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Sep 6, 2006 03:29 AM

Knock Kneed Lobster, Phoenix?

Anybody heard of, or been to, a place called (I shudder as I type) The Knock Kneed Lobster? It's at 3202 E. Washington.

I just got an email from an old friend in Arkansas who says she met the owners, who apparently also run a B&B there, and she wants me to check it out for her. When I googled the name, it came up in close proximity on the map to a number of places containing the words "trailer court" . . . not that that is necessarily a bad thing; could mean some real down home chow. The name, however, does not make me want to run right over.

Sarah C

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  1. Knock Kneed has been around for a long time. Mostly fried fare. At some point in time it was considered pretty good chow. Better than Pete's but probably not to the standard of a good fried platter at the Rojo Crustacean (aka: Red Lobster). If you're in the area and in the mood for fried fish - give it a try.


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    1. re: Bazel

      I had the basic fried fish fillets at Knock Kneed Lobster, and would rate them higher than Red Lobster. The fillets are big, fairly fresh, and lightly coated. I ordered three, and it was too much food for me. I thought the fries and slaw were not as good.

      The atmosphere is not for everyone. Counter service, a hodgepodge of furniture - kind of a greasepit. A wide variety of customers. These places always seem to have their following. I can't understand the appeal of Pete's, myself.

      I want to try the Codfather. Their Fountain Hills location has received good reviews and they've now taken over the former Codmeister location around 35th Ave and Greenway.

      I'll probably try Knock Kneed Lobster, again. I'm glad for the reminder.

    2. I have been going off an on to the Knock Kneed Lobster for ages. As John said, the place is a dive inside, but I love their fried cod and the red sauce can be addictive, if you like that sort of thing. On the other hand, they have some of the worst fried ever, so I usually get the fried zucchini as a substitute.

      I occasionally will get a craving for it and go, but twice a year usually suffices. Of course, the place is crawling with lines out the door on the first Friday of Lent.

      1. I used to work right down the road from there. I ate at Knock Kneed 2-3 times a month. Loved their fish & shrimp combo. Being from the Washington State and a real seafood lover, it was a nice treat in the desert.
        The only place I've found that I enjoyed more is The Fish Market...their chowder with fish & chips almost made me think I was back home!

        1. Other than Knock Kneed Lobster, Fish Market and Codfather, any other suggestions for best casual fish and chips place around town?

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          1. re: drobe30

            I love Rosie McCaffrey's fish & chips; I get the homemade potato chips instead of fries.

            Rosie Mc Caffrey's Irish Pub
            906 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85014

            1. re: scaheld

              Yeah, I think the pubs are a good place to get fish and chips. Lately, I've been to the British Open, and I like theirs. It comes with natural, fresh potatoes, and fresh coleslaw or peas.

              I' have also been to the George and Dragon on 48th St, and wasn't very happy with the food. I've heard the location on Central is better.

              Search the board for other pubs. I haven't had recent experiences at the others. Skeptical Chymist and Fibber Magees are related. Rula Bula also comes to mind.

              More of a fast food place is Mandy's. I thought the quality was good, and I'd probably go there before Knock Kneed Lobster.

              Skeptical Chymist
              15688 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

              Fibber Magees
              1989 W Elliot Rd, Chandler, AZ 85224

              British Open English Pub & Grl
              1334 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

              George & Dragon
              4240 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

              Rula Bula
              401 S Mill Ave Ste 101, Tempe, AZ 85281

              George & Dragon Restaurant
              4230 S 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85040

              Mandy's Fish and Chips
              2426 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

              1. re: johnseberg

                Thanks. I'll defintely try to check some of those out.

          2. I've gone here off and on since the mid 90's. Love the fish 'n' chips, and more recently started substituting the fries for the hushpuppies. Really like the deep-fried zucchini slices. Atmosphere is nothing fancy. Haven't dined there in years; always get meals to go. Don't live anywhere near the restaurant, but enjoy their food enough to make the 2-hour round trip once in awhile.