I've dined at Red Lobster for at least 20+ years. During that time, although prices have gone up, the food and quality of the ingredients used in preparation has stayed fairly consistent. Other than rising prices, the portion sizes have gone down a bit, also. That said, I continue to go there with family and friends, most recently with a girlfriend on a Tuesday evening. This location is quite popular, and often, I've had to park in the far-back lot. On this evening, I got a spot up front! Our server was particularly nice and attentive. We were seated immediately. Over the last couple of years, because I've paid more attention to diet, I've frequently ordered off of the fresh catch menu. There are usually three types of fish available, in half- or full portions. They can be served broiled, fried and blackened. One can select from a choice of sides, including vegetables (like green beans, asparagus and mixed veggies), and potatoes (mashed, baked, baby red -- or rice). All meals come with a choice of garden or Caesar salads. On this Tuesday, my friend and I ordered the "build your own" planner. You have a choice of two or three types of fish, prepared in different ways. My friend had the seafood stuffed flounder and garlic shrimp. I had the grilled salmon and "Walter's Shrimp" (a larger shrimp, breaded and fried). We both enjoyed our entrees. A "specialty" that Red Lobster offers all diners, and is hard to resist are its cheddar bay biscuits. You could easily make a mean of those alone. We usually take the leftover biscuits home. One time when I ate at the Mayfair location, we asked our server to leave the leftover biscuits as we were going to take them with us. He came back with a bag for the biscuits, and in the bag, there were probably an additional five biscuits. It was a great surprise, one that we all enjoyed for a couple of days later (just heat for about 10-15 seconds in the microwave!). Red Lobster often runs coupons in the Sunday paper. At our Tuesday evening dinner, we had a "$4 off of two meals." Coupons make a nice added touch for an already great experience.
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