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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 09:33:42 PM  
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Pray to the LOBSTERITA!!!!!!
 
2012-10-02 09:34:00 PM  
Is there any bacon in that food you're talking about?
 
2012-10-02 09:34:37 PM  
I will never forget an invitation to a technical symposium where it was stated on the invitation "the promotional firm that chose this location has been fired. The only restaurant in the area is a Red Lobster. We promise next year a better location".
 
2012-10-02 09:35:39 PM  

Kuroshin: 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.


Yeah, that. It makes me miss my deckhand days, when I could roam the docks with a half-bottle of Don Petron to trade for a full case of crab for the crew, non-seafood options obtained and prepared fresh by me or the crew cook. Gotta say, I do love those cheesy biscuits.
 
2012-10-02 09:35:53 PM  
I love Red Lobster threads.
 
2012-10-02 09:36:17 PM  
I'm surprised no one has brought up that Red Lobster serves langostino, a lobster-like sea insect.
 
2012-10-02 09:36:31 PM  

Bill_Wick's_Friend: 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.


This. That extra 50% they charge over Burger King goes into Food Photographers' Pockets.
 
2012-10-02 09:38:31 PM  
I'll never say anything that bad about Red Lobster. Not because it is good seafood or anything, but because I go once a year. My mom has been working in/running non-profits since I was a wee lad, mostly because my father moved us around a lot. My family wound up being free labor for her charities/shelters/libraries all the time. Every Christmas season, no matter where we were, we would wind up helping out with gift wrapping at some mall, and always on Christmas Eve, since getting volunteers on the 24th of December is a huge pain in the ass. So, we'd wind up wrapping gifts for last minute shoppers until the mall closed, and then we had to clean up the area. It usually lasted until 6:30-7:00pm, and by then, especially in the 80's or 90's Red Lobster was pretty much the best thing open. Now, after over 20 years, it's become tradition. It's expanded to include my wife, my brothers-in-law, and (as of this year) a new niece. This tradition has survived God knows how many moves, deployments by my father, myself, one of my sisters, and my wife. So, as crappy as Red Lobster's food is, I go every December 24th, and am glad to do it.

/CSB
//Cheddar Bay biscuits FTW
 
2012-10-02 09:38:38 PM  

buckler: Kuroshin: 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.

Yeah, that. It makes me miss my deckhand days, when I could roam the docks with a half-bottle of Don Petron to trade for a full case of crab for the crew, non-seafood options obtained and prepared fresh by me or the crew cook. Gotta say, I do love those cheesy biscuits.


Which smell the same way going out as they do going in.

/literal air biscuit
 
2012-10-02 09:39:30 PM  
Maine is the only US state without a Red Lobster franchise.

www.15q.net

www.6nobacon.com
 
2012-10-02 09:39:45 PM  
I'm "that guy". I don't like seafood. I'm the only one among my wife's family. But I'm also not an insufferable asshole. I go to Red Lobster, I get the maple glazed chicken. And I like it. I know not to be catered to, and I'm happy to go along with the group. All I need is one dish. They don't have to expand shiat.

And if they fark with my dish over this I'll be super pissed.
 
2012-10-02 09:40:11 PM  

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


THIS
 
2012-10-02 09:40:57 PM  
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You can pick 'em,
You can lick 'em,
You can chew 'em,
You can stick 'em,
If you promise not to sue us,
You can shove one up your nose.
 
2012-10-02 09:41:51 PM  

macadamnut: Maine is the only US state without a Red Lobster franchise.

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I've never seen one in Washington state, but apparently there are a few.
 
2012-10-02 09:42:44 PM  
So am I the only non-foodie person who actually happens to *like* Red Lobster?

The food is tasty.
 
2012-10-02 09:42:55 PM  

buckler: 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?


Which makes me suspicious of their allergen menu, since nearly all soy sauce has wheat as a component. It's not that there are many items that the glutards in my family can eat, but they do show a few, far more than the one that is soy free.
 
2012-10-02 09:43:09 PM  

dentalhilljack: I'm "that guy". I don't like seafood. I'm the only one among my wife's family. But I'm also not an insufferable asshole. I go to Red Lobster, I get the maple glazed chicken. And I like it. I know not to be catered to, and I'm happy to go along with the group. All I need is one dish. They don't have to expand shiat.

And if they fark with my dish over this I'll be super pissed.


This. There is a local sushi chain with plenty of traditional and non-traditional fare. There is indeed something for everyone (that isn't crap).
 
2012-10-02 09:43:23 PM  

Kuroshin: 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.


