Marilyn Hagerty, food critic turned phenomenon. (Grand Forks Herald/AP)
Two weeks ago, Marilyn Hagerty was a restaurant critic for the Grand Forks Herald. Now she's an international sensation. The 85-year-old grandmother's sincere review of the new Olive Garden in her area, hit a nerve on the internet. Nobody outside of an Olive Garden commercial had ever described the decor as "Tuscan farmhouse style" or the portions as "warm" and "generous." But it was Marilyn's summation of the eatery as "the largest and most beautiful restaurant now operating in Grand Forks," that had readers sharing the review like it was going out of style.
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While food snobs scoffed at her fine dining approach to the pasta franchise, others defended Marilyn, calling her critics "ageist." One thing was clear: Marilyn wrote one of the first restaurant reviews everyone in the country wanted to read. Not only did it highlight the different relationships Americans have to chain