Yesterday I went bra shopping with my mom and her bestie. There’s a great shop in Delaware that I love, especially being a cup size that’s hard to find through non-internet means. However, being along Concord Pike, we didn’t have the option of walking around, searching for that cute little restaurant no one’s heard of yet.
Nope, we found ourselves at Red Lobster.
This particular location was in a cluster of other similar restaurants: Lone Star, Famous Dave’s, Olive Garden, TGI Friday’s. While I’ve nothing against any of these places specifically, none would be my first choice. Being vegetarian, I went along with Mom and D, since I know I can find something to eat pretty much anywhere.
(I say I can eat something at almost any restaurant, the exception being the Diner at the Plaza in South Philadelphia. Oh boy. That’ll be a story for another time though!)
Our server asked us about appetizer, and my mother mentioned the stuffed mushrooms, inquiring about the “stuffed” part since I don’t eat any meat or fish. The waitress wondered what I did eat, more out of interest in our food than any weird curiosity.
Oh, and the mushrooms are stuffed with crab, by the way.
I spotted a couple pasta dishes on the menu, and prepared to order “shrimp alfredo without the shrimp, please” when our lovely waitress informed me that they did have an a la carte menu item of just the linguine alfredo, considered a side dish; I could have that as my lunch entrée instead. She also said it was a lot cheaper than either of the other linguine dishes. Seriously, it only cost $3.99.
I’d never been in a chain restaurant with wait staff as nice as this. She seemed sincere and honestly interested in my food. Most servers try to sell me on the meat anyway (“…but it comes with the meal!”) or grudgingly make trips back to the kitchen to find out exactly what’s in a dish. It made it a lot more bearable being the lone vegetarian at the table in a seafood place.