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post #1 of 354
Thread Starter 
Stop eating there. It's not good food. That goes for you, Jason@starwars.net.

The rest of you, I'll punch you in the face if you tell me you eat there with any regularity. If you're Italian I'll excommunicate you from the race.
post #2 of 354
I'd like to request the same for Red Lobster.
post #3 of 354
I confess. I ate there semi-regularly until the good Italian place opened up again.
post #4 of 354
I love their stereotypical commercials..."My cousin Guido the Wop came to visit me from Rome and boy does he love pasta. I took him to the Olive Garden and his greasy mind couldn't believe how good the fettuccini alfredo was."
post #5 of 354
And Chi-Chi's. What the hell is a "chi-chi" anyway? I took eight years of Spanish and I still don't know what that is.

I will confess that when I lived in Ohio, I ate there every few months or so. My sophomore year of high school, I served on student council. We had a rash of beloved employees dying that year, so us student officials were required to attend the funerals--and afterwards, we'd go out to eat at Olive Garden for lunch. So yeah, I associate it with DEATH.
post #6 of 354
REAL Italian grandmothers love the Olive Garden.
post #7 of 354
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post #8 of 354
Olive Garbage. I ate there a lot in college cause it was a small town and there wasn't much else if you wanted pasta. I never had any dellusions that it was authentic though. Now, the place just infuriates me.
post #9 of 354
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Originally Posted by zeroplate
Olive Garbage. I ate there a lot in college cause it was a small town and there wasn't much else if you wanted pasta. I never had any dellusions that it was authentic though. Now, the place just infuriates me.
Ditto. I would eat there regularly with my best friend. Now, I have a hard time driving near an Olive garden.
post #10 of 354
My family's done it's part helping to support Alfonso's Pizza and Pasta at the corner strip mall since we've lived in Tampa. I can't believe how long that place has managed to survive competition from chain restaurants

There's no good Italian restaurant's like that in Orlando. I miss Alfonso.
post #11 of 354
I know that when my relatives come visit the states from Italy, there's no better place to take them to feel at home than The Olive Garden. They go crazy for the all-you-can-eat breadsticks. And peperoncinis in a salad? You've outdone yourself OG. I also like the way you decoratively trimmed the hedges in front to showcase the restaurant's initials. BRAVO!
post #12 of 354
I went there for Homecoming back in '94. When I was there, I didn't feel like family.

I'm a vegetarian now, so don't eat in restaurants much anymore. I can only have so many Garden Burgers.
post #13 of 354
They have this chicken dish that is wrapped around shrimp and cheese that's terrific. I don't give a fuck if it's Italian. I eat what's dead and in front of me, regardless of how it's pronounced.
post #14 of 354
Fuck, I'll eat the shit outa some Olive Garden. Chi Chis, or any other chain Mexican, is worthy of the death penalty. Or, according to Islamic law, having your tongue removed. But then, I'm in LA, where Italian is...just not the local specialty, ya know? Chi Chis is probably as good as any Mexican NYC.
post #15 of 354
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Originally Posted by Z-Man
Chi Chis is probably as good as any Mexican NYC.
Ouch.
post #16 of 354
Thread Starter 
I am going to piss on your grave, Z-Man.
post #17 of 354
Feel free to stream around on mine - if I eat more Olive Garden I'll probably die quicker anyway.
post #18 of 354
Olive Garden is terrorism. Red Lobster, sorry... I like eating amongst the ancient.
post #19 of 354
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Originally Posted by Nick Nunziata
Olive Garden is terrorism. Red Lobster, sorry... I like eating amongst the ancient.
Red Lobster is no match for pretty much any independently owned seafood restaurant. I guess maybe I'm just spoiled by the fact that the ocean is always less than an hour away in Florida - nothing, but NOTHING beats fresh-out-of-the-water-that-day fish.
post #20 of 354
True, but their cheese biscuits and ceasar salads are good for men and druids.
post #21 of 354
Interestingly enough, both OG and RL are owned by the same company Darden Restaurants.

I love Smokey Bones, though. They have some kickin' pulled pork.
post #22 of 354
[QUOTE=Rath/Brendan]And Chi-Chi's. What the hell is a "chi-chi" anyway? I took eight years of Spanish and I still don't know what that is.
QUOTE]
My high school spanish teacher told us it meant "Tits" literally, the spanish slang for breasts. So it's kind of link eating at hooters without the 2 attractive waittress' and the 10 other scary girls in short shorts.....
post #23 of 354
Edit: What Seemill said...




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Originally Posted by Rath/Brendan
What the hell is a "chi-chi" anyway?
In my Spanish speaking family saying chichis is like saying "boobs", it's a slang term for breasts. I believe it also has a similar meaning in Japanese, but I'm not sure.
post #24 of 354
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Originally Posted by Werbal_Kint
Interestingly enough, both OG and RL are owned by the same company Darden Restaurants.

I love Smokey Bones, though. They have some kickin' pulled pork.
Smokey Bones sounds like a cross between porn and dog treats.
post #25 of 354
Has anyone else heard the urban legend about the waiter who got pissed at the church lady for sending her alfredo chicken back to the kitchen several times, so he shot a load of herpes into her sauce and she didn't know about it until her mouth was full of sores? Some creative person made up a police report from my area to confirm the story, but I always had my doubts. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

P.S. - I dare any restaurant (or individual) to beat my sunday gravy recipe. You guys should come over for dinner sometime.
post #26 of 354
I don't eat at the same plebian establishments you commoners do. No frois grois? Not for me, thank you.
post #27 of 354
Good lobster can be better than sex, so Red Lobster isnt bad if your looking for a decent wank.
post #28 of 354
Say what you will about their entrees and unItalianess, their Berry Crostada is heaven.


post #29 of 354
I love the Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana. But I got the recipe myself so now I make it at home and don't have to pay six dollars for a bowl and actually put some sausage in it and and fuck them.
post #30 of 354
Olive Garden and Red Lobster's food looks and tastes like it's straight from the microwave. The cheese biscuits are awesome though. I have eaten at either place in years. I know people that like Olive Garden enough to drive about 50 miles to go to the one in Montgomery. It's ridiculous.
post #31 of 354
I've had escargot in fine restaurants and chain restaurants both and the best are The Keg's, hands down.
post #32 of 354
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Originally Posted by devincf
Stop eating there. It's not good food. That goes for you, Jason@starwars.net.

