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Dec 31, 2013 07:54 PM

Olive Garden has been disappointing me quite a bit lately?

My Grandfather has been going there for a while now & perhaps more so now than ever he pretty much chooses to go back there because the name has stuck. That makes it an easier decision as a place to take him rather than just searching all around, ya know? Despite my Grandfather's desire/choice to go there, the service hasn't been all that great. I mean, the people are usually nice, they just seem to be too slow & inattentive, ya know?

Most importantly though, the food just seems to get worse nearly every time we go back there. Gramps was even some what disappointed with the Food &/or service at the Olive Garden as we all were. The breadsticks are of course free, but even the "free" food at a fine/decent Restaurant should be fresh &/or tasty, not too hard & too salty which their breadsticks were/are as well.

The thing that also kind of aggravated me was that they only have Grated Parmesan, yet no other toppings for their food for the most part. I mean, really, do they think that Grated Parmesan will make my Chicken Tenders taste proper/good or On top of that, they didn't even have any (even in small packets) Barbecue Sauce! Really! How in the hell could you sell Chicken Tenders as part of a main course in your Restaurant & not have any kind of Barbecue (or similar) Sauce? Ridiculous! Is it just me or doesn't every Restaurant usually have Barbecue Sauce in it whether they sell Chicken Tenders or not? I was practically ready to walk a few blocks down the street to a!

Oh well. I don't wanna go on much longer about it. I've said my peace & have been disgusted &/or disappointed with the service &/or Food at the Olive Garden. Next time I'll just ask Gramps if he'd rather go to McDonald's... or the Bonefish Grill... or Burger King... or K.F.C.... or Sonic... or Wendy's... or the Outback... or Subway... or Panera or...? Well, just not the Olive!

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  1. Well, it seems you solved your own problem.

    1. BBQ sauce isn't exactly Italian.

      But neither are chicken tenders,I guess.

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      1. re: sal_acid

        Yeah, plus their "Italian" Food isn't all that good either.

          1. re: wincountrygirl

            They got the "Olive" part in the name right, but that's about it.

            1. re: ShowUsYourRack

              Yeah, but Olives are grown in orchards, not gardens!

              1. re: Tripeler

       I always thought they were grown in an *Olive Grove*

                and there is a Biblical reference to an Garden planted with Olive Trees ...

                1. re: fourunder

                  Olive Garden couldn't stand that tall as far as Food, quality & service goes. Their "tree" gets hacked up by their Cooks all the timeā€¦lol.

      2. Olive Garden has always been terrible as are most of the other chain restaurants that you listed above. I've never been to Bonefish Grill so I can't comment on that one.

        Not sure why you would order Chicken Tenders in an Italian restaurant nor why they would offer them.

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          1. re: Njchicaa

            I ordered them because other than the Calamari, nothing else they have is necessarily good. Actually, the Calamari isn't all that good either.

          2. <How in the hell could you sell Chicken Tenders as part of a main course in your Restaurant & not have any kind of Barbecue (or similar) Sauce?>

            I don't know. I have to agree with sal_acid. Barbecue is not very Italian, and I am sure there are hundreds of ways to eat chicken tenders without barbecue sauce, like Chinese sweet and sour sauce or Japanese Kewpie mayo or Thai/Viet Sriracha sauce....etc.

            What about Macaroni Grill?


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            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              They don't have any of those sauces either.

              1. re: ShowUsYourRack

                Around here, chicken tenders usually come with bleu cheese dressing or honey mustard. BBQ sounds like a very distant third choice to me.

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