These are those biscuits your friend talks about.(Morton Fox)

Darden Is Preparing To Dump Red Lobster & Stop Trying To Expand Olive Garden

Before any Red Lobster fans go into some kind of crustacean-related panic, the chain isn’t going away forever. But that being said, it sounds like its parent company Darden Restaurants is trying awfully hard to distance itself from the seafood chain. [More]

Red Lobster says it backs its server.

Red Lobster Server Briefly Suspended After Posting Photo Of Receipt With Racial Slur

Upon hearing the news that Red Lobster suspended the server who posted a photo of a receipt with a racial slur written on it, your first reaction might be “Whoa, hold up — that is supremely unfair and I am very angry and shaking my fist at Red Lobster!” But while it’s true that she was temporarily suspended, she’s now back at work with Red Lobster’s blessing. [More]

Say whatnow?

Red Lobster “Extremely Disturbed” By Reports Of Racist Comment On Server’s Receipt

Another day, another receipt controversy pushing buttons all over the place. After a Red Lobster waitress posted a photo of a customer’s receipt where instead of a tip was a racial slur, the restaurant says it’s “extremely disturbed” by the situation. Meanwhile the server is facing critics who claim she added the comment herself after getting stiffed on the tip. [More]

(Eva_Deht)

Are These The Final Days Of Automatic 18% Tips At Restaurants?

Many restaurants have a policy of automatically adding a 15-20% tip for large groups of diners, but that practice may be going the way of the dinosaur as a new revision to IRS income tax rules will make such auto-gratuities less attractive to servers and management. [More]

(Morton Fox)

Salads Sold At Red Lobster & Olive Garden Linked To Cyclospora Outbreaks In Two States

Taking some of the guess-work out of figuring out why your stomach may currently be turned inside out, the Food and Drug Administration has confirmed that salads linked to a cyclospora outbreak that’s sickened at least 400 people have been tied to four restaurants in Iowa and Nebraska, including Olive Garden and Red Lobster. [More]

Something's fishy at Red Lobster.

Customer Sues Red Lobster, Claiming It Sold Him A Beer Tainted With A Corrosive Cleaning Agent

While there are those out there who have accused Budweiser of being watered down, one Red Lobster customer in Dallas would likely take a beer diluted with simple, non-poisonous water over the caustic concoction he claims he was served recently. In town from Panama City on a business trip, he and a pal were out to dinner when the alleged tainted beer made its way to his mouth. [More]

(Times Union)

Red Lobster Server Scrawls Offensive, Baffling Note On Takeout Container

Who is the Rooster? That’s the mystery after an upstate New York couple brought home some leftovers from Red Lobster, and found their takeout container labeled “Rooster + Bitch Box.” [More]

(Eva_Deht)

Darden Experiments With Cutting Worker Hours To Avoid Paying Health Insurance

As more pieces of the Affordable Care Act federal health care law come into effect, employers are evidently beginning to brainstorm ideas to save money and avoid having to provide health care for their employees. Darden Restaurants, owner of chains such as Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and LongHorn Steakhouses is trying out a venerable tactic from the retail industry: keeping employee hours just a hair under “full-time” so they don’t have to provide benefits. [More]

(Morton Fox)

Red Lobster: For The Seafood-Hating Cheapskate In Your Group

Every family and group of friends has that one person who whines about whatever restaurant everyone else agrees on. Red Lobster, the restaurant that brought a vaguely Maine-like experience to the nation, is often a subject of such disputes. That’s why the company has been testing more lower-priced and fish-free entrees meant to appeal to people who don’t actually want to eat at Red Lobster. The new menu launches nationwide on October 15. [More]

(Morton Fox)

Sears & Olive Garden To Give Workers Money To Go Choose Their Own Health Insurance

The powers that be at two large U.S. companies — Sears and Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, LongHorn Steakhouse, and others) — are looking to transition away from their traditional employer-sponsored health insurance and toward a model that gives employees a fixed amount of money with which to buy coverage. [More]

Do Not Throw Unwanted Water Refills On Your Red Lobster Waitress

Do Not Throw Unwanted Water Refills On Your Red Lobster Waitress

There are many ways to tell the restaurant employee who is currently serving your table that you are satisfied with your present quantity of ice water and would not care for a refill. “I don’t need any water, thanks,” you could say when they approach with pitcher in hand. You could shake your head “no” at them if your mouth is crammed full of breaded shrimp. In an informal establishment, you could put a paper napkin on top of your glass. We do not recommend that you follow the lead of three Illinois women, who were charged with attacking their Red Lobster waitress. A witness told the media that the trio expressed their displeasure at too-frequent refills by tossing their ice water on their waitress, then striking her with their hands. And their menus. [More]

Behold An Olive Garden And A Red Lobster Under One Roof

Behold An Olive Garden And A Red Lobster Under One Roof

Darden, parent company of ubiquitous chain restaurants such as Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and LongHorn Steakhouse, likes to cluster its restaurants near each other. So it makes sense that in smaller markets, they would pair a Red Lobster and an Olive Garden in one building, with a shared kitchen, bar, waiting area, and rest rooms. This seemed like totally amazing news until we learned that customers will not be able to order off both menus. Then what’s the point? [More]

Olive Garden & Red Lobster To Trim Fat & Cut Sodium By 10%

Olive Garden & Red Lobster To Trim Fat & Cut Sodium By 10%

Olive Garden is always pushing the “when you’re here, you’re family” slogan, so like any good family member should, they want you eating less fat and sodium. [More]

Red Lobster Finally Makes Nutritional Info Available

Red Lobster Finally Makes Nutritional Info Available

Last May, we reviewed which fast food and chain restaurant websites were sharing nutritional information with customers and which ones weren’t. Red Lobster has always been stingy about nutritional info, so we’re happy to report that they’ve finally changed their ways and now offer an online and downloadable nutrition guide. The only thing we can’t figure out is how their “1 1/4 lb” steamed lobster is only 45 calories—that works out to about 1.5 ounces of actual lobster. (Thanks to zlionsfan!)

Red Lobster Waitstaff Talking About Diarrhea Turns Into Free Meal And Smiles

Red Lobster Waitstaff Talking About Diarrhea Turns Into Free Meal And Smiles

Reader Wormfather had an unsatisfactory Red Lobster experience with waiters joking about “diarrhea” and wanting “hot” customers, but after mentioning it to the manager, the couple left with satisfaction and smiles on their faces. His story, inside…

Which Restaurants Are Making Your Kids Fat?

Which Restaurants Are Making Your Kids Fat?

Subway’s kids’ meals came out on top. Only a third of its Fresh Fit for Kids meals, which include a mini-sub, juice box, and one of several healthful side items (apple slices, raisins, or yogurt), exceed the 430-calorie threshold. Subway is the only chain that doesn’t offer soft drinks with kids’ meals.

So how do you improve the nutrition of your kid’s meal the next time you eat at a restaurant? A spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association gave the following advice:

“Don’t be too alarmed even when [studies] come out and seem hopeless,” said Dawn Jackson Blatner, an American Dietetic Ass>ociation spokeswoman. “With a few swaps and switches, people really can make healthier choices at these fast-food joints, especially when the decisions are made before going in.

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Some deep thoughts about the existence of Lobsterfest and “the dreaded “market price,” which is so astronomical it can’t even be listed, and is at the manager’s cruel whim.” [Because I Told You So]