Additionally, three samples of lobster bisque from Red Lobster revealed varying amounts of real lobster and mostly langostino, an inexpensive meat similar to crab. One of the samples included only langostino and zero lobster, but a spokesperson for the seafood chain said the bisque often includes of combination of meat from Maine lobster and langostino, as "[b]oth types provide the bisque with a rich, sweet taste that our guests love." On the other hand, samples of the lobster bisque from the Soupman in NYC (made famous by "Seinfeld") turned up plentiful pieces of lobster.
Obviously, the threat of receiving phony lobster is not the best news. Of course, you can always just go all out and order a whole lobster, you know, just to be safe.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and has always considered lobster ravioli a scam. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.