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Why Jim Cramer's Paying Attention to Olive Garden's Chicken Alfredo

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Jim Cramer thinks that the "the U.S. economy is as good as Olive Garden's Chicken Alfredo."

Here's what Cramer wrote in his morning column:

So I was genuinely surprised, when reading the conference call of Darden Restaurants' (DRI) - Get Darden Restaurants, Inc. Report stellar quarter, that a Chicken Alfredo dish with 50% more chicken -- not a tax cut -- helped boost same-store sales growth to a 4.3% level. That is not bad for the owner of Olive Garden and an assorted mix of other restaurants.

Cramer explained that he uses Olive Garden as a "measure for enthusiasm."

Cramer said that Darden CEO, Eugene Lee's, execution has been "excellent" and he thinks that Lee's "a great tale of consumer enthusiasm."

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