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Olive Garden sucks...

So, I had a dinner meeting with work folks tonight and it was at Olive Garden. Prior to the dinner, I figured, "Oh, Olive Garden. I should be able to find something vegan--I'll have a salad with some pasta w/ marinara, or maybe soup and salad, etc." Um, no. The only thing that I could eat was an iceberg lettuce salad w/ balsamic vinaigrette and a couple side dishes of overcooked squash/zucchini w/ marinara sauce. Yuck  :P

Apparently, all of their pasta is made with egg and anything not pasta is meat. Even their minestrone (which is made with veggie broth) has egg-filled pasta in it.

Now, I'm home eating an actual dinner. I'm sure my co-workers think that all vegans can eat are nasty, plain, overcooked veggies. D**n Olive Garden  >:(

On a different note, we have a free weekly in San Diego called The Reader. They do an annual survey of the "Best of San Diego" in many different categories. Somehow about 5 years ago, Olive Garden was voted top Italian restaurant. San Diego can be a fun place, but also so generic... 

Hahahahahahahaha...ew

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On a different note, we have a free weekly in San Diego called The Reader. They do an annual survey of the "Best of San Diego" in many different categories. Somehow about 5 years ago, Olive Garden was voted top Italian restaurant. San Diego can be a fun place, but also so generic... 

Hahahahahahahaha...ew

Oh my...my town did this. Cracker Barrell was rated the #1 restaurant in the entire city, Ruby Tuesday (I think--those types are all the same) was best burger, and Olive Garden was voted best Italian. Although I live in a country bumpkin, backwoods town. I'd expect better from San Diego!

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Oh my...my town did this. Cracker Barrell was rated the #1 restaurant in the entire city, Ruby Tuesday (I think--those types are all the same) was best burger, and Olive Garden was voted best Italian. Although I live in a country bumpkin, backwoods town. I'd expect better from San Diego!

Ha-HA!  They'd  probably vote the same way here.  We have all of the lovely eating establishments you mentioned  ::)  People are freaks about Olive Garden though.  There is always a huge amount of people waiting outside for a table.  I think it is the free breadsticks and salad thing.  People cannot resist free food no matter how crap it is.

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does anyone know if the salad and bread sticks there are vegan? how about any soups?

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does anyone know if the salad and bread sticks there are vegan? how about any soups?

I have heard that the bread sticks are at some OGs, but most brush them with butter.  The salad has cheese & egg in the dressing.  All noodles in the soups contain egg, and the broths are chicken-based.

They are very NOT veg-friendly.

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okay wow... officially never going there

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does anyone know if the salad and bread sticks there are vegan? how about any soups?

The salad dressing has chees, fish, and posibly eggs.  The bread stickes are coated in butter and cheese.  The minestrone soup is vegetarian but the pasta in it may contain egg.  They also have a vegetarian spaphetti, but the pasta also may contain eggs. This company goes out of their way to avoid providing ingredient and allergen information.  I guess they are scared of a lawsuit.  All of their pastas used to contain eggs, but the recent statements they are releasing would suggest they have changed that. 

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"I wouldn't take a s**t in the olive garden"  - Kevin Nealon

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