Red Lobster - If You Must Bring It Up, Stick It Here

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Because ILX loves food threads and this almost qualifies.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 23:47 (one week ago) link

sad I'll miss Endless Shrimp this year

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 23:52 (one week ago) link

cheesy biscuits

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 23:55 (one week ago) link

bad memories of this place

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 23:55 (one week ago) link

brought a date there, unfortunately forgot my other girl Brenda worked there

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 23:57 (one week ago) link

Good heavens, what won't the proletariat consume? There are not enough sighs in the world to express my contempt.

the burrito that defined a generation, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 23:57 (one week ago) link

brought a date there, unfortunately forgot my other girl Brenda worked there

Neanderthal’s got a big old jut
I was told it was needed to chew

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:04 (one week ago) link

we don't have any of these in my province. would definitely give it a bash otherwise

rascal clobber (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:05 (one week ago) link

the world of north american fast-casual is so near yet so far

rascal clobber (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:06 (one week ago) link

a friend in high school would make me go here for lunch. He'd only order a coke with the intention of making a meal of the cheesy biscuits. So I'd have to order something expensive to try and make it worth our server's time.

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:10 (one week ago) link

I went once, sometime in the late '80s. What's the attraction to "cheddar biscuits"? Who care about bread?

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:18 (one week ago) link

they're only about 10% bread, the rest butter and cheese

ordered the biscuits from grubhub or something a while ago but they don't travel well, they all kind of globbed together into a lukewarm (resultant) paste

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:24 (one week ago) link

Trash.

James Gandolfini the Grey (PBKR), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:26 (one week ago) link

sorry for outsourcing humor but I found this to be amusing and believe it to be relevant to the thread topic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXrFKksZeRo

the burrito that defined a generation, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:27 (one week ago) link

Long John Silver's with pretensions.

James Gandolfini the Grey (PBKR), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:28 (one week ago) link

oh man, Long John Silver's, don't even get me started! that's what the truly uneducated swine from low-income areas put in their bodies.

the burrito that defined a generation, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:31 (one week ago) link

you guys ever heard of Marilyn Hagerty, this dim-witted old coot from some midwestern shithole? anyway, she dines out at unsophisticated places like Red Lobster and seems to actually enjoy it! here's a hyperlink:

https://www.grandforksherald.com/lifestyle/4118985-marilyn-hagerty-we-felt-rewarded-red-lobster-server

the burrito that defined a generation, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:34 (one week ago) link

I remember I had some scallop thing and the scallops were mini marshmallow size, who knew

naked and sexually active alien (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:43 (one week ago) link

Mini marshmallow size scallops were probably bay scallops.

James Gandolfini the Grey (PBKR), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:47 (one week ago) link

a.k.a. the best scallops

sleeve, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:59 (one week ago) link

more of a Sizzler guy myself

brimstead, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:03 (one week ago) link

Burrito is sleeping bag, right?

rascal clobber (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:08 (one week ago) link

nope that's esby, he got banned or bored or something

I love da Sizz

the burrito that defined a generation, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:09 (one week ago) link

the road of endless leads to the palace of wisdom

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:09 (one week ago) link

Burrito is sleeping bag, right?

― rascal clobber (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, September 15, 2020 9:08 PM (three minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

i've been assuming infinity symbol

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:12 (one week ago) link

I'm not sure if you are aware that road you are citing is the road of excess.

the burrito that defined a generation, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:13 (one week ago) link

I support the burrito’s posts itt

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:15 (one week ago) link

you'll never know what is enough shrimp until you know what is more than enough shrimp.

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:16 (one week ago) link

for me, it's 118.

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:16 (one week ago) link

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the burrito that defined a generation, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:23 (one week ago) link

So many shrimp

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:25 (one week ago) link

i thought burrito is del griffith

did del griffith talk about boning on vacations a lot?

if so maybe infinity too

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:30 (one week ago) link

Many xps but cheddar bay biscuits are like southern drop biscuits plus garlic in the batter plus a shit ton of butter folded in.

