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First time at Carrabba's.

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by sierrafast, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. sierrafast

    sierrafast Coleccionista

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    Carrrabba's > Olive Garden
    Bracing myself for the non national food chain goers.
    That is all.

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  2. I'M Glockamolie

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    It ain't hard to beat Olive Garden.
     

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    I like the chicken marsala.
     
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    Only took until the 1st response! :rofl:
     
  5. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Most any joint is better than Olive Garden.
     
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    And the 4th...
     
  7. GLWyandotte

    GLWyandotte Señor Member

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    Waiting for the Mom and Pop Italian joints are better crowd.
    Cause M&P joints have better training, better sanitation practices, better HAACP programs, better recipes, etc.
     
  8. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    Carrabba's is a go-to place when I'm traveling. Consistently good.
     
  9. Gareth68

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    I like Carrabas. It is my chain restaurant of choice. I have never had an unpleasant meal there.
     
  10. devildog2067

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    The only Carrabba's I eat at is the original one in Houston; from what I understand it's not the same as the chain. I've never tried one of the chain locations. Maybe I'll get around to it sometime.
     
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    I would much rather eat at Carrrabba's over Olive Garden
     
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    Carrrabba's has some pretty decent food.

    Our local restaurant has a great staff, too. (Unlike Outback. Lazy. Get the orders wrong EVERY time, etc.)
     
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    Unfortunately where I am from,we only have OL and Johnny Carino's. I am not aware of any mom and pop Italian restaurants. We drove 4 hrs north to San Antonio and we came across Carrabba's


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    I've been to it twice. the first time the food was so bland i had to give it back. They gave me something much better, so I enjoyed the meal. The second time was very good, too.

    Highly recommended.

    Waiting to hear from the restaurant snobs.
     
  15. Bruce M

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    Hot dog rotator with infrared lamp at convenience store that used to be a 7-11 before they moved out of neighborhood because of urban decay > Olive Garden
     
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    LOL. No, just better food.
     
  17. jpa

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    We had a Carino's not too far from my house here in LV. It closed about a year after it opened, apparently business was terrible there. There are a couple Carrabas and a bunch of Olive Gardens here, I've been to both and for what they are (NOT authentic Italian food by any stretch) they're pretty good. The food is hot and edible, the salads are fresh without brown lettuce or mushy tomatoes.

    I like it if I don't want to cook real italian food at home. The mom & pop places here aren't bad either. Hell, I just like FOOD okay?!?!?! :)
     
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    Olive Garden isn't even in the running against Carrabba's. Carrabba's is quite good while Olive Garden can't even figure out how to keep tables and floors clean - let alone meal prep. If it wasn't for the fact that an equally good mom & pop Italian place was much closer to my home - I'd go a lot more than the two or three times a year that I do.
     
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    Carabbas is a cut above most other chains.
     
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    Im no food snob, I just eat to live not live to eat and have been there a few times with consistent disappointment.
    But they are consistent Ill give them that.
    Usually the food is cool and not quite what they say it is in the printed menu .... I understand the cooks can modify the dishes a little to suit the locals but if I buy something on the basis of the ingredients they say are there, I want that dammit, not something substituted.
    But they are consistent Ill give them that.
    I apprecate that here where we live we are probably ground zero for restaurant choices as we live where people would save all year just to vacation here, so the restaurants, thousands of them within a few miles, even the supposed good ones, are mediocre.