Sunday, July 03, 2005

When is a lobster not a lobster? When it's a langostino

"First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." — Dick the Butcher, Henry VI, Part II, IV, ii.

Some contingency-mad attorney in southern California named Ray E. Gallo (not to be confused with Jerry Gallo, or Jerry Callo, one of whom is dead, the other of whom looks suspiciously like Joe Pesci) has filed a lawsuit against Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill (home of the fish taco) because the Rubio's lobster burrito is made with langostino, not lobster. For those of you innocent of the ways of exotic seafood, langostino is a tiny shrimp-like crustacean common in the waters off the South American coast. (Basically, it's what you and I might call a prawn.) Tasty, yes; lobster, no.

It just so happens that Rubio's is one of my favorite places to nosh, and that the "lobster" burrito is my usual order there. I knew there wasn't any lobster in the "lobster" burrito the first time I ate one. I didn't care and still don't; whatever it's called, it's one of the most scrumptious morsels of quick-serve fare you'll find anywhere. Pair one of these beauties with a patented Rubio's fish taco and a side of refried beans, and you're in for some bueno eating, mi amigo.

Of course, now that some ambulance chaser is stirring the legal pot with his money-grubbing mitts, Rubio's will probably quit serving the darned thing. With the Food and Drug Administration's blessing, they've already changed the name of the dish to "langostino lobster burrito," which only muddies the water, given that while the Rubio's folks are now 'fessing up to the fact that they're stuffing the tortilla with langostino, they aren't putting any more actual, honest-to-Pedro lobster in it than they were before the change in nomenclature.

I couldn't care less if they call the beast a langostino, a lobster, or a leprechaun. Just keep the legal beagles away from my plate.

I bite.

5 insisted on sticking two cents in:

Anonymous Anonymous offered these pearls of wisdom...

The lobster taco is my favorite thing on the menu. I had no idea it wasn't lobster! I feel so, so... used.


9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous offered these pearls of wisdom...

Mr. Gallo needs to get a new job. He and his client are gold diggers. If she really thought she was getting lobster for $6.00 she is dumber than she looks.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous offered these pearls of wisdom...

She is a gold digger and he is a disgrace to the legal system. Grab onto this one she is his ex-wife. Just punch her name on a search.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Nancy offered these pearls of wisdom...

Perhaps the lawyer is a gold digger BUT I must say this. My friend went to RED LOBSTER and ordered a seafood plate that was supposed to have lobster in it. When he got the plate he had two pieces of lobster and the rest was a filler of basically langostino. My friend was from New Orleans and said some people might not know the difference but if he paid "lobster" prices and Langostino was no were on the menu just think of all the people who were paying lobster prices for a plate that was filled with langostino. Perhaps this is a good thing because if I am paying lobster prices I want lobster. This may seem like such a small issue but think about all the Red Lobsters out there. When my friend confronted the store and requested the manager the manager would not even speak to him and told the waiter to just give him his meal for free. Sometimes things that seem the bigger picture its a lot of money. Think of it this way, these stores think customers are idiots and won't know the difference. Someone needs to stand up to them!

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous offered these pearls of wisdom...

Nancy first of all we are talking about a fast food establishment "Rubio's" and for Red Lobster I personally have never eaten their, however when you are getting seafood for a small price common sense tells you that it is not real "Lobster". Maybe your friend should call Ray Gallo and he might have a case for her.

8:00 AM  

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