The rest of you, I'll punch you in the face if you tell me you eat there with any regularity. If you're Italian I'll excommunicate you from the race.
I thought you were Sicilian.
post #33 of 354
What's a matter, Devin? You don't like the Baloney Alfredo?

I ate there while I was in college because 1. it's cheap, and 2. I had 3 friends who worked there, so it was even cheaper. But it is garbage food.

However, the Berry Crostada is amazing. Gotta give them that one.

LATER
post #34 of 354
It's been years since I ate at Olive Garden or Red Lobster. Are they always right next to eachother, or is that just in my town? I know they're owned by the same company, but it still seems weird to have them right next to eachother. Always.
post #35 of 354
I think Sizzler is infinitely more low-rent than Olive Garden and Red Lobster.
post #36 of 354
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Originally Posted by Z-Man
Fuck, I'll eat the shit outa some Olive Garden. Chi Chis, or any other chain Mexican, is worthy of the death penalty. Or, according to Islamic law, having your tongue removed. But then, I'm in LA, where Italian is...just not the local specialty, ya know? Chi Chis is probably as good as any Mexican NYC.
Sorry Z, I can't let this slide knowing that you're not far from Casa Bianca. Great Italian place.
post #37 of 354
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Originally Posted by Aquafresh
I don't eat at the same plebian establishments you commoners do. No frois grois? Not for me, thank you.
I don't suppose it's too much to ask that a non-plebe actually know how to spell foie gras. I mean, since you see it on the menu all the time and all.
post #38 of 354
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Seabass Inna Bun
I thought you were Sicilian.
Half from Sicily, half from Naples.
post #39 of 354
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Originally Posted by Rylander
Sorry Z, I can't let this slide knowing that you're not far from Casa Bianca. Great Italian place.
Well, you're correct, and I eat at Casa Bianca with great frequency (although it's really just the pizza that's exceptional at CB). And I should state for the record that if I'm choosing the place, it ain't never gonna be Olive Garden. But if I'm brought to OG, I can't lie, I like the food.
post #40 of 354
Even fucking a diseased, rock lovin' whore is still fucking, says Z. I can respect that.
post #41 of 354
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Originally Posted by Guttenberg Fan Club
I love their stereotypical commercials..."My cousin Guido the Wop came to visit me from Rome and boy does he love pasta. I took him to the Olive Garden and his greasy mind couldn't believe how good the fettuccini alfredo was."
If only that was a real commercial.
post #42 of 354
I really liked the soup there, until I found out that the recipies were commonly available. Now I make my own and save. Cheese Buscuits at Red Lobster are superior to Olive Garden's Bread Sticks in all ways. But having lived in Atlantic Canada, the sea-food is completely bad. I also agree with Adam that the Keg has damn fine seafood for being primarily a steak joint.
post #43 of 354
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Originally Posted by Z-Man
But then, I'm in LA, where Italian is...just not the local specialty, ya know?
Go to Miceli's on Las Palmas or the one on Cahuenga, Z. Great food. Also, you can never go wrong with a slice of pizza from Greco's.
post #44 of 354
Johnny Carino's has the best commercial Italian. The bread there is unbelievable. Prices aren't bad either. It's a lot better than Olive Garden. Which as you guys have said is not all that, but still.

www.carinos.com
post #45 of 354
Not only is Olive Garden not "all that", but also it isn't a "bag of chips" either. Verily.
post #46 of 354
Thread Starter 
Other things that are "not all that":

A mouthful of leeches

An appendectomy performed by an epileptic monkey

the Matrix Revolutions
post #47 of 354
Approximately 20% of Matrix Revolutions was worth a bag of chips, though.
post #48 of 354
I would never disgrace my Italian heritage by lowering myself to their pre-frozen, pre-packaged crap.

Although, they do have a decent wine selection.
post #49 of 354
I'm with Devin on this one.

The Olive Garden is only attempting what all other businesses attempt to do: and that's bend you over and dick you. They don't care if their food sucks. You gave 'em your money, you've been dicked. Next!

I for one will never eat there again ever since I found chewed gum in my Chicken Marsala. They offered me all kinds of free shit, and I took it, probably so I can give it to friends. Or maybe I'll run out of toilet paper. But yeah, Olive Garden licks balls. Look a little harder and try to find and independent Italian restaurant. I gaurantee you the food will rock harder.

Red Lobster made me allergic to shellfish. I am currently plotting my vengeance.
post #50 of 354
Olive Garden and Red Lobster's food looks and tastes like it's straight from the microwave

From what I've heard, they pretty much are. Everything they serve gets sent there pre packaged exactly like they would serve it to you. All they do is take off the plastic, throw it in the microwave, and serve.

The only redeeming quality about either of them is Red Lobster's cheese biscuits. I didn't really see the point to getting them at the restaurant anymore once I found the recipe in a copycat cookbook. Now whenever the craving arises, I just make them myself.

If we're going to talk about chain restaurants that are a pox upon humanity, we have to bring up Pizza Hut. Their poor excuse for food makes Olive Garden seem like a five star establishment.
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