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Macaroni Grill: exercise in mediocrity

We finally got one in Tallahassee, and it is packing them in like cattle. Waits of one to one and 1/2 hours not unusual for weekend. And when you get in, there is one bright spot: the warm rosemary bread, though better with butter in my opinion than the olive oil.
Dishes we received 45 minutes after ordering were warm at best or more like room temperature. A "custom" pasta order charging $2 extra for some mozarella contained two nickel sized peices. The rigatoni with chicken contained maybe 1-2 oz. of chicken breast meat. Dishes are bland. I am a big fan of Chili's and Maggiano's so I know this chain
(Brinker) can do it right... but they are failing in Romano's Macaroni Grill.

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  1. this place makes Olive Garden look good!

    1. We have one in Live Oak,it's not bad,but i think it's pricier in some ways to Olive Garden.Have eaten at the one by me and it was pretty good,but I just like the atmosphere at olive Garden better.There is a Carmine's here in Schertz. They also have one in Albany,NY.The chef who one's the one here moved to the area some time ago,and his family runs the one in NY.It has gotten good reviews in the San Antonio Express News and SA Current paper,will have to try it some time.

      1. You might want to go back after the excitement dies down. We've had one for a couple years around me and it doesn't get too crazy on the weekends anymore. They definitely don't skimp on the pasta toppings and my two best friends and I have had some good meals there. Are they owned by franchisees? That might make a difference...

        1. my only complaint at places like this are the enomous portion sizes, especially when it comes to the pasta. I would rather more attention to proper cooking of it. The sauces may be on the salty side, but I've never felt they were bad.

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          1. re: amkirkland

            Boy, I guess I'll have to go back because I have never had anything at MG that I or my friends would consider enormous there, actually quite the contrary. Now if you are talking about Claim Jumper or maybe even Cheesecake Factory I would agree.

          2. Cookie cutter food. It reminds me of Starbuck's pastries. When and where was it made? I know everybody raves about the rosemary bread but I don't get it.