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(Google)   Red Lobster rebooting menu to include less seafood, more cheap chicken and pork dishes to satisfy "that guy" (or gal) who vetoes Red Lobster for group meal because he doesn't like seafood   (google.com) divider line 402
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2012-10-02 09:05:09 PM

halB: I only eat sea food if I'm within 20 miles of an active port. And if I'm there, I sure as hell ain't eating at Red Lobster. When you've spent your whole life by the ocean, frozen just won't cut it.


This is why I always laugh at people eating "gourmet" food in Vegas. You're in the middle of a farking desert, the only fresh food around is cactus and creepy desert animals.
 
2012-10-02 09:05:14 PM
I've noticed people who have such sweeping distastes for foods get them from their mommy and daddy, who got them from their mommy and daddy, etc.. Buck up son and try something new. That little scrunchy face you make when you see some "ethnic food" or medium rare steak is really annoying.
 
2012-10-02 09:06:59 PM
Allergies are God's way of attempting to correct some of his mistakes...
 
2012-10-02 09:07:03 PM
I veto seafood because I begin to puke all over the place within seconds of ingesting it, regardless of how good it is. Sucks too, I actually like the taste. Guess it's a mild allergy, but to all seafood though?
 
2012-10-02 09:07:38 PM

RexTalionis: Dude, their cheesy biscuits are amazing.


Agreed. Even if I didn't like seafood, I'd just order like 35lbs of cheese biscuits.


unyon: RexTalionis: Okay, let me rephrase. I am largely indifferent to the taste of cheese. As far as tastes go, it's not that interesting.

I'm not even sure what that means. 'Cheese' isn't a flavour, anymore than 'meat' is a flavour. Trust me, I could feed you something like gorgonzola, which you still might hate, but you certainly wouldn't describe it as uninteresting.


Yeah, this. I hate blue cheeses with a burning vengeance, but I could shovel edam, or manchego, or havarti down my gullet until I inflated like a blimp and cheese leaked out of my ears.
 
2012-10-02 09:08:56 PM

vactech: I've noticed people who have such sweeping distastes for foods get them from their mommy and daddy, who got them from their mommy and daddy, etc.. Buck up son and try something new. That little scrunchy face you make when you see some "ethnic food" or medium rare steak is really annoying.


Are you saying Red Lobster is great for people to escape their comfort zone? Or did I get trolled by medium rare steak.
 
2012-10-02 09:09:22 PM
You naysayers can scoff all you want, but I hear the chicken scampi is to die for.
 
2012-10-02 09:10:39 PM
Red Lobster is stupid expensive for the garbage they serve.
 
2012-10-02 09:11:06 PM

RexTalionis: Okay, let me rephrase. I am largely indifferent to the taste of cheese. As far as tastes go, it's not that interesting.


Everything about this post is absurd.
 
2012-10-02 09:11:08 PM

GAT_00: You go to Red Lobster only once per year, and that's for Endless Shrimp. Glorious gluttony.


www.fohguild.org
 
2012-10-02 09:11:09 PM
Red Lobster? I'll have lasagna.
 
2012-10-02 09:11:34 PM
Screw all you haters, I loves me some Red Lobster... and if any of you jackholes can find some other readily available place where I can get a steaming platter of crab legs without being gouged on the price, I'd love to know about it (and no, Joe's Crab Shack does not count, their prices are worse than RL and their atmosphere is farking annoying)
 
2012-10-02 09:11:47 PM
I don't go to red lobster because I don't want to hear a rude large black woman be rude to the waitstaff.
/racisty but true
 
2012-10-02 09:12:17 PM
I only eat crab legs at Red Lobster, since they're all frozen right after they're caught, anyway. They may not be the best crab legs, but they're the most consistent you can get for the least amount of money. My local Hooters used to sell crab legs for $12/pound, and they were absolute shiat. Small, overcooked, and they smelled vaguely like the ugly waitress.
 
2012-10-02 09:13:02 PM

kxs401: I veto Red Lobster because I do like sea food.


I know - they kill any chance of seafood tasting good. When I want a good mix there's a Japanese restaurant not too far away that does a great seafood medley. Clams, shrimp, squid, to name three.

Just go there. For lobster it's easy to cook at home if you have a large pot. I picked up a 16qt. stainless steel pot for cheap a few years back and that has served me well.
 
2012-10-02 09:13:17 PM

Tellingthem: In terms of weird allergies or whatever this would be called. Neither me nor my sister can take a regular multivitamin. They will destroy our stomachs. She found a childrens gummi version that she can tolerate. I stick to cigarettes and whiskey to keep me strong...


Breakfast of Champions, amirite?
 
2012-10-02 09:14:09 PM
Didn't mind it when I was a teenager. Went in my mid-20's - any sauce that had butter in it was separated (i.e. fettucine alfredo had saucy bits with a pool of butter sitting on top). Went again a couple years later. Same problem.

In my mid-30's now. Sister-in-law went for her anniversary a few months ago - same problem.

If you're going to hire "cooks" or "chefs" or whatever, they should have enough sense to look at that and know it's ok to not send it out.

//live in the centre of the continent, but I love seafood :(
//decent seafood is more accessible now through other means, though :)
 
2012-10-02 09:14:35 PM

RexTalionis: Ambivalence: How can someone NOT like seafood. That's like saying you don't like cheese. Even the lactose intolerant love cheese.

I don't like cheese. I'm also lactose intolerant.


You should try being a little more tolerant of people and things and food, you'll become a happier person and people will like you more.
 
2012-10-02 09:15:14 PM
I knew a guy that cooked there, it was a joke. 95% of all the food went on some conveyor belt impingement oven. Basically, it was burger king, but you're paying 10x the amount.
 
2012-10-02 09:16:09 PM

halB: I only eat sea food if I'm within 20 miles of an active port. And if I'm there, I sure as hell ain't eating at Red Lobster. When you've spent your whole life by the ocean, frozen just won't cut it.


Actually a lot of fish is frozen on the boat, as they don't come back to port every day to sell their catch. So much of what you see laying out on ice at fish markets has actually been defrosted already.
 
2012-10-02 09:17:09 PM

Fuggin Bizzy: When asked about the risks involved making such a dramatic change to the menu, Clarence Otis, CEO at Darden, which also owns Olive Garden, says: "the biggest risk would be to not change."

That's deep, Clarence. You know what the purpose of life is? A life of purpose.


Clarence is to philosophy as Red Lobster is to seafood.
 
2012-10-02 09:17:22 PM
You're only mocking Red Lobster because you take it for granted.

There's no Red Lobster in my province. I'd kill a disadvantaged minority child just for the opportunity to eat at Red Lobster.
 
2012-10-02 09:19:03 PM
Not a big fan of seafood (shrimp, lobster, calamari) but I will eat scallops and fish. I got sick after eating shrimp in high school and still can't stand the smell of it 40 years later.
 
2012-10-02 09:19:05 PM
Going to Red Lobster for seafood is like going to McDonalds for Kobe Beef.
 
2012-10-02 09:19:14 PM
My brother, the lovable freak, insists on celebrating his birthday at Red Lobster every year.
 
The last time I joined him I had a girl-drink fruityblended headache that lasted for weeks.  It was like drinking gallons of ice cream seperated into seperate glasses, with a splash of rum interspersed amongst them.
 
That is my Red Lobster story, I hope you enjoyed it.
 
2012-10-02 09:19:14 PM

LeroyBourne: I knew a guy that cooked there, it was a joke. 95% of all the food went on some conveyor belt impingement oven. Basically, it was burger king, but you're paying 10x the amount.


Yeah right.

Next you're going to tell me that Olive Garden chefs aren't professionally trained in the foothills of Tuscany.
 
2012-10-02 09:19:19 PM

2words1finger: Screw all you haters, I loves me some Red Lobster... and if any of you jackholes can find some other readily available place where I can get a steaming platter of crab legs without being gouged on the price, I'd love to know about it (and no, Joe's Crab Shack does not count, their prices are worse than RL and their atmosphere is farking annoying)


The grocery store you j/o. It is pretty farking easy to steam crab legs and melt butter, shiat you could do both in the microwave which is probably how they do it at RL.
 
2012-10-02 09:20:12 PM
Count me in as a Red Lobster hater. I'll admit, I haven't been in over 10 years, but that's because the last few times I was dragged there with friends were marred with some of the most disgusting seafood I'd ever eaten in my life at prices that would buy fairly high quality meals at other restaurants and with some of the worst service I've ever experienced at any establishment.

Eventually, when you take a dump on your customers, they stop being your customers.
 
2012-10-02 09:20:15 PM

brap: My brother, the lovable freak, insists on celebrating his birthday at Red Lobster every year.
 
