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Carraba's - Do they all have the same menus?

jfood Aug 19, 2006 01:29 AM

I have been to two locations, Delray Beach FL and Bensalem, PA (don;t ask). The DR location seemed to have a much higher quality menu and the food was pretty good. My in-laws go there frequently.

The one in PA was almost inedible, had lots of low-end Italian choices, very small portions and at least 1,000mg of sodium per dish.

Did i hit the PA one on a bad night? Are they all the same franchise? Or did i do a major screw-up?

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    navygirl7 RE: jfood Aug 21, 2006 06:46 PM

    I've been to two in Ohio (Toledo and Columbus) and one in Maryland. Their menus were similar--but never with small portions or something gross or low-end. You must have hit a bad night.

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      SarahEats RE: jfood Aug 21, 2006 10:09 PM

      I know you're asking about the menu being the same, but I've only been to one - somewhere in Massachusetts - and the food was almost inedible. I think someone in the kitchen knocked over the salt shaker and then did a vigorous dance so salt went into every cooking vessel. Everything from the oil they gave us to dip the bread in to the calamari to the bruschetta was inedible. I went through 5 drinks just trying to rehydrate.

      My husband had been to one somewhere in Pa. before our Mass. adventure and said the food was still salty but not as salty at that location.

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        navygirl7 RE: jfood Aug 29, 2006 04:54 PM

        I have never once experienced anything inedible at Carrabba's. It's really one of my favorite chains. Never had a bad night at the ones I've gone to and I'm a repeat visitor.

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          TexasToast RE: navygirl7 Aug 29, 2006 11:43 PM

          I've only been to different ones within the same state, so it's possible I've only encountered food from the same wholesale supplier. Maybe procurement or logistical difficulties account for the disparate menus?


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            navygirl7 RE: TexasToast Aug 30, 2006 04:30 PM

            Yeah, that is possible. Maybe you are in the same wholesale area. That would explain it...

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          inmybackpages RE: jfood Aug 30, 2006 04:34 PM

          I went to a Carrabbas in western NC and was sorely disappointed...According to my waitress "Wines don't really go with particular foods, I just like the sweet ones." Ordered a barely passable pasta w/ crushed tomatoes and basil that was also oversalted.

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            navygirl7 RE: inmybackpages Oct 2, 2006 08:36 PM

            You should know better than to ask a waiter at Carrabba's for wine tips...

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            cavandre RE: jfood Jan 24, 2007 07:02 AM

            The one near us (Melbourne, FL) just got a new chef, so we decided to give it a third try. The result was the same as the previous two...except for salt, this is the blandest, underseasoned Italian food I've ever tasted. Three strikes & you're out!

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              snl1129 RE: jfood Feb 1, 2007 08:47 AM

              the food is very indedible here in New england! could pass for very low end italian. much better menu and food quality out west.

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                FresserGuy RE: jfood Feb 5, 2007 05:20 PM

                I didn't mind Carraba's the first time I tried it , maybe 5 years ago. I've been to the Buffalo, NY and Delray Beach, FL locations, the latter this past december, and I've rechristened the place "Crappas"
                i won"t be going again _ honestly some of the most mediocre italian food i"ve had in a long time

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