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2020-11-25 2:48:27 AM  
Your live can go one of two ways:

Prison, or the Olive Garden.
 
2020-11-25 2:52:16 AM  
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You been here four hours! You go now!
 
2020-11-25 3:54:04 AM  
Geez, people that eat at corporate chain restaurants are ignorant as well as tasteless.  Who'da thunk?

You want good food?  Find some hole in the wall joint, with rickety tables, no advertising, and a cash only policy.  Those are the places that make the greatest of any cuisine on the planet.
 
2020-11-25 6:37:12 AM  
Restaurants track table usage??  Jeez it's like they have to figure out how much to charge to make money based on average occupation rates and dining times or something?  WTF is up with that!?  The sheer existence of the article is likely to conjure Hubie from the deeps to admonish this nonsense.
 
2020-11-25 7:49:55 AM  
Wow, so tiktok users are as ignorant and sheltered as redditors.
 
2020-11-25 7:52:53 AM  
Olive Gardens are individually owned an operated. A few of them are very good, well maybe only one (in Illinois) and there is always a long wait to get seated. If I owned that restaurant I would be tempted as there is always a line out the door waiting to get seated. It's a large new facility and 45 minute wait is common.
 
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2020-11-25 7:56:33 AM  
Today I learned there are people who think they are invisible when dining in public.
 
2020-11-25 8:00:50 AM  

cherryl taggart: Geez, people that eat at corporate chain restaurants are ignorant as well as tasteless.  Who'da thunk?

You want good food?  Find some hole in the wall joint, with rickety tables, no advertising, and a cash only policy.  Those are the places that make the greatest of any cuisine on the planet.


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2020-11-25 8:06:34 AM  

cherryl taggart: You want good food? Find some hole in the wall joint, with rickety tables, no advertising, and a cash only policy. Those are the places that make the greatest of any cuisine on the planet.


You'll either get the best food you've ever had or a plate full of salmonella (unless you're really lucky and get both!). Rolling the dice is part of the excitement!
 
2020-11-25 8:12:34 AM  

cherryl taggart: You want good food?  Find some hole in the wall joint, with rickety tables, no advertising, and a cash only policy.  Those are the places that make the greatest of any cuisine on the planet.


Great. That's all fine and good until you're traveling with a few co-workers for business and you have to spend a couple of nights in Omaha. And, sure, the company will pay a per diem, but if you use the corporate credit card for one meal, then you've got to use it for all 3 that day to get reimbursed. And nobody's picky, but everybody's kinda tired, and Yelp is all over the place with nearby reviews... and there's a Chili's in the same little corporate subdivision as your hotel. 

And, fark it, a salad with some meat on top and a glass of wine sounds good enough for right now.
 
2020-11-25 8:14:02 AM  
I've walked into an Olive Garden 6 times. I've eaten there twice. The service is awful wherever the location is, and I find the food completely bland. Doesn't help that Cleetus and Flora Mae bring their nine deep clan of blowholed stank ass squealing little wood boogers with them for them fancy frrr'n foods.

/It's like Showbiz except the turds aren't in the ball pit.
 
2020-11-25 8:18:08 AM  

Gonz: cherryl taggart: You want good food?  Find some hole in the wall joint, with rickety tables, no advertising, and a cash only policy.  Those are the places that make the greatest of any cuisine on the planet.

Great. That's all fine and good until you're traveling with a few co-workers for business and you have to spend a couple of nights in Omaha. And, sure, the company will pay a per diem, but if you use the corporate credit card for one meal, then you've got to use it for all 3 that day to get reimbursed. And nobody's picky, but everybody's kinda tired, and Yelp is all over the place with nearby reviews... and there's a Chili's in the same little corporate subdivision as your hotel. 

And, fark it, a salad with some meat on top and a glass of wine sounds good enough for right now.



Yep, I've been in that situation many a time.
 
2020-11-25 8:19:45 AM  

FrancoFile: Gonz: cherryl taggart: You want good food?  Find some hole in the wall joint, with rickety tables, no advertising, and a cash only policy.  Those are the places that make the greatest of any cuisine on the planet.

