For your afternoon break, some excerpts of a review penned by Marilyn Hagerty. It was written for the North Dakota Grand Forks Herald. [for some inexplicable reason, the link is now dead]
My booth was near the kitchen, and I watched the waiters in white shirts, ties, black trousers and aprons adorned with gold-colored towels. They were busy at midday, punching in orders and carrying out bread and pasta.
… At length, I asked my server what she would recommend. She suggested chicken Alfredo, and I went with that. Instead of the raspberry lemonade she suggested, I drank water.
… The chicken Alfredo ($10.95) was warm and comforting on a cold day. The portion was generous. My server was ready with Parmesan cheese.
As I ate, I noticed the vases and planters with permanent flower displays on the ledges. There are several dining areas with arched doorways. And there is a fireplace that adds warmth to the decor.
… All in all, it is the largest and most beautiful restaurant now operating in Grand Forks. It attracts visitors from out of town as well as people who live here.
Why is this review getting so much attention? Because it is of Olive Garden, which seems to be the biggest thing to happen to Grand Forks in years. However, what is hot news in one corner of our nation, receives snickers elsewhere, and her review has gone viral. “Because it’s only the fourth location in the state, people have been driving from throughout the region to get a taste of the branch’s pasta and unlimited breadsticks.”
So much for my Olive Garden review for April Fools day. No really, that is what I was going to do. I can’t review Taco Bell and Gas Station Food every year! It should be noted that I am not making fun of Marilyn. I have friends who love Olive Garden, and have been there myself. Many, many years ago.