Great plan, until the other four in your group decide that you should pay 1/5 of the $200 bill...

/not that I'm bitter or anything
//Now I just wait in the car or take a cab home
///and don't even get me started on people giving me shellfish and sending me to the hospital "as a joke"...
 
2012-10-02 09:44:15 PM  
Just finished 1 dozen raw oysters and a broiled grouper fillet NOT from that house of added salt and fat.

Getting a kick!
 
2012-10-02 09:44:17 PM  

Gough: buckler: 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?

Which makes me suspicious of their allergen menu, since nearly all soy sauce has wheat as a component. It's not that there are many items that the glutards in my family can eat, but they do show a few, far more than the one that is soy free.


Do you get the UD word of the day?
 
2012-10-02 09:44:30 PM  
You guys are entirely too easy to troll. Did anyone notice that my Weeners was about cheesy biscuits?
 
2012-10-02 09:46:48 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: 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.


But the reverse is also true. I ate shrimp and mussels until I was 27, and then almost got the surprise of my life: death at age 27.
 
2012-10-02 09:47:33 PM  
If you like RL you have no taste in seafood. It's the only restaurant I've ever walked out on after the appetizer because I was about to hurl. Mind you my family grew up on Cape Cod and were commercial fisherman so I was privy to the freshest fish, lobster, and clams year long. I still get fish and quahogs 7 months of the year. Lobster I could care less about versus shrimp. If your seafood has a slightly strong smell or taste it's old or frozen first. Never buy cooked shrimp it's nasty, buy larger uncooked shrimp and ask to smell them. Marinate and grill them with a nice strip steak on the side. Feel lucky to have access to free fish, lobster, and shellfish, but keep your hands away from my baked stuffed clams and codfish cakes.
 
2012-10-02 09:47:38 PM  

macadamnut: Bathia_Mapes: 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.

But the reverse is also true. I ate shrimp and mussels until I was 27, and then almost got the surprise of my life: death at age 27.


That must have been tough. Luckily you recovered from, you know, death.
 
2012-10-02 09:48:40 PM  

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 care for most seafood, especially the funky stuff. I didn't grow up eating it (my mom hated the stuff) so I don't have much of a taste for it.
 
2012-10-02 09:50:32 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: macadamnut: Bathia_Mapes: 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.

But the reverse is also true. I ate shrimp and mussels until I was 27, and then almost got the surprise of my life: death at age 27.

That must have been tough. Luckily you recovered from, you know, death.


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2012-10-02 09:51:31 PM  
As "that guy who doesn't like seafood" among my friends and family, I've never had trouble finding plenty of choices at Red Lobster.

Doesn't mean I wouldn't rather go to Red Hot and Blue or something, but they really didn't need to change the menu.
 
2012-10-02 09:52:52 PM  

vactech: 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. .


I'm a drunk idiot. Carry on!
 
2012-10-02 09:53:50 PM  

macadamnut: Maine is the only US state without a Red Lobster franchise.


Since you have a Fairpoint email, I'll assume you are in Maine, or close by.

Not much to discuss - you can get superior seafood pretty much anywhere. My parents moved to Bath when my dad retired, and I visit at least once a year. I always look forward to dinner on the pier at Five Island Lobster Co.

On the other hand, there are plenty of places where locals with no sense of taste can get mediocre seafood. I have a cousin in Georgetown who has never met a buffet table he didn't like - he can tell you where they are. They aren't chains though, and they aim to please and the waitstaff works hard, so I guess they get points over Red Lobster for that.
 
2012-10-02 09:54:37 PM  

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

 
2012-10-02 09:55:10 PM  
I like tuna and I like salmon. The ocean can keep the rest of it.
 
2012-10-02 09:55:42 PM  
I think I prefer the seafood hater who vetoes Red Lobster to the self righteous vegan who vetoes everyplace in town worth eating at
 
2012-10-02 09:56:08 PM  

Osomatic: Great, so now you can drag your friend who is, say, incredibly allergic to shellfish, and doesn't particularly like much fish either, to a restaurant that reeks of old fish. I'm sure your friend will appreciate it. I bet he'll like it as much as when he's dragged to sushi where if he's lucky he can get a bowl of rice with some dry chicken "teriyaki" and then when the bill comes for $500 of sushi all his friends say "let's just split it!"

/I'm not bitter
/Go to hell, fish eaters


God, I hate fish. Lobster, Crab, Shrimp fine. Fish: NO WAY IN HELL. It tastes horrible and smells even worse. No one has ever said "That steak is awesome, it doesn't taste to 'beefy'", but they say that "that fish was great, it didn't taste to 'fishy.'"

