In the modern age of viral content, TikTokers are continuously pushing the envelope to entertain their followers. One such creator, Elliot (@callmebelly), a food adventurer, recently took his followers on a whirlwind journey through the “most chaotic Olive Garden experience.”
The TikTok, which has received more than 360,000 views, began with Elliot and his friends devising a strategy to maximize their meal’s bang-for-your-buck factor. One of them would order the “never ending pasta,” while the others would choose different dishes, ensuring a variety of flavors at the table. However, as the video progresses, it’s clear that the group’s plan is more chaotic than organized. From mix-ups with soup orders to playful banter about the “never-ending” options, the dining experience is out of the norm, and yet, chaotically fun.
One user, @blackkattsg, wrote, “Dang I want to go out for dinner with you guys.”
While many viewers found the video entertaining and relatable, especially given the rising costs of dining out, others criticized Elliot and his friends for their antics.
User Joel (@tiktokfanforreal) commented, “What a bunch of annoying clowns. And don’t even with that shirt in a restaurant,” commenting on Elliot’s cut-off tank top showing some skin.
While another hinted at Elliot’s perceived waning popularity, stating.
“It’s funny he thinks he is still relevant,” user @tylerwood60 said, seemingly insinuating Elliot’s previous viral fame has fizzled out.
However, amid the critiques, many users came to the defense of Olive Garden, chain often dismissed by food enthusiasts as inauthentic Italian cuisine. “It’s criminal how delicious their food is and its unlimited,” user @roastbeefslaps praised.
@callmebelly olive garden is my favorite place on earth #olivegarden ♬ original sound – elliott
The Daily Dot has reached out to Olive Garden via email and Elliott via Instagram direct message for further comment.
Elliot’s video is the latest in a growing trend of TikTok content that showcases savvy dining hacks. As inflation continues to impact the economy, with restaurant prices being a significant contributor, many Americans are exploring creative ways to enjoy a meal out without breaking the bank. However, it has been reported this year that despite inflation, dining out is back to pre-pandemic levels.
While Elliot and Co’s Olive Garden adventure might have been chaotic, it highlights a broader conversation about value and the lengths people will go to enjoy a meal out in today’s economic climate. Whether you’re team Olive Garden or not, one thing is clear: the debate over dining out, value, and etiquette will continue.