Great. That's all fine and good until you're traveling with a few co-workers for business and you have to spend a couple of nights in Omaha. And, sure, the company will pay a per diem, but if you use the corporate credit card for one meal, then you've got to use it for all 3 that day to get reimbursed. And nobody's picky, but everybody's kinda tired, and Yelp is all over the place with nearby reviews... and there's a Chili's in the same little corporate subdivision as your hotel. 

And, fark it, a salad with some meat on top and a glass of wine sounds good enough for right now.


Yep, I've been in that situation many a time.


The only thing better than an expense account is someone else's expense account.
 
2020-11-25 8:21:04 AM  
This is new?
 
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2020-11-25 8:27:59 AM  
The only thing better than an expense account is someone else's expense account.

My only meal at Capital Grille was on somebody else's expense account. Worth every penny it cost me, but not so good as to make me want to pay out of my own pocket.
 
2020-11-25 8:29:52 AM  

ZAZ: The only thing better than an expense account is someone else's expense account.

My only meal at Capital Grille was on somebody else's expense account. Worth every penny it cost me, but not so good as to make me want to pay out of my own pocket.


Ayup. It's the only way I'll order a steak at a restaurant.
 
2020-11-25 8:34:30 AM  

ZAZ: The only thing better than an expense account is someone else's expense account.

My only meal at Capital Grille was on somebody else's expense account. Worth every penny it cost me, but not so good as to make me want to pay out of my own pocket.



Capital Grille has amazing creamed spinach.

Of course, there's probably an entire stick of butter in every bowl.
 
2020-11-25 8:37:22 AM  

NINEv2: I've walked into an Olive Garden 6 times. I've eaten there twice. The service is awful wherever the location is, and I find the food completely bland. Doesn't help that Cleetus and Flora Mae bring their nine deep clan of blowholed stank ass squealing little wood boogers with them for them fancy frrr'n foods.

/It's like Showbiz except the turds aren't in the ball pit.


The way to do Olive Garden is during the week, preferably lunch.  No kids and much less crowded.  Get the soup, salad and bread sticks.  Soup freezes and reheats nicely.  Bread dough is fine thawed and then baked, Salad can't be frozen so they are forced to make it fresh.
 
2020-11-25 8:40:52 AM  

Gonz: cherryl taggart: You want good food?  Find some hole in the wall joint, with rickety tables, no advertising, and a cash only policy.  Those are the places that make the greatest of any cuisine on the planet.

Great. That's all fine and good until you're traveling with a few co-workers for business and you have to spend a couple of nights in Omaha. And, sure, the company will pay a per diem, but if you use the corporate credit card for one meal, then you've got to use it for all 3 that day to get reimbursed. And nobody's picky, but everybody's kinda tired, and Yelp is all over the place with nearby reviews... and there's a Chili's in the same little corporate subdivision as your hotel.

And, fark it, a salad with some meat on top and a glass of wine sounds good enough for right now.


Damn straight.  Business travel is miserable enough as it is.  Getting the shiats from iffy food is awful.  Combining the two is a special kind of hell.
 
2020-11-25 9:35:54 AM  
Packing away those bread sticks,.
 
2020-11-25 9:43:14 AM  

ZAZ: The only thing better than an expense account is someone else's expense account.

My only meal at Capital Grille was on somebody else's expense account. Worth every penny it cost me, but not so good as to make me want to pay out of my own pocket.


Fun fact - well, maybe not fun but fact:

Olive Garden and Capital Grille are both Darden restaurants.

Even better, so are Longhorn and Capital Grille.

Best - the bone in ribeye at Longhorn and the bone in ribeye at Capital Grille are the same cut from the same supplier.  However the one at Capital costs 2X more.
 
2020-11-25 9:43:46 AM  
I went to the olive garden once after popping a bunch of Xanax and drinking a few beers and it was hilarious and delicious.


Won't go there sober tho.
 
2020-11-25 9:50:01 AM  

ralanprod: ZAZ: The only thing better than an expense account is someone else's expense account.

My only meal at Capital Grille was on somebody else's expense account. Worth every penny it cost me, but not so good as to make me want to pay out of my own pocket.

Fun fact - well, maybe not fun but fact:

Olive Garden and Capital Grille are both Darden restaurants.