A-FARKING-MEN!
//Double 'Go To Hell Fish Eaters'!
 
2012-10-02 09:57:28 PM  

Linkster: 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.


You don't have to know anything about the restaurant business to know quality food.
 
2012-10-02 09:57:32 PM  
Haven't been in years, but there was a place on the pier in Seattle where they would scoop up a cardboard milkshake cup full of live clams (caught daily), steam them on the spotfor 3 minutes, and give them to you with a container of melted garlic butter, a fork, and a beer. I remember it as being Nirvana (not to be confused with the other Nirvana in Seattle)
 
2012-10-02 09:58:06 PM  

katerbug72: 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 care for most seafood, especially the funky stuff. I didn't grow up eating it (my mom hated the stuff) so I don't have much of a taste for it.


The cool thing about moving out of your parent's house is that you can try all the things they wouldn't let you have in their home.
 
2012-10-02 09:59:01 PM  
fark "that guy." Starve.
 
2012-10-02 09:59:06 PM  

Gough: buckler: 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?

Which makes me suspicious of their allergen menu, since nearly all soy sauce has wheat as a component. It's not that there are many items that the glutards in my family can eat, but they do show a few, far more than the one that is soy free.


I'm just wondering what they use so damned much soy for.
 
2012-10-02 10:00:33 PM  

MrEricSir: Linkster: 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.

You don't have to know anything about the restaurant business to know quality food.


True, but you obviously know nothing about modern transportation. They don't transport things by covered wagon anymore.
 
2012-10-02 10:01:10 PM  

TheDumbBlonde: I grew up on the Gulf and I live on the ocean. I could live on fish, shellfish in particular. This is why I don't go to Dead Lobster.


I've lived in New England my whole life. I couldn't give you directions to the nearest Red Lobster if my life depended on it...
 
2012-10-02 10:01:47 PM  
I don't eat at Red Lobster because I don't like Communist lobsters trying to steal our precious buttery fluids.
 
2012-10-02 10:02:36 PM  
I'd venture that most people who like Red Lobster - and those who say they don't like seafood at all - have never actually had well-made fresh seafood.
 
2012-10-02 10:03:20 PM  
The smell of raw chicken makes me gag. So I hate whenever i cook it. Fish doesn't smell bad to me at all. I could live off fresh fish for the rest of my life! And I am only allergic to pennicilin.
 
2012-10-02 10:04:13 PM  
Red Lobster was the restaurant we went to for a "nice dinner" when I was a kid. The place was always dark and crowded. Popcorn 'shrimp' was my favorite thing. Recently went there with my brothers family. The place was brightly lite with open windows (versus dark red paneled shutters) and had way too many 'healthy' options on the menu. Just not the same.

/i had a salad
 
2012-10-02 10:05:02 PM  

karmaceutical: Red Lobster is stupid expensive for the garbage they serve.


I don't know, last time I was in there it was pretty decently priced for what the actual meal was. Not really sure what is was though. Which could be the problem.

/cheesy biscuits are delish fo sho
 
2012-10-02 10:05:17 PM  

4seasons85!: The smell of raw chicken makes me gag. So I hate whenever i cook it. Fish doesn't smell bad to me at all. I could live off fresh fish for the rest of my life! And I am only allergic to pennicilin.


Neither raw chicken or fish should smell. Perhaps you should change grocery stores?
 
2012-10-02 10:05:43 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.


Just for shiats and giggles, I just went to Red Lobster's website and punched my zip code into their restaurant locator. Not surprisingly, there are no Red Lobsters in Rhode Island or Massachusetts...
 
2012-10-02 10:07:02 PM  
I've never been to Red Lobster. Am I missing anything?
 
2012-10-02 10:07:30 PM  

9Speed: MrEricSir: Linkster: 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.

You don't have to know anything about the restaurant business to know quality food.

True, but you obviously know nothing about modern transportation. They don't transport things by covered wagon anymore.


Transit takes time. Shorter distance = fresher food, which is why actual gourmet places source everything locally. Not only that, but food has to be grown specifically to be shipped -- that's why tasty tomatoes go bad in a day or two but those creepy tomatoes you buy at Safeway flown in from Mexico seem to last forever.

Anyone can pretend to be gourmet with white tablecloths and stuffy service, but at the end of the day the food is all that matters.
 
2012-10-02 10:08:28 PM  
Fark the veto d**che, they're coincidentely one of the first ones to go when the company makes cost-cutting measures anyway.
 
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