Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.

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Fresh Tuna Club Sandwich





Fresh Tuna Club
Red Lobster Recipe

Serves 4

24 oz (4- 6oz portions) fresh tuna
1 teaspoon sea salt
black pepper to taste
12 slices sourdough bread
1/4 cup softened butter
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 each sliced vine ripened tomatoes
2 teaspoons pure olive oil or canola oil
2 cups arugula
2 tablespoons(approx) extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp Basil mayonnaise (recipe follows)

Season tuna with salt and pepper.Brush bread with softened butter and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Toast bread in oven under broiler, remove and hold warm.

Heat pure olive oil in non stick skillet over medium high heat. Place tuna in pan and sear approx. 2-3 minutes on each side. This should produce a Medium Rare piece of tuna, simply increase cooking time for a different doneness. Remove tuna from pan.

Assemble sandwich in the following manner:


  • One slice of bread
  • Top with arugula, two slices of tomato, and drizzle with small amount of Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Top with another slice of bread
  • Brush with basil mayonnaise
  • Top with two slices of tomato and piece of tuna
  • Top with remaining slice of bread


Basil Mayonnaise:
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon pesto
Sea or kosher salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix well. Season to taste with salt. Store refrigerated.


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