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(Orlando Sentinel)   Olive Garden's new bold strategy to save the company is: A) using fresh, not frozen, food; B) hiring competent waitstaff and management; C) getting new dinner plates   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 186
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2014-02-10 12:00:01 AM
It has been serving breadsticks in metal containers instead of the usual brown breadbaskets, and putting Alessi sea salt and ground peppercorns at the tables in place of plain salt and pepper shakers.

I'm not one to knock OG (their neverending pasta bowls and two-for-$25 offers are pretty decent deals, imo) but the last thing anything they serve there needs is more salt.
 
2014-02-10 12:56:16 AM
I think they should stop putting crack in the breadsticks.
 
2014-02-10 01:59:25 AM
Keep the crack in the breadsticks, keep the MSG in the soup, and have Amazon's helicopters deliver you're whatever-colered plates to my desk.
 
2014-02-10 02:26:13 AM
Wow, it looks like Orlando is so lame that the paper has a beat writer for chain restaurants.
 
2014-02-10 02:36:40 AM
fark that.

Plastic dinnerware, foam plastic containers, takeout for the little breadsticks people go nuts about.
 
2014-02-10 02:40:29 AM

super_grass: fark that.

Plastic dinnerware, foam plastic containers, takeout for the little breadsticks people go nuts about.


Do their breadsticks keep?  I can't think of ever having a breadstick anywhere that wasn't complete crap once it cooled and was reheated.
 
2014-02-10 02:40:49 AM

super_grass: fark that.

Plastic dinnerware, foam plastic containers, takeout for the little breadsticks people go nuts about.


There is this little dive restaurant on Cape Cod that serves all it's food in plastic or polystyrene bowl/cups/plates, plastic utensils, etc.

Food's pretty good, too. Not amazing, but good.
 
2014-02-10 02:48:35 AM
I haven't been there since the late 90s and don't plan to return because they changed the trim. shiat, boiling a bit of pasta is one of the few things I can do in my crampt kitchen.
 
2014-02-10 02:52:40 AM
Olive Gardens food is just so generic.
 
2014-02-10 03:09:49 AM

Solid State Vittles: Wow, it looks like Orlando is so lame that the paper has a beat writer for chain restaurants.


Those chain restaurants have their headquarters there, so I think that's the reason there is a beat writer for them.

I live in Wichita, Ks and we have similar writers for major business headquartered here.
 
2014-02-10 03:10:20 AM
Hey subby, modernizing the interior, using slightly higher end condiments and changing plates (they are likely smaller, giving the illusion that the food is a larger portion are all smart things that restaurants commonly do.
 
2014-02-10 03:10:35 AM

Notabunny: Keep the crack in the breadsticks, keep the MSG in the soup, and have Amazon's helicopters deliver you're whatever-colered plates to my desk.


Their breadsticks never appealed to me.  They're too greasy with fake butter as I recall - haven't been there i years.  You know what I'd prefer?  Plain old dinner rolls that I can butter myself to my own tastes.
 
2014-02-10 03:12:53 AM
OG is fine if you live in a one horse town and only get to the smoke once in a while, but any decent sized city can provide better Italian food.
 
2014-02-10 03:14:05 AM
Their food isn't anything to get excited over but it's better than most of the crap I've had in brewpubs.  Portland brewpubs excepted.
 
2014-02-10 03:16:04 AM

Farker Soze: Do their breadsticks keep?


They'll make it to desert usually.


FTA :

Its interior looks vastly different from other... styles Olive Garden has used in recent years.

It has dark wood furniture, deep brown and red carpeting, and smaller drop-down light fixtures, giving the restaurant a dimly lit look.



I know I'd frequent my local Olive Garden if it looked more like a whorehouse.
 
2014-02-10 03:17:22 AM

Farker Soze: super_grass: fark that.

Plastic dinnerware, foam plastic containers, takeout for the little breadsticks people go nuts about.

Do their breadsticks keep?  I can't think of ever having a breadstick anywhere that wasn't complete crap once it cooled and was reheated.


No. They're crap re-heated, I've tried it a number of times. Went there with my mom just last week and we didn't bother taking them home.
 
2014-02-10 03:21:39 AM

gfid: You know what I'd prefer? Plain old dinner rolls that I can butter myself to my own tastes.


Nah man... cheddar bay biscuits. Only chain restaurant baked good that's worth a damn...

/NOM
 
2014-02-10 03:26:58 AM
I am spoiled, where I live there are two hole in the wall restaurants that beat anything I have ever dined at, one is a tex mex place that opened a few years ago, it is owned and run by this extended Mexican family. When it opened they barely spoke English and you had to order by pointing at the pictures in the menu, today they all speak English better than I do, the food is outstanding as long as you don't inquire too deeply into what you are eating. The other one just opened last summer and is run by a French guy and his Italian partner, they serve hybrid Italian with the front of the restaurant a glass display case with about a dozen different pizzas ya can order by the slice or pie and the back is a sit down diner where ya can get anything from a calzone to pizzoccheri. Both places are usually crowded and since they opened I have probably gained 20 pounds.

