Thursday, January 8, 2009

Product Review - LJS Freshside Grille - Shrimp Scampi

A few weeks back in while in my hiatus I received an email from a very nice woman with a marketing group for Long John Silvers. She asked me if I would like to try out their Freshside Grille menu. Of course not one to turn down something free I accepted. I also told her I would write up a review on my blog about it. So here goes. First ever Confessions of the Guy at WW product review.

Lets Start with the down and dirty details

Shrimp Scampi (8 Pieces)...........110 cal 5 fat 0 fiber
Corn Cobbette (w butter oil).......150 cal 10 fat 3 fiber
Vegetable Medley.........................50 cal 2 fat 3 fiber
Rice...............................................270 cal 4.5 fat 4 fiber
Breadstick ....................................170 cal 3.5fat 1 fiber
TOTALS..............................750 cal 25fat 11 fiber

That's 16 points when calculated as a meal folks. I will leave it to you to decide on how healthy this really is. you have the numbers from the Long John Silvers website in front of you.

Now onto taste and all other things good about food. I would say that for those 750 calories that you are getting a fair amount of food as a whole, but most of it is carb and calorie laden rice. There were only 8 shrimp. They were medium size shrimp at best. If you were to go to the store these would be the ones your buying that have 30 or so shrimp per pound. The vegetables were overcooked, but that will likely very from the time of day and the restaurant. I did not eat the corn or the breadstick, but they looked and smelled just fine. Speaking of smell. There was a definite fish odor. Ideally you would not have a strong fish odor. That said the shrimp tasted pretty good. They did not seem overly salted or buttered. As I mentioned the veggies were overcooked and mushy. The vegetables consisted of green beans, carrots, and yellow squash. The rice was a brown rice that was fine. It did not blow me away nor was I disappointed.

I will say that given that I was reviewing this dish I was considerably more critical than I would normally be of fast food. Normally fast food for me is all about being fast and cheap. Most times it does not taste or look great so take that for what it is worth.

Final review. I would not order this item again. I felt like there were to few shrimp and to much rice used as filler.

Stay tuned for another LJS Freshside grill review next week because after that one I will be send out $10 in LJS gift certificates to one lucky reader.


Rosie said...

Glad you're back to posting again.

Joe said...

Thanks for the info, sounds like I will not be trying this any time soon. It seems like fast food places cannot get healthy menu choices right. Usually when I do hit up a fast food place I order a grilled chicken salad. Its hard to screw that up.

Tamzin said...

"Stay tuned for another LJS Freshside grill review next week because after that one I will be send out $10 in LJS gift certificates to one lucky reader"



MizFit said...


every time I drive past and see the sign announcing the new menu items I wonder:
good? gross? greasy??

Twice the Man said...

looking for to your successes in 2009

SuperDave said...

Me and LJ don't get along too well.
The oil drips from the ceilings.
I gotta stay away from that joint!

Sharon said...

Wow, sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing!