I haven't mentioned it, but my old posts on Endless Shrimp are gathering new comments so I figure it is once again worth writing something up.
Endless Shrimp is once again going on at your area Red Lobster. As a consumer that means a solid deal if you don't mind the smaller shrimp used. I personally do mind after more years than I care to recount, but if you don't eat shrimp all the time they can still be pretty tasty.
There is a "new" offering of Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp for 2012. In my opinion they are not all that good. The Teriyaki sauce isn't all that good quite honestly. I'm not a huge Teriyaki fan to begin with, but this one just has an off note. I tried two skewers cooked at different times during our last visit (yes, I do visit my old co-workers, and no I wasn't the one who ordered the AYCE Shrimp). I'm pretty sure this is the same old sauce we've seen before, though again I don't have a great liking for this flavor profile so I could be wrong.
The new Parmesan Shrimp aren't too bad. Imagine shrimp scampi with Parmesan bread crumbs. Again, I'm a bit biased against the flavor because I'm not a big scampi fan. But I do definitely like this a lot better than the plain scampi.
There there are the old standby features of scampi, shrimp alfredo, and fried shrimp. The fried shrimp are NOT the butterflied shrimp in case you've never been on this ride before.
As a server this promotion is hell the first week, and hell on the weekends during peak business periods. The first week sucks because inevitably the line will fall behind crashing your refill hopes, slowing everything down.
Endless Shrimp especially sucks during peak business times because it slows down table turns, and is multiplied by fewer dessert sales - because hey, after eating a third of your body weight in butter and fried breading, who has room for more food? And not only is it harder to get tables in and out, but on average, the tables that come in for all you can eat pigout fest tip worse than the other tables. As a server it means seeing those people who come out of their holes twice a year - once on groundhog day, and once to do their very best to depopulate the world of shrimp.
So while you are enjoying your Endless Shrimp this year, keep all this in mind. Your server probably drank too much last night, hasn't had a smoke break for too long, and is tired of shit tips from people with questionable hygiene who sat in your booth before you. So be nice. Tip well, and for fuck's sake - don't camp out in the table. Eat and get out. That'll at least give your server a moment of hope before the reality of Endless Shrimp once again crushes that.