Even better, so are Longhorn and Capital Grille.

Best - the bone in ribeye at Longhorn and the bone in ribeye at Capital Grille are the same cut from the same supplier.  However the one at Capital costs 2X more.



Capital Grille is owned by Darden twice?
 
2020-11-25 9:59:40 AM  

FrancoFile: ralanprod: ZAZ: The only thing better than an expense account is someone else's expense account.

My only meal at Capital Grille was on somebody else's expense account. Worth every penny it cost me, but not so good as to make me want to pay out of my own pocket.

Fun fact - well, maybe not fun but fact:

Olive Garden and Capital Grille are both Darden restaurants.

Even better, so are Longhorn and Capital Grille.

Best - the bone in ribeye at Longhorn and the bone in ribeye at Capital Grille are the same cut from the same supplier.  However the one at Capital costs 2X more.


Capital Grille is owned by Darden twice?


They like Capital Grille.
 
2020-11-25 10:13:56 AM  

EasilyDistracted: FrancoFile: ralanprod: ZAZ: The only thing better than an expense account is someone else's expense account.

My only meal at Capital Grille was on somebody else's expense account. Worth every penny it cost me, but not so good as to make me want to pay out of my own pocket.

Fun fact - well, maybe not fun but fact:

Olive Garden and Capital Grille are both Darden restaurants.

Even better, so are Longhorn and Capital Grille.

Best - the bone in ribeye at Longhorn and the bone in ribeye at Capital Grille are the same cut from the same supplier.  However the one at Capital costs 2X more.


Capital Grille is owned by Darden twice?

They like Capital Grille.


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2020-11-25 10:19:46 AM  
I may make it to OG maybe once a year. I am a creature of habit: chicken parm/angel hair and order it with arrabiata sauce it isn't on the menu but they do it and it isn't so bland
 
2020-11-25 10:25:34 AM  

cherryl taggart: Geez, people that eat at corporate chain restaurants are ignorant as well as tasteless.  Who'da thunk?

You want good food?  Find some hole in the wall joint, with rickety tables, no advertising, and a cash only policy.  Those are the places that make the greatest of any cuisine on the planet.


I've found that, on average, that sort of place has worse food than a corporate place.  Yes, sometimes you luck out.  But usually if such a place has really good food, it eventually becomes a chain.

Chain food usually isn't A+.  But it usually isn't worse than a C either-you usually get at least competent, edible food.  Hole in the wall places range the entire range from A+ to F.  So, if you try a bunch of them, eventually you'll find the best place in town, but you'll have to endure things ranging from bad service to food poisoning in the process.  But if, say, you are from out of town and don't know the city, just eat at Applebee's.
 
2020-11-25 10:33:14 AM  

Nocrash: . A few of them are very good,


Not driving to Illinois to find out.  The last time I was in an Olive Garden, we were one of about five parties in the place and we left after 15 minutes because we hadn't gotten any service, no water, no menus, zip.
 
2020-11-25 10:51:47 AM  
The Olive Garden: for when reheating one of the nicer $8 frozen Italian entrees from the grocery store is too much work, so you're willing to pay $14 for something that tastes significantly worse.
 
2020-11-25 11:01:17 AM  

cherryl taggart: Geez, people that eat at corporate chain restaurants are ignorant as well as tasteless.  Who'da thunk?

You want good food?  Find some hole in the wall joint, with rickety tables, no advertising, and a cash only policy.  Those are the places that make the greatest of any cuisine on the planet.


Maybe, but there are also a lot of shiatty hole in the wall joints with crappy food.
 
2020-11-25 11:06:41 AM  

fallingcow: The Olive Garden: for when reheating one of the nicer $8 frozen Italian entrees from the grocery store is too much work, so you're willing to pay $14 for something that tastes significantly worse.



There are many, many people who are willing to pay a lot of money to go to a clean place and be treated nice by other people, even if the food isn't spectacular.
 
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2020-11-25 11:09:31 AM  

Brandi Morgan: cherryl taggart: Geez, people that eat at corporate chain restaurants are ignorant as well as tasteless.  Who'da thunk?

