Has Olive Garden Lost Its Way In A Forest Of Breadsticks & Cheap Gimmicks?

Has Olive Garden Lost Its Way In A Forest Of Breadsticks & Cheap Gimmicks?

We can see it clearly: Olive Garden, alone and afraid, wandering around the the maze of casual dining, not knowing which way to turn, lost in a forest of unlimited, greasy breadsticks, as its sale slide and its customers turn a cold shoulder to their plight. Beyond all that, the chain needs to step up its game again, say industry insiders. [More]

Olive Garden & Red Lobster To Trim Fat & Cut Sodium By 10%

Olive Garden & Red Lobster To Trim Fat & Cut Sodium By 10%

Olive Garden is always pushing the “when you’re here, you’re family” slogan, so like any good family member should, they want you eating less fat and sodium. [More]

Olive Garden Serves Sangria To Toddler In Sippy Cup

Olive Garden Serves Sangria To Toddler In Sippy Cup

The past month has been a booze-fueled haze for the nation’s toddlers at chain restaurants. After a Michigan child received a cup full of alcoholic margarita mix instead of apple juice at an Applebee’s, a Florida Olive Garden filled a toddler’s cup with sangria instead of orange juice. The child was checked out at a local hospital and was unharmed. [More]

Olive Garden Replaces The Uneaten Lasagna You Left Behind

Olive Garden Replaces The Uneaten Lasagna You Left Behind

Restaurants like the Olive Garden that serve immense portions are used to boxing up diners’ food and sending them on their way, sure. A fair amount of these boxes must be left behind, because people are forgetful. When Else filled up on salad and breadsticks and didn’t touch her lasagna, she wandered off without her carryout box. She called the restaurant to see whether her box hadn’t been thrown away. It had. But they had something even better forher. [More]

Does Olive Garden's Deep-Fried Lasagna Count As Food Porn?

Does Olive Garden's Deep-Fried Lasagna Count As Food Porn?

So far, 2010 has been a big year for lasagna in the world of extreme food news. First, there was the 100-layer lasagna and then the outright unappetizing (at least to those of us who think cheddar has no right being within 3 feet of lasagna) lasagna sandwich. Now the occasionally over-cautious folks at the Center for Science in the Public Interest have labeled Olive Garden’s deep-fried Lasagna Fritta as “food porn.” [More]

How Real Is That Olive Garden Cooking School?

How Real Is That Olive Garden Cooking School?

We’ve all seen the Olive Garden ads where the popular chain of Italian eateries touts the Olive Garden Culinary Institute of Tuscany, a picturesque cooking school in Italy where they claim to educate chefs and develop new products. But, like many others, the folks at Jaunted.com wanted to know just how reality stacks up against the advertisements. [More]

If You Used Your Credit Card At Olive Garden They Might Owe You Some Dough. Or At Least Some Bruschetta

If You Used Your Credit Card At Olive Garden They Might Owe You Some Dough. Or At Least Some Bruschetta

If you paid with plastic at Olive Garden in 2006-2007 then they might just owe you a $9 appetizer. The Italian eatery was recently sued in a class-action lawsuit stemming from a 2006 change to the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, which made it illegal to print more than the last five digits of a customer’s credit card number on a receipt. Olive Garden never stopped its practice of printing the last six digits, and could soon be issuing $9 “apology” vouchers to every customer affected.

Which Restaurants Are Making Your Kids Fat?

Which Restaurants Are Making Your Kids Fat?

Subway’s kids’ meals came out on top. Only a third of its Fresh Fit for Kids meals, which include a mini-sub, juice box, and one of several healthful side items (apple slices, raisins, or yogurt), exceed the 430-calorie threshold. Subway is the only chain that doesn’t offer soft drinks with kids’ meals.

So how do you improve the nutrition of your kid’s meal the next time you eat at a restaurant? A spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association gave the following advice:

“Don’t be too alarmed even when [studies] come out and seem hopeless,” said Dawn Jackson Blatner, an American Dietetic Ass>ociation spokeswoman. “With a few swaps and switches, people really can make healthier choices at these fast-food joints, especially when the decisions are made before going in.

Many Olive Garden And Macaroni Grill Dishes Are Over 1,000 Calories

Many Olive Garden And Macaroni Grill Dishes Are Over 1,000 Calories

We wrote about this before, but now here’s the caloric breakdowns of the two eateries menus, inside…

How Many Quarter Pounders From McDonald's Could You Eat Instead Of That Pasta?

The results: