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Grand Forks Food Critic Approves Of Olive Garden  
User currently offlinestlgph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9367 posts, RR: 26
Posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1794 times:

http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/231419/


"As I ate, I noticed the vases and planters with permanent flower displays on the ledges. There are several dining areas with arched doorways. And there is a fireplace that adds warmth to the decor."



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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2984 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1774 times:

If a food critic likes Olive Garden, they are not a food critic.


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User currently offlinedesertjets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1751 times:

What is she reviewing next week, Applebee's?


I guess I took for granted that there are parts of the country that have not yet been graced with an Olive Garden.



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2292 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1718 times:

I like the: "She suggested chicken Alfredo" part.
I also like the: "Olive Garden has gained a following since 1982 with its ample portions and relaxed ambience"

I guess if you can't have good food you might as well have a lot of mediocre food instead.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26495 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1702 times:

This is so funny that it could have been written by "The Onion"


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User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3171 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1689 times:

Look.... If we live in a place where there is no jet service, and finally an airline puts a regional jet on the route, people here write about it.

If we live in a place with only regionals, and then a mainline comes, we write about it.

If we live in a place with only narrow-boddies, and a wide-body comes, we write about it.

If we live in a place with only domestic airlines, and an international carrier arrives,we write about it.

SO, if you live in a place with very few food options, and as Olive Garden comes, you write about it.

Now, I'm sure Grand Forks has a few independent restaurants around. But it's not Los Angeles. Give the writer a break!



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21631 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1677 times:

This is EXACTLY the sort of crap that drove me out of that horrible place. Oh, the pain.....

Quoting desertjets (Reply 2):
What is she reviewing next week, Applebee's?

Her review "Ruby Tuesday's vast menu offers many healthy choices" is, sadly, no longer available for viewing.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
I guess if you can't have good food you might as well have a lot of mediocre food instead.

That is how the US chain restaurant industry works, yes.

Quoting zrs70 (Reply 5):
SO, if you live in a place with very few food options, and as Olive Garden comes, you write about it.

Except that Grand Forks is not wanting for mediocre national chain food places.

-Mir



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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8272 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1656 times:

We went there about 2 weeks ago and my wife and I agreed hat the food there was better than some of the food we had eaten while in Rome last September. Pretty scary.

And the grandkids consider going to the Olive Garden as a special treat. Looks like we'll be going there for a while.


User currently offlineSmittyOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1643 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 6):
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
I guess if you can't have good food you might as well have a lot of mediocre food instead.

That is how the US chain restaurant industry works, yes.

On the other hand, it's pretty hard to screw up spaghetti and meatballs. For a family with hungry crumb-snatchers the Olive Garden is a pretty good choice.

Better than the Heinous (I mean Golden) Corral at least  


User currently offlinejamincan From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 775 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1637 times:

Apparently it wasn't even a positive review by her usual standards.

User currently offlinedesertjets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1625 times:

Quoting jamincan (Reply 9):
Apparently it wasn't even a positive review by her usual standards.

Well that does make it even more amusing. The old lady is being ironic and passive aggressive with so much ease my naive self completely missed it (though TBH I only skimmed the article and hadn't finished my morning tea). She gets a big thumbs up from me and a free round of breadsticks the next time I see her at OG.



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21631 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1622 times:

Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 8):
Better than the Heinous (I mean Golden) Corral at least

I'm certainly not saying there aren't worse places.

-Mir



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2292 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1582 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 7):
We went there about 2 weeks ago and my wife and I agreed hat the food there was better than some of the food we had eaten while in Rome last September. Pretty scary.

I guess you ate at the typical tourist places... that said, I only had one good pizza in Italy (a "hidden" place in Venice) and I've been to Italy a few times.

Quoting Mir (Reply 6):
That is how the US chain restaurant industry works, yes.

I actually liked the breadsticks when I went to Olive Garden... The rest of the food... I don't remember  


User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5604 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1568 times:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 12):
I actually liked the breadsticks when I went to Olive Garden... The rest of the food... I don't remember

And to be honest, that is the goal of most corporate chain restaurants. To be relatively unmemorable but in particular to NOT have any bad food or a bad experience, hopefully you enjoy the experience and have a favorable memory of your time there.

Restaurants just can't possibly please everyone so chain's go after a certain target market and then make everything as generic and as widely acceptable as possible to the whole market. Your time and food there should not invoke any bad memories (first order of business) and you should "enjoy yourself". Often no restaurant ever has true control over how much you enjoy it, that is often up the people you are with (if you are with any) and the kind of customer you are (the service staff of course contribute heavily to this).

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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8272 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1500 times:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 12):
I guess you ate at the typical tourist places... that said, I only had one good pizza in Italy (a "hidden" place in Venice) and I've been to Italy a few times.

Besides Babington's Tea Rooms (my wife was born in Scotland and really wanted to have a cuppa there) we ate at places we were walking past. Small cafe's filled with people who sorta looked like locals. Thought that would work out as it is sort of like going into a deli in NY City and get some really good food. Same with Sydney, Hong Kong, London & Vienna.

Actually, I think that I'll see if the wife wants to head to OG tonight - all of a sudden it sounds pretty good.  


User currently offlinemt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6593 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1499 times:
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There is an update on the story.!

"First, her name is bestowed on a lift station. Now, Herald columnist Marilyn Hagerty has received more celebrity because her Wednesday restaurant review of Olive Garden has gone viral"

http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/231591/

Lift Station?



