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Traffic Slump at Olive Garden, Red Lobster, LongHorn; Smaller Plates, Cheaper Items at Olive Garden

FremontChris Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 3:24 PM
Best thing you can do is to support your local restaurants and avoid the chain restaurants. The food for the most part at the chain types is bland and predictable at best. Same boring menus, high prices, and cookie-cutter ambiance. But if you can find a good local place you can get some great creative food at reasonable prices. Plus the service is usually much better as they value your patronage much more than the chains do. We have a few local diners that we frequent and find that we don't regret having spent the money to eat out like we do when we hit places like Red Lobster or Denny's.
C. R.4 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 9:33 PM
I agree. However, Denny's skillet meals are truly good. We also enjoy Mimi's Cafe and Chili R Us. Chains, yes, but food is good and we truly enjoy good food and not prepackaged garbage. And, don't forget the super hamburgers at In 'n Out! Other than that, we do enjoy a quality restaurant but am tired of the hype of organic (which we really don't have in this country just more hype, and the exorbitant prices now for a speck of food on the plate which looks like it is anemic and dressed with "stuff". In San Francisco, we frequent Scoma's for the best and freshest fish around at Pier 47 1/2. Good helpings, even on their Prix Fixe menu. Quality, taste, service is what we want. Some chains an d expensive places are just really pathetic.

High gasoline prices coupled with 2% payroll tax hikes is going to take a bite out of restaurant sales this year. For some chains the slump has already started.

Consider Darden Restaurants, the owner of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, LongHorn Steak House. Darden Restaurant Traffic is down an average 4.5, with Red Lobster leading the pack down 7.5%.

Smaller Plates, Cheaper Items at Olive Garden

At Olive Garden,