46% agree this seafood restaurant has the best side dishes

In case you haven’t gone through this alliteration, we’re talking about red lobster. Ah of course. I bet you can also guess which side the channel got all those votes from – most likely the Cheddar Berry Cookiessomething so popular they spawned a zillion imitated recipes. The restaurant says so serves almost a quarter of a billion (yes, “billion” with a “b”) of these cookies per year, which is all the more remarkable considering the free side dish with every meal. Less famous red lobster sides include lobster bisque, the new bacon and mac and cheese, and simply prepared vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and potatoes.

Bonefish Grill, a restaurant with no real signature but a few decent enough to garner 18% of the vote, came in second in the Mashed poll. Joe’s Crab Shack was just behind with 16%, while Bubba Gump Shrimp was quite a distance behind with only 9%. Ocean Prime subprimes only found favor with 6%, while Arthur Treacher was dead last. The reason for the loss of this chain of fish and chips may not have so much to do with its malt vinegar fries as with the fact that the establishment itself was reduced to a single location since last year. Arthur Treacher may be coming back from the dead as a ghost, but… ghost cooking, i.e. based on a Grubhub list for the chain in Virginia. If so, his fries, silent puppies and coleslaw could do better in future polls.

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