Surf and turf

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Surf and turf, sometimes called reef and beef, is a main course combining seafood and red meat, typically beefsteak. While lobster and filet mignon are a standard combination, variations common to steakhouse menus include prawns, shrimp, squid, or scallops, which may be steamed, grilled, or breaded and fried.

In late 19th-century America, combining large portions of lobster and steak was popular at “show restaurants known as lobster palaces,” favored by nouveau riche “arrivistes”. This became unfashionable by the 1920s and only regained popularity in the early 1960s. Surf ‘n’ turf was featured in 1962 at the Eye of the Needle, a revolving restaurant atop the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington. Surf and turf is often considered to symbolize the middle-class “Continental cuisine” of the 1960s and 1970s, with (frozen) lobster and steak as replacements for the middle class. In Australia, the dish was first served in 1965 at the Lithgow Hotel (now 7 Valleys) in Lithgow, New South Wales. It is now common throughout Australia.

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A sandwich variation known as the surf and turf burger is prepared with ground beef and various types of seafood, such as lobster, shrimp, or crab.

Surf and turf is often considered as an example of conspicuous consumption and kitsch, as it combines two expensive foods which are not normally considered to be complementary:

“Surf ‘n’ turf is an example of the voracious rapture that defines much classic kitsch: adding two swanky things together in hopes of doubling their value and winding up with a flatulent faux pas.

…the point of surf ‘n’ turf is to maximize hedonistic extravagance…”
– Jane & Michael Stern, 1990

“This meal is stunt food. It exists because it’s a way for restaurants to package the two most expensive items on the menu – tenderloin and lobster – into one ostentatious price tag. Otherwise, these two items don’t even go together. It’s the most conspicuous of conspicuous consumption and maybe even a little cliché.”
– Jared Stone, 2015

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