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Anyone try the lobster roll at ASSBar?

They were sold out tonight, so I couldn't try it. The menu advertises 1/2 lb. of lobster meat with lettuce on a grilled hot dog roll for $9.95.

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  1. Did you try something else instead? I was there on Friday and got the Reuben. That's a very solid sandwich, and the corned beef they use is great. ASSBar is not a regular spot for me, at all, but when the parking gods leave a space right out front, you need to take it as a sign.

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    1. re: yumyum

      I got the "falafel burger," which was just ok.

      1. re: Blumie

        I like the felafel sandwich at Brookline Lunch in Central Square. The version at Deluxe Town Diner ain't bad either. Both are surely a fraction of the price.

        1. re: Blumie

          Inquiring minds want to know, just how ok can a "falafel burger" be?

          1. re: Harp00n

            I was thinking the same thing. Also was wondering when that became an "all star"

            1. re: Harp00n

              Let's just say that Rami has nothing to worry about.

          2. re: yumyum

            There are so many better options in that part of Cambridge than this place if one was lucky enough to find a parking spot. ECG, Bukowski's, etc.

            1. re: Sal Monella

              ECG isn't open for lunch and I dislike Bukowski's. Different strokes, though.

              1. re: Sal Monella

                Our intention was to go to ECG, but we didn't get there early enough to avoid a wait, and we didn't have the time.

            2. One seafood website says that the yield from a 1 lb lobster is about 2/3 cup and another says that it is about 1/4 to 1/3 of the weight of the total lobster; based on this to get 1/2 lb of meat, they would need at least 2-1 lb lobsters. I don't think they can sell a lobster roll with 1/2 lb of fresh Maine lobster meat for $9.95 unless they are losing money to bring in customers?

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              1. re: paulgardner

                The difference on the yield ratio could be from soft shell lobsters to hard shell lobsters.
                My guess is that they are using frozen lobster meat where 5 lbs. could cost them about $60.00.

                1. re: Infomaniac

                  exactly. that or cans. If you really think there is someone in the back cooking and shelling lobsters, i have a bridge to sell you. Most of the rolls at seafood shacks / restaurants along the Maine coast even come from frozen boxes. I know someone in the wholesale seafood biz, i will ask him what the current rate is.

              2. The ASSB was sold out of a featured offering? Shocking!!

                I went there three times before I was blessed enough for the Beef on Weck to be available. It was a letdown like most everything I have had there.

                There are enough great lobster rolls to be had without giving ASSB another shot.