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26495 posts, RR: 75
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1492 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 6):
Her review "Ruby Tuesday's vast menu offers many healthy choices" is, sadly, no longer available for viewing.

What's the URL. I have to find a cached copy.

Quoting zrs70 (Reply 5):
Now, I'm sure Grand Forks has a few independent restaurants around. But it's not Los Angeles. Give the writer a break!

Its hilarious. Olive Garden is awful, so such a review is quite entertaining.

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 14):
Actually, I think that I'll see if the wife wants to head to OG tonight - all of a sudden it sounds pretty good.

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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15744 posts, RR: 27
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1470 times:

Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 8):
Better than the Heinous (I mean Golden) Corral at least

Good Lord, that place is like a trailer park. And the food sucks.



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User currently offlineSmittyOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1460 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 17):
Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 8):
Better than the Heinous (I mean Golden) Corral at least

Good Lord, that place is like a trailer park. And the food sucks.

LOL yep, if there really is a hell (per the other thread), then it has a Golden Corral on every corner.

On the other hand the one good thing about the 'Corral is that I feel like an Olympian in there by contrast. Haven't seen the inside of one since 2007...maybe it's time?   


User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15744 posts, RR: 27
Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1456 times:

Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 18):
On the other hand the one good thing about the 'Corral is that I feel like an Olympian in there by contrast.

You basically are since you'll likely be the only one not on a Hoveround. And not because they are disabled, just because they're fat.



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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2839 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1448 times:

Good God, did any of you ever grow up in a rural area!? I remember last time I was in Fargo I was pretty happy to find the Outback Steakhouse.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 16):
Its hilarious. Olive Garden is awful, so such a review is quite entertaining.

There's nothing wrong with their soup, salad and breadsticks. Even in a metro area of over 3 million people I find my way there from time to time for an affordable meal once or twice a year.

Olive Garden isn't the best, but it's also not comparable to Golden Coral. Not everyone is pretentious enough to avoid an chain restaurant that serves a decent enough affordable menu you can take a family of 4 once or twice a month. What's next? Bashing Panera, Spaghetti Factory....heathens all of you  



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26495 posts, RR: 75
Reply 21, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1448 times:

Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 18):
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 19):

Isn't Golden Corral the place that tried to kick some Atkins Diet-types out because they were going to the carving station too often?



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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1444 times:
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As a current resident of Grand Forks I have to admit, that place opening was a big deal for this place. My buddy who is from just up north's dad even texted him the day before saying you HAVE to try Olive Garden when it opens tomorrow. In a town with some ehh restaurants this is kind of a big deal. Now as an east coaster I won't touch the place. But when your fanciest place is Texas Roadhouse this is a huge deal.
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User currently offlineSmittyOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1435 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 21):
Isn't Golden Corral the place that tried to kick some Atkins Diet-types out because they were going to the carving station too often?

Not sure, but it makes sense...their business model relies on people loading up on cheap simple carbs!


So does the Olive Garden I guess...but I'm OK with it. I've had some good times in there.


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21631 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1414 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 16):
What's the URL. I have to find a cached copy.
http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/224473/

Website keeps giving me an error, though.

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 22):
But when your fanciest place is Texas Roadhouse this is a huge deal.

Have people forgotten about Sanders?

-Mir



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25 canoecarrier : I'm get the feeling people on this forum don't or have never lived in a semi-rural area. I remember the day they opened the very first fast food rest
26 Ken777 : We had left over baked chicken instead. Guess what my preference was. To make you feel better - we ate at the Texas Roadhouse las week and it was pre
27 Post contains links and images Loubert : But they send the chefs to Tuscany! C'mon, everybody already knew that the Olive Garden is not a restaurant to which people go to experience thoughtfu
28 N1120A : Actually, they are mostly complex carbs, but same thing.
29 Bongodog1964 : As a foreign observer of US culture, this one has enlightened my day, especially when I looked on the newspaper website to see that the lady had indee
30 Post contains images Pellegrine : You know. I'm not really a pretentious bastard like I used to be. I think I'd be really glad to have one of these if I lived out in the sticks. I'd d
31 FlyPNS1 : Long ago when I lived in Yuma, Arizona, they held a full parade when the first Wal-Mart came to town. It was both funny and sad at the same time.
32 desertjets : I lived for almost 4 years in a smallish upstate New York college town that was ~45 minutes away from a decent sized city. And I remember when they o
33 Post contains links KLASM83 : Marylin really is making the rounds! Since I live in GFK and a chunk of my friends write for the Herald, I must say, she is the nicest lady. It's been
34 stlgph : this is awesome!
35 Post contains images je89_w : Indeed. Burger King ought to be proud! [Edited 2012-03-09 08:10:03]
36 Post contains images KLASM83 : I like how she's all like "I don't have time for fame, I've got deadlines, Burger King to eat and bridge to play!" Seems fitting:
37 KiwiRob : Applebees or Olive Garden would be like a Michelin stared restaurant in most Norwegian towns, if you want bad food small town Norway is where it's at.
38 stlgph : no joke. it's worth nothing that Darden Restaurants stock is up today. (Parent of Olive Garden)
39 KLASM83 : They really should give her some stock options, seeing she did so much for the chain as of late.
40 stlgph : haha. would be nice, but unfortunately, that's not the way our industry works. well, most of the time there's always been the few bad apples, of cour
41 Stabilator : GFK getting an Olive Garden is a HUGE deal. I don't think anyone here realizes...It's rather sad, actually. All of the college ladies LOVE that place,
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