Critic whose Olive Garden review went viral remembers how Anthony Bourdain spoke up for her

Hagerty, a food columnist for the local Grand Forks Herald, dubbed it “the largest and most beautiful restaurant now operating in Grand Forks.”

“The chicken Alfredo ($10.95) was warm and comforting on a cold day. The portion was generous. My server was ready with Parmesan cheese,” she wrote.

It was an instant viral sensation, with tons of people cracking sarcastic jokes about the octogenarian’s earnest review. It even got a write-up on Gawker.

Despite the roasting, the review found her at least one big fan: Anthony Bourdain.

Bourdain defended Hagerty, celebrating her “triumph over the snarkologists” when the review went viral.