Olive Garden Lake Buena Vista


Olive Garden.  Dare I say it?  I’m eating at a chain restaurant.  It’s not that I’m against chain restaurants but when there are so many great restaurants out there, I tend not to go to chain restaurants.  I can’t recall the last time I went to Olive Garden, it’s probably been over 3 years.  My last experience was pretty ‘ehhhhh’ so I wasn’t the keenest on going to Olive Garden.

This Olive Garden is located on the corner of Palm Parkway and South Apopka Vineland (SR 535), close to Downtown Disney.  Oh great, the tourist side of town.  I already had low expectations.  Shame on me, I know.  Unexpectedly, I had a great experience here.  Servers were prompt and friendly, the restaurant was clean, and of course, I had the usual salad and breadsticks.  It’s amazing, I haven’t come to an Olive Garden in years and it’s still just how I remembered it.  (Personally, I don’t get how people are so in love with the breadsticks here.  It’s just breadsticks!)  Well, I’m trying to eat healthy, keyword “TRY” and I saw there was a ‘lighter Italian fare’ section.  Now, the question is, will this ‘lighter fare’ food actually taste good for being under 575 calories?  This section has five different entrees such as Venetian Apricot Chicken and Capellini Pomodoro.  I always enjoy seafood and selected the Seafood Brodetto.  The menu description is “scallops, shrimp and delicate tilapia with spinach and mushrooms simmered in a light white wine and marinara-saffron broth. Served with toasted ciabatta bread.  Yes, please!

SeafoodBrodettoWell, I loved this dish.  Great flavor, seafood was perfectly cooked.  Olive Garden, you surprised me, you really did.  The only thing I would have a concern about is the sodium content of this dish, otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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