So, if you’re a regular reader of mine, you know I have a pretty severe aversion to chain restaurants.
But you also know I’ve been known to praise The Olive Garden a time or two, even though just last week I wrote about how crazy celeb chef Anthony Bourdain — a man who will eat anything — ranks an Olive Garden meal as one of the five worst things he’s ever put in his mouth. (Joining the likes of fermented warthog and other creepy-crawlies, so that’s pretty incriminating.)
Ye ol’ Garden’s “love it or loathe it” debate always blows up my inbox, but I was particularly pleased when just this week A RESPECTED LOCAL FOOD WRITER (someone with “foodie” cred, so there) wrote to confide that he/she, too, loves The Olive Garden …
“I LOVE OLIVE GARDEN, TOO! We both know what we’re talking about when it concerns food, how it should be prepared and who did what how, so I guess we’re both qualified to recognize good when we taste it.”
“They do a superb job for a chain and we’ve never been disappointed.”
Picture me grinning, like the cat who ate the canary.