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berna Jun 15, 2007 05:08 AM

Being close to work, I was thinking about trying dinner here tonight. Need the good, the bad and the ugly, as well as any other recs in the area. Thanks

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    maxine Jun 15, 2007 07:10 AM

    I was there a few weeks ago and was disappointed. The place is comfortible and the service was good, but I did not like my lobster roll. It was just too buttery, rich and heavy, the lobster taste did not come out. I could barely finish it. I much prefered it in the old spot.

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      kesues Jun 15, 2007 08:24 AM

      i've gone a bunch of times as my bf lives just down the block. there is a definite lack of consistency. sometimes the rolls rival that of pob or mary's and other times they are substandard. you could try hill country across the street (i haven't been yet, but reviews i have read seem promising)

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        randymac88 Jun 15, 2007 09:12 AM

        Went to Hill Country on Wednesday. Excellent Margaritas, and if you're into Texas BBQ, while I'm no expert on it, this stuff was the real deal. Awesome ribs, the "Moist" brisket we felt was a little too "moist" but still tasty. Potato Salad side was good as well, although some of the potatoes were a little undercooked we thought. But all in all, would definitely go back if I had a hankering for BBQ.

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          cidonie Jun 15, 2007 09:33 AM

          I really liked the fried clams, I was so-so about the lobster roll. I found that the coleslaw had a weird taste and the fries were kind of blah.

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            Abe Froman Jun 15, 2007 11:41 AM

            fish & chips were ok... would not go looking to be "wowed", generaly the food seems to be only "OK" to "good".

            ... and I was served a bad oyester there on one occasion, pretty much ruined the rest of the meal.

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              eatnyc Jun 15, 2007 01:22 PM

              Did dinner at Black Pearl with my Boyfriend. The food way good, not great, just good. But was totally shocked when the bill came and it was north of $90.00. We had 2 apps, a lobster roll ($25.00) and a Pot pie... I would not go back.

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                kalyse Jun 15, 2007 01:24 PM

                went recently and didnt love it. lobster roll was only so so and the mussels were too fishy. also thought it was definitely overpriced for what it was.

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              small h Jun 16, 2007 07:47 PM

              I went there tonight and pretty much concur with everyone else. I had a 1 1/4 lb. steamed lobster with fries & coleslaw ($30). Everything was fine. The lobster was a trifle tough. The fries were hot and crisp, with the right amount of salt. They're billed as "perfect fries," and I can't point to anything unperfect about them, but they weren't particularly inspired. The coleslaw was crunchy and not overdressed, kind of bland. Had the prices been about 20% lower, it might be worth a return visit.

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                fat parish Jun 16, 2007 08:10 PM

                i concur with everyone for the most part. lobster roll is bland. but i do really enjoy their clam roll, very good. and yeah, hill country is fab. the nabe is getting good for us hounds,

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                mr_seabass Jun 18, 2007 08:03 AM

                It's just OK. I don't enjoy the restaurant, but sometimes my wife and I get lobster roll take outs there when we don't have the energy to go to Pearl, and they are good albeit uninspired and expensive.

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