Food Nostalgia: Lobster Fest at Red Lobster

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Every now and then, I'm reminded of a restaurant that I used to eat at, but haven't been to in a long time. Last weekend, I went to Red Lobster with my mother. As we walked through the entrance, I had a feeling of warm nostalgia flood through me. We used to eat here all the time when I was a child. Why had I stopped coming here?

It happened to be Red Lobster's Lobster Fest, so I ordered a large platter from the special menu. When the server began to ask me the usual questions of what kind of salad, side, etc., I provided rote answers from memory. When the Cheddar Bay Biscuits (aka cheesy poofs) came out, I found myself gobbling them up greedily. This was good stuff -- hot, buttery rolls oozing with cheese and grease. Delicious.

The salad was okay. Nothing special, but not bad. Then my entrée arrived. I had a Maine lobster tail, a skewer of garlicky shrimp, and something new called a shrimp and lobster bake, which was basically shrimp and lobster meat in a cheesy sauce topped with bread crumbs. Though everything looked quite good, it all tasted fairly standard. Not bad, but a little overcooked, and in the case of the shrimp and lobster bake, somewhat artificial.

I am ashamed to admit that I finished my whole plate. I tried to figure out why I ate so much subpar food, and I think the reason was that it looked so much better than it tasted. I kept eating in hopes that the next bite would be the magic one that would transcend the blandness of the others. That never happened.

The two of us each ordered an entrée and I added an iced tea. With tax and gratuity, the total came to more than $70. What had previously seemed like an innocuous meal suddenly became a mistake. We could have eaten somewhere really, really fantastic for $70, and even gotten dessert. I walked away knowing that although it would be a long time from now, this wasn't my last visit to Red Lobster.



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15 comments
Hugh Ramsey
Hugh Ramsey

I am constantly shocked that people will pay the prices at a place like Red Lobster.

OG is shit, but at least it's priced accordingly. You cant eat at Da Marco on OG money, but you CAN eat at Reef for Blobster pricing.

Schwarzestiefel
Schwarzestiefel

Lobster fried rice at Tan Tan is usually about $30 and will feed 2.

DontFeedVal
DontFeedVal

Red Lobster is the "fast food" of seafood joints just like Olive Garden is the "fast food" of italian restaurants. They should be banned from existence in Houston, especially since we have such great local restaurants that slay Red Lobster/Olive Garden at a fraction of the price. Same goes for Taco Hell (Bell) aka Diarrhea in a Tortilla.

J. Britt Alexander
J. Britt Alexander

... are you kidding me with this? First a Top5 list that names Olive Garden as best appetizer in Houston, and now a review of Red Lobster? Really?

Matthew
Matthew

shame. shame upon you!

Craig
Craig

All their catch comes from the Midwest.

Catch being the suckers who eat there.

Fidelippo
Fidelippo

Shrimp, lobster and cheese?Cheese? Good heavens.

Geri
Geri

Okay, I agree with you about Red Lobster. But you can't dis Taco Bell. That place is grotesquely fabulous!

Bruce R
Bruce R

Sorry, but Long John Silver's is the fast food of seafood joints. And Taco Bell is a keeper. You can't go wrong with the crunchy taco, enchirito, tostada, and bean burrito.

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

If you're opposed to a place like Red Lobster, why did you even read this article? Red Lobster was in the title. It seems like you read the piece, but I could be wrong.

You strike me as the kind of guy who needs to pay closer attention to the titles. This is a food blog that appeals to a variety of readers. As such, from time to time, there will be pieces written about restaurants not named Feast or Haven. Now, settle down and go have a delicious lasagna fritta from OG.

Bruce R
Bruce R

There are 13 Red Lobsters in Houston. Surely some locals eat there, yes?

Geri
Geri

Those lasagna fritters are gooood!

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