Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Joe Cervantez of Killen's Steakhouse

    Ronnie Killen has made a big name for himself, not just in Pearland, where his eponymous Killen's Steakhouse is located, but across the Houston area and the United States. He has been a guest chef at the Beard House and, just within this past week, Killen's Steakhouse was on Open Table's Diners' Cho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Samuel Beier of Tony Mandola's

    Chef Samuel Beier has a tricky mission: update Tony Mandola's cuisine to attract a younger clientele while still satisfying customers who have patronized the family's restaurants for over two decades. I don't envy him the task, but it is needed. Cuisine inside the 610 Loop isn't what it used to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Real Life The Purge Hoaxes Hit The Woodlands Social Media

    The day before Halloween in 1938, a rather young Orson Wells took to the radio airwaves and scared the living hell out of people. The broadcast was part of a re-enactment of the H.G. Wells book War of the Worlds, but innocent unsuspecting listeners were duped into believing aliens had landed on Eart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    Review: Dear Toby Keith, You Don't Want Your Name on this Bar & Grill

    There is definitely a dress code at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill. After sitting at a table waiting to get service for 20 minutes, I realized that the people around me in plaid, button-down shirts with pearl snaps and dusty brown cowboy boots with Wrangler jeans tucked into the top were get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Eat Your Veggies At Coltivare

    Hank On Food: Hank fills us in on an overlooked pizza and wine restaurant in Sugar Land, Coal Vines & Wine Bistro. His server was not only knowledgeable about the wine offerings, but also the craft beer selections. After munching on fried zucchini chips and sipping on Row Eleven Vinas 3 wine, Hank o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    Real Riff Raff vs Imposter Riff Raff, aka JoDY HiGHROLLER

    Our fair city is getting an early holiday present, in the form of a thing called Riff Raff. Riff Raff, aka Jody Highroller, will be gift-wrapping and delivering his syrupy, nonsensical rhymes at Warehouse Live this Sunday. We're excited, because Riff Raff's brand of nonsense is entertaining as hel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Pre-Show Dining and Transcendent Tortellini at Birraporetti's

    Birraporetti's is not the best Italian restaurant in Houston, nor is it the second, or even the third. But it's a stone's throw away from the theater district, offers fast friendly service, and serves transcendent cheese tortellini. Let me elaborate. On a recent Thursday night a my husband and I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Houston's Top 5 Jazz Clubs

    5. RED CAT JAZZ CAFE Admittedly, Red Cat has its hits and misses, but for a jazz neophyte looking to make his or her debut into the world of Fitzgerald and Armstrong, this "cafe" is a good place to start. Its relatively new Franklin Street address places Red Cat at the very beginning of downtown, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Copycat Recipe: Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana

    While it pains me to say this, there are actually a few things that I enjoy at Olive Garden. And no, it's not their four-cheese lasagna rollatini topped with shrimp-sausage-and-asiago alfredo sauce (which, per the best commercials ever, seems to be how they top everything. I'll pass). You see, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    Labor Day Laughs: Real Actors Read Yelp Reviews

    On the off chance that you haven't been exposed to the thrilling beauty that is "Real Actors Reading Yelp Reviews," we've compiled the entire series into one post for you. So take a break from doing...whatever the hell it is people do on Labor Day...and remember that dining at the Olive Garden in Ti ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 19, 2012

    Like That Chain Restaurant?

    Try this local one instead.

