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  1. Tom
    June 30, 2012

    I just ate at Olive Garden recently and I had the exact same thing. Oh man that was great food. I usually do not like OG, but the fresh vegetables and grilled flavor was great.
    An excellent idea to check the nutritional listings as I usually am just guessing and you never know what “extras” might be in the recipe.
    I look forward to more restaurant reviews and tips like the alfredo sauce idea.
    Tom

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    • Lynn Terry
      June 30, 2012

      That’s one of my favorites because Alfredo Sauce is so rich and yummy AND low carb. :) I’m finding more and more that it pays to ask if they have special menus or nutrition facts on hand. You’d be surprised how many of them have dishes available that are not on the main menus!

      And of course they’re usually more than willing to “create a plate” by special request. 😉

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  2. Loretta
    June 30, 2012

    Before I realized I was allergic to gluten Olive Garden was one of my favorite places to go for dinner. I saw that they had a few gluten free items, I’d really like to try the salmon dish but I haven’t been brave enough to go yet. I never thought to ask a restaurant to replace pasta with veggies on a menu item, that’s a great idea.

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    • Lynn Terry
      June 30, 2012

      It tastes delicious too! I love Alfredo over my broccoli. If I’m worried that I might veer off my menu, I order it to go. Take out is just as good, and sometimes safer (lol)…

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  3. Scott Irwin
    June 30, 2012

    The Seafood Brodetto is wonderful as well….29 net grams though….I wonder if that’s with the bread.

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    • Lynn Terry
      July 6, 2014

      It looks like they’ve taken it off the menu, so I’m not sure what all was included…

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  4. Christina Clauson
    July 27, 2012

    Lynn,
    I like your blog! I think you need a better camera. It would make the food look yummier. I’ve been looking at the Panasonic GH2 and a 50mm 1.8 lens. You might get a deal on ebay, I sometimes see those items there. Meanwhile, I am still pretty happy with my Panasonic DMC-FX37 which you can still get on amazon. But you deserve a great camera and this one shoots great HD video too!
    -Chris (on Pinterest as Christina Clauson)

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    • Lynn Terry
      July 6, 2014

      Thanks Christina! I’ve since gotten a better camera – and learned some tricks for taking photos in low light situations (ie most restaurants). That can be challenging, as most are quite dark. 😉 I got a camera specifically for low light photos, but it still requires a little finesse lol. Appreciate the input!

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  5. Stephanie
    July 6, 2014

    I always stay away from their house salad – even without croutons. Their salad dressing is loaded with sugar. :(

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    • Lynn Terry
      July 6, 2014

      Hi Stephanie,

      According to their menu the house salad is only 4 net carbs without the croutons: media.olivegarden.com/en_us/pdf/olive_garden_nutrition.pdf. It’s an italian dressing.

      You’ll see on their menu too that they cater to low carb and gluten free customers, which is very nice. Their Herb Grilled Salmon or Baked Tilapia w/Shrimp are both great low carb options that look delicious, and they’re served with a broccoli side.

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  6. Mary
    May 20, 2015

    Heads up! They no longer carry the mixed grill skewers! And the manager had no idea what a carbohydrate was. Hoping the salmon turns out well! Poor server, we are her first customers.

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    • Lynn Terry
      May 20, 2015

      Oh no, Mary! haha – Ask for the gluten free menu. 😉 They know how to find that one, and it has some great low carb options on it!

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