Sunday, January 6, 2008

Macaroni Grill

Restaurant: Macaroni Grill

Type: Italian

Address/phone/web address:

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1155 Lake Woodlands Dr.The Woodlands, TX 77380281-367-3773

Price range: Mid-range; prices are in line with quality

Local establishment or chain: Chain owned by Brinker International based in Dallas

Exterior Cleanliness: 9

Interior Cleanliness: 9

Hostess: 8
Waitstaff: 9

Food rating: 7

Overall rating: 8.4

You should order: Vodka Rustica; Pollo Magro “skinny chicken”

You should stay away from: the bathroom

Well, it was time to use another gift card we won at the Hydrate Hope fundraiser in November. We had a gift card from Chili’s (not my favorite), but the card could be used at any of the “sister” restaurants, with Macaroni Grill being one of them. We decided to go there after signing our lease for our Learning Rx franchise.

First of all, don’t go to the bathroom in this place unless it’s an emergency. They play some stupid “How to Speak Italian” tape so loudly you want to cry. I couldn’t get out of there quick enough. It’s horrible. However, that’s pretty much the only thing I don’t like about Macaroni Grill. Well, the bread ain’t so great either.

I started off with a Caesar Salad. The lettuce was fresh and crisp. It satisfied my craving for a good Caesar Salad. Now the bread is another story. There is some spice in there that I don’t care for. The olive oil for dipping needs some garlic in it. It’s kinda plain. I prefer the bread and dipping sauce at Italian Grille in Conroe (I’ll review that one soon).

I have enjoyed all the entrees I’ve ordered there. The Pollo Magro is very good if you are looking for something on the “light” side. The balsamic glaze is tangy and has lots of flavor. This time I threw caution to the wind ordered the Vodka Rustica—something I’ve never had before. I love the Gnocchi with Vodka Sauce at Maggiano’s (also owned by Brinker), so I figured the vodka cream sauce here would be pretty good. And it was. I also had whole wheat pasta instead of the regular stuff. Hey—I was trying to be a little more healthy. The portions were very large, so I had enough for lunch the next day.

Since I was going to write a review for this place, I decided to order some dessert. Isn’t that a great excuse for eating sweets? It’s for the people, man! I ordered the Dessert Ravioli. It was like a melted Snickers bar stuffed into ravioli and fried. Pretty good, but I’m not sure if I’d order it again. I think I’d rather have the Snickers.

So basically, when you go to Macaroni Grill, skip the bathroom, bread, and dessert and stick to the salad and entrees.

1 comment:

  1. No bread?? No dessert?? Really? I am SO with you on the "learn Italian" tape, though...