Questions about Kelly's Roast Beef and Chez Henri
I'm a SF hound visiting Boston for three days end of this months. I'm doing reasearch about your fine area and wanted to definitely try a lobster roll (never had one in my life!)
Looks like Kelly's is well received here. I want to meet up with a few friends for dinner. Does Kelly have inside sitting? Or is it strictly a take-out?
My other choice, if not Kelly's, is Chez Henri for its bar seating Cuban sandwiches. On a Friday or Saturday night, will we wait long? Is there a good place to wait if we have to?
I'd skip Kelly's and do the Cubano instead. It's a great sandwich. Great great. If you get there early you'll not have a huge wait -- I'd be more concerned about seating. I don't know how many people will be in your party, but the cubano is only served in the bar area and there are only a few tables. If you are 4 or fewer I think you'll be okay.
If you really need a lobster roll, I'd suggest Neptune oyster in the North End.
While I don't think Kelly's is the be all, end all of roast beef jonts (I'm probably going to get beaten for saying that) I think that the way they do an RB sandwhich is a regional thing and maybe not available in the SF area, so I would keep in on the agenda. There are several Kelly's locations (http://www.kellysroastbeef.com/) and most of them do have indoor seating.
Second Neptune for the lobster roll, my preference is the warm version w/ butter on the side.
I like the lobster roll at Kelly's in Revere better than Neptune's hot or cold. The difference was the quality of the lobster--otherwise, not much difference to me. Even Natick's Kelly's is at least as good as Neptune's, but not much for atmosphere, although there's lots of seating. Their roast beef is good but salty. Not sure if Kelly's in Revere has any seating, but at least it's on the ocean.
The whole point, for me, of Kelley's in Revere is to go on a nice day, buy a sandwich, walk across the street and eat it on the beach. The atmosphere adds that certain something.
The two are entirely different experiences -- Chez Henri is a hip, hopping bar with great food (including that Cubano, which I totally endorse) -- as yumyum says, do get there early, as it's mostly bar seating, with limited table space for parties larger than 2.
Kelly's in Revere is a takeout window at the beach, no indoor seating. I definitely agree that you want to go on a nice day, sit at the beach, and watch the birds fight for crumbs. I actually had the lobster roll there this week, and I can report that it's damn good -- a REALLY abundant amount of lobster, lightly dressed with mayo and a tiny bit of celery (I guess some people object to celery, I think it adds a nice crunch), on a buttered and toasted bun. Only complaint is that it was a little on the salty side, but the sweet lobster taste still came through. There was enough lobster (tail and plenty of claw meat) that I was able to make a nice lobster club sandwich for dinner with the leftovers, which took some of the sting out of paying 17 bucks for lunch. The Kelly's in Natick does indeed have seating, but it pretty much feels like a fast-food place, pretty sterile for an evening out.
Haven't made it to Neptune yet, but the other swanky-restaurant lobster roll in town is at B&G Oysters in the South End. Awfully pricey at 24 bucks (although in line with the rest of the high-priced menu), but it IS lobster and the fries that come with are pretty great.