I am guilty of going to all of these places, but lately I've been thinking--If'you're going to be spending that kind of money on food, just buy better food at a grocery/specialty store and make it at home. Olive Garden is a huge phucking joke of Italian restaurants. They cater to the our perception of Italian cuisine. They don't use Parmigiano Reggiano, and that is an immediate 'Go phuck yourself, Olive Garden.' I think those that have tasted Parmigiano Reggiano know what I'm talking about. Beer and wine is insanely expensive, and they usually serve cheap wine. They also serve low-quality beer, especially for the price. Similar non-franchise restaurants are almost always better.