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Like That Chain Restaurant? Try This Local One Instead

    In the last couple of weeks, we've explored fun and funky Texas wines to drink in lieu of old standbys like Cabernet and Chardonnay and we've showcased local beers that can be enlisted to help wean your friends off adjunct lagers made by giant corporations. And just like we all have loved ones that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Restaurants and Road Trips: Learning to Settle

    On a recent road trip to Chicago, my girlfriend and I wound up eating far more Wendy's than normal people should. Driving through small towns and with options limited, sometimes fast food is the preferable option to the local truck stop with all the windowless vans parked out back. I rarely eat fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Hanging At The Hideout: Country Comes To Town At The Rodeo

    This was my first rodeo. Before Friday I had never been to a rodeo let alone the rodeo. While I might have been there to cover the post-rodeo entertainment, it was also my chance to get the full rodeo experience. Compare me to the food critic excited about Olive Garden coming to town if you must, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness

    ​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've only recently discovered that there is a vegetable called "rocket" and it is not nearly as awesome as it sounds. It's supposed to taste like adventure and wonder, not like bitter spinach.We started the week off right with a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Grand Forks, North Dakota, Gets an Olive Garden

    Since I first read the Grand Forks Herald article last night -- "Long-awaited Olive Garden receives warm welcome" -- it's made its way around the Internet as an object of fascination faster than faked cell phone pictures of Christina Hendricks's breasts. "An Onion-worthy, rave review of...Olive Gar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Last Night: Dante Higgins At Warehouse Live

    Dante Higgins Warehouse Live March 6, 2012 In the grand scheme of things, any time an artist is holding an album-release concert you know the crowd will be eating out of the palm of his hand while dismissing the offers from everyone else. You know this, I know this. There's no way around it. For a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Health Department Roundup

    There are no inspection reports available from February 23 to 29, but there are dozens of reports from February 22, Ash Wednesday. We're not sure about the significance of that. But it is important for restaurants to remember that they art dust, and to dust they shalt return, just keep that shit off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Must You Do That? A Simple List of Manners

    Dining out is something we all love to do. I would have a hard time imagining the reader of this blog who is an exception. My manners, at least when I'm at home, fly pretty fast and loose. Get it? I fart at the table. So what, who cares? When I'm in public, though, I tend to try to turn up t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Top 5 Hottest Women in Internet Comedy

    They say chicks aren't funny, mostly because women tend to have higher-pitched voices that can't penetrate all the meat in some people's heads. We love us some funny chicks, and if they're hot on top of everything else, well then, that's just a bonus. Since we spend even more time on the Internet t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Top 5 Restaurant Freebies

    Photo by Brooke ViggianoCheesy shortbready cracker things, come to mama!​Sometimes, I find myself drawn to a restaurant not for what's on the menu, but for what is placed on the table in front of me before I even open the menu. You know what I'm talking about. It's sometimes even the best part ... More >>

  • News

    November 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Nothing like taking your kids to a restaurant and having the servers work extra slowly. Nicholas Hall wrote about his experience with his bored kids at an Olive Garden in DEFCON dining. One commenter, Laurie, felt relieved at the post: Thank God. I thought your children were superhuman freak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Off the Wall: Riva's Italian Restaurant

    Stacy Zane​When Anamaris Cousins Price wrote about her old favorite Montrose hangouts, EOW reader J. Britt Alexander chimed in with his pick: "Rivas - directly behind Niko-Nikos and the Tower Lofts off Montrose. -- Old green house romantically lit by white twinkle light. The best bang for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Joanna O'Leary had a delicious Italian meal at Fratelli's and decided that the restaurant was worth driving outside the loop for. Which gave commenter Laurie pause: Heaven forbid! Outside the Loop! Joanna get over it. It is all of 5 min outside the Loop. A majority of Houston lives outside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    Operating a restaurant without the proper permits? Forget it, it's Chinatown.​The inspections of the past few days have resulted in just a few more closures/citations than we've seen in recent weeks. Not sure what led to the benevolence, but it might be at an end. This is potentially bad news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    On Beards and Becco: Coming Down from New York City

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttCrispy-skinned salmon atop cauliflower and ramps at Becco.​I first visited New York City 17 years ago, for one day. I saw Times Square, the United Nations building, stayed in a ratty hotel, ate at a TGI Friday's and had my pocket cut, my wallet and camera stolen fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    SXSW: A Happy Brother And A Sh*t Horse

