A Lobster Experience at Budds Broiler in Richland – January 19th 2022

A Lobster Experience: 3 For $35

We were invited by Cara at Budds Broiler in Richland to try the upcoming lobster special that is currently being offered.  It’s a full lobster dinner available for $35.  There are also a la carte options you can add.  Let’s get into it.

With the special being “Three for $35”, you get an appetizer, main course, and dessert. You have your choice between their Caesar salad and the Cold Water Lobster Bisque.  I typically get the salad when at Budds, but for this special, the bisque would be my go-to. It’s creamy, rich, and full of flavor.  I could eat the bisque all day long.

After the salad or bisque, the main course is next. It’s a lobster tail dinner packed full of flavor. It’s served with a craisin pistachio rice and a side of seasonal vegetables.  The rice was genuinely some of the best rice I’ve had with any dinner I can remember in recent months.

The desserts were next and absolutely delicious. You have your choice between the Mini Apple Bread Pudding and their seasonal ice cream from Country Mercantile.  I’ve never been the biggest bread pudding fan, but this Apple Bread Pudding is amazing. I’d order it again for dessert in a heartbeat.

We were also able to enjoy all this delicious food with great wine. We started off with the Chateau Ste. Michelle sparkling wine with the appetizers.  We were served Dunham Cellar’s “Shirley May” 100% Chardonnay.  This Chardonnay has notes of vanilla bean, honeysuckle, and caramel. It was bright and well structured. I would definitely get the chardonnay again.

With our desserts, we were served a delicious Smith Woodhouse 2008 Late Bottled Vintage Port. It was probably one of the best ports I’ve ever had.

Overall, this meal hits on what I look for the most when dining out. It delivers on taste and value. Pure and simple. This is an excellent special you should take advantage of while it’s being offered.

A la Carte Options

In addition to the “3 For $35” dinner special, Budd’s is offering a la carte options.  Each one of them is delicious.  They are as follows:

Lobster Jambalaya
This jambalaya is packed with flavor. I haven’t had a whole lot of jambalaya in my time, but I’ve had enough to know that Budd’s is doing it well. This is another dish I could probably eat all day and not feel bad about it at all.

Lobster & Prosciutto Mac & Cheese
The next option is lobster and prosciutto mac and cheese.  This is another worthy option. I’ve been seeing quite a few restaurants add a mac n cheese option to their menus and that’s just fine. All you need to know is this dish will be one of the creamiest, cheesiest mac n cheeses you’ve had in quite some time… and then they pack it with crispy Italian ham and lobster. It’s a must-get.

Lobster Roll
The final a la carte option is their Lobster Roll. It’s essentially a lobster and shrimp Po Boy. They put a great aioli on it and serve it all on a Hawaiin Roll.  This is a delicious dish.  I would make only one recommendation. If you order it, ask for light sauce or for the sauce to be served on the side.  There are a lot of competing flavors and it’s easy for the lobster and shrimp to get overwhelmed.  With all that said, I’d easily get this one again.

So here’s the deal. This is a great special served by one of my favorite restaurants in the Tri-Cities.  They will be offering this special Monday through Thursday from now until February 10th.  Get it before it’s gone.z

Budd’s sources as much of their product as possible from local purveyors. These include Country Mercantile, Douglas Fruits, Middleton Farms, and Love Joy Farms.  Their beef comes from Double R Ranch, Snake River Farms, Salmon Creek Farms, and Royal Ranch out of Eltopia.

If you haven’t been to Budd’s in a while, give them a go.  This is a great place for family celebrations, date nights, and even a quick happy hour. Tell them Shot and a Beer dot com sent you.