The last time I joined him I had a girl-drink fruityblended headache that lasted for weeks.  It was like drinking gallons of ice cream seperated into seperate glasses, with a splash of rum interspersed amongst them.
 
That is my Red Lobster story, I hope you enjoyed it.


www.seriouseats.com
 
2012-10-02 09:20:40 PM

Gawdzila: but I could shovel edam, or manchego, or havarti down my gullet until I inflated like a blimp and cheese leaked out of my ears.


This this thisity this.
 
2012-10-02 09:21:16 PM

Farnn: halB: I only eat sea food if I'm within 20 miles of an active port. And if I'm there, I sure as hell ain't eating at Red Lobster. When you've spent your whole life by the ocean, frozen just won't cut it.

Actually a lot of fish is frozen on the boat, as they don't come back to port every day to sell their catch. So much of what you see laying out on ice at fish markets has actually been defrosted already.


It is also required for some fish to kill the wormlike parasites which inhabit the flesh.

Maguro, for example, is always frozen at least once.
 
2012-10-02 09:21:17 PM
Red lobster fish sandwich and french fries...$7.99
Burger King fish sandwich and french fries...$5.49
 
2012-10-02 09:21:50 PM

CaptSS: Osomatic: Ambivalence: How can someone NOT like seafood. That's like saying you don't like cheese. Even the lactose intolerant love cheese.

I can't handle even the slightest whiff of fishy-tasting. Tuna in a can I can usually do. And I once had some monkfish that was quite delicious. But for the most part, blechhhhhh. I hate even just being inside seafood restaurants because of the smell.

You are my evil twin. I can handle canned tuna, but anything else is just nasty. And yes, I have tried different types of seafood. Even tried cooking salmon at home..... never again.


Triplets. I'm exactly like this too. Yes on canned Tuna, no on even the SMELL of pretty much every other seafood product cooking. And it's not something learned from mommy or daddy. They LOVE seafood. I can't stand it.
 
2012-10-02 09:22:51 PM

MrEricSir: halB: I only eat sea food if I'm within 20 miles of an active port. And if I'm there, I sure as hell ain't eating at Red Lobster. When you've spent your whole life by the ocean, frozen just won't cut it.

This is why I always laugh at people eating "gourmet" food in Vegas. You're in the middle of a farking desert, the only fresh food around is cactus and creepy desert animals.


You obviously know nothing about the restaurant business.
 
2012-10-02 09:22:54 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Farnn: halB: I only eat sea food if I'm within 20 miles of an active port. And if I'm there, I sure as hell ain't eating at Red Lobster. When you've spent your whole life by the ocean, frozen just won't cut it.

Actually a lot of fish is frozen on the boat, as they don't come back to port every day to sell their catch. So much of what you see laying out on ice at fish markets has actually been defrosted already.

It is also required for some fish to kill the wormlike parasites which inhabit the flesh.

Maguro, for example, is always frozen at least once.


Whoops. When I say 'wormlike', I really mean 'worm'.

Enjoy your sushi!
 
2012-10-02 09:23:29 PM

WhippingBoy: Allergies are God's way of attempting to correct some of his mistakes...


Well, he's doing a damned poor job of it then. I've made it to 60 with a few stumbles along the way.
 
2012-10-02 09:24:25 PM

Farnn: halB: I only eat sea food if I'm within 20 miles of an active port. And if I'm there, I sure as hell ain't eating at Red Lobster. When you've spent your whole life by the ocean, frozen just won't cut it.
Actually a lot of fish is frozen on the boat, as they don't come back to port every day to sell their catch. So much of what you see laying out on ice at fish markets has actually been defrosted already.


This is true. But it is also true that being close to the water is a whole other culture. It comes through in the cooking. The best scallops I've ever had was only bar food, but it was in a port city. They know how to cook seafood.
 
2012-10-02 09:25:05 PM

Roook: Ambivalence: How can someone NOT like seafood. That's like saying you don't like cheese. Even the lactose intolerant love cheese.

easy

RexTalionis: Ambivalence: How can someone NOT like seafood. That's like saying you don't like cheese. Even the lactose intolerant love cheese.

I don't like cheese. I'm also lactose intolerant.

How can you not like cheese?!


www.midwestrocklobster.com
 
2012-10-02 09:25:05 PM
I've got 5 quality sushi places within walking distance from me, and I live 1000km from the nearest ocean. Is it fresh-from-the-dock amazing? Of course not.

But Red Lobster? I'll pass.

