When Red Lobster was founded in 1968 in Lakeland, Florida, the restaurant chain's motto was "harbor for seafood lovers." In 2009, a new concept, "Bar Harbor," was introduced, a new restaurant prototype modeled after coastal New England with new exterior features including shingle and stone towers, signal flags and Adirondack-style benches and an interior of dark wood paneling and warm-toned fabric and soft lighting and nautical decor and artwork. My wife and I have noticed the newly renovated restaurants popping up as we travel from north to south and east to west. At the Red Lobster location at 9500 Southwest Highway in Oak Lawn, a very busy intersection, management has done a very good job of putting everything together. The new additions to the menu are very popular. We are more fish/less meat people and nobody does fish better than Red Lobster. For starters, we sampled the Seaside Sampler, seafood-stuffed mushrooms, jumbo coconut shrimp and the signature shrimp cocktail. For an entree, my wife opted for fish and chips, a personal favorite, while I enjoyed the Admiral's Feast, a mixture of Walt's favorite shrimp, wild caught flounder, clam strips and bay scallops. The wood-grilled lobster, salmon and shrimp also is a winner. So is Walt's favorite shrimp, batter fried and hand breaded and fried golden crisp. Dessert? It's hard to pass up key lime pie.
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