What ya'll think of the Olive Garden Neverending classics?

Oct 25, 2017
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So...just need ya'll opinions.


Never went to a Olive Garden but was told they had something called a Never Ending classic deal, how does that work, is it like a buffet or something?
 
Oct 25, 2017
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If it's anything like their other Neverending Pasta deals, you get the first round and then can continue to request additional servings from the host as they come around.

$12 for multiple servings of lasagna, chicken alfredo, chicken parm, rigatoni, and spaghetti with meat sauce. Plus breadsticks. It's mediocre food, but you could make this a great deal if you had the appetite for it.

Edit - I'm now reading the fine print - and apparently the $12 only entitles you to unlimited spaghetti & rigatoni. Everything else costs an additional price. Fuck that.
 

Heath V

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Incredible deal, I've been there twice in the last 2 weeks. Their fettuccine alfredo is great. You can't beat their breadsticks either.
 
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BasilZero
Oct 25, 2017
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Edit - I'm now reading the fine print - and apparently the $12 only entitles you to unlimited spaghetti & rigatoni. Everything else costs an additional price. Fuck that.
Is that like....you pay the amount of what the highest priced entree is for everything you eat once? Or is that $12 + whatever different dish that you choose to get that is different from the standard $12 meal?
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#8
fuck Olive Garden. They used to be ok, but that was like 20 years ago...

right now they're the Chili's of italian food.
 
Dec 9, 2017
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Yeah it's just a situation where they bring a full bowl and then each subsequent bowl you order is smaller (same with their bread sticks they bring you less as time goes on). It's nice that apparently you can take any unfinished pasta home but it's also crappy food.
 
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BasilZero
Oct 25, 2017
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Yeah it's just a situation where they bring a full bowl and then each subsequent bowl you order is smaller (same with their bread sticks they bring you less as time goes on). It's nice that apparently you can take any unfinished pasta home but it's also crappy food.

Oh they give you smaller plates as time goes...thats....not very good.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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#13
What do i think? I think it's spelled "y'all" you phony.

Edit: lol, I was so insulted I didn't even get to the first post.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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They were never good. You just got more discerning with age.
at one point they were a medium tier chain Italian place. Not on the same level as a real italian place or any type, or even a higher level Italian chain like a Maggiano's . But they were passable. You could get okay pasta. An entire +14oz steak selection. This was around 1995 to 2005 I guess. My last trip there was this year and it might be my last visit.

Now they're down to 6 oz sirloins and "steak tips", never ending pasta gimmicks, and now you can play Crystal Crusher at your table on a little tablet they give you.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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#19
I'll just say that I don't think Olive Garden is nearly as bad as others. It's just fast casual Italian, better than most people could cook at home (because most people don't know how to cook).

That said, I think this special is really psychological. These dishes will fill any regular person up and they cost $11.99. The food and labor cost of each dish sold is probably very low given they're mostly pasta with probably the cheapest ingredients possible - especially the pasta and meat sauce, that's probably like $1.50 a plate to them. They are making a lot off of each person who opts for it. For every customer who actually gets seconds, I figure there are many more who do not (as previously mentioned).
 
Oct 26, 2017
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at one point they were a medium tier chain Italian place. Not on the same level as a real italian place or any type, or even a higher level Italian chain like a Maggiano's . But they were passable. This was around 1995 to 2005 I guess. My last trip there was this year and it might be my last visit.
Well they're owned by a huge corporate conglomerate, so they expect growth and profits. They're always messing around with cutting corners and trying new things to get people to eat there. So that would explain it. They've had big leadership changes too. When MBAs get into the restaurant business, this is what you get.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#25
Do people not know this?
the world is a very big place and I've seen it used both ways with no questions. So yeah when did it become more than a regional dialectical choice?

Well they're owned by a huge corporate conglomerate, so they expect growth and profits. They're always messing around with cutting corners and trying new things to get people to eat there. So that would explain it. They've had big leadership changes too. When MBAs get into the restaurant business, this is what you get.
well just like the lawyer boom of the 70s-80s we got the mba boom of the 90s 00s, and yeah everything improved big time.
 

Christian

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Oct 25, 2017
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Never ask for food advice on Era. Everyone on here has a classically-trained palette and only eats the finest and most expensive specially prepared cuisine. If you eat cheap or at a chain, there’s something wrong with you.

And it’s a conjunction of “you” and “all”, not “yau” and “all”. As such, it becomes “y’all”. This isn’t difficult. Our schools have failed us.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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lol, they letting you use y'all in schools now? wow, and one is accepted over the other in the spell check. thats amazing. I'm officially old now. I noticed something legitimately transitional.

ya'll is how we spelled it, and it was a colloquialism, so the rules were social ones not ones of english grammar.
 
Oct 30, 2017
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#30
Breadstick fight @ the big cast iron bowl in the corner of the room. bring it.

It's not a horrible way to spend a lunch with people. You get to try out different variations of similar items over and over till max full.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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#31
I've never eaten at Olive Garden but when did we all agree we were too boujee to eat at Olive Garden? Did I miss that meeting? Or was I just not invited?
 
Oct 27, 2017
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#32
Olive Garden food tastes like plastic. Last time I went, their deal somehow gave more food than a buffet would have (unlimited pasta, breadsticks while there, but then full entree that had to be to go). It was ludicrous portion sizes
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#38
Just head to the Golden Corral. Big variety of unlimited food and for an extra 99 cents you get a take out container full.
when did they start doing this? I might go to a golden corral again. I mean you laugh but all you can eat steak cooked over flame on a grill is still flame grilled steak.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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lol, they letting you use y'all in schools now? wow, and one is accepted over the other in the spell check. thats amazing. I'm officially old now. I noticed something legitimately transitional.

ya'll is how we spelled it, and it was a colloquialism, so the rules were social ones not ones of english grammar.
I don't know if you think you and your family invented y'all or something, but you didn't.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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lmao, me and my family? you're a scream, dream machine.

unfortunate that the heritable nature of the world doesn't convey knowledge or manners.
I didn't know which "we" you were speaking for (and still don't) so I took a guess at who you would have learned that spelling from. The implication was that this isn't a new spelling, so your comments about being old and seeing a paradigm shift in language don't really make sense.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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#44
The first portion is big but if you ask for more they bring you a tiny little dish and you’ll have to keep waiting and asking for them one by one, so that sucks. But the first dish is usually plenty of food, especially with breadsticks, so it doesn’t even really matter. I think it’s just a marketing gimmick.
 

cryptoadam

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#47
I mean how much pasta can you eat or do you want to eat?

Pasta is really heavy I couldn't imagine eating more than 1.5 maybe 2 plates. All you can eat on Pasta seems kinda pointless to me.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#48
One serving is usually enough.

I consider Olive Garden a restaurant to take your young kids because they want some salt with a side of sugar for dinner. It’s Red Robin and Red Lobster tier for us.

I did like that shit in high school though. But I always thought Burger King made good burgers back then...