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(PennLive)   Red Lobster and Olive Garden have one thing in common...they are among the places with the saltiest meals of the restaurant chains   (pennlive.com) divider line 43
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2014-07-04 03:05:50 AM  
They also serve shiatty food except for one special appetizer which is highly addicting.
 
2014-07-04 04:31:39 AM  
Really? I'd never guess that. Mostly because I'd rather gnaw my own foot off than eat a meal at either of those places and could care less.
 
2014-07-04 05:39:56 AM  
who goes to those places? i can cook something way better, way cheaper, eat in privacy and watch whatever i want, and smoke..uh, my special cigarettes...etc, etc.

now Red Lobster...that's different....
 
2014-07-04 06:10:43 AM  
My relatives, who pretty much all have heart problems, all love Olive Garden. Whenever they come to visit I end up getting dragged there. Though, it still is an improvement on the shiatty Pennsylvania Dutch restaurant they like, which I still can't understand because they're all from Pennsylvania and can eat the good version of that stuff whenever they want.
 
2014-07-04 06:13:15 AM  

some_beer_drinker: who goes to those places? i can cook something way better, way cheaper, eat in privacy and watch whatever i want, and smoke..uh, my special cigarettes...etc, etc.

now Red Lobster...that's different....


People who want something "safe" without their kids and/or elderly relatives pissing and moaning about something.
 
2014-07-04 07:42:30 AM  
As over-salted as Olive Garden is, Carrabas is worse. Way, way worse.
 
2014-07-04 08:08:37 AM  

Cymbal: As over-salted as Olive Garden is, Carrabas is worse. Way, way worse.


Indeed.   The last time I ate at a Carrabas, I had a seafood pasta dish that had at least a teaspoon or so of sand in it.
 
2014-07-04 08:40:04 AM  
 
2014-07-04 08:49:17 AM  

AtlanticCoast63: Cymbal: As over-salted as Olive Garden is, Carrabas is worse. Way, way worse.

Indeed.   The last time I ate at a Carrabas, I had a seafood pasta dish that had at least a teaspoon or so of sand in it.


You ate sand?

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2014-07-04 09:17:14 AM  
QFTA:

"They're using data from 2013," Jeffers said. "We're reducing sodium and calories across our menus by 10 percent by 2016 and 20 percent by 2021."

And we're using data from the future. Which is always more reliable than data from the past.
 
2014-07-04 09:23:31 AM  

wax_on: Really? I'd never guess that. Mostly because I'd rather gnaw my own foot off than eat a meal at either of those places and could care less.


Those places are still open for exactly the same reasons pop and country music still sell. Because there are millions of Americans who will never look beyond a commercial break for dining ideas.

Almost a decade as a road warrior - including some pretty small and decrepit towns. And I still never had problems finding a local non-chain restaurant that had been open at least five years. There is absolutely no reason to ever step foot in these kinds of chain places.
 
2014-07-04 09:28:55 AM  
Awful food and eating there says something about that persons "taste" in food.
 
2014-07-04 09:32:36 AM  
in other news
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2014-07-04 09:48:44 AM  

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: QFTA:

"They're using data from 2013," Jeffers said. "We're reducing sodium and calories across our menus by 10 percent by 2016 and 20 percent by 2021."



Why is it taking 7 years to reduce sodium?  It's not like the auto industry where R&D has to develop technology to reduce carbon emissions.  Just stop putting as much in the food.
 
2014-07-04 09:54:41 AM  
If stick to it's fresh grilled fish options and opt for the broccoli and the dressing on the side salad Red Lobster isn't a bad option. Also no biscuits.
 
2014-07-04 09:55:38 AM  

taglius: Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: QFTA:

"They're using data from 2013," Jeffers said. "We're reducing sodium and calories across our menus by 10 percent by 2016 and 20 percent by 2021."


Why is it taking 7 years to reduce sodium?  It's not like the auto industry where R&D has to develop technology to reduce carbon emissions.  Just stop putting as much in the food.


The big chains absolutely R&D their food as much as the auto industry does before it gets released nationwide.  Whether they need to or not is debatable
 
2014-07-04 09:58:24 AM  

taglius: Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: QFTA:

"They're using data from 2013," Jeffers said. "We're reducing sodium and calories across our menus by 10 percent by 2016 and 20 percent by 2021."


Why is it taking 7 years to reduce sodium?  It's not like the auto industry where R&D has to develop technology to reduce carbon emissions.  Just stop putting as much in the food.


Studies have been done. People notice whenever processed food is changed, be it sugar, fat and/or sodium. They will probably up one of the other two to compensate, and have to get it past focus groups.
 
