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Dec 19, 2006 08:38 PM

What to Get at the Macaroni Grill?

I'm going to a dinner gathering (about 30-40 people) this week. The dinner is at the Macaroni Grill. I'm not a big fan of chains, so I don't know much about this place. Do they have any decent entrees that I can get there? I'm up for anything but shellfish. Thanks!

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  1. not very exciting, but I order the chicken, brocolli and spaghetti entree of the kids menu; perfect portions and yummy!

    1. There's one thing that I always get there, although it's been ages - and it might not appeal to you.

      It's an orzo salad that is chock full of fresh spinach, pine nuts, shaved parmesan, and grilled chicken (and it's thin strips of grilled-tasting chicken, rather than those big chunks you often get in a salad). It's tossed in some sort of vinaigrette. It's light and salad-y yet quite filling/satisfying.

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      1. You're pretty safe at the Macaroni Grill. It is more than a couple notches above Olive Garden. Everything I've ever had there has been pretty decent. It is definitely one of the better chains. Go with what looks tasty to you, and you'll probably be fine. For myself, I tend to avoid the "heavier" cheesy and creamy sauces when I go to those kinds of places, just because they tend to overdo it.

        1. Macaroni Grill is one of the better mid price chains..the olive oil/Rosemary bread that they they start you off with is very good....the salads are good and full of veggies/chicken/whatever you order...The pastas are well cooked and will not be the best meal of your life but you should be satisfied and will not go home hungry or broke

          1. My son loves Mac Grill. Last time he went with friends he enjoyed the tenderloin with smashed potatoes. He also said the specials tend to be good.