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Bye Bye Macaroni Grill

steakman55 Aug 9, 2007 07:54 PM

Brinker International, parent of Chili's, Romano's Macaroni Grill and On The Border, said that it was considering sale of the Macaroni Grill. Can't say that I blame them

  1. brekkie_fan Aug 11, 2007 03:48 AM

    It was novel when it first came out in the late 90s, but other than mac&cheese colored crayons and those crazy nacho-like appetizers, well, yeah.

    1. Bob W Aug 13, 2007 01:41 PM

      That could be bad news for the world's salt miners.

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      1. re: Bob W
        DiveFan Aug 15, 2007 02:16 PM

        ROFL! A man with similar taste buds.
        Actually, Romano's is a chain I will eat at as a last resort; many towns are infested with bad red sauce places.

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        bklynite Aug 15, 2007 12:02 PM

        I've always had an urge to try the Macaroni Grill (which doesn't exist here in NYC) just based on the stupidity of the name. There's something about the idea of "macaroni" and "grill" that just cracks me up. Who thought of putting these two things together? Someone with a huge case of the munchies is what'd I'd guess!

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          Phaedrus Aug 15, 2007 12:05 PM

          I don't know, out of the three chains, I like Macaroni's Grills the best. I mean, Chili's and On the Border? Not much on originality but the food was competent. Better than Chili's.

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            jinet12 Aug 17, 2007 04:44 PM

            On the Border...YUCK!

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            Peter Cherches Aug 17, 2007 04:48 PM

            I always wondered how they keep the macaroni from sticking to the grill.

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              southernitalian Aug 22, 2007 06:46 AM

              I think they use LOTS of EVOO.

          3. Jennalynn Aug 15, 2007 02:26 PM

            That doesn't mean Bye Bye.

            That just means new owners.

            1. ali76girl Aug 17, 2007 04:54 PM

              Good riddance, if they're actually going out of business. Aside from Chef Boyardi, I don't think I've ever had such uninspired pasta dishes in my life. I guess it's a family friendly kind of place, but that doesn't mean the food needs to be sub-par. Geesh.

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                Phaedrus Aug 17, 2007 05:26 PM

                Have you been to Olive Garden? Or the Pasta House in the midwest? Macaroni Grill is heaven compared to those two.

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                  ScottWNC Aug 17, 2007 08:15 PM

                  I'm with you on the Olive Garden there. Last time I went there I was given moldy hot dog buns (well, they called them garlic bread sticks) but that's what they were. I saw them stacked in the corner by the kitchen door. They were even wrapped like hot dog buns. YUCK!!!

              2. Living4fun Aug 17, 2007 08:20 PM

                We haven't had the experience of Macaroni Grill in the Milwaukee area and On The Border is a strip club here. So I guess we won't ever get to indulge in the Macaroni Grill ;(

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                  Shayna Madel Aug 17, 2007 09:09 PM

                  One can only hope that sale means closing. Though I love a good meal at a fine restaurant, I also eat at some chains that some people on this site excoriate. That said, the one time I ate at this place was one of the worst meals I have eaten out in years. I can't remember now specifically what I did not like about it, but I can remember swearing to NEVER go back.

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                    nutrition Aug 17, 2007 10:27 PM

                    The first meal at Macaroni's was the opening night complimentary meal in Palm Desert, and it was excellent!

                    A few years ago at my last meal at Macroni's near Escondido was one of the worst with a dried out old piece of chicken breast served as Parmagiana. I was embarrassed for them, it was so bad. So I wil not miss them.

                    As for On the Border, it was a one timer, since everything on the menu is OVER spiced in not a good way. Well, Chili's is not much better with poorly prepared dishes.
                    How can of them be so consistently bad unless you go there to drink booze and smoke?

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                      Shayna Madel Aug 21, 2007 10:13 AM

                      Ever since some "bad beef" scare several years ago, Chili's won't make a rare hamburger. Too bad, as their burgers used to be okay. Can't smoke in restaurants around here.

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                    cutipie721 Aug 18, 2007 09:36 PM

                    I actually like MG!! I've been to 2 of them in Massachusetts and they have been pretty consistently decent.

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                      OysterHo Aug 21, 2007 08:48 AM

                      I kind of like it too, although the only thing I ever order there is grilled salmon and asparagus. The bread is pretty good also. I hate Olive Garden - blech!

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                        Cheflambo Aug 21, 2007 05:43 PM

                        I liked MG too .... I seldom ordered the pasta dishes, however, so perhaps Im not the best one to judge. It is FAR better than Olive Garden, which I only visit under duress. On The Border? Feh ... I've never had a good meal there, and hope I never visit another one.

                        I have a co-worker whose palate is young (30) and still developing. He loves OG so I go with him when he wants to go. Recently we visited a client together, and took the whole group to lunch at The Grotto (here in Houston) a fairly decent, slightly high end Italian place. My young friend was only slightly intimidated (he whispered to me and asked how to pronounce the dish he wanted to order). They feature fresh pasta, and although YF noticed the difference in the taste right away, when I explained to him later that his ravioli had been made fresh that day, he was amazed at how good it was. He talked about it all the way back to the office.

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                          OysterHo Aug 23, 2007 06:44 PM

                          You can call him your grasshopper. :D

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                            beccaboo Aug 24, 2007 11:29 AM

                            oooh, The Grotto; makes me yearn for the time we lived in Houston. So many great, good and decent places to enjoy. Fun, isn't it, to introduce the young ones to the finer things in life?

                      2. Chew on That Aug 24, 2007 11:22 AM

                        I don't blame them either! Macaroni Grill was horrible! It had potential, but I never enjoyed my food there. Oh well!

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