/Damn thinking about them made me hungry
//I would kill every one in this thread to get one of their pizzas right now
 
2014-02-10 03:30:08 AM

Smeggy Smurf: Their food isn't anything to get excited over but it's better than most of the crap I've had in brewpubs.  Portland brewpubs excepted.


I have to disagree, brewpubs are my goto spot to find a decent meal while traveling if I'm not looking for BBQ. I just pull up google maps and search for brewpub and city and find the best rated non-chain place along my travel route.
 
2014-02-10 03:34:05 AM

robodog: Smeggy Smurf: Their food isn't anything to get excited over but it's better than most of the crap I've had in brewpubs.  Portland brewpubs excepted.

I have to disagree, brewpubs are my goto spot to find a decent meal while traveling if I'm not looking for BBQ. I just pull up google maps and search for brewpub and city and find the best rated non-chain place along my travel route.


Normally I'd agree but lately I've had nothing but overpriced greaseballs at the brewpubs.  It's like they're not even trying.
 
2014-02-10 03:38:07 AM

Solid State Vittles: Wow, it looks like Orlando is so lame that the paper has a beat writer for chain restaurants.


The company is based there and it's a huge company.  Your hometown paper also writes about what your biggest employers are up to.
 
2014-02-10 03:38:34 AM
They're serving ground peppercorns instead of ordinary pepper!

Oh, wait, ordinary pepper is ground peppercorns... well, at least the salt now has a faint odor of rotting vegetation and plankton.
 
2014-02-10 03:48:06 AM

Pribar: I am spoiled, where I live there are two hole in the wall restaurants that beat anything I have ever dined at, one is a tex mex place that opened a few years ago, it is owned and run by this extended Mexican family. When it opened they barely spoke English and you had to order by pointing at the pictures in the menu, today they all speak English better than I do, the food is outstanding as long as you don't inquire too deeply into what you are eating. The other one just opened last summer and is run by a French guy and his Italian partner, they serve hybrid Italian with the front of the restaurant a glass display case with about a dozen different pizzas ya can order by the slice or pie and the back is a sit down diner where ya can get anything from a calzone to pizzoccheri. Both places are usually crowded and since they opened I have probably gained 20 pounds.

/Damn thinking about them made me hungry
//I would kill every one in this thread to get one of their pizzas right now


Family run Mexican restaurants are awesome.

Killing everyone in this thread won't get you any pizza.
 
2014-02-10 03:50:05 AM

SwiftFox: They're serving ground peppercorns instead of ordinary pepper!

Oh, wait, ordinary pepper is ground peppercorns... well, at least the salt now has a faint odor of rotting vegetation and plankton.


fc09.deviantart.net
 
2014-02-10 03:50:14 AM
It has dark wood furniture, deep brown and red carpeting, and smaller drop-down light fixtures, giving the restaurant a dimly lit look.


Winning strategy - make it so the customers can't see the shiat you shovel onto those less elaborate plates.
 
2014-02-10 03:53:43 AM
Olive Garden hardly needs "saving". Idiots line up every day and night for the bland, uninteresting slop they put out. I would like to encourage anyone who feels compelled to go there check out an independent, family owned restaurant instead. They are everywhere OG is, and will almost certainly be much better.

/former proprietor of a one of those family owned joints
 
2014-02-10 04:01:52 AM
 at least the salt now has a faint odor of rotting vegetation and plankton ....


Poor, poor Plankton
 
2014-02-10 04:02:01 AM

gfid: Pribar: I am spoiled, where I live there are two hole in the wall restaurants that beat anything I have ever dined at, one is a tex mex place that opened a few years ago, it is owned and run by this extended Mexican family. When it opened they barely spoke English and you had to order by pointing at the pictures in the menu, today they all speak English better than I do, the food is outstanding as long as you don't inquire too deeply into what you are eating. The other one just opened last summer and is run by a French guy and his Italian partner, they serve hybrid Italian with the front of the restaurant a glass display case with about a dozen different pizzas ya can order by the slice or pie and the back is a sit down diner where ya can get anything from a calzone to pizzoccheri. Both places are usually crowded and since they opened I have probably gained 20 pounds.

/Damn thinking about them made me hungry
//I would kill every one in this thread to get one of their pizzas right now

Family run Mexican restaurants are awesome.

Killing everyone in this thread won't get you any pizza.



How about if I just maim ya all instead? would that get me at least half a pie???
 
2014-02-10 04:06:16 AM
How about getting a competent wait staff that doesn't try shoving wines and champagnes they can barely pronounce, and stop asking me if I'm done eating and want a box for it when I'm not even 3 minutes into my meal.
 
2014-02-10 04:37:29 AM

fusillade762: It has been serving breadsticks in metal containers instead of the usual brown breadbaskets, and putting Alessi sea salt and ground peppercorns at the tables in place of plain salt and pepper shakers.

I'm not one to knock OG (their neverending pasta bowls and two-for-$25 offers are pretty decent deals, imo) but the last thing anything they serve there needs is more salt.


