Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster

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Budgetgourmet
Junior Burger
2009/01/04 01:03:07
Which is the best!
Rt66Mike
Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/04 09:57:48
I'll take Red Lobster - the ambiance is much nicer, and the food is of a higher quality, IMHO.  Joe's is always kind of a loud annoying place that is usually full of kids. 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/04 10:59:46
When they opened the first Joe's in the Columbus area back about 12 or 13 years ago my wife and I went to try it. The thing I remember about it was the noise. It was so loud that I got a headache and didn't order anything. My wife said her food was lousy. Frankly, I have no idea how you can make stone crab (that's what she had) taste lousy, but apparently they managed.
post edited by Michael Hoffman - 2009/01/04 11:01:22
PopsDogHouse
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/04 11:19:17
I don't like either one.  The Joes Crab Shack closed down here a couple of years ago.  Good riddance.  Growing up in Florida, I love fresh seafood.  But it has to be fresh.  I haven't been able to get that at RL or Joes.
jellybear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/05 08:14:56
BG,I see you are from Houston,Get in your car and drive down to Galveston and eat some real seafood.
dexmat
Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/05 09:08:21
Budgetgourmet I just assumed you were some poor soul from the Midwest forced to choose between these two and didn't even notice you were from Houston.  Gaido's and Benno's and Shrimp and Stuff are open but many places in Galveston are still closed after The Storm Everybody Has Forgotten but you don't need to go to Galveston to get good seafood around here, much better than either of those two.  I'd go to Capt. D's or Baytown Seafood before I'd waste money on either of those.
kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/05 12:42:19
Joe's is annoying and loud, only have gone a few times due to someone's birthday request. We do go to Red Lobster every few months but only for lunch which we usually have seafood salad or something light. It's convienient and the best option close to where we shop.
Belcamp Sharon
Junior Burger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/06 10:00:53
I tried Joe's when I lived in No. Virginia. I wasn't too impressed. Reminded me of bar food. I acutally like Red Lobster. Living in Maryland, I can only eat so many crab cakes. At least at Red Lobster they know how to cook shrimp and scallops properly (I find most places either under cook or over cook their scallops). I usually get the haddock since this is the only restaurant around that serves it. Now if they'd only have full bellied fried clams I'd be very, very happy.
wheregreggeats.com
Filet Mignon
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/06 10:04:46
Sorry, I can't rally to endorse either.

Grillnut
Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/06 15:17:52
My first choice would be to skip them both and find someplace local and good.

However, if I had to choose between the two, I'd choose Joe's.  On the two or three occasions we've been there, we were on vacation and eating lunch in the middle of the afternoon, so the place was practically empty.  No crowds, no noise.  As for the food, such as it is, I think it's better than Red Lobster's.
ThirtyWhat
Junior Burger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/07 11:04:38
Let's be honest ... the problem with Joe's is that it's schizophrenic.   It's suffering from a split personality.  Whether you enjoy yourself is mainly based on what time of day you go ... and, I suppose, what you're looking for when you go out for a meal.

When our daughter moved to Orlando,  we decided to try Joe's for lunch one day while she was at work.  It was quiet, the food was DELICIOUS ... it was a real treat.    From the staff to the food to the atmosphere ... I would've given it a ten ... that's just how GREAT the experience was for us.

WELL ... we went BACK to Orlando about six months later.   We wanted to take our daughter to Joe's for dinner one night since she'd never tried it.   OMIGOD ... Joe's at night is a completely different restaurant than Joe's during the day.

Basically, Joe's at night would be comparable to a family-oriented Hard Rock Cafe.   The music was loud ... the waiters get up and do these little dance routines ... they had a hoola-hoop competition for the kids ... it was insane.   The worst part was the sound system.  There was this microphone ... and one of the employees was basically your emcee for the night.   Wow ... it must've been set to 11 ... because everytime she got on to talk it was earsplitting.

I think the food was still good ... but honestly, I couldn't tell you one way or the other because we were miserable.    And our daughter was looking at us like we were nuts.   I mean, where was this quiet, quirky restaurant we'd sold her on?

So, I guess if you like loud, frenetic environments ... then this is the place for you.   I didn't mind it when we went to Hard Rock in Las Vegas ... because, quite frankly, we were in LAS VEGAS!   Hard Rock had a very "bar" feeling to it ... so I expected it and enjoyed it.   Joe's Crabshack?  Not so much.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/07 11:09:11

My only experience with Joe's was during the day. It ws crowded, noisy, hectic and horrible.
PapaJoe8
Sirloin
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/07 14:29:42
I must agree w/ Grill. Joe's during the off hours. And, I am like a Bloodhound. I can always sniff out something good on the menu... almost anywhere.

