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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 10:08:48 PM  

gingerjet: 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?


No kidding.
 
2012-10-02 10:09:07 PM  

gingerjet: 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


Yep for us it was usually for either me or my sisters birthday. We didn't have much money and not many restaurants where we grew up. We did grow up fishing the lakes around us so eating fish wasn't anything new. But lobster (her) and crab legs (me) were pretty exotic for us. Add in a Shirley temple with the cherries on the crab claw stirrer and you had a couple of happy kids.
 
2012-10-02 10:10:21 PM  

TsukasaK: So am I the only non-foodie person who actually happens to *like* Red Lobster?

The food is tasty.


I think people have different definitions for "foodie".
Some people think of them as those annoying food-hipsters who insult people who have ever eaten at (or especially enjoyed) a chain restaurant, and won't order a french fry unless it is made of Peruvian purple potatoes and seasoned with black salt and truffles and aged craft cheese and fried in duck fat.

I think of it just as someone who just loves and appreciates good food, but that doesn't mean you have to hate anything that isn't the very best example of whatever you're eating. I think of myself as a foodie, but I don't object to eating at these sorts of places. For the price I can almost always think of places I'd rather go, but sometimes those places are too far, or not open. I'm not going to turn my nose up at it just to uphold my foodie cred, it isn't bad.
 
2012-10-02 10:10:23 PM  
Do they serve Dungeness Crab yet? I miss that about California.

/Blue crabs suck
 
2012-10-02 10:11:05 PM  
Sorry about the spelling, gotta lay off the Four Lokos.
 
2012-10-02 10:11:50 PM  
Avoiding the 'Veto Vote" is a red herring. Seafood is expensive, and only getting more expensive. Pork and chicken have had the least fluctuation in costs over the past several years. Are they adding to the menu or replacing items with lower cost items. Even if there capture ratio grew 1% a year, I don't think that would be enough to keep up with seafood inflation. I saw the parmesan crusted chicken and immediately thought that is a pre-breaded POS that now one company can cross utilize in more than one of its chains. As food costs continue to go up, I would expect to see more homogenization in companies with multiple niche chains.
 
2012-10-02 10:11:55 PM  

gingerjet: 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?



they do have a smell. some people have sensitive noses.
 
2012-10-02 10:12:43 PM  

CorpusDelicti: Fark the veto d**che, they're coincidentely one of the first ones to go when the company makes cost-cutting measures anyway.


Just because you have crappy taste in food doesn't mean you should take it out on others.
 
2012-10-02 10:13:39 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.



That explains the meal I had the last time I ever ate at a Red Lobster voluntarily -- I had a piece of fish that was simultaneously overcooked and undercooked in places. The same piece. It was inedible. I bet parts were frozen, parts were thawed, and a careless "chef" put it on one of those conveyor things.


/the piece of cod which passes all human understanding...
 
2012-10-02 10:13:53 PM  

MrEricSir: 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.


Anyone can pretend to be gourmet with locally-sourced produce and hipster waitstaff, but at the end of the day the food is all that matters.
 
2012-10-02 10:13:56 PM  
No, they are not "rebooting" their farking menu. It's not a farking computer.

They're revising their menu.
 
2012-10-02 10:14:59 PM  
Yeah, I'm another one of 'those people' who doesn't like seafood. Except for breaded and deep friend shrimp though. I guess the oil and breading combine to kill the fishy taste.

Nobody I know would be caught dead in a Red Lobster though, so its kind of a moot point.
 
2012-10-02 10:15:05 PM  

muck4doo: Do they serve Dungeness Crab yet? I miss that about California.

/Blue crabs suck


Really? I prefer blue crab to dungeness and I live in the Pacific Northwest. Of course I've never had blue crab that wasn't pulled from the Chesapeake bay though. If they come from warmer waters the flavor is likely different.
 
2012-10-02 10:15:43 PM  
fark- can't believe I made the there/their flub
 
2012-10-02 10:15:46 PM  

phaseolus: /the piece of cod which passes all human understanding...


Cod works in mysterious ways...
 
2012-10-02 10:16:19 PM  
KellyKellyKelly
Yes, wearing a seatbelt on the toilet the next day,and pissing out your a$$hole.
 
2012-10-02 10:16:53 PM  

grinnel: Seafood is expensive, and only getting more expensive.


As well it should. Non-aquaculture fisheries are crashing world-wide, with a couple of notable, heavily-managed exceptions.
 
2012-10-02 10:16:56 PM  
You get what you pay for. Red Lobster isn't bad for the prices they charge. If you think you are missing out on something, take a trip to Maine or San Francisco and spend a ton of money on something slightly better. You will feel superior for doing so.
 
