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August 19, 2004

Macaroni Grill is better

I'm not one of those people who eats at a lot of fancy-schmancy, high-falouten (just how does one spell "falouten"?) restaurants. I'm a poor person. I can't afford to blow several day's worth of income on one meal (however, I do accept gifts and charity for such restaurants). We at the Frinklin-Ensie household are chain restaurant eaters, and proud of it.

I enjoy a good Denny's breakfast, although Cocos is better. I'm a fan of Pat and Oscars (thank you God, for sending your breadsticks down from Heaven). I love a good Big Mac, Whopper, or Chipotle taco. Long live the chain restaurant.

However, I HATE the Olive Garden. Hate. And I love you Dawn, but you are SO wrong on the Olive Garden thing. Their food is just plain bad. Why would you EVER need to eat at the Olive Garden when there is the garden of eden that is Romanos Macaroni Grill? I literally walked through a snowstorm for 1/2 mile (and back!) to get to the Macaroni Grill that was several icy blocks from my Ann Arbor, Michigan hotel room this past March. And I'm from San Diego. I don't do snow. Ever.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe the Olive Gardens are better back East, but I doubt it.

Oh--and Applebee's? You can suck it. I hate you too.

Posted by Ensie at August 19, 2004 07:32 PM


In Buffalo we don't have a macaroni grill...that I know of? Olive Garden serves that *chain Italian* craving...I admit I haven't been there in a while, but I LOVE the Zuppa Toscana soup...LOVE it with breadsticks...mmmm. Salivating...and this is why I end up going there at all. If I want good italian, I choose one of the many indies in town. So many options! I generally banished all those chains a few years ago, Applebees, Fridays.

Now I want that soup...

Posted by: Jennifer at August 19, 2004 10:07 PM

Being second generation Italian, and growing up with all the food that comes with that, I am shunned by my family for enjoying the Olive Garden. No, the food isn't authentic Italian (not by any means). And sure, the advertisements are offensive. But that doesn’t change the fact that the food is good. I put OG roughly on par with places like CoCo’s and Marie Calendars- not great, but good for the not-as-fast foot joints.

Posted by: Richard at August 20, 2004 11:46 AM

Oh, I would bet the OGs are better here. I don't know why ours would be better, but I've honestly never heard any complaints from people who live around here. I only hear people joke about OG on TV and on blogs belonging to people who don't live around here. I wonder why that is? Anyway, we don't have Macaroni Grills around here. We're lucky we even have OG!

Posted by: Dawn at August 20, 2004 01:49 PM

Hear, hear. Although it's spelled "falutin'", I believe.

Posted by: PG at August 24, 2004 09:03 AM

Thanks PG!

Posted by: ensie at August 24, 2004 05:57 PM

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