Reporter Inquires Where Red Lobster Gets Its Lobster - Answer May Surprise You

It’s pretty fascinating how the simplest of questions can sometimes lead you down the rabbit hole. Perhaps that’s a symptom of the internet age itself, but we’ve all found ourselves heading down that endless path of information after having a rather simple question pop up. As AOL shares, this reporter can relate.

The columnist for Mic had a rather simple query pop up, and she thought it would make a great idea for a column. She wanted to know where Red Lobster gets its abundance of lobsters from, but that information proved to be a little challenging to glean. Her travels started with a question directed at the company itself, and she was a little surprised at how it seemed to raise eyebrows.

“What prompted the focus on lobster for the story?" a Red Lobster publicist wanted to know.

"We're looking at where restaurants get their products," she replied.

"Is this story just on Red Lobster?" the publicist queried.

She confirmed that it was, and that seemed to put the publicist a bit more at ease.

"I just wanted to [see] where you got inspired to do a story on Red Lobster," the publicist replied.

She became even more curious from that point, and that led her to poke around and pose the question directly to some of the chain's locations. Red Lobster Times Square would note that it’s "kind of confidential," but the manager from the New York City location would add that they come from "all over the world."

Hmmm. So what does that mean, exactly? Turns out there was a small controversy that erupted back in 2016 when the program Inside Edition analyzed lobster bisque from three separate Red Lobster locations. The analysis would reveal that the lobster from one batch was actually langostino, while the other two had combinations of langostino and lobster. Perhaps that’s why the publicist and others were so guarded on the info. In any event, that little row prompted a response from the company.

"Red Lobster, the world's largest seafood restaurant chain, serves a variety of lobster on its menu, including North American lobster, Maine lobster and langostino lobster," a spokesperson told Inside Edition. "As a seafood expert, Red Lobster understands that the seasonality and availability of lobster can fluctuate, so our Lobster Bisque can contain meat from Maine lobster, langostino lobster or, in some cases, a combination of both."

But that doesn’t completely answer the question: where does it come from? Maine lobster is pretty self-explanatory, as it comes from the waters off of the North Atlantic. It’s found in the cold waters off of the coasts of New England and Canada. Langostino lobster comes from the Pacific Ocean, mainly from the cold waters off the coasts of Costa Rica and Chile, while Rock lobster comes from the Caribbean Sea.

So there you have it, and that’s one less rabbit hole you need to get yourself lost in. That won’t stop us from asking the server and manager where the lobster comes from during our next visit to Red Lobster - just for fun, of course.

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