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    Olive Garden versus local fare?

    My wife and I were in Fort Myers, Florida, the week before last. There were lots of people from the New England area visiting. Despite the fact there are lots of nice restaurants in that town, there were some people that week who ate regularly at the Olive Garden there.

    Tonight, my wife is in Hot Springs, Arkansas, at a conference. There are lots of cool restaurants in that town. Yet, the crowd she is with voted to go to Olive Garden.

    Now, I like Olive Garden. It is a fine place to eat...but when I'm on the road, I don't choose a national chain if I can help it. I can always eat at Olive Garden when I am at home. When on the road, I want to sample the local fare.

    I like to get on the internet and see what is getting good reviews and try it out. I have experienced some great eateries in several different locals.

    What do you people do when you are on the road? Olive Garden/other national chains or sample the local flavors?
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    Re: Olive Garden versus local fare?

    Local flavor guy here, both at home and away. I avoid most national chains unless someone else insists on going.

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    Easy, get out of the box and sample. You never know when you'll have one of the best meals of your life. And I guarantee that you'll never think that after dining at the Olive Garden....as much as I do enjoy the place.
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    Re: Olive Garden versus local fare?

    Depends on the look of the local places, but I do avoid Olive Garden.
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    It's definitely a personality thing. Some folks really get antsy at the idea of anything new or unfamiliar, going to a new restaurant, going to a different movie theater than they are used to, etc etc. Olive Garden, McDonalds, KFC- they offer a bit of comfort when folks are already reeling at being in a new town/state.

    My mother was that way- any unexpected changes to plans or eating out at a place she has never been made her really uncomfortable.

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    Re: Olive Garden versus local fare?

    Olive Garden is ok, not a big fan of microwave "italian". I avoid chain restaurants unless, I see no "safe" options. The only time I ever walk into an Applebees is if all other options are unavailable.
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    Re: Olive Garden versus local fare?

    Most of the time, if I'm someplace I don't know, I'll ask around (hotel front desk, friends, even just googling on the iphone) and do whatever I can to avoid eating at a chain. There are usually at least 4-5 places quality places you can find just by poking around.

    Sampling local places is one of my favorite parts of traveling.
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    Re: Olive Garden versus local fare?

    Quote Originally Posted by LoganBuck View Post
    Olive Garden is ok, not a big fan of microwave "italian". I avoid chain restaurants unless, I see no "safe" options. The only time I ever walk into an Applebees is if all other options are unavailable.
    I call them restaurants of last.

    "I looked around for something cool, but I gave up and went to Chili's (Friday's, Applebees, etc...)

    *Side note, I worked at both types of restaurants in HS/College. The Friday's in Kenwood (Cincy) was where I worked in particular. I'll never eat at that evil place again. One of the worst jobs I've ever had. I'm still somewhat nostalgic for the other one though.

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    Nothing worse that being stuck with a group of "acquaintances" for dinner.
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    Re: Olive Garden versus local fare?

    When I'm on the road I almost always eat at local restaurants. Even in places like Modesto or Bakersfield I've found some terrific restaurants. Of course, I've been on the same circuit for so many years that I've become familiar with many of the local places.

    I read up on local reviews, if I have time, before I hit the road. I also belong to a program that awards either cash back or airline milage at their member restaurants. That way, if I try a new place and it's terrible (and you can get a terrible meal just about anyplace), I get something out of it. Over the years I've gotten hundreds of thousands of FF miles that have allowed me to upgrade a flight or even do something silly like flying to the Bay Area for a cheeseburger. National chains are very rarely part of their program however.

    About the only time I eat at a national chain is if it's late and/or I'm pressed for time. The good side of national chains is that you pretty much know what you're going to get when you go in. Usually it's pretty mediocre but at least that's a known.

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    Re: Olive Garden versus local fare?

    Local fare, always. Olive Garden is particularly terrible, IMO.
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    Re: Olive Garden versus local fare?

    Depends.

    A lot of times when I'm on the road, I'm working from early in the AM till late in the PM. Afterwards, I'm wiped out and just need food and I'll go to the closest place. And usually around office parks are your Olive Garden's, Chilis, Fridays, blah blah. Eat, drink a beer, and go back to the hotel and collapse. Up at it the next day. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    But other times, when the work demands aren't quite as severe, I'll check out the local restaurants. Like many others have said, talk to the hotel folk, get online, etc etc and see what's good.

    Olive Garden isn't terrible if you get the new things on the menu. When my kids were little, they loved the place so we went there a lot for birthdays, etc. Plus my m-i-l loves the place. It's not the worst but its certainly not the best and it has all the character of a cardboard cutout picture of Italy.

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    Re: Olive Garden versus local fare?

    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed View Post
    Depends on the look of the local places, but I do avoid Olive Garden.
    I do too. IMO they are overrated and way overpriced. I only go there when my wife insists on going.
    I like to try local fare when away. As long as it looks like a decent enough place to go into. You will almost always find the food better at local places than national chains.
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    Re: Olive Garden versus local fare?

    I don't like the chains/franchises, but they are about all that there is here. I don't get the constant knock on Applebee's. Yeah, I agree with what is said, but is it really any different than a TGIFridays or Chilis? I mean, why is it the targeted restaurant?
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