Why review a chain restaurant like Red Lobster, right? Everybody knows what they get there. Well I had not been in a Red Lobster for over 20 years, but after a shopping trip, my wife and I found ourselves at the local outlet.
The service was friendly and prompt - high marks there. The eating area was clean and neat. It was a Wednesday night so had no wait to get seated.
But the problem was the food. First of all, every single item on all our plates was so over-salted that it tasted like the chef must have been trying to get rid of a week's supply of Morton's. That included the cheese biscuits, which were so salty they could have been used to melt snow. Our vegetables, rice, and fish were similar.
The second problem was that every dish had the consistency of mashed potatoes. The broccoli was so overcooked that it would barely stay on the fork. Even the shrimp were mushy, as was my fish and lobster stuffing.
The final problem is that the prices are similar to gourmet seafood restaurants, which this chain is not. To pay $50 plus tip for two at a neighborhood chain restaurant is more than this meal is worth, and made me feel ripped off.
I know many Americans love mushy, salty food. If that's what you want, go here. Or if you just need a friendly face waiting on you, go here. If you want food that has the flavor from the food itself rather than the salt, isn't incredibly overcooked, and is priced according to what you are getting, pass up this Red Lobster.