2012-10-02 10:17:05 PM  

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


Because like all food when it is crappy it is crappy however what is served in most restaurants in particular chains is crappy food, where most people try new foods is in restaurants. Therefore most of the new foods people try is crappy.



Mass packaged cheese is awful. However in context as a cheese lover I happen to like packaged cheese if no other cheese is available. As soon as you set good cheese in front of me though that mass packaged cheese might as well be thrown in the garbage.

The same can be said of burgers from McDonald's. If I am introducing someone to the idea of a burger I am not going to take them to a McDonald's.
Just like I would not take someone that has never had Mexican, to Taco Bell. Granted Taco Bell is pretty much not Mexican at all.

So the same with seafood I "Do not like seafood" what I really mean by this though is if you give me fresh fish and fry it up (I am from the midwest) I like it. If we are along the coast and there is crab/lobster/shrimp/mussels/other fish/whatever available I like it.


It is the simple concept around the origin of the "Buy local" movement, it is not that it is more environmentally friendly (in many cases local is just as detrimental as shipping halfway across the country), it is that food simply tastes better (well most foods taste better). There is no hokus pokus involved in that. It is just in the case of say corn, as soon as it is picked the sugars begin to change into starch for long term storage. What makes sweet corn soooo good well duh the "sweet" part. The same thing goes with many fruits and vegetables. Then you have things like sweet potatoes that after you pick it the starches switch over to sugar.


So ultimately a lot of people who dislike XXXX food dislike it because what they have access too is simply bad. It works with pretty much every food and part of the problem is that stuff loses quality as it moves further from its place of origin, in large part due to the simple nature of food. Add in that cost also often increases further from the place of origin, so you end up paying more for something that sucks.
 
2012-10-02 10:17:22 PM  
I've had plenty of fresh and well made seafood. I still like Red Lobster's fresh seafood menu. It's like 11 or 12 bucks for a decent fresh salmon lunch.

The only complaint I have is their food is often too salty, so I just tell them not to add any.
 
2012-10-02 10:18:29 PM  

laid back w/bud light: 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.


I run a motel on Cape Cod. There are dozens of seafood restaurant within 5 miles. A great one within staggering distance. Every year someone asks "Where is the Red Lobster?". I say: "We call it Olive Garden."

/"dinner" was 3 Wellfleet and 3 Dennis oysters with a beer.
 
2012-10-02 10:18:48 PM  
Their seafood needs to be washed in Summer's Eve first.
 
2012-10-02 10:18:49 PM  
Aw, but I so enjoyed paying 22 bucks for a badly prepared steak. What will I do with options?
 
2012-10-02 10:18:51 PM  

Zulu_as_Kono: MrEricSir: 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.

Anyone can pretend to be gourmet with locally-sourced produce and hipster waitstaff, but at the end of the day the food is all that matters.


That's true too, but either way you're farked if you don't start with good food.
 
2012-10-02 10:19:00 PM  

insertsnarkyusername: muck4doo: Do they serve Dungeness Crab yet? I miss that about California.

/Blue crabs suck

Really? I prefer blue crab to dungeness and I live in the Pacific Northwest. Of course I've never had blue crab that wasn't pulled from the Chesapeake bay though. If they come from warmer waters the flavor is likely different.


Blue crabs remind me of the rock crabs we used to throw back in the water when crabbing off of Northern California. They have stringy meat.
 
2012-10-02 10:20:35 PM  
gingerjet: 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?



Perhaps you should change, YOUR MOM!
 
- Not so fresh comedy, coming your way.
 
2012-10-02 10:22:16 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


This "sushi" experience happened to me too! I had some dried up old beef (at least I think it was beef) on some plain rice. And a coke. The farking bill for 6 of us was $500 and these asshats wanted to split it 6 ways. I don't often object, but that wasn't going to happen.
 
2012-10-02 10:22:44 PM  
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Hot as a boiled baby lobster
 
2012-10-02 10:22:44 PM  
Oh boy, when I was a child and was allergic to seafood (I outgrew it, and it wasn't a lethal reaction), my parents took me to Red Lobster for my birthday.

Thanks, jerks.

/had a chicken sandwich - the only non-seafood thing on the menu at the time
//still doesn't particularly care for seafood, but loves fish and chips
 
2012-10-02 10:22:45 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.


Agreed although shellfish can be kept alive, negating the need to freeze.
 
2012-10-02 10:22:45 PM  

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


When they see me coming through the door for endless shrimp, they cry a little. They know profits will be down that quarter.
 
2012-10-02 10:22:53 PM  

Happy Hours: No, they are not "rebooting" their farking menu. It's not a farking computer.

They're revising their menu.


