Red Lobster washes ashore in the desert by Tracy Dietlin

By | August 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm | No comments | Columns, The Pampered Palate

After years of desert residents asking for it…they finally got it! Red Lobster is here and open for business! My husband and I decided to wait a few weeks before going to avoid the long wait and to let them get the bugs out from opening a new location. Last week we decided it was time. Fortunately we didn’t have to brave the long wait as we were there to do this review and were whisked away to our table when we arrived. They told others that there would be a 30-45 minute wait, which seemed about right considering we’ve been waiting for years just to get them here.
From the time we sat down until the time we left we had a crew of servers and managers buzzing around us ready to do whatever they could to make us happy. Now you might be thinking – well, of course, they were there to do a review. What made me happy was watching them do the same thing to those sitting around us; managers asking patrons if they needed more cheesy biscuits, several staff bringing and taking away plates of food. I didn’t really expect that kind of service from a chain restaurant.
We started off with Lobster, Crab and Seafood stuffed mushrooms smothered in Monterey jack cheese and of course the famous cheesy biscuits. Both were awesome and my husband finally knew what all the hoopla and biscuit banter was about.
There were several fresh fish selections of the day on the menu, however, I decided to order the biggest lobster they had. My husband went for the surf and turf. He was pleased with the steak and was surprised it was as good as it was. The good news is that they will come to your table and crack your lobster and legs for you, which I totally appreciated. My lobster was tender, tasty and a bit of succulent goodness. They also gave us a few crab legs to try which were also delicious. The shrimp scampi was a bit salty for my taste but my husband thought they were great. I must say though, that the cheesy biscuits now have some competition for the best crowd pleaser in the Creamy Langostino Lobster Mashed Potatoes. If there was a rating for mashed potatoes, sides, accompaniments or appetizers – these potatoes would get a 5 star rating for sure.
As we were enjoying our rich chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert, we over heard the people at the next table telling manager, Jason Ternkler “you’re doing a great job here, everything was great and it was well worth the wait.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. It was nice to hear other customers as happy as we were that weren’t there to do a review. Red Lobster doesn’t take reservations so plan ahead for your wait and a meal that’s worth it.

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