desertjets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7776 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1616 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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tugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1559 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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Ken777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8228 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1491 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.
canoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2839 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1439 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
jetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2788 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1435 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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