It's ok, really. The language changes, difficult as some things may be to take for some of us. Me, "webinar" makes me break out in hives. But there's really not much I can do about it. For you, I'm afraid that "rebooting" has made the leap from its original specific meaning, and there's no turning it back.
 
2012-10-02 10:23:01 PM  

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

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None in NH, VT, RI. and AK

Just saying
 
2012-10-02 10:23:32 PM  
red lobster is passable, no, not reallz top qualitz seafood, but for what zou paz i think ićts acceptable
 
2012-10-02 10:23:35 PM  

gravebayne2: gingerjet: 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?


they do have a smell. some people have sensitive noses.


Most fresh fish should have a fruity or vegetable-y smell. Fresh salmon meat smells like watermelon, for example, and fresh flounder sometimes smells like cucumber.
 
2012-10-02 10:24:00 PM  

MrEricSir: That's true too, but either way you're farked if you don't start with good food.


And good food can come from more than 50 miles away.
 
2012-10-02 10:24:37 PM  

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

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But they do have the McLobster, right? Discuss.
 
2012-10-02 10:25:06 PM  

Semi-Sane: I still like Red Lobster's fresh seafood menu. It's like 11 or 12 bucks for a decent fresh salmon lunch.


That's not fresh.
 
2012-10-02 10:25:59 PM  

Zulu_as_Kono: MrEricSir: That's true too, but either way you're farked if you don't start with good food.

And good food can come from more than 50 miles away.


Some people haven't heard of airplanes yet. They think the mule team is bringing them their food.
 
2012-10-02 10:26:41 PM  
Going to just go ahead and recommend Rick's Seafood in Wildwood, NJ or the Lobster House in Cape May for all your Mid-Atlantic seafood needs.
 
2012-10-02 10:26:59 PM  

gingerjet: 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?


It smells after I defrost it. I'm assuming that's why it smells because it gets heated a bit while defrosting. I hope. :/

I've never smelled raw fish though.
 
2012-10-02 10:28:23 PM  

4seasons85!: Neither raw chicken or fish should smell. Perhaps you should change grocery stores?

It smells after I defrost it. I'm assuming that's why it smells because it gets heated a bit while defrosting. I hope. :/


o_0
 
2012-10-02 10:29:47 PM  

KellyKellyKelly: I've never been to Red Lobster. Am I missing anything?


I love the Lobsterita rocks. Get yourself an extra shot of tequila on the side to "heat it up" to perfection.

/ It's not a gay drink!
 
2012-10-02 10:30:22 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Say what you will about Red Lobster. They're by no means great cuisine (the same company owns Olive Garden)


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2012-10-02 10:32:33 PM  

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


Similar story here but with the all-you-can-eat Crab legs...
 
2012-10-02 10:32:45 PM  

muck4doo: insertsnarkyusername: muck4doo: Do they serve Dungeness Crab yet? I miss that about California.

/Blue crabs suck

Really? I prefer blue crab to dungeness and I live in the Pacific Northwest. Of course I've never had blue crab that wasn't pulled from the Chesapeake bay though. If they come from warmer waters the flavor is likely different.

Blue crabs remind me of the rock crabs we used to throw back in the water when crabbing off of Northern California. They have stringy meat.


I've had that happen when the season was just starting or ending before. I usually only take rock crab for their claws myself. But you are right, I've never had that happen with dungeness. Blue crabs have a more buttery taste to me though if that makes any sense, where do you get yours from?
 
2012-10-02 10:32:47 PM  
Yeah, I live in Seattle, so I'll go to Eliott's or Seastar if I want good seafood.

Farking Red Lobster. If you like the biscuits, make them at home. Not like they're difficult to make.
 
2012-10-02 10:33:59 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.


I hear you. I didn't develop allergies to peanuts & shellfish until I was around 16 years old, then BLAMM. No idea why I suddenly developed allergies to foods I had been eating trouble free for years.

Suddenly no more PB&J sandwiches. No more Crab Louis for dinner after returning home from a trip to the coast. :-(
 
2012-10-02 10:34:01 PM  

4seasons85!: gingerjet: 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?

It smells after I defrost it. I'm assuming that's why it smells because it gets heated a bit while defrosting. I hope. :/

I've never smelled raw fish though.


Best smell in the world in my opinion, when it is fresh. I'm more into seafood, but a fresh trout out of a fast flowing creek smells wonderful. Chain Pickerels also have lovely smelling fresh meat, but they are a pain in the ass to fillet right, and slimy as hell. Beware their teeth too. The flat fish family of seafood always smells pleasant when fresh. Sharks, rays, and sturgeons will stink if they are not cleaned right. If any of those three stink, avoid it. They have to be bled first before cleaning.
 
2012-10-02 10:34:24 PM  
I like seafood therefor veto Red Lobster.

/can't be said enough
 
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