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Is anyone old enough to remember to sudden chainification of sit down restaurants in the 90's? It came with the housing boom as suburbs and shopping centers around those suburbs got built. The first to hit my city was Olive Garden, and people legit thought it was fancy dining. Including my boomer parents. They would get dressed up to eat there.Then Applebee's came and I remember waiting in line for an hour or more to dine there. Same with Chili's when it came in, but I will argue Chili's was legit good back then for bar food.

>> No.19123769

My parents live out in the boonies so going to restaurant that doesn't have a drive-thru qualifies as "fancy" to them. While my dad might not throw on a tie and my mom isn't wearing a fancy ball gown, they still make a concerted effort to not look like the URBAN people that show up in crowds of 15, act super entitled, and don't tip (you know the kind).

Oh and Olive Garden's demise really came in 2008/2009 when they started cutting corners on their ingredients

>> No.19123776

>>19123763
Olive garden is fancy for joggers. White people don't eat there.

>> No.19123787

Olive garden is fancyish mid-high end italian dining. I am 41.

>> No.19124244

>>19123763
>he's too young to know about ponderosa

>> No.19124251

>>19123763
>he's too young to know about pizza hut
>he's too young to know ab out mcdonald's
>he's too young to know about every fucking place there is besides domino's

>> No.19124775

>>19123776
You know every white person?

>> No.19124796

>>19123763
I’m too young to have went through this but I have a feeling that olive garden and similar chain restaurants were better back in the 2000s and I wasn’t *just* naive

>> No.19124827
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>>19123763
>Olive Garden
For me it’s the Tour of Italy

>> No.19124889

>>19124827
Some fag I work with ordered this once and I still make fun of him for it.

>> No.19124951

>>19123763
restaurant chains were a thing before the 90's, though they were mostly regional

>> No.19124971

>>19123763
Oh, yes. I remember. Everybody was shitting and pissing themselves for a Red Lobster/Olive Garden, and it became some kind of symbol that your town is somehow relevant and important for getting one. Of course today all towns look identical and these chains drove retail property prices out of reach for locals to open their own restaurants. I think pretty much anything new in my town is owned by blacks who received grants for being a “black-owned business” or foreigners receiving similar aid. Ain’t no American born white folks opening restaurants unless they’re literal millionaire doctors wanting their hot little pretentious shit pet restaurants with microgreens and dots of vinegar around a single scallop- that’ll be $75, please.

>> No.19125022

>>19123763
Imagine being such a fucking "Gen Alpha" retard that you think suburbs started in the 90s. Is our educational system really this totally fucked?

>> No.19125199

>>19125022
It’s an accurate timeline. Late 80’s early 90’s is when Walmart and Kmart went to war and began aggressively pushing into smaller towns. Once chains like Olive Garden would notice Walmart setting up shop they’d figure the market was strong enough and would open a restaurant. This era changed my hometown forever. Gone are most of the local businesses, driven long ago to close due to predatory pricing and poaching labor with unbeatable wages. Now my town is a rundown mess of chain stores, section 8s, “for lease” signs, and check cashing shacks. Wages are extremely low now and most can’t afford to open a business. I don’t think that town will ever recover.

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>>19124889
That guy posts on here and he talks about that. It is YOU who is the huge fag for criticizing what a person orders at Olive Garden. When I order it I just tell the waitress “I want to do the tour” and she knows exactly what I want.

>> No.19125437

>>19125427
Huh. Been many years since I’ve gone to Olive Garden to order “the tour” but is it just me or are those portions smaller? I used to fill up on breadsticks and salad, eat the pasta, then take the lasagna and chicken parm home for two extra meals. That plate looks like I could make it through two out of three of those and have one snack leftover.

>> No.19125443

>>19123763
Olive garden is not fancy dining, you retard

>> No.19125461

>>19124971
>>19125022
>>19125199
The book Anthony Bourdain did with that restaurant reviewer from Grand Forks is probably the best summation of this trend. In the 1980s she was doing reviews of Scandinavian restaurants run by families, by the 00s she was reviewing Olive Garden and Taco Bell.

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>>19125437
Last time I took the tour I had plenty but I also ate 2 big bowls of Zuppa Toscana

>> No.19125585

>>19125469
>Zuppa Toscana
The copycat recipes for that turn out bretty good if you want to try it at home.

>> No.19125594

>>19123763
grim
I pity Americans

>> No.19125596

>>19125594
Shut up nigger

>> No.19125624

>>19123763
What was his crime? Eating with your hands is illegal in the land of the free?

