Saturday, November 19, 2011

Red Lobster, suprisingly tasty!

Oh Red Lobster.  How you have taunted my dreams with those garlicy/cheesy biscuits.  I remember going with my dad to Red Lobster and hardly eating anything else.  Recently I googled Red Lobster to see if they had anything gluten free.  I was surprised to see they had a few yummy sounding options. 

The wife and I headed out with hoping we would still be full without the cheesy goodness.  I started out with a Salad which they say is not gluten free.  However, the waitress made our salad and most of the dressings are gluten free.  I didn't get sick and she made sure to not put any croutons on.  It was like any salad. 

One concern my wife and I had were the prices.  We spent more than usual but it'sa splurge worth it every once and a while.  The two item combo is about 12.75.  It comes with one side and the salad.  You can have a baked potato or mashed potatoes.  Stay away from the Broccoli.  Someone could also decide to go with the coleslaw but coleslaw is disgusting and you are gross if you like it.

As far as the main course there wasn't a whole lot to choose from.  So we enjoyed two servings each of garlic shrimp scampi.  Wow.  It was not healthy but it evoked a Pavlovian response in me.  These shrimp were swimming in a garlic butter.  If you are a terrible fatty like myself, you might dump the butter on your potato.  Hello, heart attack!  The shrimp was hot, salty and succulent.  The potato was hot as well and it was as good as a potato can be.  By the way, does anyone else type potato and hope you're spelling it correctly?  Thanks Dan Quayle.  Now I have potato typing fear.   Moving on...

We finished off the meal with a gluten free CHEESE CAKE!  There is no crust and it is listed on the menu as gluten free.  It was moist and not as heavy as most Cheese Cakes.  Covered in strawberries it wasn't overly sweet either.  It was about $6.  If you miss getting dessert, this is your place.

All in all it was a great night.  While not abundant in choices, it was an offering worth trying.  If you go, please call the survey on your bill so as to encourage them to offer more choices.  I told the manager I wanted more and he said that was the way to get it.   If you end up going please tell me how it was for you.


  1. Here's my approximation of their biscuits. It's close enough to satisfy me. Baste with melted butter before and after baking if you really want them to be decadent. Thanks for the recommendation, can't wait to try the cheesecake!

    Gluten Free Cheddar Biscuits

    1/3 cup butter or margarine
    1/2 cup potato starch
    3/4 cup corn starch
    2 tsp xanthan gum
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1/4 tsp baking soda
    1 tablespoon sugar
    3/4 cup milk
    1-2 tsp garlic powder (depending on taste)
    1 cup cheddar, shredded

    Combine all ingredients and mix well to remove lumps. Spoon onto well greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned. Makes about 1 dozen biscuits.

  2. Thanks Cat,
    We've made them before but always like to try new recipes. We've decided that next time we go, we are going to make some that day, so we can feel normal like everyone else. :)

  3. Cat, is the 1/3 cup butter softened when you put it in?

  4. I've had a gift card to red lobster for. Year...can't bring myself to go in there. Toooo much temptation. Not enough options. I'llrobably regift it.