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Apr 15, 2007 05:37 PM

Who in L.A. does an East-Coast-style lobster roll (besides Hungry Cat)?

This is not sushi.

This is lobster, mayo, and some other stuff on a toasty hoagie-style bun. Who in L.A. does them (decently) besides Hungry Cat? Bonus points for west side, but will drive.

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  1. Dommy previously reported one at Sonny McCleans in Santa Monica and Blue Water Grill in Redondo Beach featured one when we were there last year.

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    1. re: tony michaels

      I had done the post on Sonny's though Dommy ordered the Lobster Roll and I had the Fried Clams [My post on Sonny's has disappeared from Chowhound]. To make Sonny's Lobster Roll as cheap as it was [$13 ish], they used ground shrimp as filler so it wasn't good eats.

      I made Lobster Rolls, a little bigger than the original Hungry Cat roll, for Dommy's relatives in from Mexico last weekend and even getting the Lobsters from 99 Ranch the cost per roll was $13, without real overhead. The lobsters were $12.99 LB {sometimes the get as low as $7.99 lb] Plus I got the buns from a Bakery in the Bay Area which makes the New England style bun.

      So $20 - $30 for a good Maine Lobster Roll not a bad thing. And a Lobster Roll should never be on a Hoagie bun. Its just not done.

      If you want to make your own see Dommy's post of our Cookin' Biggie the Lobster in the home cooking Board

      Take Care

      - P.

      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

        Thanks! (So, what do you use for the bread part of the roll, then?) I will try Blue Water Grill.. have been meaning to get down to Redondo again soon anyway.

        1. re: Cinnamon

          The bread part of the Roll is a New England Style Hot Dog Bun. They have no crusts on the sides to enable buttering and toasting for a sinful Lobster, Clam or Hot Dog roll. Hungry Cat makes their own. Sonny's Imports them. I have brought some back when I've come from Massachusetts or when I'm in the Bay Area, get them from The Old Port Lobster Shack

          King Athur Flour will sell you the pans or you can try cutting the crusts off a regular Hot dog bun to see if that would do.

          You want it to look like the pictures enclosed in the post

          Take Care

          - P.

          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

            Thanks. A lobster roll I had somewhere in Rhode Island (it's not a big state, I'm pretty sure I could find the place again) was one of the best meals ever.

        2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          sounds good, usu, people piss and moan about the cost of a lobster now we see why (maybe 21 or is it 22 bucks is not so bad for a hungry cat roll, if you do like their type of lobster rolls).