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(Daily Dot)   After reading this link, why not go to Olive Garden for unlimited tasty breadsticks? Olive Garden, when you're here, you're family   (dailydot.com) divider line 71
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2013-10-09 02:29:11 PM  
Why do I have the feeling some smart ass is going to bust into this thread and tell me Reddit already covered this?
 
2013-10-09 02:32:51 PM  

vudukungfu: Why do I have the feeling some smart ass is going to bust into this thread and tell me Reddit already covered this?


There's a Facebook group for the Never Ending Pasta Bowl.
 
2013-10-09 02:34:06 PM  
I thought Olive Garden sucked, who cares?
 
2013-10-09 02:35:21 PM  
[sponsored link]
 
2013-10-09 02:37:43 PM  

RedPhoenix122: There's a Facebook group for the Never Ending Pasta Bowl.


Seriously? Or is that a euphemism for something less gross?
 
2013-10-09 02:39:28 PM  
I always figured if you died and went straight to hell, you would have to endure the NEVER ending pasta bowl for eternity.
 
2013-10-09 02:40:31 PM  
Simpsons Mythbusters Reddit did it!
 
2013-10-09 02:44:11 PM  
i don't think I would eat at a restaurant linked to a "viral" anything
 
2013-10-09 02:44:16 PM  

vudukungfu: RedPhoenix122: There's a Facebook group for the Never Ending Pasta Bowl.

Seriously? Or is that a euphemism for something less gross?


Never Ending Taco Hole?

/visuals people
 
2013-10-09 02:44:34 PM  
Go outside redditors.  Maybe to a nice meal at an Olive Garden.
 
2013-10-09 02:46:07 PM  
It's like eating in the private kitchen of a delightful Italian stereotype!
 
2013-10-09 02:55:36 PM  
img.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-09 02:58:22 PM  
I blame Reddit. They take themseves *way* too seriously over there.
 
2013-10-09 03:01:04 PM  

DanZero: [img.photobucket.com image 840x600]


Came to mention how many guys they have named Mike that work in the kitchen of all their restaurants.
 
2013-10-09 03:06:23 PM  
Why isn't this post a Daily Mail or Buzzfeed link? Did they miss a payment?
 
2013-10-09 03:07:18 PM  
They no longer serve escargot, they no longer have my business.


/haven't been in about 10 years or so, I guess
 
2013-10-09 03:12:27 PM  

Carn: Never Ending Taco Hole?

/visuals people


Human centipede.
 
2013-10-09 03:20:01 PM  

vudukungfu: RedPhoenix122: There's a Facebook group for the Never Ending Pasta Bowl.

Seriously? Or is that a euphemism for something less gross?


No, it's legit.
 
2013-10-09 03:20:35 PM  
WTF is a reddit?
 
2013-10-09 03:21:16 PM  

4tehsnowflakes: WTF is a reddit?


3/5ths a 4chan.
 
2013-10-09 03:23:48 PM  
Well, that resolved absolutely nothing.
 
2013-10-09 03:24:55 PM  
Oh a story about reddit and Olive garden?

www.polyvore.com
 
2013-10-09 03:25:10 PM  
AYCEBS, MF
 
2013-10-09 03:26:47 PM  
They'd probably have better luck faking detractors. Easier to blend in.

I never really got all the hate, though. Sometimes, all you really want is some good Italian-American food, and Olive Garden fits the bill. I've got a good local place where I go when I want something more continental. But like the old jingle goes, "Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don't." There are times when I just want a smoked mozzerella fonduta and unlimited tasty breadsticks, and the OG fits the bill for that.
 
2013-10-09 03:27:26 PM  

vudukungfu: Carn: Never Ending Taco Hole?

/visuals people

Human centipede.


I don't wanna play this game any more.
 
2013-10-09 03:35:51 PM  

Skyrmion: AYCEBS, MF


All Your Carbohydrates Expand Belly Significantly?
 
2013-10-09 03:35:59 PM  
Why not? Because I'm in southern Italy right now.
 
2013-10-09 03:40:15 PM  

Millennium: They'd probably have better luck faking detractors. Easier to blend in.

I never really got all the hate, though. Sometimes, all you really want is some good Italian-American food, and Olive Garden fits the bill. I've got a good local place where I go when I want something more continental. But like the old jingle goes, "Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don't." There are times when I just want a smoked mozzerella fonduta and unlimited tasty breadsticks, and the OG fits the bill for that.


