Monday, February 17, 2014

Red Lobster Lobsterfest Review

*DISCLOSURE* I received a Red Lobster gift card for the purpose of this review.  This opportunity was made possible by Mom Spark Media.  All thoughts are solely mine. 

The love between me and seafood is unbreakable.  Granted, though I don't love fish as much as I love shellfish, the love is still there.  Whenever I order anything with shrimp, scallops, oysters, or mussels I'm in absolute heaven.  Don't count on me sharing with you either.  My husband and I don't go out for seafood that often, but it's always for a special occasion when we do. When's the last time you treated yourself to a wonderful seafood dinner?

Red Lobster is a seafood lover's dream.  The restaurant's menu is composed of dish after dish of wonderful lobster, shrimp, and steak cooked in every way you could imagine.  The meals are accompanied by rice pilaf, mashed potatoes, french fries, or a baked potato along with veggies.  Everyone associates Red Lobster with their famous cheddar bay biscuits.  Those cheesy little round circles of heaven are always everyone's favorite part of the meal. The restaurant is currently celebrating Lobsterfest and has a whole menu devoted to it right now. The Lobsterfest menu offers incredible lobster dishes that will make your mouth water.  How does dueling lobster tails and a lobster lover's dream entree sound?  The lobster tails are thick and juicy and full of wonderful flavor. There's something for everyone at Red Lobster no matter what menu you order from.

My husband and I were invited to try out the new Lobsterfest menu.  Upon arrival, we were given the celebratory menu right away.  I scanned through it and had a tough time ordering because everything looked delicious.  Seriously, everything.  I'll have one of each menu item please! 

We decided on the Parrot Isle Coconut Shrimp to start off with.  I ordered the Lobster bake, while my husband opted for the Surf and Turf.  Two smart choices if I do say so myself.

Our coconut shrimp came out with alongside a basket of cheddar bay biscuits.  My husband hadn't been to Red Lobster in years, and couldn't remember what the biscuits tasted like.  I told him before we left home that he would absolutely love them.  Of course, I was right.

Don't worry shrimps.  I do love you, but eating you is the only way to prove that love.

The plate contained six beautifully fried coconut shrimps along with a piece of fresh pineapple.  The shrimps were large and generously battered in a coconut mixture. The coconut flavor was very prevalent.  Once you bit into one, you were hit with a wave of crunch and coconut.  It was like being transported into summer, but in the middle of February. They were extremely delicious and we polished them off quickly.  My husband enjoyed the dipping sauce that came with them.  I preferred to eat my shrimp plain.  The pineapple was full of flavor too and complimented the appetizer well.  

The best part about going to Red Lobster.  Those yummy biscuits that are gone as soon as they hit the table.

I only had half of a biscuit so I could save room for dinner, especially since we had the appetizer.  My husband doesn't share my idea of self control and attacked the entire basket. The biscuits were perfectly warm and buttery with a hint of seasoning and cheddar flavor.  If you're looking to make your belly smile, these biscuits will surely do the trick.

Our food finally arrived and it looked absolutely fantastic.  I do apologize for the below pictures.  My phone died in the middle of the meal and I had to use my husband's phone.  He doesn't have a smartphone so the picture quality isn't as high.

As soon as the waiter placed my husband's meal in front of him, I could tell he was going to love it.  What more could you want out of life than steak and a lobster tail accompanied by mashed potatoes and string beans?
I suggest you take a bite of the lobster dipped in the drawn butter first, and then sample the steak.

The lobster was perfectly cooked.  Not only was it large and contained a lot of meat, it was bursting with flavor too.  The combination of the lobster and butter together was magical and he savored every bite.  Everyone knows butter makes everything better. The steak had a rustic peppercorn seasoning that he really enjoyed.  The meat was melt in your mouth delicious and was gone in no time.  The mashed potatoes were thick and creamy, and the beans had a great crunch to them.  The food was very fresh and delicious, and my husband enjoyed each and every bite.  I think he secretly wishes I would cook like this for him at home every night!

The Bar Harbor Lobster Bake contained two large lobster tails along with shrimp, scallops, and mussels.  All of the seafood was served on a bed of linguine.  Everything was cooked in a garlic and white wine sauce.  How could you say no to this dish? If you do, you're crazy.
Lobster bake, you have a 7:00 PM meeting with my stomach.  Don't be late.  It's not nice to keep it waiting.

My dish was absolutely sensational.  The dish contained a lot of seafood which I loved.  All of the fresh seafood was cooked to perfection.  The shrimp and scallops were large and firm, while the mussels were delightful.  My lobster tails were chewy and tasted heavenly when dipped in the drawn butter.  I loved the white wine and garlic sauce, it complimented the seafood and linguine nicely.  The linguine was cooked just right.  In my opinion, pasta is a welcomed addition to any meal.  It's a versatile item that can be added to many dishes.  I was extremely impressed with my lobster bake and wish that I could have it a few times a week for dinner.  Too bad that's not a realistic possibility!

Our experience at Red Lobster was definitely a positive one.  Our waiter was attentive throughout the meal and the food was delicious.  I would certainly recommend a seafood lover heading there for lunch or dinner.  They will leave with a smile on their face and a full stomach.

*DISCLOSURE* I received a Red Lobster gift card for the purpose of this review.  This opportunity was made possible by Mom Spark Media.  All thoughts are solely mine. 

Want to know how to properly crack open a lobster? Check out this video.

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