You want good food?  Find some hole in the wall joint, with rickety tables, no advertising, and a cash only policy.  Those are the places that make the greatest of any cuisine on the planet.

Maybe, but there are also a lot of shiatty hole in the wall joints with crappy food.


My rule of thumb for hole in the wall joints: cops. If there's a cop car or two or three parked in a spot, not running, meaning the local cops eat there, it's probably pretty good. Don't think I've ever been steered wrong on this one.
 
2020-11-25 11:09:40 AM  
It's the place to take your side chick, when you don't want your wife to find out.
/Your wife really knows about her, but is laughing that the wannabe homewrecker is willing to let you take her there
 
2020-11-25 11:11:12 AM  

151: My rule of thumb for hole in the wall joints: cops. If there's a cop car or two or three parked in a spot, not running, meaning the local cops eat there, it's probably pretty good. Don't think I've ever been steered wrong on this one.


That's the truth
 
2020-11-25 11:59:44 AM  
CSB

In high school I was in the Latin club (Ladies. One at a time, please) and each year we would take a trip to the Olive Garden for very poorly defined reasons. One year we decided to put the unlimited breadsticks policy to the test.

Picture a dozen hungry high school guys ordering more breadsticks every time we saw a waiter. Eventually a manager came to the table and told us that if they kept bringing us breadsticks there wouldn't be enough for the rest of the restaurant and cut us off.

TLDR: The breadsticks aren't actually unlimited. Can't confirm about soup or salad
 
2020-11-25 12:21:52 PM  

Brandi Morgan: cherryl taggart: Geez, people that eat at corporate chain restaurants are ignorant as well as tasteless.  Who'da thunk?

You want good food?  Find some hole in the wall joint, with rickety tables, no advertising, and a cash only policy.  Those are the places that make the greatest of any cuisine on the planet.

Maybe, but there are also a lot of shiatty hole in the wall joints with crappy food.


Yep, that's the problem with 'eat local' it can be a real crapshoot (pun intended).

In our town we have 2 Italian places, one doesn't know what the heck they're doing and serve really awful food; the other is run by an Italian-American couple from NYC and the staff speak Italian in the kitchen. I'd stab a Farker for their chicken parmigiana.

So when traveling Olive Garden, Applebee's, etc may only be 'okay' food but they're going to be okay whether you're in L.A. or a small town in Iowa.
 
2020-11-25 12:22:49 PM  

Persnickety: NINEv2: I've walked into an Olive Garden 6 times. I've eaten there twice. The service is awful wherever the location is, and I find the food completely bland. Doesn't help that Cleetus and Flora Mae bring their nine deep clan of blowholed stank ass squealing little wood boogers with them for them fancy frrr'n foods.

/It's like Showbiz except the turds aren't in the ball pit.

...Salad can't be frozen so they are forced to make it fresh.


I'm sure more than one Olive Garden that has given that a good try.
 
2020-11-25 12:51:26 PM  
I heard restaurants keep the AC on the cold side to make people leave sooner, that way no one sits around for four hours.

/not sure how true that is
//read it on the intertubes.
 
2020-11-25 1:17:07 PM  

Geotpf: cherryl taggart: Geez, people that eat at corporate chain restaurants are ignorant as well as tasteless.  Who'da thunk?

You want good food?  Find some hole in the wall joint, with rickety tables, no advertising, and a cash only policy.  Those are the places that make the greatest of any cuisine on the planet.

I've found that, on average, that sort of place has worse food than a corporate place.  Yes, sometimes you luck out.  But usually if such a place has really good food, it eventually becomes a chain.

Chain food usually isn't A+.  But it usually isn't worse than a C either-you usually get at least competent, edible food.  Hole in the wall places range the entire range from A+ to F.  So, if you try a bunch of them, eventually you'll find the best place in town, but you'll have to endure things ranging from bad service to food poisoning in the process.  But if, say, you are from out of town and don't know the city, just eat at Applebee's.


The sweet spot is a local chain - say, five locations in a 20 mile radius. That will very consistently be B- to B+ material.

And chain restaurants and definitely still be awful. When a Claim Jumper opened up here near Seattle people went apeshiat, but out of the two times I went I got violently I'll both times. The second time my whole family got sick, and five people with diarrhea sharing two bathrooms is not fun. And it's not even cheap or good food, either. At least when I got sick from a hot dog in Cuba it only cost me twenty cents.
 
