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mermaid inn going downhill?

charlotte Aug 3, 2004 03:41 PM

I am curious...has anyone been there lately? A friend said they had a disappointing meal recently but I want more opinions. thanks

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    cd` Aug 3, 2004 03:49 PM

    been twice, it's never been special.

    harrison is special, red cat is fair.. hard to really get those guys

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      Deenso Aug 3, 2004 04:46 PM

      We've eaten there twice - both times within the last month. Very good service and great lobster rolls. Don't know what more a person could want!

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        frankie_lee Aug 3, 2004 05:12 PM

        Menupages says the lobster roll is "market price."

        Anybody know approximately how much that bad boy goes for these days?


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          Doug E Aug 3, 2004 05:47 PM

          Had one yesterday and was $22 and not even comparable to the roll at Pear or Mary's which is usually cheaper. I used to live around the corner from Pearl and recently moved so I try to satisfy my cravings with the lobster roll at Mermaid Inn but am repeatedly dissapointed. There are other items on the menu that are pretty good though. I am a huge fan of both Red Cat and the Harrison though and have always been somewhat surprised that Mermaid Inn is not a little better.

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          jgirl Aug 3, 2004 05:28 PM

          i only ate there once and had the lobster role, did not like it at all!!!!. i love lobster and thought that maybe i just did not like lobster roles, untill i ate at mary's fish camb and found out how good a lobster role could be. at mermaid the lobster was too chopped up and had way too much dressing on it making it sour and salty. i could not even finish it.

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          City Chef Aug 3, 2004 04:53 PM

          It was never very good in the first place...

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            Mindy Aug 3, 2004 05:04 PM

            Always find it satisfying, but never outstanding. But, definitely not disappointing. Depends on your expectations, I guess.

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              Tristanbul Aug 3, 2004 07:15 PM

              Surprised to read the 'disappointed' replies. We have gone twice with friends when in the mood for good seafood & have had really good experiences with service, food & wine. We have all had several different things on the menu. Had delicious lobster rolls & oysters both times. My wife loved the crispy rock shrimp salad & spaghetti with salad on top. Had the halibut last time & it was delicious. Great wine selection did not disappoint. My only complaint is that the dining room can get a bit loud. We really like the place & plan to revisit it.

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                Ed Aug 4, 2004 08:44 AM

                I went a couple weeks ago and would go back. I thought the fried oysters were great, and I did like the lobster roll. I also liked the wines. Seems like a bunch of disappointed people, by that is not unusual, people always like to complain.

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