Eating at a local restaurant while on vacation is often seen as a way to get a feel for the surroundings. The idea is that eating at chain restaurants that you can find back home is pointless and gives you a homogenized idea of what the food culture is truly like in that specific area.
In the case of a Reddit post that went up on July 16, that philosophy was put to the test when people were asked why they ate at an Olive Garden restaurant that’s located in Times Square. The ubiquitous nature of the restaurant guarantees that virtually anyone living in the United States can likely find one where they live.
The irony of the situation is that the Times Square restaurant is never short of customers. Given its location, the likelihood of paying more money that they ordinarily would seems obvious, yet the massive size of the restaurant and the crowds that continually populate them still has people waiting to be seated.
The viral nature of the post has led to more than 11,000 comments in just two days, with those posters offering a variety of reasons for making such a choice. Some were simply hungry, some liked the fact that the restaurant offers free refills. One indicated that it was one of the few options available in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Meanwhile, the economics of Olive Garden’s pricing led one school trip chaperone to note that their tight budget didn’t allow for any other considerations.
Yet some offered humorous takes on their decision, with one mention of the restaurant’s breadsticks turning into a side discussion. Another noted that a friend of his chooses Olive Garden when he’s in the pro