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St. Louis: Olive Garden, Burger City

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St. Louis: Olive Garden, Burger City

Captain Asparagus | May 10, 2002 06:12 PM

Went to the Olive Garden out in Chesterfield the other night. The one at the new center at Boones Crossing.We tried Burger City first. Decorated for the 7 and under crowd. We sat down and as I looked at the menu seeing that onion rings were $6- and that burgers were $8-, I realized that there were about 3 screaming babies trying to out yell each other. The waitress came to take our drink order and that's when I let her know we wouldn't be staying. It had kids decor but adult prices. From there we went to the Olive Garden in the same center. After waiting for 15 minutes we were seated in between two large groups even though the was an open table near the window. In fact there were several open tables. After we moved our waiter came and took our order. I sensed trouble immediately because Eddie, our waiter, didn't write anything down, even though we were special ordering. I ordered lemonade and spaghetti with meat sauce which was $7.95. I asked for a rigatoni noodle with it and also asked for a side of ricotta to put on my pasta. When he came back with iced tea, instead of lemonade he informed me I could not get a side of ricotta. I asked him if they could just put it on top of my pasta and he said he would see if that were possible. It seemed to be a restaurant that enjoys telling you "no" when you ask for something different. You get all you can eat salad with your pasta. The plates are chilled and the salad is ok. It was light on the dressing. Some sort of rice wine vinaigrette maybe. We asked for a refill with more dressing and he brought us another salad with no dressing. My pasta came out. It was a child's portion, about 20 rigatoni noodles covered with an acidic tomato meat sauce, not too heavy in the meat department, and no ricotta. When my dinner companion told Eddie that his tip would be influenced Eddie finally produced some when I had about 5 noodles left. I was eating them slow beacause I din't want to finish before everyone else. My friends wife ordered a pasta with a different noodle which she didn't get either. The lemonade is very good. I think it was raspberry flavored. Unfortunately a refill exceeded Eddie's capabilities. My wife ordered tortalini that came in a tomato based meat sauce instead of a cream sauce. The meat sauce was better than mine. For the perfect ending we asked for separate checks for my wife and I, and my friend and his wife, and Eddie brought us 4 separate checks.Still.. it wasn't too expensive. For my wife and I, two lemonades, two salads and two pastas, plus a side of ricotta it was $22-. As far as lemonade goes I can't think of a restaurant that has better.
The center out there is very nice. We took a walk after dinner. Next time I'm staying at Burger City. There was a $5- coupon in the paper this week that might make the screaming more bearable.

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