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I'm going to say it: I like the lobster roll at Kingfish Hall better than the roll at Neptunes!

I just had to say it. The last time I was at Neptune, I ordered a cold lobster roll and was disappointed. Too much mayo and the roll was all smooshed. The presentation just wasn't there and the lobster meat itself had been overcooked. Now I know this was probably just a bad night, but when I found myself in the mood for a lobster roll again, I decided to try Kingfish Hall. I didn't have high expectations, but I was really pleased. Their version of a hot dog roll appears to be a roll that was crafted from an individual loaf that had been split down the middle and grilled on each side. The roll itself was perfectly golden and a delightful butter flavor. As for the lobster, the meat was tender, sweet and had just a light coating of mayo. Served with a cone of homemade potato chips, cole slaw and baked beans. No complaints here. I think I'll give Kingfish Hall another try.

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  1. I love Neptune, but I think their lobster roll might be their weakest dish. Bad roll, too thick, too sweet, too charred: overpowers the lobster flavor.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      yes, I second this. Do you think they know this and don't prepare enough rolls for this reason? We were so disappointed with their roll too - their other entrees were so much better.

    2. Pegmeister, your description of the Kingfish roll is great. I happen to like that place more than many on this site, BTW. Although I miss the miso seabass.

      Personally, I've always been more of a hot lobster roll man myself. Mayo just isn't my fav.

      Kingfish does a decent chowder, too. Not that pasty consistency so many places glop up to you.

      1. Oooo, I never thought of Kingfish for a lobster roll. (No, I'm not a Kingfish hater--great tuna tartar.) How much was it?

        Also, as point of reference, have you had the B&G roll, Peg?

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        1. re: Alcachofa

          The roll was very fairly priced at $18. I haven't made it to B&G yet, although originally that was my plan. It was just too hot that day to walk there, so Kingfish was my backup plan. Hoping to get to B&G for oysters and champagne, followed by the lobster roll and a stop at the Butcher Shop for the cheese selection. Unfortunately, that will have to wait another week because I'm heading for a vacation on the Vineyard in a few days.

          1. re: Pegmeister

            Pegmeister, you may already know this but on the Vineyard in Oak Bluffs there's a place called The Lookout (or something like that) They have an open air porch and serve good sushi if you like & a decent lobster roll. And it's a fabulous place to sit & spend a few hours!! It's located by the park on the beach across from where the ferry comes in.

            1. re: emc

              Thank you! I wondered how the food was there as I've only been there once and it was for drinks. I'll definitely add it to my list as I'm staying just down the street. I also can't wait to get back to Sharkey's Cantina for their paella and sangria!

          2. re: Alcachofa

            You took the words right out of my mouth - their tuna tartar (however ubiquitous) IS good.

          3. Thanks for the tip. I'll definitely look forward to trying their version. I usually love mayo but on a lobster roll, I don't like a lot of it which is why I don't love the one at Neptune.

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            1. re: lissy

              I love the seafood gumbo and Chilean seabass (when they have it). Never had a bad experience there that I can remember. Need to try the lobster roll next.

            2. I was gonna hit Neptune yesterday for a lobster roll, but they were closed - then I remembered this post; thanks! I'm inclined to agree with you -- Kingfish's lobster roll was great, maybe better than Neptune's. Mine had a distinct touch of parsley which I though was really great; the roll was indeed light and buttery, the homemade chips were really nicely done and I even liked the cole slaw (which I'm usually not fond of). I think I may start pointing people at Kingfish for their lobster roll needs instead of Neptune though I may need to have a few more from each to be sure =)

              1. Jumping on the bandwagon as a regular (meaning once a month or so) for lunch at Kingfish Hall -- I think it's by far the best option at Quincy Market in spite of their high prices. I had high hopes for McCormick and Schmick, but it's really inconsistent (though they have a far better-- shaded -- patio location at lunch).

                The raw bar iat KH s really good, as well as the tuna tartare, tuna entree, and lobster roll. I've gone with many different people there and no one's ever been disappointed while many have loved it.

                1. I went to Kingfish yesterday for lunch and having remembered this post, I decided I'd try the lobster roll. I think they used more of a buttered brioche and the bread to lobster ratio was a bit higher than I like. However, I really enjoyed it, it was $18.95 so relatively reasonably priced and while I still like B&G's version better, I did like this better than Neptune which for me has too much mayo. This is a good option if you're in the area. Thanks for the tip.

                  1. Ouch!

                    1. I really think of myself as the last word on lobsta rolls and I like Neptune but I love B&G. I was also shocked by the quality at SUMMER SHACK.