Here's my thing: Most of the time, I'm happy with "cheap and good enough".  I'm fine with Olive Garden (or Friday's or Chilli's or any of the other cheap chain places); I'm fine with Miller Lite; I'm fine with Little Penguin wine.  There are times when I want to spend a little more to get something good but the vast majority of the time, a $15 dinner at Olive Garden is fine.
 
2013-10-09 03:43:48 PM  
Whew! I'm just glad this int another tipping thread.
 
2013-10-09 03:45:03 PM  

Millennium: I never really got all the hate, though. Sometimes, all you really want is some good Italian-American food, and Olive Garden fits the bill. I've got a good local place where I go when I want something more continental. But like the old jingle goes, "Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don't." There are times when I just want a smoked mozzerella fonduta and unlimited tasty breadsticks, and the OG fits the bill for that.


Olive Garden is everything I hate about chain restaurants wrapped up one one package.  Bad service, too much salt, oversized portions, fake food, fake surroundings, shiat service, and overweight entitled customers who actually think they are getting a good deal on "authentic" italian food.  I die a little every time I'm forced to go there - usually for some stupid family function.  And not from the food.

/grabs popcorn
//DRTFA
 
2013-10-09 03:50:02 PM  

gingerjet: Olive Garden is everything I hate about chain restaurants wrapped up one one package.  Bad service, too much salt, oversized portions, fake food, fake surroundings, shiat service, and overweight entitled customers who actually think they are getting a good deal on "authentic" italian food.  I die a little every time I'm forced to go there - usually for some stupid family function.  And not from the food.

/grabs popcorn
//DRTFA


Sounds like the real problem is your family.
 
2013-10-09 03:50:19 PM  
Their bread sticks aren't even good. No thanks, I don't want an endless supply of garbage.

/Their gnocchi soup is pretty good, though.
 
2013-10-09 04:04:11 PM  
Can someone PLEASE explain the allure of Reddit?

Remember the old anti drug films where they showed the difference between spider webs spun by spiders on various compounds as opposed to a sober spider?

Reddit reminds me of the spider on acid.
 
2013-10-09 04:08:53 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2013-10-09 04:13:29 PM  

meanmutton: Millennium: They'd probably have better luck faking detractors. Easier to blend in.

I never really got all the hate, though. Sometimes, all you really want is some good Italian-American food, and Olive Garden fits the bill. I've got a good local place where I go when I want something more continental. But like the old jingle goes, "Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don't." There are times when I just want a smoked mozzerella fonduta and unlimited tasty breadsticks, and the OG fits the bill for that.

Here's my thing: Most of the time, I'm happy with "cheap and good enough".  I'm fine with Olive Garden (or Friday's or Chilli's or any of the other cheap chain places); I'm fine with Miller Lite; I'm fine with Little Penguin wine.  There are times when I want to spend a little more to get something good but the vast majority of the time, a $15 dinner at Olive Garden is fine.


I think a lot of the hate comes from the fact that it's more expensive to eat at olive Garden than at a legit place that uses real food and actually cooks. I would have no problem with olive garden if they were proceed similarly to McDonald's, but they aren't. They're firmly in the mid-tier price range, while offering what are essentially microwaved frozen dinners.

And what's worse is that people buy that shiat up. I think that's the main reason for the hate - the fact that going to an olive Garden means being surrounded for at least an hour by people stupid enough to actually believe they're getting good food at a good price.
 
2013-10-09 04:24:21 PM  

Lusiphur: I think a lot of the hate comes from the fact that it's more expensive to eat at olive Garden than at a legit place that uses real food and actually cooks. I would have no problem with olive garden if they were proceed similarly to McDonald's, but they aren't. They're firmly in the mid-tier price range, while offering what are essentially microwaved frozen dinners.


You nailed it for me.  Back when the majority of OG pasta dishes were under $10, I was fine eating mediocre food.  Now those same dishes are often pushing $15+, yet the quality of the food and service is about the same.

For the same price, I can just go find a hole in the wall Italian restaurant and get something a notch or two higher.  Or I can just get off my lazy ass and make it from scratch in the kitchen.
 
2013-10-09 04:42:13 PM  

RedPhoenix122: 4tehsnowflakes: WTF is a reddit?

3/5ths a 4chan.


Is that a slavery joke?
 
2013-10-09 04:48:39 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Can someone PLEASE explain the allure of Reddit?

Remember the old anti drug films where they showed the difference between spider webs spun by spiders on various compounds as opposed to a sober spider?

Reddit reminds me of the spider on acid.


Holy shiat! I agree with DIA on something! I've tried reddit, and I just don't get what the attraction is at all.

/Though I thought in that experiment, the acid spider wove a beautiful web and the nicotine spider's web was all farked up. I could be wrong.
 
