THE EATBEAT: Choices at Red Lobster are endlessRed Lobster has been refurbished with a fresh, streamlined look. And there was a personal welcome from the crew as we entered the restaurant for lunch.
By: Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald
Red Lobster has been refurbished with a fresh, streamlined look. And there was a personal welcome from the crew as we entered the restaurant for lunch.
It was the September gathering of neighbors on Cottonwood Street. We were seated at a round table and told that Nicole would be our “seafood expert” for the day.
And then the shuffling game began. There were three menus — almost too many for me. One listed fresh fish of the day as Atlantic salmon, tilapia, rainbow trout and cod. Another gave a full listing and plenty of reading about Red Lobster foods. Another dazzling menu showed classic seafood flavors and also featured appetizers. My eyes fell on the lobster-artichoke-seafood dip served with tortilla chips and pico de gallo ($9.29). So, I went for it and also accepted the suggestion that a garden salad ($3.59) would be good with it.
The seafood dip was good, but very rich. I was glad I had the neutralizing salad that was served good and cold with nicely diced tomatoes and cucumbers.
Choices at Red Lobster are endless. My favorite lunch is one of wood-grilled shrimp on a skewer and served with wild rice pilaf and fresh broccoli. Clam chowder is always good. And everyone was giving a thumbs-up to the cheddar biscuits that are ever present.
Lunch is good at the Red Lobster. In some ways, dinner is even better. Especially appealing is the wood-grilled lobster, shrimp and scallops dinner ($23.49). The extensive menu shows New England clam chowder and lobster bisque. You can add a Maine lobster tail — wood-grilled or roasted — to any meal for $11.29.
And for those who want to stray from the seafood, there is a New York strip steak as well as wood-grilled pork chops.
Red Lobster was established in 1968 by Bill Darden, and there is a string of them across the country. Benno Evens has been manager of the Grand Forks store since it opened 21 years ago. And he was with the company in Cedar Falls, Ia., before coming here.
The refurbishing of the Red Lobster is being completed. Customers are finding a more wide-open, L-shaped restaurant that provides tables and booths. Scenes of the sea and fishing are shown in striking pictures highlighted on the walls.
The Red Lobster
2675 32nd Ave. S., Grand Forks
Manager: Benno Evens.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with 11 p.m. closing Friday and Saturday
No reservations. Full beer, wine, liquor service.
Report card: An inviting, refurbished restaurant with a menu consistent enough for customers who know what to expect when they order seafood. Prices are reasonable for these times. Service generally is very good. Customers look for the cheddar bay biscuits.
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