Truer words have never been spoken
 
2014-02-10 04:42:04 AM
Look up what a 'rethermalizer' is. Pretty much all OG food comes out of huge plastic bags that have been rethermalized. Disgusting. But it's cheap and that's pretty much all that counts.
 
2014-02-10 04:52:04 AM
I haven't had a bad experience at Olive Garden. But then, IT'S PASTA, so my expectations are already ridiculously low.
 
2014-02-10 05:03:31 AM
OG breadsticks are soooooooo gooooooooood...

The rest is shiat.
 
2014-02-10 05:04:18 AM

Tor_Eckman: Olive Garden hardly needs "saving". Idiots line up every day and night for the bland, uninteresting slop they put out. I would like to encourage anyone who feels compelled to go there check out an independent, family owned restaurant instead. They are everywhere OG is, and will almost certainly be much better.

/former proprietor of a one of those family owned joints


They certainly the shiat are not. You come open up a nice family-owned restaurant in my town. If you cook good food, hire a good staff, don't try to get trendy or fancy, and generally run a tight, smart ship, I'll come eat there at least twice a week until you go bankrupt. Then I'll buy some of your equipment from you at a deep discount for my home kitchen.

Olive Garden is a known quantity. I know what I'm getting if I go there, and I might not be able to call it "food", at least it isn't diarrhoea.
 
2014-02-10 05:14:37 AM
FINALLY!! I haven't been going because of the plates and now I will.
 
2014-02-10 05:23:41 AM
Try learning to cook at home a little. Anyone can do pasta and sauce. Brown off and add ground meat to the sauce or sausages maybe it's not hard. My supermarket has a number of different brands of sauce, pasta too. Take your pick. I don't eat out much, Why? I can cook for myself.
 
2014-02-10 05:30:22 AM
Olive Garden is metaphorically re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic
 
2014-02-10 05:36:19 AM
All you can eat soup and semen salad
 
2014-02-10 06:02:34 AM
...I don't hate OG, but my maternal grandparents came here off the boat from Italy (both of 'em testa Calabrese) and I know what real, good Italian cooking tastes like.  They should simply fade out and join Fazzoli's in oblivion.
 
2014-02-10 06:23:33 AM

Zugarific: All you can eat soup and semen salad


I worked at Dominos in high school and to this day pepperoni gets me hot.
 
2014-02-10 06:29:07 AM
It's either M&P places or I cook at home. Think outside the box.
 
2014-02-10 06:42:44 AM

Lapdance: Try learning to cook at home a little. Anyone can do pasta and sauce. Brown off and add ground meat to the sauce or sausages maybe it's not hard. My supermarket has a number of different brands of sauce, pasta too. Take your pick. I don't eat out much, Why? I can cook for myself.


I'm so proud of you. Your the first person I've ever met that knows how to cook.

You see in the real world sometimes people like to go out and not have to worry about cooking and cleaning and instead just  have a good time with friends or family and are willing to pay extra for that experience. I'm glad you are above that though!
 
2014-02-10 06:45:16 AM

gfid: Family run Mexican restaurants are awesome.


Yes they are.  Been in Mexican restaurants from Ohio to Arizona and darned near every state in between and have always been impressed.  Even Iowa, the Britain of American cuisine, has some darned good ones.  At least as impressive as the food is the great customer service.  It's almost like an ethnic thing.  Family owned Italian (not OG) are also very high on the list.
 
2014-02-10 06:53:17 AM

cheap_thoughts: I live in Wichita, Ks and we have similar writers for major business headquartered here.


Oh, has the Westboro Baptist Church remodeled lately?
 
2014-02-10 06:56:40 AM

ArcadianRefugee: super_grass: fark that.

Plastic dinnerware, foam plastic containers, takeout for the little breadsticks people go nuts about.

There is this little dive restaurant on Cape Cod that serves all it's food in plastic or polystyrene bowl/cups/plates, plastic utensils, etc.

Food's pretty good, too. Not amazing, but good.


Moby Dick's?
 
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2014-02-10 07:05:31 AM
MEET THE NEW MANAGEMENT!

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2014-02-10 07:06:23 AM
I was there a couple months ago.  They switched out the green napkins to one that closely resembles vomit, the menus were switched to cardboard cutouts that aren't even laminated, and the wait staff was worse than ever.

It's sad, really.
 
2014-02-10 07:06:48 AM
Stopped eating there after I ordered my daughters a side of pasta with butter sauce. Do you think I got actual butter? Of course not. I couldn't tell if it was margarine or just oil.

They seriously need to fix their food.
 
2014-02-10 07:07:21 AM

Farker Soze: super_grass: fark that.

Plastic dinnerware, foam plastic containers, takeout for the little breadsticks people go nuts about.

Do their breadsticks keep?  I can't think of ever having a breadstick anywhere that wasn't complete crap once it cooled and was reheated.


Reheat at 70% in the microwave for about a minute, not the full strength.

/and yes, Soup, Salad, and Crack, please.
 
2014-02-10 07:07:37 AM
All this hate makes me want some OG. I don't see what all the hate's about. Pretty good grub, IMO.
 
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