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Great Resturant-Olive Garden
      #307355 - 05/15/07 04:41 PM
mdurante

Reged: 11/03/05
Posts: 8
Loc: Alexandria, VA

Does anyone find Olive Garden the best restaurant for IBS? I find it extremely safe for me becuase they have whole wheat pasta as a replacement for their white pasta. Their chicken Giardino has 7 grams of fiber! This is a great dish for me, if i request whole wheat pasta to replace the regular pasta. When I am Conspiated, I find this to be a safe dish for me. Also, I tolerate their Chicken Scampi with Whole wheat pasta. Their chocolate mints after the meal helps my digestion as well.

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Re: Great Resturant-Olive Garden new
      #307356 - 05/15/07 04:58 PM
EmilyM

Reged: 05/13/07
Posts: 53
Loc: Chicago, IL

Mmmmm....breadsticks

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Hold on there new
      #307358 - 05/15/07 05:01 PM
hohoyumyum

Reged: 05/28/03
Posts: 2263
Loc: SacTown, CA

While I am happy about your ability to safely eat at Olive Garden, I have to point out the dangers.

There is a LOT of dairy in their dishes. Butter, milk, cheese and, I would suspect, high fat.

Olive Garden is my favorite restaurant but it triggers an attack every time. I haven't been able to eat there in years.

I hope next time you go you'll have some of that scampi dish for me.

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Re: Hold on there new
      #307361 - 05/15/07 05:04 PM
EmilyM

Reged: 05/13/07
Posts: 53
Loc: Chicago, IL

I agree - even thinking about any of the creamy sauces makes my tummy hurt! This reminds me - I was going to ask about marinara sauce. I know tomatoes have a lot of acid but I don't think that usually bothers me. Pasta with tomato sauce is a pretty easy dinner for me, but I don't remember seeing it on any of the lists.

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Re: Hold on there new
      #307365 - 05/15/07 05:09 PM
mdurante

Reged: 11/03/05
Posts: 8
Loc: Alexandria, VA

Yes, I'm aware of the dairy, cheese, etc. That's why I'm so glad they have a safe option of Chicken Giardino. It has a lemon-herb sauce. Which is a lot safer than alfredo sauce or any of those buttery sauces they offer. So, if you wanted to take your family out for dinner, this would be the restaurant you could try since it has the safe option. Be sure to request wheat pasta for extra fiber. Most italian resturants have so many dangerous choices, so I thought that Olive Garden was really good to offer subsitutions, gluten-free choices, high fiber choices, and all of that stuff.

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Re: Hold on there new
      #307366 - 05/15/07 05:10 PM
EmilyM

Reged: 05/13/07
Posts: 53
Loc: Chicago, IL

I don't know if anyone has a Fazoli's near them (I used to in Kentucky but they don't have them in Chicago) - but they started offering whole wheat pasta too.

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Re: Hold on there new
      #307367 - 05/15/07 05:12 PM
mdurante

Reged: 11/03/05
Posts: 8
Loc: Alexandria, VA

Hey- about tomato sauce. I notice that if i choose really good quality tomato sauce that are made with whole peeled tomatoes. I tolerate it pretty well. The homemade tomato sauce is the best because you can buy the can of already peeled tomatoes to avoid any gassy stuff from their skin. Heather's diet usually recommends puree all veggies, so tomato sauce is in a sense purreed.just be careful with the skin. Even. at the rare ocassions when I'm backed up, I find very small amounts of tomato soup makes me go to the BM. I don't know why, but maybe it's the heat that promotes pertayalisis (sp).

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Re: Great Resturant-Olive Garden new
      #307373 - 05/15/07 05:53 PM
meimei

Reged: 12/02/06
Posts: 173
Loc: Chicago

Ouch!! That's all I can think of when anyone mentions Olive Garden! The breadsticks are loaded with butter, most of the sauces are fatty and full of dairy, the salad kills me, and I can NOT eat anything with whole wheat pasta. You are very lucky you can enjoy their food! I skip right past Olive Garden and opt for Panera!

Hey...eat a breadstick for me! Enjoy.

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Re: Great Resturant-Olive Garden new
      #307377 - 05/15/07 07:08 PM
lalala

Reged: 02/14/05
Posts: 2634


The last time I went there, I told the waitress I had a dairy allergy (easier to explain than saying Irritable Bowel Syndrome - lol) and I was able to get a meatless, pizza without any cheese on it. They were pretty accomodating and answered my questions about the soups.

Usually, whole wheat is difficult for IBSers (A, C, and D) to digest because it's higher in IF. So it's not recommended if you're following the IBS Diet and/or trying to get stable. (Just a reminder for any newbies reading this.)

Edited by Maria!Maria! (05/15/07 07:10 PM)

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Re: Great Resturant-Olive Garden new
      #307378 - 05/15/07 07:09 PM
melinda413

Reged: 05/09/07
Posts: 71
Loc: Findlay, OH

I have to say I am way jealous of you going to Olive Garden! It used to be my fave restaurant and then on 3 separate times with 3 separate dishes (even different sauces) I had severe attacks and will not attempt to go back in fear of the pain. I'm so jealous.

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Re:Olive Garden- Ask for plain breadsticks I do. new
      #307470 - 05/17/07 07:37 AM
emmasmom

Reged: 09/22/06
Posts: 1710
Loc: ILL

Hi Me and my mom ate at the Olive garden about a month ago. They waitess was so nice I ask for breadsticks without butter and I can't have tomatoe sauce so I just got noodles with some grilled chicken,carrots,squash and mushrooms and it was pretty good! made me a little gassey but I think if I would of took the beano I would of been fine. Not saying I would rather of had what my mom was having instead. It look so good but I can't touch tom sauce with a ten foot pool.
Emmasmom
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Re:Olive Garden- Ask for plain breadsticks I do. new
      #307638 - 05/20/07 08:57 AM
GaiasSong

Reged: 07/12/06
Posts: 267
Loc: SC (IBS-D/P) - STABLE! Spring 2007

I don't know if it's still on their menu, but they used to serve a primavera-type pasta that had the pasta, some veggies and chicken broth. (It wasn't soup, though.) I have to stay away from everything else there.... oh well.

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Re: Great Resturant-Olive Garden new
      #307648 - 05/20/07 01:35 PM
creekgirl

Reged: 07/04/06
Posts: 15


I'm confused...I thought whole wheat was a no-no for IBS people. I guess everyone is different when it comes to what we can tolerate. I love Olive Garden but really afraid to try it again. If I do, maybe I could get the bread stix without butter, some kind of grilled chicken and non-cream type soup. On second thought, why bother unless my husband wants to eat there. It's hard to resist their lasagna!

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Re: BLECH! new
      #307650 - 05/20/07 01:47 PM
jason61

Reged: 04/12/07
Posts: 190


i cant stand OG- always get sick after i eat there- even the site of one makes me gag

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Re: Great Resturant-Olive Garden new
      #307652 - 05/20/07 02:00 PM
Gracie

Reged: 11/25/05
Posts: 1967


Whole wheat is not necesarily a no no, it just needs to be eaten carefully with a sf base.


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Re: Go to a regular italian restaurant new
      #307688 - 05/21/07 05:46 AM
jenny833

Reged: 11/05/05
Posts: 273


olive garden uses a lot of processed junk in their food- which is why so many people are addicted to it- i personally enjoy homestyle italian rastaurants where they can control what goes into the dishes

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