>> No.19125641

>>19124775
Yes

>> No.19125663

>>19123763
Red lobster was a big deal when I was a kid so where the steak joints Outback and Texas roadhouse, funny all are shit now
I go to the local places now to eat out

>> No.19125668
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It's traditional

>> No.19125672
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>>19125668
Look at how happy this little boy is to eat pasta with his bare hands

>> No.19125954

>>19125668
>>19125672
Pasta was a neapolitan street food that literally NOBODY in Italy ate before the early 20th century. I am italian and I know that the ''tradition'' is just a newly forged one. We have really ancient local food traditions (like every other country on earth) but pasta/pizza are not older than 150 years. the whole tradition and heritage shit is just pathetic, people sperging about 'italian trve tradition' mentioning pasta/pizza make me want to put pineapple in my kebab pizza

>> No.19125985

>>19125954
150 years is plenty. Italy immediately comes to mind already with pasta is mentioned.

>> No.19125989

>>19125022
Zoomers have a hard time telling the difference between a 40 year old and a 100 year old, you really think they could tell the difference between the 1990s and the 1950s?

>> No.19126118

>>19123787
kek no it isnt it's mid tier better than most other things in that range besides chili's and black angus its tasty as fuck but there is no way you can call it high end italian dining

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>>19126118
>Putting the herb in the wrong field

>> No.19126658

>>19125022
Imagine being this retarded you have zero reading comprehension. I never said suburbs started in the 90's. I was referring to new suburbs built during the housing boom in the 90's you grotesque retarded faggot.

>> No.19126668

>>19126126
It goes in all fields.

>> No.19126683

>>19123763
Floridaman's kinda hot.
Since when is it illegal to eat spaghetti with your bare hands, though?

>> No.19127901

>>19123776
free breggsssgiggs

>> No.19127922

>>19124251
>Pizza Hut
I cri every time
Used to go as a child, never really appreciated that it was a buffet.
>never appreciated any buffet now I think if it.
They all close down
There’s literally no buffets in a 3hr drive of where I live

I just want to stuff random crap I to a plate and be judged by the cute waitresses

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people use to dress up in the 1970's to dine at Red Lobster in Arizona!

>> No.19127981

>>19123776
I live in a city that is like ninety-five percent white and olive garden's parking lot is packed. low class white people love that shit dude.

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>>19125954
Typical Italian meal before tomatoes and pasta were introduced

>> No.19128153

>>19128144
gROSS

>> No.19128237

>>19127981
>low class white people love that shit dude.
Big portions of pasta?

>> No.19128254

>>19124971
>Red Lobster/Olive Garden
And Chi-Chis
Which is hilarious, because it means tits in Spanish.
All General Mills restaurants.

>> No.19128262

>>19128153
ur mother

>> No.19128281

>>19128262
Mama Mia?

>> No.19128324

>>19127922
This guy gets it

>> No.19128334

>>19125954
What did they eat before the 20th century?

>> No.19128355

>>19126668
lol newfags gonna newfag

>> No.19128921

>>19123763
Anything thats either a chain or a franchise is not fine dining.

>> No.19128934

>>19128334
Pasta ofc. There are 2000 year old frescos in Pompei of people making pasta. The first Italian cookbook ever is full of pasta.

>> No.19128981

>>19128144
I'm assuming the green sauce is pesto.
Looks fucking delish

>> No.19129035

>>19128262
My mother is dead and still looks better than that disgusting fish. Fish are gross.

>> No.19129861

>>19128144
>>19128981
This, that looks tasty, peto fish with vegetables? I'd happily eat that every day.

>> No.19129895

>>19123763
olive garden is like a toddlers restaurant for adults. its comfy in booths. you can doodle on the table cloth. the food is there. the drinks are cheap. you don't have to look that great bc the lighting is usually low unless your in a garden section.

dont get me wrong i like a classy dining experience but being silly at an olive garden is fun.

>> No.19130045

>>19125624
literally yes, "Burgerstan" is an accurate descriptor

>> No.19130117

So let me get this straight since I'm not a burgerbrain.

all these "diner" chains applebee's olive garden Chipotle tgi have a menu and this menu consists of getting classic restaurant, tavern dishes and turning them into burger joint quality cooked by minimum wage workers, with lots of frozen and premade stuff and yet you still pay 22 dollars for chicken wings and a salad whose only difference from those of KFC is that they are served on plate and the salad has one drop of balsamic cream? How the fuck are these restaurants still open? Do ameritards really?

>> No.19130273

>>19123763
I do remember chili's being a long wait back when they were soulful and had that eccentric surfer vibe themeing. I still never got the impression that these kids of places were "nice" though.

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Two Olive Garden tours diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then I took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was cheesy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two tours diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

>> No.19131757

>>19128254
And hooters exists. What's your point?

>> No.19131779

>>19130117
Yes. Except Chipotle doesn't belong in this category.