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i have to admit i'm the type that tries not to go to chains etc. prefer to go to local places- not just to support them but prefer the food but my parents do go to all the chains now that they're older. i guess they just like knowing what they're going to get, know the atmosphere, don't want to drive downtown where the more interesting places are etc
so we went to red lobster the other night and i had the lobster fest. and it was really good- i can't complain about any of it. it's usually a joke that i see something on TV (we're dieting so happens alot) and i tell my husband i want to go try that and he says no because it won't look like that. but my dinner really did look like the tv
i was very pleasantly surprised- unfortunately ate two of the biscuits and ruined the diet....

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  1. Only two biscuits? Hey, that ain't bad - those biscuits are like crack. I haven't been to Red Lobster since I was about 15 years old. At the time, I thought it was great, but I fear if I go back now I'll ruin all the fun memories I had of this place. I honestly haven't heard anything good about RL in a long time, except for this post!

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    1. re: Melanie

      Many moons ago I was dating this lovely exotic woman of Brazilian and Japanese decent. During the first few months of courtship, we went out to many top restaurants in New York and New Jersey. When we dined for steak, we went to Peter Luger and when asked if she enjoyed the steak, she replied, " this is not as good as Argentinian or Brazilian Beef. When we dined @ Il Mulino for Italian fare, when asked if she enjoyed her meal, she replied, " This is not as good as I have had in Rome......you get the picture. for her birthday, I took her to The Palm for a five pound lobster. When I asked how how she liked her lobster, she said it was okay, but not the best she ever had. Now my curiosity and piqued and I had to know, so I asked her where did she go when she was in the mood for lobster.....her reply in a very straight and non emotional manner responded......"When I want good lobster.....I go to Red Lobster..........true story.

      1. re: fourunder

        HA! What was your reaction? I don't think I could have kept from laughing aloud!

        1. re: Melanie

          Melanie,

          Of course I laughed out loud as I shook my head in disbelief.......and all while my drink was exiting through my nose......and yes, it was the last time I dated her.

        2. re: fourunder

          hmmm.. A lovely, exotic woman of Barzilian and Japanese descent. I don't suppose you could give me her number. Having a predeliction for Red Lobster is something I could get over.

        3. re: Melanie

          The biscuits are more than addictive ... sorry I love them.

          I normally would never like RL, but I ate there 2x in the last 2 months (clients) for lunch. Each time excellent. I know chain restaurant, but overall, not bad. Food was good, service excellent ... why not. I had no complaints either. It isn't gourmet, I didn't expect gourmet. But hey it was good.

          And I don't care what goes in the biscuits, I like them. I've made my own but preferred them. DON'T care.

        4. I have managed to avoid Red Lobster for many years and in December my son wanted to go there for dinner. We all agreed and the food was better than I had remembered. I had some sort of marinated fish and it had a lot of taste. Yes, the rolls are like crack and we even took a few home. My husband has said a few times since that he would return...anything to get our 18 year old out for dinner with us!

          1. i like red lobster, and am looking forward to getting there for lobsterfest. the cheddar bay biscuits *are* like crack (so i'm told about the addictiveness of crack....).

            toncasmo, which combo did you get?

            i'm looking at:

            Seaport Lobster and Shrimp
            Two wood-grilled petite Maine lobster tails, savory garlic shrimp scampi and a skewer of garlic-grilled jumbo shrimp. Served with wild rice pilaf. 24.50


            Roasted Rock Lobster and Grilled Jumbo Shrimp
            A roasted rock lobster tail paired with skewered, wood-grilled jumbo shrimp topped with creamy lobster butter sauce. Served over wild rice pilaf. 24.99


            Lobster Lover’s Dream ®
            A succulent rock lobster tail and sweet split Maine lobster tail, roasted and served with shrimp, lobster and langostino linguini Alfredo. 31.50

            ~~~~~

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            1. re: alkapal

              i had a rock lobster, a maine lobster and a skewer of shrimp- trying to not get anything too fancy or too fattening. i'm not sure what it was called

              1. re: alkapal

                I had the Seaport Lobster and Shrimp and it was *delicious*.

              2. I find the quality at Red Lobsters pretty location-dependent. I've had some pretty decent meals at some (the one near the Deptford Mall in Jersey, for example, and while roadtripping out to the midwest), and some godawful ones (worst being one in Silver Springs, Maryland, where everything was just drowned in oil and grease.)

                Basically it's a place I find it better to stick as simple as possible--grilled or broiled fish & lobster, or once I remember getting something like a New England bake that was shellfish & lobster with corn on the cob that was really decent. Anything fancier or the pasta I tend to stay away from as too heavy and greasy for my tastes.

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                1. re: sockii

                  Same here. They start out with a decent-for-mass-markets quality of fish that requires a certain delicate hand in cooking and is far easier to screw up than Olive Garden fare is. So if you get one where the management is with it and the grill cook is careful, they can be pretty good. But their margin of error is a lot smaller than other general fare chains and indifference from the management and kitchen staff shows up pretty blatantly in the final product.

                  1. re: sockii

                    Totally agree on the location dependent. The ones I have access to have been terrible so I have pretty much written off the whole chain.

                  2. I too love the biscuits. They also have a lobster pizza that has a cracker-thin crust. Perfect with a glass of Pinot Grigio and about 8 of those biscuits. A light lunch.