The same holds true for RL. I like the bar area. The service is always great and the bread is also. I like the salaid and the coco shrimp apatizer. I know, my spelling is bad!

This is not to say that I do not like a great seafood place much better. It's just that sometimes you must go w/ tha flo and make the best of it.
Joe
HotDogHead
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/07 15:10:37
Joe's is more aimed for kids.  The food is mediocre at best.  Red Lobster is a pretty good restaurant considering it's a chain.
wheregreggeats.com
Filet Mignon
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/07 19:42:40
I ate at Red Lobster once ... in 1980-something ... I knew enough then, that this wasn't going to be my place -- despite my venerability to ads and new things at my tender age.

By the time Joe's came around, I knew what sucked.



enginecapt
Filet Mignon
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/07 20:22:49
Budgetgourmet

Which is the best!


Best is not a word that comes to mind...
HDtravlr1
Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/07 21:30:10
Best thing at Red Lobster is the cheese biscuits. Not the seafood
I don't care for Joe's either. Our Joe's was formerly a Landry's which I thought was better than Joe's
BR
Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/07 22:59:24
The one near me was also a Landry's before Joe's CS. I like Landry's better. Red lobster is not great but it's much better than Joe's CS. Joe's is way overpriced for what you get. I ordered a whole snapper and it was maybe 9 inches long including the tail... barely more than a snack.... with a small portion of rice for $16.00. It had been several years since my first visit there and I was quickly reminded why. I had a half price coupon and still felt cheated. 
Navy_Brat913
Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/09 17:55:02
I've never been to Joes.  My ex hub had been while we were married and refused to return, lol.  Since he was in the Coast Guard we usually lived on the coast and had tons of non-chain seafood restaurants to visit, but I still enjoy Red Lobster for my mom's birthday every year.  I really like their ceasar salad. 
geez70
Junior Burger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/09 21:27:51
Well I must be the minority here, I prefer Joe's......... That is if I had to choose, although the cheese biscuts at Red Lobster are pretty good.
stevep
Hamburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/14 09:48:37
I prefer Joe's as well. I cannot stand Red Lobster because they drench everything in so much butter. Red Lobster is one of the few places where I won't eat anything on the menu.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/14 12:19:21
We dont have Joes up here, but it sounds like a place we will put on the list of" go only upon request of the hosts", as is Red Lobster.
PapaJoe8
Sirloin
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/15 11:00:19
Brat, thanks for the RL ceasar salad tip! My tip is the coconut  shrimp.

Joe's once had blue crab that was good I thought... but no longer on the menu. Anyone have some Joe's tips??? My theory is that you can find something good almost anywhere.
Joe
kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/15 11:33:01
My partner is a seafood eating vegetarian and really likes their shrimp and lobster salad. They have some pretty good sized hunks of lobster in it. I usually get grilled shrimp but, considering you get a salad and side dish, it's a pretty good value for lunch. It's right by where we go to grocery shop so it's a better lunch option for us than the other chains in the area. This one is well managed and has waitstaff that have been there for years. Always a friendly greeting at the door which they hold open for you.  
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/15 12:12:16
annpeeples

We dont have Joes up here, but it sounds like a place we will put on the list of" go only upon request of the hosts", as is Red Lobster.

I respectfully suggest that you put it on your "shoot anyone who insists you go there" list.
Tedbear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/15 19:29:08
Budgetgourmet

Which is the best!
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Actually, the question should not be, "Which is the best", because only two things are being compared. 
If two things are being compared, the correct way of expressing the question would be, "Which one is better?". 
If you are comparing three or more things, then you could correctly ask, "Which is the best?"
 
English class is dismissed for today.  

rebeltruce
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/16 06:41:52
I first went to Joe's about seven or eight years ago, I live in Northern Va, and saw a huge sign that said "Joe's Crab House" while driving down the Fairfax County Parkway near Fairlakes.

I told some friends that I saw a new Crab House, and that we should give it a try, ya know have some beers and feast on some spicy Blue Crabs........boy was I disappointed. I never expected it to be what it was......haven't been back since. I thought the food was mediocre at best, and the atmosphere...well it just wasn't my kinda place.
 