/thank god for Japanese immigration
 
2012-10-02 09:25:30 PM

Bathia_Mapes: WhippingBoy: Allergies are God's way of attempting to correct some of his mistakes...

Well, he's doing a damned poor job of it then. I've made it to 60 with a few stumbles along the way.


I wonder what it means when a food allergy fades then.
 
2012-10-02 09:25:55 PM
Yah, if I'm with a group of people and they insist on going to Red Lobster they can go without me.
 
2012-10-02 09:27:04 PM

lousyskater: I veto seafood because I begin to puke all over the place within seconds of ingesting it, regardless of how good it is. Sucks too, I actually like the taste. Guess it's a mild allergy, but to all seafood though?


Sounds a bit more like an intolerance than a true seafood allergy.
 
2012-10-02 09:27:16 PM

Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benadryl

lulz

That wouldn't work for me since I'm allergic to Benadryl.

This is the allergen menu (PDF) that they give you upon request.


None have peanuts, and all but one has soy. WTF?
 
2012-10-02 09:27:52 PM
Red Lobster failed here. Maybe because it's a restaurant serving formerly frozen fish within a five minute drive to one of the Northeast's biggest seaports, maybe it's because just about every restaurant in that location (and its neighbor in the little plaza) has failed.

Either way, just once, if you get a chance (and I'd understand if you didn't), go to the one just outside the gates of Downtown Disney (like where the old, old hotels are) in Orlando. It's their show restaurant, and apparently all the fish is fresh there and tastes about a billion times better than any other Red Lobster. Again, person who can go to restaurants that abut the docks on a regular basis saying this.
 
2012-10-02 09:27:58 PM

farkingismybusiness: vactech: I've noticed people who have such sweeping distastes for foods get them from their mommy and daddy, who got them from their mommy and daddy, etc.. Buck up son and try something new. That little scrunchy face you make when you see some "ethnic food" or medium rare steak is really annoying.

Are you saying Red Lobster is great for people to escape their comfort zone? Or did I get trolled by medium rare steak.


Not at all Red Lobster is awful. .
 
2012-10-02 09:28:43 PM

geekybroad: Didn't mind it when I was a teenager. Went in my mid-20's - any sauce that had butter in it was separated (i.e. fettucine alfredo had saucy bits with a pool of butter sitting on top). Went again a couple years later. Same problem.

In my mid-30's now. Sister-in-law went for her anniversary a few months ago - same problem.

If you're going to hire "cooks" or "chefs" or whatever, they should have enough sense to look at that and know it's ok to not send it out.

//live in the centre of the continent, but I love seafood :(
//decent seafood is more accessible now through other means, though :)


They hire neither cooks nor chefs.
 
2012-10-02 09:30:47 PM

GAT_00: Bathia_Mapes: WhippingBoy: Allergies are God's way of attempting to correct some of his mistakes...

Well, he's doing a damned poor job of it then. I've made it to 60 with a few stumbles along the way.

I wonder what it means when a food allergy fades then.


You can outgrow allergies. My son was allergic to watermelon when he was a little kid. Now he can eat it with no problems. However, that doesn't apply to all allergies. You more inclined to outgrow a mild allergy to something than one that causes anaphylaxis.
 
2012-10-02 09:30:57 PM

MrEricSir: This is why I always laugh at people eating "gourmet" food in Vegas. You're in the middle of a farking desert, the only fresh food around is cactus and creepy desert animals.


Or, you know, you could truck in fresh fish from Los Angeles, 4 hours away. Which they do. Every day. Just like everything else that ends up there.

/sorry that you had to eat such crappy food in Vegas, there's great stuff there
//it's just not on the strip
 
2012-10-02 09:31:41 PM
Red Lobster has the highest good-looking-food-in-ads to crappy-food-irl ratio of any restaurant. Their food is greasy bland salty shiat but their tv ads look oh so yummy and always have.
 
2012-10-02 09:31:49 PM
Mmmmmm, ridiculously overcooked sub-retail water bugs. Just what I wanted.

Ya know, cooking up some seafaring insects isn't all that hard to get right. It's bad enough that what they serve is the stuff even grocery stores didn't want, but to then cook it all to "well-well-done" is just adding insult to digestive injury. How in the hell do you overcook prepackaged instant-heat shrimp?! That's like failing at minute rice or instant potatoes!

Next time I'm forced to eat there, I'm sticking to biscuits and nothing else. At least those heat-and-serve hockey pucks are edible.
 
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