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Viral Restaurant Critic Makes a Stop in Bismarck

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Her review on the Olive Garden in Grand Forks went viral about a year ago, and after a year of media appearances and countless other restaurant reviews Marilyn Hagerty has written a book.

Hagerty goes where no foodie or food journalist ever has...to chain restaurants. Her review of the Olive Garden put her on the map, and now her other articles have been compiled into a book, titled "Grand Forks a History of American Dining in 128 reviews".

"It's sort of like you wake up in the middle of the night like you're having a crazy dream, but it just doesn't end," says Hagerty.

For Hagerty the past year has been a whirl wind, after her review went viral, a term that she never heard.

"I was thinking if I had a cold or something I might go viral but when people told me I went viral I thought so what I have to go to the bridge club I don't have time to fiddle with stuff like this," says Hagerty

Her review received 3 million hits and caught the eye of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.

"He thought my review was ridiculous and then he said he thought it over and said well this is a part of American dining that has not been covered," says Hagerty. "It's something in the story that hasn't been told and that he would like to put together a book of my writings."

Marilyn says her book explores a side of American dining that has never really seen too much attention.

"I don't think you'll find many food journalists who go to truck stops and McDonald's and taco bell, those places," says Hagerty. I go there, and the reason I do it is I want my readers to know what it's like how much it costs."

Aside from writing about the restaurants' ambiance, Marilyn tells her readers about the prices, the service she experiences and the overall cleanliness of the restaurant.

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