    Photos by Allison WagonerJames Graham of the Twilight Sad (left) and the author's little bro​Rocks Off arrived in Austin Wednesday with just enough time to get in a quick nap and free Olive Garden from the hotel before departing for downtown. By the time we got there, it was already dark and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Off the Wall: Mardi Gras Grill's Crab Fingers Come Up Short

    ​Last week, my Top 5 Appetizers caused most people to bang their heads against the wall. Many of you echoed the sentiments of Tylerrhes: "Olive Garden? You just lost all credibility." But one lone ranger fought through the madness and actually spouted off five appetizer suggestions. I list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    This Week in (Unrestrained) Deliciousness

    Here at Eating Our Words, we all like the green ones. ​In true Mardi Gras fashion, this week Eating Our Words was a celebration of excess. After all, we kicked it off with a gallon of butter and a call to judge our Burger Brackets. Your enthusiasm for beef is overwhelming (and I want one of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Top 5: Appetizers

    Vietnamese egg rolls from Hollywood.​Which places start your meal off just right? Find out, as we take a look at some of the best appetizers Houston has to offer. 5. Pappasito's Matador Nachos Unless you're a complete fat ass, I'd highly recommend splitting these between at least two, proba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Comments of the Day

    ​Could it be that patronizing The Olive Garden is worse than putting beans in your chili? After Kevin Shalin named the chain's lasagna fritta as his top appetizer in town, there was a bit of a riot in the comments. This one from, er, olive garden!?!?!, is a good example: OLIVE GARDEN?? Who.. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Who Needs An Entrée? I'll Just Take the Bread

    garyrwiseThe bread is also used on the sliders at Reef. ​On New Year's Eve, I ate an early dinner at Reef with my husband. We enjoyed a ginormous raw platter, two plump, flavorful crab cakes, generous portions of red snapper and swordfish, and a massive block of fried macaroni and cheese. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Top 5: Good Food at Bad Restaurants

    Cheddar Bay Biscuits: You know you love them.​I'm not talking about bad restaurants as in "that dumpy place down by the shipping lanes that Uncle Johnnie once saw a rat in" or "that place charges $50 a person and looks down their noses at you while they serve boring hotel food." I'm talking ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Openings and Closings: 2009 Edition

    ​The year gone by marked some very exciting restaurant openings (such as Haven, Branchwater Tavern, Yelapa Playa Mexicana and Stella Sola) and some equally important closings (such as Cafe Annie, Bedford, Las Alamedas and Felix Mexican Restaurant). To close out the yea ... More >>

  • Music

    December 3, 2009

    Worst Rapper Alive

    Unraveling veteran rhymesmith K-Rino's brilliance in an über-sketchy Third Ward park.

  • Film

    September 25, 2008

    Very Minor: Miracle at St. Anna

    No matter the run time and budget, Spike Lee's WWII drama is an epic bore

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2007
  • Dining

    January 4, 2007


    Most likely, Villagio's will get better, or Villagio's will go away

  • Dining

    January 5, 2006

    A New Tony's Order

    A Houston mainstay becomes a destination for culinary thrill-seekers

  • Dining

    April 14, 2005

    Less Price, Less Spice

    Two Mandola-family restaurants provide a lesson in what we're paying for when we eat out

  • News

    November 11, 2004
  • News

    October 21, 2004

    Cooked Book

    The real chefs' surprise is who made it -- or didn't -- into Culinary Capital

  • Music

    August 5, 2004
  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • Film

    February 20, 2003

    Will to Power

    Mr. Ferrell comes into his glory in Old School

  • Calendar

    February 14, 2002

    Really Italian

    Through film and photo, the MFA is showing a different side of Italian life

  • News

    October 11, 2001


    Consuming Hate, Best and the Rest, Percentile Envy

  • Dining

    August 3, 2000

    Nothing Small About It

    The expansive Maggiano's Little Italy serves portions to match

  • Dining

    March 9, 2000

    Inner-City Suburban

    Despite its trendy locale, Riva's caters to urbanites with a taste for uncomplicated Italian

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