Carrabbas Compliment - I love this place....but

Review by chauncy05 on 2010-10-13
...the but, is that there isn't one close by to my home! I absolutely love this restaurant, yet they tell me they aren't interested in the market here. I can't understand why. There are tons of restaurants in my town, a lot of bucks going around and in a pretty affluent area.
Comments:14 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-10-14
Posted by Starlord on 2010-10-13:
"There are tons of restaurants in my town." Hmmmmm, did you see what you typed? They probably feel the restaurant market is saturated. A good entrepreneur analyzes the market area, and will often pass up a market if there are too many similar businesses in that area.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-13:
I have been to Carrabbas a few times, they have good food. My fave dish is the Chicken Bryan.
Posted by Manuel on 2010-10-13:
Yeah, Carrabbas is good! Ditto on the Chicken Bryan!
Posted by T on 2010-10-13:
I became a regular at my local Carrabbas. At first I was very impressed. Then I found the service was spotty, and the bread I came to love was served hard/stale a few times. I ended up pitching them over the side. I did have a few good meals there, but the chances of having a great time were too low, about 60%.
Posted by momsey on 2010-10-14:
If there are a ton of restaurants in the area, then it's probably not an attractive place to open a new one.

I'm hungry.
Posted by Skye on 2010-10-14:
I think we have one Carrabbas in my area. Never been there, but sounds like it's definitely worth checking out.

I'm also hungry now momsey, lets go do lunch at Carrabbas!
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-14:
Sky, if u go there try the chicken Bryan its delish I recommend it.
Posted by Skye on 2010-10-14:
Thanks Wally! I appreciate the recommendation. In fact, I think I'd like to try it tonight :)
OK, just checked, we have two locations. That chicken Bryan sounds delicious!

Chicken Bryan
Topped with goat cheese, sundried
tomatoes and a basil lemon butter sauce
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-14:
It really is, it's their signature dish.
Posted by Skye on 2010-10-14:
Now I'm really starving Wally :)
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-14:
They also give you this complimentary bread to dip in this oil with herbs in it really tasty.
Posted by Skye on 2010-10-14:
Wally your killing me, but in a good way. Looking forward to trying Carrabbas for sure!
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-14:
So you taking me there on our date wally?
Posted by T on 2010-10-14:
The complimentary bread with herbed oil was one of the things that first drew me in. However, on two of ten visits at 9pm (they close at 10pm) it was almost stale. I inquired, and the manager was impassionate. He said they precut it after 8pm. Another problem was servers often had side work after 8pm. In the kitchen, wrapping silverware for 10 minutes, is not where I want my server when my iced tea glass is empty or my bread is stale. On other occasions, my server was across the restaurant straightening tables for an extended period of time.

I found they just were not consistent enough for me, for the price charged. I did have several tasty meals. They had some great entrees and a few tasty salads. When the bread was right, it was awesome. If you are open until 10pm, service at 8-9pm shouldn't suffer from cleanup duties IMO. The manager agreed, again impassionately. Kind of like "this is how we do things."

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