Never-Ending Pasta Gluttony, Only at Olive Garden

Olive Garden
5015 Marsh Road
Okemos, MI 48864
(517) 349-0330

Food Rating: ★★★½☆ – It’s pasta bowl, man. It’s pretty tasty.
Service Rating: ★★½☆☆ – Our server was not thrilled with us. Also, I wanted food, not a breakdown of the rate structuring of DirecTV
Atmosphere Rating: ★★★☆☆ – It’s an Olive Garden. They are all seriously the same
Price Rating: ★★★☆☆ – Dinner for two (all you can eat), salad, bread sticks, drinks. $30 after tax/tip
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ – It’s pasta bowl, man

When and if I (n)ever adopt a child from some horrible place where they don’t have food, I will have to make sure I time it right so that one of the first things we can do is experience true American culture at an “Italian” restaurant.

That’s right kids, you heard right. Never-ending Pasta Bowl is back. And, according to our waitress, it doubles the number of guests they have.

For those not in the know, Pasta Bowl gets you free salad, breadsticks, and as many bowls of pasta as you can feed into your horrible mouth for about $14 after drink, tax, and tip. Not bad. The only real catch is that you have to pick from the pasta on the list. The list has your basic types of pasta, and a few types of sauce, and any combination your horrible mind deems fit for your horrible mouth can be yours just as soon as they can slop it into a feed bag and bring it to your horrible face.

I keep saying “horrible” because I usually eat so much that I feel like I’m going to die.

The restaurant itself isn’t bad either. Our server acted like she could totally be doing something better. Also, we were seated next to the server station, so I am now well aware that one of the employees is switching from DirecTV to Comcast and is so happy to be doing so. See, the rate structuring for DirecTV just doesn’t make any sense, and according to another employee, it is a huge scam and they basically commit fraud every time they bill you.

One quirky thing that happened during our visit was that I arrived with 2 members of my party about 20 minutes before the other two, so I had them take my name down so they could direct the latecomers to my table. Two hostesses and my waitress made sure I did this. I’ll be damned if when they got there the hostesses had no idea what was going on. Oh well, that is why Alexander Graham Bell invented cellular communications.

I generally stick to alfredo dishes, so that is pretty much all I had (but 3 bowls). I understand the mushroom sauce was undelicious, but I can’t say from experience.

Alfredo sauce with spinach.
Alfredo sauce with spinach.
Some kind of noodle with regular alfredo sauce. Not a winner
Some kind of noodle with regular alfredo sauce. Not a winner
Alfredo with spinach, again
Alfredo with spinach, again

Other members of my party felt like spending some more money, and got an appetizer and a dessert. They looked and tasted pretty delicious. Sorry, these pictures are after the vultures picked at them for a minute.

Delicious fried thing.
Delicious fried thing.
Delicious sugar dough things and chocolate dipping sauce
Delicious sugar dough things and chocolate dipping sauce

Basically, if when you go to the never-ending glutton bowl, tell the server to shove off when she brings you salad, and if possible go without a drink. Fill your horrible stomach with 95% pasta to get maximum value for your dollar. Or don’t.

4 thoughts

  1. The “some kind of noodle” was oricchiette. And the doughy delicious dessert things were called zeppoli. In case you care… which I’m certain you don’t really. 😀

  2. Great blog! Sorry to get off subject, but since Nashville is a big up and coming city, I’d like to find a great sushi restaurant or Japanese restaurant in Nashville TN. Have you seen any recent buzz? There’s a new one called Nomzilla Sushi Et Cetera, but very few reviews. Here’s the address of this new Nashville Sushi Restaurant, 1201 Villa Place #101 Nashville, TN 37212 – (615) 268-1424. Thoughts? Thanks!

    1. We are kind of all over on our reviews, but the next time I’m in Nashville I will do my best to check it out. If you’re looking for sushi I can only recommend places in OR or MI haha

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