Pulitzer Prize Winning Food Critic Jonathan Gold Reviews...The Olive Garden

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Sometimes an April Fools prank can backfire on the prankster. It happened to Jonathan Gold, our esteemed colleague and Pulitzer Prize winning food critic at the LA Weekly. His joke on his longtime food photographer Anne Fishbein to meet him at Olive Garden didn't go exactly as planned.

"I had no intention of eating lunch at the Olive Garden. I was planning to intercept the grumpy photographer at the door and spirit her to the Derby, a track-fueled steak house less than a minute's drive down the street. We'd have a Sidecar or two. We'd laugh at how she'd been fooled. There would be leftover meat for her bull terrier. Except that I was caught in traffic and ended up at the restaurant 20 minutes after she got there."

What followed is a boon for the rest of us--a hilarious read. He pulls no punches on himself, nor on the infamous Italian chain most love to hate. As of this writing, two hours after it went live, he's garnered no less than 78 comments.

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MikeHu
MikeHu

Re: "the infamous Italian chain most love to hate." "Most" what, exactly? Most food critics? Most pretentious food critics? I mean, I think the word "most" refers to a fairly small, but "we all know who we are" subset of the general population. Granted, probably the typical Olive Garden customer, including myself, won't come here for dining advice, especially of the shaming type ("Darn it, instead of getting a reasonably quick meal with my family at the corporate Olive Garden, I really should have eaten at that small "provider of sustainable, local, organically grown produce" restaurant that is not child friendly and takes twice as long to exit from."), but the word "most" seems fairly over-significant to me. (This is probably too negative, as I think your reviews and comments are always great, fair and enjoyable; I just don't have a whole of sympathy or patience for Gold).

JB
JB

"What is lasagna fritta? Apparently rolled lasagna sliced into thick discs, crisped in trans-fat-free boiling oil and served with a marinara dipping sauce. Words for once fail me."

LMFAO!!!

Zhenglish33
Zhenglish33

Finally (48 hours) time limit to buy.

LV Muffler $ 5.99LV Bags $ 19.9 LV Wallet $ 6.55Armani Glasses $ 5.99LV Belt $ 6.9

Buy addresses---- tntn.usTips (48 hours after the special product is invalid)

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

"Reasonably quick"? Maybe on a Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. During the weekend dinner hour the wait can be up to two hours, during which time you are chained to an area within 200 feet of the would-be pietra grezza doorway, due to the technological limitations of the enormous culinary vibrator you carry.

I can't think of a single Italian restaurant—not a single one—in Orange County that is child-unfriendly, and I've schlepped my daughter into dozens of them, from Luigi's D'Italia and Lomeli's to Trattoria da Bianca and Pizza e Vino.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Hey, if you'd rather waste your money at the despicable Olive Garden than, say, Luigi's D'Italia or any number of great, local OC Italian joints that are cheaper than Olive Garden, that's your right!

MikeHu
MikeHu

C'mon guys, say what you really think about Olive Garden. I think you're holding back.

Pat
Pat

"quick exits" being the biggest factor when choosing a chain over elsewhere? Ha! By that logic, wouldn't a hole-in-the-wall be better, because there's literally less room?

And now I'll never look at those lite-brite coasters again. Thanks Dave

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

I'm saying that it's one step up from instant dinners.

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