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

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' 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." How Much Money Will I Need to Retire? Want to learn about retirement planning from some of the nation's top experts? Join TheStreet's Robert "Mr. Retirement" Powell live in New York on April 6 for our Retirement Strategies Symposium. For a limited time, tickets are available for $99 for this full-day event. Check out the agenda, learn about the speakers and sign up here. Related. Jim Cramer: What Darden Restaurants' Tasty Comp Growth Really Means Watch Jim Cramer's Daily NYSE Show and Replays Below

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