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The Olive Garden

I’ve often wondered if all Olive Gardens are the same.  Seems like the menu with food, salad and drinks is the same.  This last time we went, we experienced about a 10 minute wait before being seated in a booth.  In previous times, we’ve had to wait up to 30 minutes.

After being seated, the “usual” Olive Garden atmosphere engulfed us.  Noisy and bustling.  I wonder if the types of buildings they buy are more conducive to noise or maybe they cram too many people in one place.

But — the predictability continued.  We placed our orders and the breaksticks and salad were brought out.  I have always enjoyed their breadsticks — warm and soft.

Olive Garden Breadstick
Olive Garden Salad

The salad had too much dressing this time.

I decided to get out of my predictability rut (I usually have the Apricot Chicken) and try their Ravioli with Chicken.  Again, a bit soggy but overall it was okay.

Ravioli with Chicken pieces

My husband had the Stuffed Chicken Marsala with Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes.

Stuffed Chicken Marsala with Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Uh, I think it was good.  I wonder if his palette is not as discerning as mine.

I also had the strawberry mango lemonade which didn’t taste very much like mango and was served in a very tall glass.  I had to ask the waitress to bring me a “short” glass so I could sip the drink with a straw.

Overall, there are things I like about the Olive Garden.  But it’s hit and miss with some of the dishes they serve. The service we had was good even though it was crowded.  This is probably not a place you want to go to for an intimate dinner though.

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