They’re fantastic.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:37 (one week ago) link

only went to Red Lobster once years ago, don't remember much about it

I do like bread of any kind

Dan S, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:41 (one week ago) link

-Gang Starr

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:42 (one week ago) link

bread kicks ass

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:43 (one week ago) link

bay minds

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:48 (one week ago) link

and they are the best minds

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:50 (one week ago) link

wasn't infinity Alex P@reene?

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:05 (one week ago) link

I don't know why that name always gets google proofed but I do it to honor Dr. Morbs.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:05 (one week ago) link

People who wanna make Red Lobster a class thing are morons. There is plenty of great, cheap food. Red Lobster is not great, nor cheap food.

James Gandolfini the Grey (PBKR), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:26 (one week ago) link

Lol seriously

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:27 (one week ago) link

Like you're paying $15-20 for a meal and a soft drink each, that doesn't exactly scream "budget restaurant"

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:29 (one week ago) link

cheddar bay biscuits do rule extremely hard

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:29 (one week ago) link

It's not good and it's not cheap but there is a class component around what's considered fancy and plenty of making fun of the rubes who think of Red Lobster as fancy.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:30 (one week ago) link

Rubes should be in air quotes there, of course.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:30 (one week ago) link

hard to get out of red lobster for $15 a plate
went last year took my daughter she loved it, a great version of a kid's idea of a fancy restaurant.

I didn't think the food was bad.

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:31 (one week ago) link

My dad chose Red Lobster every year for his birthday - it wasn't my favorite place but it was always edible. The offensive part with the Red Lobsters and Outbacks is the price, really.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:33 (one week ago) link

I will eat fried breaded shrimp anytime, and stuff like crab legs w butter is hard to mess up

fish should be avoided they over cook it

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:35 (one week ago) link

It's not good and it's not cheap but there is a class component around what's considered fancy and plenty of making fun of the rubes who think of Red Lobster as fancy.

― Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Tuesday, September 15, 2020 10:30 PM bookmarkflaglink

which keeps getting brought up itt when nobody is actually doing it.

shame on these hypothetical people waging class warfare.

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:42 (one week ago) link

(if anything it's more a 'lol i am a foodie and am here to explain why u like is bad' thing in my social circle)

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:43 (one week ago) link

cheddar bay biscuits do rule extremely hard

― Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, September 15, 2020 10:29 PM bookmarkflaglink

otfm

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:43 (one week ago) link

Next burrito is going to come along and tell us the burrito that defined a generation can be found at Chi Chi's.

James Gandolfini the Grey (PBKR), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:45 (one week ago) link

omg there's gonna be another burrito

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:46 (one week ago) link

Taco John's has the best burritos, weirdly

the burrito that defined a generation, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 02:51 (one week ago) link

My experience at Red Lobster was with a sister in Phoenix who had the burden of taking care of my dying father. It was an emotional moment for us

Dan S, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 03:12 (one week ago) link

'our' father

Dan S, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 03:13 (one week ago) link

when rhett & link put joe’s crab shack up against red lobster a few months back, red lobster came out on top purely on the strength of cheddar bay biscuits and key lime pie

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 03:15 (one week ago) link

Joe's Crab Shack is much worse and they make their employees do a stupid dance every hour. Every restaurant that forces people to dance or sing should be shut down.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 03:18 (one week ago) link

I worry about cold stone employees’ hands.

brimstead, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 03:19 (one week ago) link

Joe's Crab Shack is SHIT. fucking that dance shit was annoying, the meals were never filling (or great), the atmosphere was crap. I remember going there in my early 20s for my birthday with friends and for whatever dumb reason, my friends tried to get the waitstaff to sing the birthday song to me (which I hate and tell them not to do). thirty awkward minutes passed because they were so busy, they couldn't find enough "birthday singers" and kept coming by to apologize.

cos we were chatting and having an ok time I didn't mind at first but I started to get annoyed that I didn't want the song anyway but I didn't want to shit on my friends' good intentions, but also I was mad because everything was made more awkward that it was getting drawn out to be this stupid monumental thing rather than just getting it the fuck over with and leaving.

so finally I got aggravated and said "yo let's go to my house and drink". never hung out with any of those friends again, and the Crab Shack burnt down.

