Thanks to Neil for passing along this story earlier today.
Olive Garden sold $100 passes today that entitles the buyer to unlimited pasta, salad, bread sticks and soda for a 7-week period. They sold out in under 2 hours after their website initially crashed from the load.
Now, I don’t have anything against chain food. Red Lobster, the original reason the Olive Garden discussion came up with my friend Neil, is something of a regular stop for us a coupe times a year. Our daughter tried crab for the first time at a favorite restaurant of ours in New York, City Crab. And, she liked it!
As parents, we wanted to continue to foster a love of seafood, but living in Northern Virginia and having a 3-year old can make that tough. We have good seafood from the grocery store (and, occasionally Costco), but not much in the way of seafood restaurants that also cater to a 3-year old.
Just my two cents, and I’m sure I’ll get shouted down by all sorts of folks, but I don’t feel the same way about Olive Garden. Red Lobster is reasonably priced seafood, which I find harder to mess up given more simple preparations. And, the biscuits are pretty darn tasty.
However, bad marinara is, well, something of a crime in my family. So is bad bread.
But, you can get as much of both as you’d like for almost 2 months for $100. Or, if you missed the sale, just hit eBay.
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