Sunday, January 02, 2011

French Fry Diary 196: Red Lobster Flashback

The following are my thoughts on the fries, among other things, at Red Lobster from around the year 2001. It's interesting how some things have changed, and some have stayed the same at Red Lobster as compared to my recent review.

Bread things... oh yeah, baby, the bread things.

That's the reason to go to Red Lobster. It is hands down the best thing to get at Red Lobster. The cheddar biscuits are amazing, and the best thing about these bread thing appetizers is that they are free. If you go into Red Lobster and order something to drink, get a few baskets of bread things, and then decide you really don't want to have dinner at RL, you don't have to pay for them, just the drinks. Cool or what? And if you show up for a late dinner, and are there when they are starting to close, you can get the waitress to give you the extra bread things to take home with you.

Ahem, anyway, this blog is about the favorite fried food, and not cheddar biscuits, no matter how good they are. Still, it must be stressed what the real draw at Red Lobster really is.

The fries at Red Lobster are long natural cuts with a light batter covering, crispy, but not spicy despite their orange coloring. I always get them as a side with my chicken. Yeah, I know, like bringing a knife to a gunfight, I always get chicken at seafood restaurants. The chicken is quite good, it should be noted, but the real treat is the sweet and sour barbeque sauce for dipping. This is so good, some of the best I have ever tasted, and if you ask nicely, your waitress will even give you some to take home so you can use it for your fries at home.

Including the extras - the bread things and the sweet and sour barbeque sauce - Red Lobster fries are highly recommended. Remember, come for the fries, but stay from the sauce and especially the bread things!

And that's the way it was. Check out yesterday's entry for how it is now at Red Lobster...

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JustinM said...

That was fun to read, thanks. I used to go to Red Lobster frequently when I was a teenager but I remember the time I stopped: also in 2001. I ate at the location in Santa Maria and had a piece of fish with a honey-teriyaki glaze. It was so weird and made me so sick that even 9.5 years later I cringe thinking about it.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the kind words and the comment, Justin. I really dig your Barbecue & Baseball blog too by the way - great stuff!

Visit Us said...

These lobsters are looking delicious. After reading the blog and watching those pictures, I feel like as I am drooling too much.

Unknown said...

I'm confused, Visit Us, what lobsters? There is only a pic of the biscuits.