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 03:24 (one week ago) link

(neither of the last two things happened but I learned from James Frey that it's ok to embellish)

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 03:24 (one week ago) link

(btw the concept of singing birthday songs in chain restaurants is the utter pits, I hated doing it when I was a waiter, the recipients often don't even like it, why not just say happy birthday and dump a cupcake on their fuckin' lap)

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 03:27 (one week ago) link

My first serving job was at a Pappadeaux where they'd send you home if your shirt or apron wasn't properly dry-cleaned and pressed with heavy starch and everyone I worked with still has waitmares about that place but we still felt lucky compared to the neighboring Joe's Crab Shack where they had to dance like trained monkeys. (Also we made twice as much money on a given night.)

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 03:32 (one week ago) link

lol I showed up to my waiter job half the time with a soiled shirt, but I worked at a dump. never woulda survived at Pappadeaux's.

the dancing at Joe's was just what you'd expect - people moving awkwardly while squinting as if to say "ok this is good enough, right? Nobody I know sees me?"

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 03:34 (one week ago) link

wasn't it to distract people from how long it took to get their food half the time

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 03:34 (one week ago) link

Yeah, it was a chance to let the kitchen catch up supposedly.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 03:35 (one week ago) link

I like the word waitmare, haven't seen it before

Dan S, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 03:42 (one week ago) link

I’ve never been to a Joe’s it sounds horrible though.

Just came back to post these tweets re: “rubes” and the interpreted nonsense about classism that someone decided to carry over from the old RL thread:

“My parents would NEVER let me eat this garbage growing up.” Yeah? My parents worked 16 hour days and tried their best and sometimes generic brand pizza rolls were the damn move for dinner.

— Josh Scherer (@MythicalChef) August 9, 2020



And that’s fine. You can advocate for a better food system—check my lower back for proof that I do—while not denigrating the foods that bring poor folks convenience, joy, and sustenance.

— Josh Scherer (@MythicalChef) August 9, 2020

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 03:44 (one week ago) link

xp - Nothing like being in the weeds on a pitch black patio that’s two miles long and looking down to realize you’re not wearing pants, then waking up when you remember it’s been 15 years since you waited tables.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 03:48 (one week ago) link

I got laid off by my restaurant (Chevy's Fresh Mex, which now has only one location in FL) in 2003. I have still had waitmares since I left that place. sometimes something as innocuous as being weeded, sometimes getting into a fistfight with the busboy who is also Henry Winkler, and sometimes at the same time as I work my current job, waiting tables on weekends.

then a few years ago, weirdly, I finally got "fired" from Chevy's in my dream, for mouthing off or something.

the dreams....stopped.

and then....

I started dreaming I was working at Best Buy now. on weekends, in the Media dept.

Best Buy is where I worked after I left Chevy's.

somehow I hate those dreams more. that job was boring as fuck and paid $7 an hour. and made you wear ugly blue and khakis.

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 03:59 (one week ago) link

I have some decent memories of Chevy's happy hour

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 04:02 (one week ago) link

and the lunchtime $5 fajitas!!!

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 04:04 (one week ago) link

I had to leave town for a few days for a family thing and didn’t have the guts to ask my manager for time off so I just never showed up at Corky’s Barbecue again.