The two or three times I've been to a Red Lobster, the best thing I've had have been the Cheese Biscuits, so for that reason I would say I prefer Red Lobster to Joe's, but I would never recommend either place to anyone.
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/01/16 17:45:42
They both suck, but if forced to choose, I'd probably go with Joe's Crab Shack.  Only because the only thing I get there is their coconut shrimp.  The sauce that comes with it is like a fairly tasty orange marmalade-type stuff, whereas the coconut shrimp at Red Lobster comes with this weird, cream-based pineapple nastiness.


Bill Reynolds
Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/03/01 03:26:32
   Joe's for the stuffed mushroom and RL for the cheese biscuits.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/03/01 15:06:33
I like seafood, but I do not like either of these two establishments

For me, this is like asking whether I'd prefer a kick in the right knee or the left knee
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/03/01 15:12:25
TJ Jackson

I like seafood, but I do not like either of these two establishments

For me, this is like asking whether I'd prefer a kick in the right knee or the left knee


How about right in the middle?
joclyn
Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/03/01 17:31:50
stevep

I prefer Joe's as well. I cannot stand Red Lobster because they drench everything in so much butter. Red Lobster is one of the few places where I won't eat anything on the menu.


it's NOT butter!!  it's butter-flavored oil.  ruins every dish.
 
just saw a commercial for joe's just yesterday, so they must be in this area now. 
 
i really don't like red lobster - there aren't any good seafood places near me though, so, if i REALLY want something and don't feel like cooking, i'll go there. 
 
joe's doesn't sound too promising - if it's that noisy, it's not my kind of place.
porkchopexpress
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/03/01 18:20:14
I like Red Lobster but probably only eat there once and 4 or 5 years
mjambro
Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/03/01 19:02:26
Red Lobster tried to make it a go IN RI, but lasted only a short time.  They could not compete with the places that served seafood.  My gues is they do best inland where frozen, microwaved seafood is acceptable.
stevep
Hamburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/03/07 01:12:33
joclyn
it's NOT butter!!  it's butter-flavored oil.  ruins every dish.
 
just saw a commercial for joe's just yesterday, so they must be in this area now. 
 
i really don't like red lobster - there aren't any good seafood places near me though, so, if i REALLY want something and don't feel like cooking, i'll go there. 
 
joe's doesn't sound too promising - if it's that noisy, it's not my kind of place.


You're probably right. It might not be butter, but even if it was real butter, that much butter would ruin any seafood dish IMO. Red Lobster does to seafood what Outback does to steak only Outback uses salt instead of butter. I want to taste the meat/seafood, not the crap they throw on it to please the abused pallets of the masses.


PapaJoe8
Sirloin
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/03/07 06:56:49
abe_froeman

They both suck, but if forced to choose, I'd probably go with Joe's Crab Shack.  Only because the only thing I get there is their coconut shrimp.  The sauce that comes with it is like a fairly tasty orange marmalade-type stuff, whereas the coconut shrimp at Red Lobster comes with this weird, cream-based pineapple nastiness.



Abe, I like that stuff. I even tried to re create it at home. Hey, at least we both like coconut shrimp. :~)
Joe

Oh, I ask for butter at RL. It's not real butter... but better than the melted stuff stuff they give you. Then I mix em.
post edited by PapaJoe8 - 2009/03/07 07:00:22
AndreaB
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/03/08 12:46:14
The Joe's Crab Shack in Lexington, KY, has closed.  I preferred it to Red Lobster.  Neither were ever favorites, and yes Joe's was very loud and the last (and final) time we went to Red Lobster I got somekind of seafood feast that looked and tasted like something I could have bought at Long John Silver's for 1/3 of the price.  My options for good seafood are very limited here in Versailles/Lexington.

Andrea
Niagara
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/03/10 10:25:43
Some one in Houston is asking if Red Lobster or Joe's is better?!?!? You live on the Gulf Coast - why would you care about crappy national chains?

I moved here to Kansas from Houston, and you are in seafood paradise - go to Captain Benny's or anywhere local.

It's like some one here driving past Arthur Bryan's to see if the McRib is any good.
brittneal
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/03/10 11:41:37
I was excited when I first saw a Joes Crab Shack here in Dayton.  The thought of a place here in my seafood deprived town where one could get crabs was a real treat.  After looking at the menu, I was disappointed to say the least.  While not expecting the real deal I was at least hoping for an urbanized versionof a real crab shack.  Instead I find the usual.  King, snow, dungenese and stone crab.
They didnt make it here.  Last time I drove by they were closed.
Niagara
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Joe's Crab Shack vs. Red Lobster 2009/03/10 14:03:50
I'm excited that I'm going to a conference in Baltimore in August, and can have crabs there.