2013-10-09 04:48:47 PM  
w3techs.com

Fark is hipster.  I don't know how I feel about that.
 
2013-10-09 04:53:26 PM  

vudukungfu: RedPhoenix122: There's a Facebook group for the Never Ending Pasta Bowl.

Seriously? Or is that a euphemism for something less gross?


I'd like to go home and give my wife the never ending past bowl...
 
2013-10-09 05:07:15 PM  
I personally think it's fine that Olive Garden employees anally violate each other with breadsticks before serving them to customers. What's the fuss? They're using condoms.
 
2013-10-09 05:16:39 PM  

Skyrmion: AYCEBS, MF


How silly of me. Of course.
 
2013-10-09 05:38:36 PM  

Honest Bender: Their bread sticks aren't even good. No thanks, I don't want an endless supply of garbage.

/Their gnocchi soup is pretty good, though.


Got dragged there by co-workers for lunch once. Never been before. The breadsticks were essentially unsplit hot dog buns with garlic butter and the soup (I think it was the gnocchi) was watery and tasteless. Nevertheless, the co-workers raved about how great it was and filled up as many to-go boxes as they could carry. Maybe they're victims of that "If you see a lot of ads on tv for a place, that means the place is really, really good!" thinking...
 
wee
2013-10-09 05:42:05 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Can someone PLEASE explain the allure of Reddit?


I personally like the interface much better.  Wading through submissions here one by one, serially, is fairly terrible.  The rating on comments is (generally) good there, with crap (generally) staying unseen at the bottom.  On fark, you have to see all the comments, even the trollish junk, and they are ungrouped in any way.  Now, the rating thing does generate a bit of groupthink, but it's really not that bad.  And I like that I can close an entire conversation on reddit.  Click the little "+" and the comment and all replies to it get hidden. Far easier to read a lot more comments once you get the hang of it.

There's far more content there than here, and it appears quicker. Fark will often have the same submission, just the next day (or three) after it's been over there (and everywhere else).  I also like that you can make your own subreddit.  And I like because of that each subreddit is different, with a different sort of "community".  For example, /r/guns is full of wildly different people than /r/rcooking and has a completely different vibe.  The diversity of subreddits are far, far more dynamic than fark's few tabs.

I like that you can pick and choose what subreddits you see on the front page.  I don't see any politics, funny meme gifs, etc. I've got some educational ones, some food-related ones, the gun one, and a few others.  Those are pretty much the only areas I frequent, and so the annoyance factor is pretty low.  On fark, you get the same old shut-ins in nearly every post, whining about the same tired things (and you can't easily hide said comments and their replies).  It's kind of rare for that to happen on reddit.  Each subreddit sort of takes care of its own members.

You don't have to pay to see all the submissions. You can filter out whatever you want.  Here people only get what's been approved.

Fark has far too many unmarked paid-for submissions, IMO. The never-funny cracked.com submissions come to mind, as does the prevalence of Daily Fail and a few others. Astroturfing submissions to reddit are discovered and rooted out pretty quickly.

You are right, though, in that it's user-controlled chaos. That's actually one of the things I like about it.  Also, no stupid shiat like the word filters here.  Those are so completely played out (though maybe I've been here too long).  Fark's comment system and submission setup just seems very, very old.

I still come here every so often, but I find myself at reddit more and more last couple years.
 
2013-10-09 05:52:17 PM  
wee:

You did a lot of acid back in the day, didn't you? ;)
 
2013-10-09 06:05:51 PM  

Go Fornicate Without a Partner: [w3techs.com image 850x472]

Fark is hipster.  I don't know how I feel about that.


This is good to know.  All y'all should go on over to the more popular sites so the old shut-ins can whine in peace.
 
wee
2013-10-09 06:15:49 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: You did a lot of acid back in the day, didn't you?


No, but I was dropped a couple times. :-)
 
2013-10-09 06:29:00 PM  

WordyGrrl: Honest Bender: Their bread sticks aren't even good. No thanks, I don't want an endless supply of garbage.

/Their gnocchi soup is pretty good, though.

Got dragged there by co-workers for lunch once. Never been before. The breadsticks were essentially unsplit hot dog buns with garlic butter and the soup (I think it was the gnocchi) was watery and tasteless. Nevertheless, the co-workers raved about how great it was and filled up as many to-go boxes as they could carry. Maybe they're victims of that "If you see a lot of ads on tv for a place, that means the place is really, really good!" thinking...


I completely understand. I sometimes think I'm taking crazy pills when I go there. Everyone just raves and raves about it. Olive Garden always has huge lines and wait times. WTF, people?!
 