2014-07-04 10:01:30 AM  
OG sucks. Been there twice, never again. RL was ok, went there a few times many years ago but apparently the powers-that-be couldn't make a national seafood chain work in Bangor ME and they closed.
 
2014-07-04 10:06:56 AM  
Haven't been to an Olive Garden in a long time, but the last time I went to a Red Lobster their food actually seemed bland to me. Maybe the seafood cancels out the salt. The saltiest places I remember eating are Cheesecake Factory and Quiznos.
 
2014-07-04 10:09:50 AM  
I was going to point out that the two have far more in common then just salt, as they are owned by the same company (Darden Restaurants), but apparently they're selling Red Lobster. Which makes sense if you think about it, seafood is really expensive and as most people eat at chains because they're cheap, I would guess not as many people want to spend $30 on what seems to be frozen pasta with a few uninvited shrimp in it.
 
2014-07-04 10:13:13 AM  

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: QFTA:

"They're using data from 2013," Jeffers said. "We're reducing sodium and calories across our menus by 10 percent by 2016 and 20 percent by 2021."

And we're using data from the future. Which is always more reliable than data from the past.


I like how using 20% less salt is a goal that takes 7 years to accomplish.
 
2014-07-04 10:14:16 AM  

Gulper Eel: without their kids and/or elderly relatives pissing and moaning about something.


Unpossible. After age 58 they will find something to complain about. Restaurant too loud. Room too cold. Food too salty. Food not salty enough. You're too single. I don't have grandkids. They're playing sports and I want Fox News on the teevee and I don't care if this is a sports bar. I don't like barbecue, lets go to the Golden Corral.
 
2014-07-04 10:16:41 AM  
What I don't get is how Red Lobster does so well in coastal towns where there is usually a local restaurant down at the pier that uses seafood that was caught a few hours before dinner. Is freezer burn and the diesel fumes from the SysCo truck really that tasty?
 
2014-07-04 10:19:35 AM  
I don't like any of these trash food places.
 
2014-07-04 10:23:41 AM  

EngineerAU: What I don't get is how Red Lobster does so well in coastal towns where there is usually a local restaurant down at the pier that uses seafood that was caught a few hours before dinner. Is freezer burn and the diesel fumes from the SysCo truck really that tasty?


you are naive
 
2014-07-04 10:42:06 AM  

haywatchthis: EngineerAU: What I don't get is how Red Lobster does so well in coastal towns where there is usually a local restaurant down at the pier that uses seafood that was caught a few hours before dinner. Is freezer burn and the diesel fumes from the SysCo truck really that tasty?

you are naive



Yes he is.  It REALLY is that tasty!!  Otherwise, they'd be out of business, right?
 
2014-07-04 10:48:25 AM  

Gulper Eel: People who want something "safe" without their kids and/or elderly relatives pissing and moaning about something.


Your elderly relatives wouldn't complain about being taken to a restaurant with the word "Lobster" in its name that can't cook a farking lobster worth eating?
 
2014-07-04 11:20:30 AM  

rynthetyn: My relatives, who pretty much all have heart problems, all love Olive Garden. Whenever they come to visit I end up getting dragged there. Though, it still is an improvement on the shiatty Pennsylvania Dutch restaurant they like, which I still can't understand because they're all from Pennsylvania and can eat the good version of that stuff whenever they want.


My brother - who is on his third heart attack now - love Olive Garden.  And Red Lobster.  We've taken out bets on when the fourth one is going to hit.
 
2014-07-04 11:20:47 AM  

tjsands1118: I was going to point out that the two have far more in common then just salt, as they are owned by the same company (Darden Restaurants), but apparently they're selling Red Lobster. Which makes sense if you think about it, seafood is really expensive and as most people eat at chains because they're cheap, I would guess not as many people want to spend $30 on what seems to be frozen pasta with a few uninvited shrimp in it.


I live in midszed Midwestern city where there's really no such thing as fresh seafood and Red Lobster is often the most expensive option. We've got a few local restaurants that are all better and even the few small chains do better food at a much lower price. I've never had reason to go to Red Lobster when I can go to better places that are cheaper too.
 
2014-07-04 12:29:03 PM  
Our small town in Wisconsin has a place that does excellent lobster. I'd rather go there once a year for a really special treat, than Red Lobster once a month. Hey the place is cheaper than getting the wife something sparkly, and its good enough that I can pretty much bet on getting a blow job latter that night.
 
