Lobster Bites at Long John Silver's?
I just got an email inviting me to stop in to my nearest Long John Silver's and sample its Lobster Bites.
Info in the email sez they are using Langostino Lobster to create this offering.
Dare I submit to this invite?
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Unless they have changed them, I'd say skip 'em.
They had them a year or so ago in my area, and I tried them. I wasn't going in with amazing expectations - I expected "lobster" breaded and fried, fast-food style. That's what they were, except they have a horrendous artifical butter flavor. I think it's supposed to replicate the clarified butter served with fresh lobster, but it doesn't taste like that at all. Tastes like they took the bites and rolled them around in a big vat of melted "butter-flavor spread." I'm picky when it comes to "butter flavor" (I hate most microwave popcorn, for example) so others may not mind it. But I couldn't eat more than a few when the fakey butter flavor took over and I gave them to my brother.
From Wikipedia (for what it's woth):
Langostino is a Spanish word with different meanings in different areas. In America, it is commonly used in the restaurant trade to refer to the meat of the squat lobster, which is neither a true lobster nor a prawn. It is more closely related to porcelain crabs and hermit crabs. Crustaceans labeled as langostino are no more than 3 inches (7.6 cm) long, and weigh no more than 7 ounces (200 g). Langostinos are not langoustes (spiny lobsters) despite a similar name (in Spanish, lobster is called langosta). Also, langostinos are sometimes confused with langoustines (Norway lobster), which is a true lobster common in European cuisine.
I had them in NYC a couple years ago. As mentioned previously, langostino is a different crustacean.
For the price, they weren't bad, but in the pantheon of lobster, they come in just ahead of the imitation stuff in your grocer's freezer.