2013-10-09 06:29:08 PM  

Tanukis_Parachute: vudukungfu: RedPhoenix122: There's a Facebook group for the Never Ending Pasta Bowl.

Seriously? Or is that a euphemism for something less gross?

I'd like to go home and give my wife the never ending past bowl...


Followed up by a Pabst?
 
2013-10-09 06:31:44 PM  

mcreadyblue: Tanukis_Parachute: vudukungfu: RedPhoenix122: There's a Facebook group for the Never Ending Pasta Bowl.

Seriously? Or is that a euphemism for something less gross?

I'd like to go home and give my wife the never ending past bowl...

Followed up by a Pabst?


I think he meant never ending passed bowl.
puff puff
 
2013-10-09 06:40:11 PM  

WordyGrrl: Honest Bender: Their bread sticks aren't even good. No thanks, I don't want an endless supply of garbage.

/Their gnocchi soup is pretty good, though.

Got dragged there by co-workers for lunch once. Never been before. The breadsticks were essentially unsplit hot dog buns with garlic butter and the soup (I think it was the gnocchi) was watery and tasteless. Nevertheless, the co-workers raved about how great it was and filled up as many to-go boxes as they could carry. Maybe they're victims of that "If you see a lot of ads on tv for a place, that means the place is really, really good!" thinking...


I haven't been there in years, but you must eat a much higher quality hotdog bun than I am used to. Also, I bet a hotdog bun with garlic-salt and butter would still taste delicious.  There is nothing wrong with simple, and it is not the same as tasteless - and seriously which is it farkers, is everything there too buttery and too salty, or is everything tasteless?  Because salt and fat definitely have flavor.
 
2013-10-09 07:01:01 PM  

Go Fornicate Without a Partner: [w3techs.com image 850x472]

Fark is hipster.  I don't know how I feel about that.


Oddly my reaction to people who have a 'social widget' is very similar to my one for people who have a 'social disease'..
 
2013-10-09 07:20:51 PM  
Their salads and bread sticks are pretty good, that's about all I really enjoy there.  The entrees are all just sad...it's really just microwaved frozen dinners as far as I can tell.  The pasta doesn't even taste good.  I have no idea how you fark up pasta, but they manage.

I'm a shiatty cook, and when I can do the same thing at home, for less money and in about the same time, you're doing something wrong.
 
2013-10-09 07:40:58 PM  
Hellllooooo!img.fark.net
 
2013-10-09 08:36:32 PM  
Is this where I talk about how I only cook gourmet meals at home from scratch and when I do eat out it's an authentic hole in the wall restaurant? Also, it seems that 95% of Farkers do not eat fast food and your favorite restaurant sucks if it has more than 2 locations.
 
2013-10-09 08:47:32 PM  
Smackledorfer:  I bet a hotdog bun with garlic-salt and butter would still taste delicious.

This is why places like Olive Garden continue to exist.
 
2013-10-09 08:58:29 PM  

Tourney3p0: Smackledorfer:  I bet a hotdog bun with garlic-salt and butter would still taste delicious.

This is why places like Olive Garden continue to exist.


Ooo, what a burn.  How dare I enjoy garlic bread. I should be ashamed of myself.
 
2013-10-09 09:59:24 PM  

Smackledorfer: Tourney3p0: Smackledorfer:  I bet a hotdog bun with garlic-salt and butter would still taste delicious.

This is why places like Olive Garden continue to exist.

Ooo, what a burn.  How dare I enjoy garlic bread. I should be ashamed of myself.


C'mon man. You only put garlic and butter on snails. What kind of loser puts it on bread? That's disgusting.
 
2013-10-09 10:43:51 PM  
I do not understand the appeal of Olive Garden, but I would never stop people from going. A fool and his money deserve to be parted.

In the mood for some pasta fazool. Been thinking about it for days. With some pancetta.
 
2013-10-09 10:53:58 PM  
What gets me about this subject every time it comes up is how much some of you people care what other people eat. There's nothing wrong with not liking something, but that's not what it is with you people, what pisses you off is that people have the audacity to like something that you don't, it's the most childish and immature thing I've ever seen. If you're not eating there then why do you care so much if other people do?
 
2013-10-10 12:23:45 AM  

ReapTheChaos: There's nothing wrong with not liking something


If Olive Garden is a favorite of someone, it gives me a clear indication that I will never get along with that person and should discontinue contact.

I'm a snob and I'm okay with that.
 
2013-10-10 12:49:11 AM  

Tourney3p0: Smackledorfer:  I bet a hotdog bun with garlic-salt and butter would still taste delicious.