Corky’s is pretty decent food though, get the pulled pork and save room for apple cobbler.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 04:17 (one week ago) link

you're probably still on the schedule

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 04:18 (one week ago) link

Texas Roadhouse was a couple of stops after Pappadeaux, they made me work on New Year's Eve even though I was violently ill from food poisoning. I get why they didn't believe me to start with but I think they might have sent me home when I was running from trashcan (to puke) to table to bathroom (to try to not shit myself).

I worked a couple more shifts then decided that was really fucked up and never went back.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 04:27 (one week ago) link

I even lasted at Chevy's through a rat infestation.

i'm talking mutant sized, Rat Fink rats, that kept coming down the pipes onto the soda fountain after hours.

well....and on one unfortunate occasion, during hours. and climbed up on the seat next to a customer.

she screamed "RAT! RAT!", and apparently a bunch of tables up and walked out (I wasn't there). the weirdest part of that story to me wasn't that part, but who in the fuck would STAY after that? apparently some people needed another margarita.

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 04:32 (one week ago) link

(I am very squeamish w/rats also)

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 04:33 (one week ago) link

I definitely grew up looking down on Red Lobster but that was more because in New Orleans you can get much better seafood for much cheaper. Just seemed like a white middle-class suburban status thing. Can see why landlocked people might like it. Y'all are making me want to track one down for the biscuits, tho.

Fetchboy, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 04:33 (one week ago) link

hell there are a ton of better seafood places in FL - I found a great peel shrimp place in Ocala, FL (the only nice thing I'll ever say about Ocala)

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 04:35 (one week ago) link

If you live next to seawater there are always a billion places better than the chains discussed in this thread.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 04:49 (one week ago) link

i eat my seafood straight out the ocean

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 04:54 (one week ago) link

I’m thinking way too hard about how I would deal with the rat situation described above. Yeah, walking right the fuck out is the correct move.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 04:54 (one week ago) link

This thread is actually making me miss restaurants even though it’s basically all stories about systemic labor issues, food poisoning, and rodents

That’s how bad lockdown’s gotten for me I guess

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 04:57 (one week ago) link

cruising for new restaurants is one of the things I miss the most about dating.

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 05:10 (one week ago) link

I like to pretend once this is all over that a bunch of new places are going to take over all the spots that have permanently closed since March, and I’ll get to try them out. Ha ha, ha, ha ha.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 05:20 (one week ago) link

Amazon Automats coast to coast

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 05:25 (one week ago) link

enjoy your "Amazon Ham 'n Cheese Classic" which will be thrown at Roger Clemens speed at your chest from the back of a truck

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 05:28 (one week ago) link

-Neanderthal's 1985

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 05:29 (one week ago) link

How have we gotten this far without

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVALgcE2JSI

imago, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 06:00 (one week ago) link

Well! This thread blew up.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 09:51 (one week ago) link

Two of my great aunts ate at Red Lobster in suburban Chicago every Thursday for more than twenty years. When they died, their favorite waitress was mad that she didn't get anything in the will.

Joey Corona (Euler), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 10:18 (one week ago) link

I wouldn't eat a bug that crawled out from under my couch. I don't know why people eat the bugs that crawl around on the bottom of the ocean.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 12:15 (one week ago) link

I used to think that way, but then I remember that shrimp are delicious.

I also have eaten plenty of bugs.

Joey Corona (Euler), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 13:38 (one week ago) link

sea bugs are juicy (in an appetizing way)

land bugs are crunchy (in a mostly not good way)

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 14:04 (one week ago) link

Texas Roadhouse locations are all actual portals to hell, icymi

brimstead, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 18:04 (one week ago) link

crunchy land bugs are the good ones

I draw the line at gooey land bugs and critters - my friend lived with a woman from Zimbabwe for a while and she tried to introduce us to these
https://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/eats/zimbabwe-favorite-snack-mopane-worms-article-1.1247669

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 18:08 (one week ago) link

i would eat that

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 18:43 (one week ago) link

although "salt and vinegar potato chips, but a bit wetter" gave me pause

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 18:43 (one week ago) link


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