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Mourning Marie Callenders


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Mourning Marie Callenders

Krys Stanley | Jul 6, 2004 01:10 AM

I stopped going to Marie Callenders shortly after they were bought by a major corp quie a few years back due to declining quality. Due to a job, I went back recently because they were the closest to the office.

The first day I geared myself up for the salad bar and a spinach salad with hot bacon dressing ... gone.

The drop dead tender short ribs have exited from the menu as well. So long steamed veggies covered with melted cheese.

The German Chocolate pie, one of my old favorites was a dissapointment. I actually got a corked glass of wine, only the second time in my life that happened. The absurdity of sending back a cheap glass of wine made me pause, but it was dreadful.

Even the cornbread has changed. You get a loaf of it. I miss the inches high piece of days long ago.

While the food is better than most chains, I miss the days when a dinner included a piece of pie and you stumbled away from dinner in a food stupor. Those were the days when you expected a wait during prime time. The Marie's I was at was rarely more than half full.


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