Olive Garden has had a tough month. Its new, "Never Ending Pasta Pass" promo was mocked by everyone from Jimmy Kimmel to Red Eye; more ominously, Starboard Value, an investor that's trying to gain control of Darden Restaurants, Olive Garden's owner, at the annual meeting October 10, slapped the chai ... More >>
Denver blog posts are often fast and casual. At our Cafe Society blog, Jenn Wohletz enumerates the top five ways Olive Garden needs to get its act together. Colorado Ethics Watch formally requests that the Office of Congressional Ethics investigate Representative Mike Coffman. Predominantly Orang ... More >>
This has been a bad week for the Olive Garden. First, its new "Never Ending Pasta Pass" promo has been poked at -- or outright kicked -- by almost everyone on the earth (Jimmy Kimmel's poke was particularly hilarious) and then Olive Garden investor Starboard Value slaps the chain with a nearly three ... More >>
Jordan Wallace Pizzeria Locale 550 Broadway 720-508-8828 pizzerialocale.com This is part one of my interview with Jordan Wallace, chef of Pizzeria Locale; part two of our chat will run tomorrow. There are two breeds of chef: those who know from day one that cooking is in the cards, and those who ... More >>
LYFE Kitchen -- the acronym stands for "Love Your Food Everyday" -- is a national chain that opened its first store last year in Chicago, but plans to add 250 locations across the country over the next five years. One of them will be in Park Meadows Mall, where a LYFE Kitchen is taking over the spac ... More >>
It's a tricky time for plan-ahead, chain-dining daters. They have six weeks to figure out which where to make Valentine's Day reservations, and despite the fact that dining out on February 14 is way more hassle than it's worth (big waits even with reservations, crowded dining rooms, flustered staff, ... More >>
When 86-year-old newspaper columnist Marilyn Hagerty wrote her now-famous review of a North Dakota Olive Garden back in March, I wouldn't say that her story changed the path of restaurant reviews everywhere -- or even anywhere. But it did give food writers, myself included, an appreciation for the f ... More >>
Olive Garden just announced that it's ditching its fifteen-year-old slogan "When You're Here, You're Family" in favor of the simple "Go Olive Garden." While the old slogan was incredibly cheesy to the point of being disingenuous, at least the marketing folks put more than a cigarette break's worth o ... More >>
Popular chain restaurants may have their faults, but they also have their benefits -- consistency primary among them. It's comforting for customers to know that they can count on uniform, no-surprise dishes at certain chains. And I definitely have my consistent favorites. Here's a list of my top f ... More >>
Fazoli's, America's favorite Italian fast-food chain, is on a sizzling growth streak right now, and instead of resting on its fettuccine, the company has decided to capitalize on its popularity by making some massive -- and possibly ill-advised -- changes, which turn the chain from fast-food to casu ... More >>
Marilyn Hagerty , the 85-year-old woman who's the "Eat Beat" columnist at the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota, has been getting an abundance of press since her review of the Olive Garden went viral. Marilyn-mania began with her original review of the popular Italian chain, which had some readers ... More >>
It's a new year, and 2012 should be another rich, full year of food, drink and, with any luck, a few more naked photos of Anthony Bourdain. It's time to kick 2011 in the gnocchi and usher in a brand-new 365 days of fresh foodie resolutions. We all know that willpower can wane with the first plate ... More >>
Happy Place: The Mediterranean Restaurant, 1002 Walnut Street, 303-444-5335. The Hours: Daily from 3 to 6:30 p.m. The Deals: $1 off draft beers; $4 featured wines by the glass, sangria, and well cocktails; $6 martinis; $2-$5 small plates. Were we happy? Flip the page to find out.
Olive Garden just announced that it would be kicking fries and milkshakes off of the children's menu at all its restaurants, replacing them with smoothies and grapes. This move is designed to please parents who drag their squirming spawn into the post-popular Italian chain, but it's tough bre ... More >>
Corn, one of the only stores left in the Westminster Mall, and also one of the most depressingly named stores of all time.Eating lunch at Olive Garden (and I will say only that my regrettable choice to dine at the Olive Garden was both predicated heavily on free breadsticks and not worth it) ... More >>
a flickr photoWhore's sauce for family dinner night. Tony's Broadway Market Bistro will host an Italian family dinner on Thursday, January 27 -- and owner/founder Tony Rosacci will be there, making this definitely a family affair. "Tony invented this," says Stuart Stevenson, general manag ... More >>
The eleventh annual "Teens and Personal Finance Survey" conducted by the Junior Achievement and the Allstate Foundation was just released, and it contains a number of surprising findings. For example, the survey assures us that teens would be willing to not eat out, to stop loitering at the ... More >>
So the big question last week (and the week before) was what restaurant I should review before saying goodbye to Denver for good. I got a lot of suggestions. Some of them were good. Some of them were ridiculous. In the end, I went with my gut (and the demands of at least a certain percent ... More >>
Let me see what's available...One of the great things about living, eating and working in this city has always been that there are virtually no restaurants in the entire city that can't take me as a walk-in any time I feel like putting on the feedbag. Sure, there are exceptions. Friday and ... More >>
For those of you not yet hipped to the big foodie news in Denver this week, the International Association of Culinary Professionals is in town -- a kind of traveling circus show of food writers, food editors, food pimps, chefs, authors, wine gurus and associated tradesmen. And, of course, Jason Shee ... More >>
Denver is what I consider a relatively accomplished culinary town, as is Boulder, where I live. And sometimes perspective is necessary to really appreciate your surroundings. This is a roundabout way of saying I went to Grand Junction for the weekend. The drive is always beautiful, ascending i ... More >>
Until fairly recently, Denver's culinary universe had a gaping black hole at the center that consistently swallowed the vain attempts of well-meaning chefs and barfed out scads of pretenders offering "Colorado-accented" Italian cuisine that rarely rose above the level of a tomato-and-mozzarella tama ... More >>
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