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AthensTiger
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re: Carrabbas has reduced portion sizes and is cutting other corners

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Glasses smaller (not as tall)


I paid a full 16 oz price for a beer and got a skinny glass that was 12 oz maybe. That was the end for me.
This was in NC.


Martini
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re: Carrabbas has reduced portion sizes and is cutting other corners
Y'all some pissed off people.


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Al Dante
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re: Carrabbas has reduced portion sizes and is cutting other corners
The portions served at most restaurants are enormous and almost impossible to finish by most. I hope this portion downsizing trend continues. It'll cut down the amount of fatties I gotta look at.


Martini
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re: Carrabbas has reduced portion sizes and is cutting other corners
Pasta dishes Carrabaas $14-$18.

Diguilios Bros pasta $14.50-$21.50

Homemade pasta dishes at Ninos $16-$18

Not to mention Ninos $12 three course lunch- soup or salad, one of about 8 pastas and desert.

I'm having the Duck egg pasta for lunch today.


dallastiger55
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Jennings, LA
Member since Jan 2010
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re: Carrabbas has reduced portion sizes and is cutting other corners
certain foods I don't mind paying more for, but Italian and Mexican are two that should never be expensive

the cost to make an average pasta or taco dish is dirt cheap

my bro in law was a GM of a high end Italian joint here in Dallas and told me the other night his average dish cost him $3-4 to make. the average price on the menu was $25. pasta is flour and water, sauce is tomatoes and seasoning.

bread is flour, water, yeast, and seasonings

macaroni grill has done the same thing and I like it better than carrabas.



Sparky36
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re: Carrabbas has reduced portion sizes and is cutting other corners
I ate at Carraba's a couple weeks ago. I didn't seem to notice a change in portion size. The bread was brought to the table without asking as well. I had the pasta with shrimp and scallops--which turned my bowels into liquid about two hours later (should have stuck with Chicken Bryan).

Outback changed portion sizes and their salads (much smaller) several years ago and I stopped going. I would go 4-6 times a year, and I have been once in about 5 or 6 years. My life is a little less bright without a bi-monthly dose of Alice Springs Chicken.

I would much rather pay a dollar or two more for an entree than have its quality compromised to save money.


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Martini
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re: Carrabbas has reduced portion sizes and is cutting other corners
Well one see my comparison above because the two I reference are local small Italian restaurants with much better food for the same price which are reasonable.

And I'd be willing to bet your bro in law is not considering the cost of overhead which would be general liability and workers comp insurance, property insurance ( which is expensive for restaurants due to huge chance of kitchen fires), utilities, linen, volatile food costs, cleaning service, licenses, his salary, service on debt, payroll and payroll taxes, inventory, the liquor the bartender is giving away, the food the employees are stealing, the replacement to the broken dishes daily, professional services ( attorney, financial etc...) and any number of a hundred other expenses.

And THEN try to make a profit.

It is very hard for small restaurants to make a living and most successful ones are owners that are married to their place and work to the bone. Chain restaurants mostly are corporate and have a fiduciary duty to perform appropriately for the stockholders they work for.

It ain't all flour, water, seasonings and tomatos.


dallastiger55
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re: Carrabbas has reduced portion sizes and is cutting other corners
Outback is the worst. Same boat for us. Stopped going about 5 years ago

Last time we went paid $20 for a small steak and about 6 green beans

The mom and pop Italian and mexican places by me do just fine charging less than $10 a plate and making sure you get your money worth


Yak
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Real talk, I have to do that type of meal, Maggiano's >>>> Carrabbas.


I know chain restaurants is blasphemy around here, but I'll tear up some Maggiano's

Actually, of the few LEYE chains I've been to, I've enjoyed


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Martini
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re: Carrabbas has reduced portion sizes and is cutting other corners
Outback is owned by the same group as Carrabas, Flemings and Bonefish Grill.


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Oenophile Brah
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re: Carrabbas has reduced portion sizes and is cutting other corners
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Carrabbas has reduced portion sizes and is cutting other corners

Thanks Obama. Chains are now at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to labor costs due to Obamacare.

I've never been to Carrabba's but it seem to be one of the more respected chains.



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Sevendust912
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re: Carrabbas has reduced portion sizes and is cutting other corners
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Carrabbas has reduced portion sizes and is cutting other corners


That's a damn shame. Scotty Thompson, house salad, chicken bryan or pollo rosa maria FTW


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