, but the old folks don't know it.


That is probably the most likely reason for restaurants like OG, etc.  People like what they're used to.  I find my self comparing things to my youth and accepting pretty much everything as "better than what I had as a kid", so something that's sort of mediocre now is still not all that bad.

But when you stumble upon something really good, like a place that uses something modern-but-plain like panko bread crumbs, you never want to go back to 1975 food.
 
2013-02-28 05:40:33 PM

ricewater_stool: steve_wmn: Dwangerous: Not a food snob by any means. However when I tell people that I've never eaten at a Olive Garden or Red Lobser they look at me as if I'm lying. (I have way better/worse things to lie about, trust me)

 We took my father to Red Lobster for his 85th birthday 2 weeks ago.  Whatever they're doing they're pulling in the old folks in droves.  It was a 25 minute wait and every single group waiting for a table had one or more octagenarian in their party.  I left my credit card at the table and went back the next day at 3:30PM and it was just as busy.  For old folks that's the rush hour, I guess.

30 years ago, when there were a lot fewer chain restaurants and a lot fewer restaurants in general, Red Lobster actually wasn't too bad. We used to eat there regularly when I was a kid.

Nowadays things are different, but the old folks don't know it.


Probably 40 years ago RL used fresh quality ingredients with the first dozen places.

Times have changed. It's a pre-packaged Sysco and Sam'sClub world now.
 
2013-02-28 05:52:20 PM
Are there any good chain restaurants? I can think of a few steak houses that are pretty good (capital grille, morton's, Fogo De Chao) but i can't think of any family restaurants I'd rather go to than eat at home.
 
wee [TotalFark]
2013-02-28 06:15:09 PM

H31N0US: "And for you we have FRENCH toast, FRENCH fries, FRENCH bread..."


It was pretty much that bad, yeah.
 
2013-02-28 06:51:38 PM
Olive Garden is darned good at what it does - offer tasty food at a semi-reasonable price - so subby take your trite snobbish 'foodie' attitude and run it through a mixer set on 'puree'.
 
2013-02-28 06:54:50 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I'd be a little upset if I went to cooking school in Tuscany and it was just "Take plastic bag out of freezer. Throw in pot of boiling water."


It's called a 'sous vide' I think.
 
2013-02-28 07:13:07 PM
The Fark snobs are here, beating down those of us who like good ethnic food. We love Olive Garden, it's a lot cheaper than flying all the way to Italy.
 
2013-02-28 07:15:35 PM
Say what you want, they've been in business for a long time and they continue to pack people in nightly.

This trend of hating things that everyone else likes is getting old and stupid.
 
2013-02-28 08:01:18 PM
I applaud the concept of smaller portions for lower prices. That's something more restaurants should emulate.
 
2013-02-28 08:18:00 PM
I like Olive Garden. There I said it.

Their salad is frickin wonderful.

/ I soon will take my hammer named Margo and go down to the river.
 
2013-02-28 09:02:16 PM
"George, who became Olive Garden's president in January, said the look would be "more relevant." "

More relevant, huh?

Merriam-Webster definition #3 Relevant-  having social relevance.

So is the OG President stating that the OG is currently irrelevant?
 
zez
2013-02-28 09:04:42 PM

Carth: Are there any good chain restaurants? I can think of a few steak houses that are pretty good (capital grille, morton's, Fogo De Chao) but i can't think of any family restaurants I'd rather go to than eat at home.


I've been fairly impressed with steaks from Texas Roadhouse when I don't feel like cooking one at home.
 
2013-02-28 10:21:31 PM
What could be cheaper than unlimited breadsticks?  Unlimited breadsticks to go?
 
2013-02-28 10:40:49 PM

zez: Carth: Are there any good chain restaurants? I can think of a few steak houses that are pretty good (capital grille, morton's, Fogo De Chao) but i can't think of any family restaurants I'd rather go to than eat at home.

I've been fairly impressed with steaks from Texas Roadhouse when I don't feel like cooking one at home.


I love Texas Roadhouse's food.  However the ambiance there is everything that is wrong with America today.
 
2013-02-28 10:44:46 PM

EvilEgg: I like Olive Garden. There I said it.

Their salad is frickin wonderful.

/ I soon will take my hammer named Margo and go down to the river.


It's been 10 years since I went to one (damn prediabetes) but they had a linguine Alfredo with italian sausage I ordered once and it wasn't spectacular, but it was remarkable because no human being could actually eat it all.  I think there was a full pound of pasta on the plate, plus another half pound of sausage, mushrooms, and sauce so rich you could use it for wall spackle. For 13 bucks.

We took the leftovers home and the cats licked the oil and butter off it for two days.
 
2013-02-28 11:00:57 PM

derpy: zez: Carth: Are there any good chain restaurants? I can think of a few steak houses that are pretty good (capital grille, morton's, Fogo De Chao) but i can't think of any family restaurants I'd rather go to than eat at home.

I've been fairly impressed with steaks from Texas Roadhouse when I don't feel like cooking one at home.

I love Texas Roadhouse's food.  However the ambiance there is everything that is wrong with America today.


I enjoyed the food when I went, especially the baked beans, but the noise level was intolerable.
 
2013-02-28 11:13:55 PM
I adore the OG, Applebee's, and Red Lobster food snob threads.

If you want high end Italian food, don't go there.

If you don't go go there, don't biatch.

If you go there, expect to get what you pay for.

Again, don't biatch.

This thread? Full of biatches.

/full
 
2013-03-01 10:12:04 AM
They can pry my chicken scampi out of my cold dead hands.  There's no other item on the menu worth bothering with, but somehow they managed to get it right with the chicken scampi.  Salad and breadsticks is still OK, but you'd have to work hard to screw that up.
 
2013-03-01 06:08:22 PM
I've been there between 5 & 10 times in my life.  Most of the time it was because someone else wanted to go there, as was the case the last time.  We got there about 5:15 and the place was mostly empty.  We were seated in the back, next to the kitchen and what turned out to be some kind of really loud smoothie blender.  We figured it wouldn't be much of a problem because of the lack of customers and we didn't want to be difficult; besides, I worry about being biatchy to someone who controls my food.  The famously endless breadsticks were brought to us three at a time (for three people).  The kicker, though, was when I tried to order the tour of Italy and was told by the waiter that dish was not served until after 6:00.  It was probably after 5:30 at this point.  I was so flabbergasted at how nonsensical this was I couldn't even form an argument.  There were certainly no time restrictions listed on the menu, probably because that would be ridiculous.  I ordered something else, I think it was lasagna and I know that it sucked.  It didn't arrive until after 6:00.

tl;dr
fark Olive Garden in the saucehole with a week-old breadstick.
 
2013-03-01 08:34:31 PM
Ok, maybe I'm drunk but why are new posts 8 to 18 hours behind mine?
 
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