2014-07-04 12:35:07 PM  

tjsands1118: I was going to point out that the two have far more in common then just salt, as they are owned by the same company (Darden Restaurants), but apparently they're selling Red Lobster. Which makes sense if you think about it, seafood is really expensive and as most people eat at chains because they're cheap, I would guess not as many people want to spend $30 on what seems to be frozen pasta with a few uninvited shrimp in it.


YOU DON'T KNOW ME! YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT I LIKE!
 
2014-07-04 12:36:33 PM  

BigBooper: Our small town in Wisconsin has a place that does excellent lobster. I'd rather go there once a year for a really special treat, than Red Lobster once a month. Hey the place is cheaper than getting the wife something sparkly, and its good enough that I can pretty much bet on getting a blow job latter that night.


You should put this in a card and leave it under her pillow.
 
2014-07-04 12:39:00 PM  
 
2014-07-04 12:39:04 PM  

Summoner101: You will now never need to go to Red Lobster


Not the same. They aren't thown on the table by an angry white trash waitress whose man just left her.
 
2014-07-04 02:18:07 PM  
I was in some random hotel in some random city for work a few years ago, and went to Red Lobster and ordered shrimp pasta alfredo.  The outside was lava and the inside was raw.  How you screw up pasta and cheese I'll never know.

Olive Garden isn't bad for the soup, salad, and breadsticks lunch deal, even though the wait staff hates it with a passion.
 
2014-07-04 04:44:08 PM  

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: If stick to it's fresh grilled fish options and opt for the broccoli and the dressing on the side salad Red Lobster isn't a bad option. Also no biscuits.


Biscuit blasphemy! Those are the only reason to go there.
 
2014-07-04 07:21:06 PM  

Summoner101: You will now never need to go to Red Lobster


Or you can just buy the mix at the grocery store.
 
2014-07-04 09:35:40 PM  

thurstonxhowell: Your elderly relatives wouldn't complain about being taken to a restaurant with the word "Lobster" in its name that can't cook a farking lobster worth eating?


They wouldn't but the kids at the table want no part of great seafood (yet). It's not like you can snap your fingers and your eight-year-old decides to bag the chicken fingers on the kids' menu and jump straight to the salmon tartare.
 
2014-07-04 09:48:55 PM  

Gulper Eel: thurstonxhowell: Your elderly relatives wouldn't complain about being taken to a restaurant with the word "Lobster" in its name that can't cook a farking lobster worth eating?

They wouldn't but the kids at the table want no part of great seafood (yet). It's not like you can snap your fingers and your eight-year-old decides to bag the chicken fingers on the kids' menu and jump straight to the salmon tartare.


Kids have no business being at an eating establishment that isn't called McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys, or...you get my drift.
 
2014-07-04 10:00:38 PM  

John Buck 41: Gulper Eel: thurstonxhowell: Your elderly relatives wouldn't complain about being taken to a restaurant with the word "Lobster" in its name that can't cook a farking lobster worth eating?

They wouldn't but the kids at the table want no part of great seafood (yet). It's not like you can snap your fingers and your eight-year-old decides to bag the chicken fingers on the kids' menu and jump straight to the salmon tartare.


Kids have no business being at an eating establishment that isn't called McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys, or...you get my drift.


Occasionally a family will luck out and have an adventurous young foodie to dine with, but there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it. I've got friends who are vegans, others who are professional chefs, and all of them finally gave up and used the Arches at least as a fallback option.
 
2014-07-05 12:00:21 AM  

rugman11: tjsands1118: I was going to point out that the two have far more in common then just salt, as they are owned by the same company (Darden Restaurants), but apparently they're selling Red Lobster. Which makes sense if you think about it, seafood is really expensive and as most people eat at chains because they're cheap, I would guess not as many people want to spend $30 on what seems to be frozen pasta with a few uninvited shrimp in it.

I live in midszed Midwestern city where there's really no such thing as fresh seafood and Red Lobster is often the most expensive option. We've got a few local restaurants that are all better and even the few small chains do better food at a much lower price. I've never had reason to go to Red Lobster when I can go to better places that are cheaper too.


Same deal here. With literally know seafood options, Red Lobster is acceptable (but only if someone else is paying).
 
2014-07-05 12:49:09 AM  

lilplatinum: Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: QFTA:

"They're using data from 2013," Jeffers said. "We're reducing sodium and calories across our menus by 10 percent by 2016 and 20 percent by 2021."

And we're using data from the future. Which is always more reliable than data from the past.

I like how using 20% less salt is a goal that takes 7 years to accomplish.


People notice when food changes so they are probably developing a series of recipes to slowly reduce the salt at a rate that won't get noticed.
 
2014-07-05 09:48:17 AM  
Salt makes me cough.
 
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