2020-11-25 1:52:59 PM  

Whatthefark: I heard restaurants keep the AC on the cold side to make people leave sooner, that way no one sits around for four hours.

/not sure how true that is
//read it on the intertubes.


I've heard there is a whole field of study. How hard is the furniture on your butt? How bright and what color lighting? etc. Again, intertubes, but I do know of an actual study where in pink is used to calm inmates down in holding cells but in long term it becomes really irritating. People get paid for this kind of research.
 
2020-11-25 2:01:59 PM  
If your unlimited breadsticks last longer than 4 hours, consult a physician.
 
2020-11-25 2:17:35 PM  
Unlimited OG Soup, Salad, and Breadsticks $8 at lunch & $10 at dinner plus tax, tip, and beverage is the best deal in town.

(pre-COVID)
 
2020-11-25 2:37:26 PM  

fasahd: Whatthefark: I heard restaurants keep the AC on the cold side to make people leave sooner, that way no one sits around for four hours.

/not sure how true that is
//read it on the intertubes.

I've heard there is a whole field of study. How hard is the furniture on your butt? How bright and what color lighting? etc. Again, intertubes, but I do know of an actual study where in pink is used to calm inmates down in holding cells but in long term it becomes really irritating. People get paid for this kind of research.


For me it's the sound volume. Plenty of places I wanted to leave sooner than later, sometimes before I even order.
 
2020-11-26 12:00:12 AM  

Gleeman: So when traveling Olive Garden, Applebee's, etc may only be 'okay' food but they're going to be okay whether you're in L.A. or a small town in Iowa


Exactly. It's going to be consistent. I live in one of the better cities in this great Nation for hole-in-the-wall Mexican food. If you think your city has a better place, that's cool. And those places rock, no matter where you are. But I'm in San Antonio, we've got quantity.

If I'm in a new city, I'll hit the internet and see if there's something local and regionally good. When I was in Oklahoma City last year, I went to Cattleman's Steakhouse. It was really good. Now, an OKC local may read that and say "You fool! There are 5 dive bars here that make better steak, and 3 legit restaurants in strip malls." And that may very well be true.  But when you see that George Bush had a favorite steak from a place, you go "OK, this'll be really good." And it was.

But if I'm in a city that really has no distinctive, "must-have ONLY here" taste, then I'm gonna go to a chain. And I don't just mean Indianapolis. If I'm in Atlanta or Charlotte, I'm not gonna spend a lot of time looking for the best BBQ, soul food, or local fare in the 'hood. New Orleans? That's different. Phoenix, no. Tucson, yes. St. Louis, no. Memphis, yes.

To everything there is a season. And a time to every purpose under Heaven.
 
2020-11-26 2:32:17 AM  
my main experience at Olive Garden is that $mai_waifu's parents love going there, so that always guarantees free entertainment.

FIL *spluttering* - "YOU... YOU CALL THIS A SALAD!!! THIS... THIS IS THREE OLIVES IN THERE! WE'RE AT THE OLIVE GARDEN YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE A GARDEN OF OLIVES!!!"
(look, just imagine Oscar Leroy or maybe even Cotton Hill, and you've got it.)
((also, he really wasn't wrong about the olives and they brought more! I love olives!!!))
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but also, rewind to January 2020, her longtime childhood friend and the friend's mother were at the very same Olive Garden in NE Phila (Grant & Blvd. if anyone cares) - they asked for waters, and the mother's glass came complete with rusty coathook (Narrator: usually that costs extra!)

now, I've only know this friend of hers for maybe 3 years but she seems generally trustworthy and honest. but I do not at all know that woman's mother. so while I hesitate to suggest it was some deliberate targeted nonsensery from the Olive Garden staff, really, who can say?
(it later devolved into a jocular discussion of whether to buy your coathooks in bulk from IKEA or Home Depot, then take them to Olive Garden for a free meal)

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2020-11-26 11:15:23 AM  
They don't need a timer, when you come in for lunch and are still there at 4pm, its kind of obvious.
 
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