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Old 02-10-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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Looking for restaurant suggestions :)

Making a decision for an upcoming meal out... might go to a non-chain restaurant, but between the three chains below, which would you choose and what is your favorite meal there? (no calories or nutrients barred, lol)

Red Lobster
Applebees
Olive Garden
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:22 AM   #2
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olive garden....haven't been there in awhile honestly but they have a wonderful trio meal...like chicken parm, spaghetti and lasagna...the bread sticks and salad is free in the beginning and the italian margarita is YUM!
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:33 AM   #3
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Red Lobster is my fave of the three. I can eat seafood daily. And I really enjoy those cheese biscuits.
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:53 AM   #4
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Red Lobster is our "birthday treat place", love the ceasar salad - the blooming onion - the hot biscuits - the .......
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I think right now because im just enjoying carbs again i would do olive garden. I think i have only been there once since i started eating lowcarb 7 yrs ago...lol It wasnt that i couldnt eat there but it was just too hard to not want all of the wonderful pasta dishes so i just made easier decisions.
But red lobster is also wonderful, steak and lobster is one of my faves!!!
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Old 02-11-2012, 04:01 AM   #6
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Red Lobster is our birthday treat place too. I usually have the steak and lobster, green salad and veggie. It has been quite some time since I have had one of their cheese biscuits but I don't think they are that great and find them easy to pass up. I've never eaten at an Olive Garden and I don't like Applebee's menu.
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:17 AM   #7
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Red Lobster Admiral's Feast- it's all breaded & fried, so none of it reheats well-
if you have to take something home, take the potato and biscuits

1280 calories
73g fat
6g sat fat
4300mg sodium
92g carb
63g protein
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:39 AM   #8
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On vacation last weekend, in a little, local restaurant I had cheese/bacon cornbread. And spicy coleslaw. MMMMMM - who needs a main course? I brought the meal I ordered home and six of us split it for lunch the next day.
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:47 AM   #9
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Another vote for Red Lobster. I always get the King Crab. Mmmm!
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Red Lobster: The one here has really well cooked steak dishes (a cook that knows rare from medium rare lol).
Olive Garden: I could eat just their salad and be 100% happy lol. Haven't been there in a long time though.
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Old 02-11-2012, 04:41 PM   #11
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I love Red Lobster. That's my vote! But whatever you decide, enjoy!!
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:26 PM   #12
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Red Lobster would get my vote too. I love the grilled shrimp and scallop skewers, shrimp scampi, crab legs, and of course lobster. It's always tough to figure out what combo I want.

I have a hard time doing steak out, since we raise our own grass-fed beef, and conventional beef just doesn't taste the same as ours.

Olive Garden would be a close second though. Just not sure how my bg would handle all the carbs from the pasta. And I can't go to OG and NOT get pasta and eat breadsticks.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:19 PM   #13
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Thank you, Everyone! We ended up going to a local non-chain place, but I appreciate the replies and will keep them in mind for future outings.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:17 PM   #14
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I discovered when I started LC I really didn't like pasta, so anything but OG would be my choice.

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Red Lobster is our "birthday treat place", love the ceasar salad - the blooming onion - the hot biscuits - the .......
Longhorn is ours... and this post made me think of how mine is coming up - so I check the calendar and IT'S A DOWN DAY! We may have to go the day after or I may have to switch things around.

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Old 02-20-2012, 03:04 PM   #15
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None of those over here.
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:25 PM   #16
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I would choose olive garden. Breadsticks, salad, trio meal is really good! Also the chocolate cake that is multiple kinds of chocolate. Peach Bellini too!

Red lobster: crab dip appetizer

Applebee's: asiago chicken, boneless wings
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:18 PM   #17
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Red Lobster - Cheddar Bay Biscuits. That's it.

Olive Garden - Soup (pasta fagioli), Salad, Breadsticks and Black Tie Cheesecake

Applebees - Cheeseburger. Used to love the veggie patch pizza and cheesesticks, but all their food has a weird flavor to me now. I dunno.
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:33 PM   #18
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We went to Applebees recently (not by choice, had to use gift cards we received at Christmas). The steak & chicken fajitas actually weren't bad at all. I dumped everything together in the skillet and brought the tortillas home to make DD quesadillas with.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:05 AM   #19
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We went to Red Lobster yesterday -- I got trout and broccoli -- O.M.G... I was savoring every bite!!! According to their website, the 1/2-portion of trout + broccoli was 220 cals. I only ate half of the trout, so I'm assuming that was 1/2 portion. I brought the other half home for tomorrow's UD... unfortunately the 150 cal biscuit didn't make it into the refrigerator!! We also got the calamari appetizer, where they batter-fry broccoli which was won-der-ful, too (I only had about 2 rings of calamari). I know there were more cals in that than regular broccoli, but it was SOOOOO GOOOOOD!! Back to a DD today, and starting with coffee. But I sure enjoyed yesterday's meal!!
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