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Marilyn Hagerty Turns on Olive Garden

Dave Feldman Mar 7, 2013 07:50 PM

One can get jaded, even in Grand Forks, North Dakota: http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/07/one...

  1. LotusRapper Mar 7, 2013 08:21 PM

    Well they still have a Red Lobster ;-)

    6 Replies
    1. re: LotusRapper
      Dave Feldman Mar 7, 2013 09:52 PM


      But seriously, I wish more critics (of all stripes) issued mea culpas.

      1. re: Dave Feldman
        kmcarr Mar 8, 2013 10:23 AM

        First of all Marilyn Hagerty (the Grand Forks reviewer) didn't issue a mea culpa and more importantly she had nothing to apologize for in the first place.

        Did you actually read Marilyn's new review or simply Taylor Bigler's review of her review? (The article which you linked to.) Ms. Bigler's piece makes me wonder if she actually read Ms. Hagerty's new review as well because her interpretation of it seems to have little connection to reality.

        Read the actual review (http://www.grandforksherald.com/event...) and you'll see that Ms. Hagerty has not "Turned on the Olive Garden". The more accurate summary is that Ms. Hagerty finds the food at OG predictable but good and a good value. Service is also called "top notch".

        How Ms. Bigler got "Marilyn Hagerty ... is not very pleased by how things have turned out for the chain." is beyond me. But of course that lead line will generate far more buzz and page hits than "Reviewer finds Olive Garden less exotic than a year ago but still likes it."

        1. re: kmcarr
          Miss Needle Mar 8, 2013 10:53 AM

          Thanks for the link to the original article. I agree with you about Bigler's interpretation of Hagerty's review. Totally off-base.

          1. re: kmcarr
            Dave Feldman Mar 8, 2013 11:29 AM

            Actually, I read the new and original review and have tried to read just about everything Hagerty has written or talked on TV about Olive Garden. Yes, Bigler exaggerated the turn in Ms. Hagerty's review, but Hagerty's change in attitude is unmistakeable and is perfectly human.

            What interests me most is that Hagerty's change in tone is indicative of the cycle in all of us when we get exposed to new tastes and in her case, extensive traveling (and eating) outside of Grand Forks (I've seen her at least five times on television from N.Y.- or L.A.-based shows).

            Although "mea culpa" might be laying it on a little thick, she has gone from excitement about the cuisine of Olive Garden to calling it "predictable." I think it's more likely that it is Hagerty that has changed, not Olive Garden, and there's nothing wrong with that. As I mentioned to LotusRapper, I wish more critics would do updates on restaurant reviews, especially when they modify their initial views. Everything from television to restaurant reviewing would be improved if more emphasis were placed on long-term performance, and not the first few months of a restaurant or even worse, only the pilot/first episode of a TV series.

        2. re: LotusRapper
          ennuisans Mar 7, 2013 10:56 PM

          And a Ground Round! No seriously, I always wanted to go to one.

          1. re: ennuisans
            LotusRapper Mar 7, 2013 11:33 PM

            Maybe it's an opportune time for Sizzler to invade N.D. .....

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