Red Lobster enters the chicken and fish sandwich wars

Published on
April 13, 2021

While leading quick-service restaurant chains battle over who has the best fried chicken sandwich, Red Lobster is taking a different tack.

The full-service seafood chain, which features Thai Union as one of its primary investors, introduced its Crispy Cod Sandwich during the Lenten season.

“This fried cod is so huge, it hangs off the bun,” Red Lobster said in a press release.

The sandwich, which it has nicknamed the Codzilla, includes six to eight ounces of wild cod, fried and served on a toasted brioche bun with crunchy slaw and tartar sauce.

“It makes sense for Red Lobster to also have an epic fried fish sandwich, and we are affectionately calling it the Codzilla because we know our guests will not be disappointed by size or taste,” Red Lobster Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Dustin Hilinski said.

The Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.-based chain also launched a Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich, made with all white meat chicken tenders that are tossed in spicy Nashville hot seasoning and sweet honey butter.

"Guests might think of us solely for seafood, but we've created an amazing chicken sandwich that will surely become your favorite," Hilinski said.

The new sandwiches are just a few of the many changes the eatery has made since the start of the pandemic. Red Lobster significantly trimmed down its menu, while simultaneously adding new seafood dishes.

“The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the menu, once a 22-page book that took a guest on average 18 minutes to read, to be cut by two-thirds to fit onto a single, double-sided printed menu page, easing navigation for guests,” Red Lobster said.

The restaurant chain said it will continue to add new sandwiches and burgers, as well as bowls like the Baja Shrimp Bowl and Sesame-Soy Salmon Bowl. It will also add pasta and appetizers such as the recently-launched Bacon-Wrapped Sea Scallops.

Photo courtesy of Red Lobster

Contributing Editor



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