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12 Jun

UntitledThe Two for $25 Special is back at Spaghetti Warehouse and be warned – you will not leave that place hungry.

For your $25 you get

1 appetizer to share –  we got the pepperoni flatbread and it was very-very good.

2 salads or bowls of soup

and 2 of their “classic” entrees

You can check out the full deal and menu items here – www.meatballs.com  (genius website domain by the way)

I have been to other restaurants that have these type of “package” deals and there always seems to be a very clear weak link in their offer.   But looking at all the menu options here though, you will notice they are offering you their best items for each course.   No short cuts or “mini” versions to pad the offer.    They are all solid choices.   As I stated before, both of us were pretty surprised at just how much we liked the little flatbread appetizer.  Great crust and plenty of sauce,cheese, and pepperoni to satisfy.

To be honest after this and the salad we were both pretty much full but then the lasagna and chicken parm arrive.  They were both just as great as always…they might be a tad smaller than a full portion if you ordered it alone but it was more than enough food to go around.

Totally worth the price.   In fact it felt like I had gotten away with something.  All this for two people for twenty-five bucks?  Hell of a deal!


18 Feb

UntitledOne of the best local meal deals around DFW is/was at the Spaghetti Warehouse on Wednesdays.   You could walk in and enjoy spaghetti, a salad, and some fantastic table bread for FIVE BUCKS.

Yeah.  Five bucks.  That is cheaper than most, if not all, combo meals at your favorite fast food joint.  Again I say…FIVE BUCKS.

BUT…and there is always a “but” isn’t there?   Spaghetti Warehouse has decided to raise the price to $5.95.  Basically a dollar more for the same deal.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great deal at SIX, but I just don’t love it like I did when it was FIVE.   I don’t know why.   I do know that I am not alone as the location I went to was PACKED (as it usually is on Wednesday…where everyone orders the spago) and I have been told by a couple of servers that they are nervous that this is gonna backfire.   That in today’s economy people might reject that drastic an increase on everyone’s favorite special.

What do you think?  Do you care ?  Is the 95 cents no big deal?


4 Jul

Ah….Spaghetti Warehouse.   Home of that fantastic Sourdough bread and garlic butter.   Lord knows I have unsuccesfully petitioned to have garlic bread made into its own food group.

But I digress…

My last visit I was surrounded by legions of leggy, sexy, volleyball players.  Evidently there was some sort of tournament in town and this barrage of beauties were there to carb-up!     So the “eye candy” was kickin’!   Not to mention they were SO LOUD I could hear their conversations – which were HYSTERICAL.

In the mood for something different from my normal SW order, I had your basic meatball sammich.   It came with a mountain of french fries which were kinda bland.   I kept thinking if these were jazzed-up-italian-parm-fries it would have been a better compliment to the sammich.

The sammich itself was rather disappointing.   Three small meatballs, some sauce, cheese, all on a bun that was so stale/hard I had to use my knife to saw through it into smaller bite-sized pieces.   I was surprised because I have had the meatballs with spaghetti before and they have always been so juicy and tender.  These were just dry and lifeless.  Not to mention small.  Judging by the size of the bun, there was room for at least two more dry-balls on there.

It’s not something I would order again.  I will go back to my normal faves.

The Tide Has Turned!!!

5 Sep

Around the DFW area, there is no shortage of places to get Italian food.   But when you think in terms of visibility and marketing it seems we have just two:   Olive Garden and Spaghetti Warehouse.

Both are usually packed during the weekends so I guess they do well.    Most people I know consider them great places.

The thing I hear most often is “I love O.G.’s breadsticks and salad”.

Olive Garden has always struck me as trying to be a classy place.  It’s not, but it tries, so I give them credit for that.   Back in the day their breadsticks DID indeed kick ass.  But today they don’t taste fresh.  They have a slight freezer burn taste to them more often than not.  The salad is still good though.  I will say that.  But most of their entrees just don’t drive me wild.   It’s rather bland.   Not bad.  Just generic.

Spaghetti Warehouse has always had the reputation of being the more casual, hang out kinda joint.   It’s decorated with crazy signs and junk and it’s just laid back.   I have always found their table bread and garlic butter to be MAGNIFICENT.   The rest of the menu I could take or leave.   It seemed just as generic as Olive Garden.  Only cheaper.

So the group think was (in my circles) was that OG was the nicer and better place.   I hadn’t been to either in several months.   I tend to make my own italian food at home now, but in a funny twist of fate, I ended up eating at OG and SW in the same weekend.   So they were both fresh on my mind:

OLIVE GARDEN – Still has some good salad.   The breadsticks are just as I remember them.  Not as good.  Their calamari appetizer was SURPRISINGLY good.  Tender and with a light crunch.  The decor in this new location is romantically lit and everything looks very nice and pretty.  I notice the prices seem higher than I remember.   Food is just generic and disappointing.

SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE – Was still the crazy decorated place with the laid back atmosphere.   What I discovered in terms of food was noticeable.   The table bread/garlic butter was perfect as always.  I did notice a difference in the salad.  It seemed bigger, fresher, and with a zestier dressing.   The spaghetti, meatballs, chicken parm, and other things we were all eating tasted better in terms of quality.    Nice portions and rich sauces.

After years of Olive Garden holding the crown (such as it is) I think Spaghetti Warehouse has really stepped up its game and improved the ingredients they use for their recipes.   It’s no longer generic.  It’s rich and hearty southern italian food.

Spaghetti Warehouse leaps off the top rope and lands the 1-2-3, and takes the championship belt from Olive Garden!