This is why places like Olive Garden continue to exist.


Pretty much, and yet, I am forced to ask: why is this a problem? Most of the answers I get seem to reduce to stoplikingwhatidontlike.jpg, and I dismiss those out of hand.

Then again, having seen a few microwave dinners in my time (I can tell from the textures!), I also don't get the "indistinguishable from microwaved" bit. True, it's not up to par with my favorite authentic hole-in-the-wall, but I find it still beats microwaveable hands-down.
 
2013-10-10 01:19:29 AM  
I think this is clever viral marketing for Reddit.
 
2013-10-10 01:30:13 AM  
t.qkme.me
 
2013-10-10 05:43:03 AM  

tricycleracer: ReapTheChaos: There's nothing wrong with not liking something

If Olive Garden is a favorite of someone, it gives me a clear indication that I will never get along with that person and should discontinue contact.

I'm a snob and I'm okay with that.


I'm sure you're not the kind of person most people want to be around anyway so I guess it all works out in the end.
 
2013-10-10 09:14:12 AM  
Olive Garden.  When you're here, you're dead grandfather Lorenzo spins in his grave.
 
2013-10-10 10:08:24 AM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Can someone PLEASE explain the allure of Reddit?

Remember the old anti drug films where they showed the difference between spider webs spun by spiders on various compounds as opposed to a sober spider?

Reddit reminds me of the spider on acid.



I browse Reddit frequently. It's advantages are
1) No mods need to approve your headline/post so feel free to fire away. Rapid delivery of content.
2) You can customize by creating sub-reddits. So, you can be the admin/moderator of something on your own terms
3) Meme threads and discussion with famous persons in ask anything

Disadvantages:
1) Anybody can post anything, so the vast majority of it is crap.
2) meme threads get boring after a few days. After the last few  discussions with celebrities, I have come to the opinion that they are managed by PR companies and not the actual persons.
4) Biggest issue: Threaded discussions and upvote/downvote. Anything deviating from established narrative is downvoted furiously. Atleast with Fark, you can make your opinion heard however douchy the majority might have deemed it to be.

tl;dr,  Reddit is cool for a while, but gets boring with the solo exception of cough cough gonewild cough
 
2013-10-10 10:10:24 AM  

tricycleracer: ReapTheChaos: There's nothing wrong with not liking something

If Olive Garden is a favorite of someone, it gives me a clear indication that I will never get along with that person and should discontinue contact.

I'm a snob and I'm okay with that.


I can hear you now:  "Yeah, Emily Ratajkowski is hot an all, but she eats at Olive Garden.  That's the culinary equivalent of sharp knees!"
 
2013-10-10 05:27:28 PM  
Smackledorfer:

Ooo, what a burn.  How dare I enjoy garlic bread. I should be ashamed of myself.

Hot dog buns with butter and garlic are not garlic bread.  The same as a beef patty on Wonder Bread is not a hamburger, and tomato sauce on a cracker is not a pizza.  "Bread" is not an all-encompassing term that merely differs by whatever shape the baker decided to mold his dough clump into.

But if your standards are really that low, more power to you.
 
2013-10-10 07:03:56 PM  

ReapTheChaos: What gets me about this subject every time it comes up is how much some of you people care what other people eat. There's nothing wrong with not liking something, but that's not what it is with you people, what pisses you off is that people have the audacity to like something that you don't, it's the most childish and immature thing I've ever seen. If you're not eating there then why do you care so much if other people do?


I don't think I'm your target audience, but anyway: I wouldn't give a shiat at all, but their advertising recently convinced my wife that we needed to take the kids there. I fought for a local place that is similar in price and lost. Why did I lose? Unlimited breadsticks and salad.

Almost $100 later, she now admits it wasn't very good. The proteins were actually somewhat better than I expected from memory (been over a decade), but the pasta was awful (way overcooked).

Not sure where I'm going with this.
 
2013-10-10 08:00:35 PM  

Tourney3p0: Smackledorfer:

Ooo, what a burn.  How dare I enjoy garlic bread. I should be ashamed of myself.

Hot dog buns with butter and garlic are not garlic bread.  The same as a beef patty on Wonder Bread is not a hamburger, and tomato sauce on a cracker is not a pizza.  "Bread" is not an all-encompassing term that merely differs by whatever shape the baker decided to mold his dough clump into.

But if your standards are really that low, more power to you.


Yawn.

You say 'more power to me' but you also are so upset by my statements that you have to repeatedly tell me off and get hyperbolic?

Take a deep breath.
 
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