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Jan 8, 2008 03:32 PM

Hot Lobster roll plain butter

The first one I tried had a very richly seasoned butter
I would like to try one w/plain butter on our next trip in
where is the best tasting freshest one ? is there a location as good near Back Bay?
are they made from canned lobster? Thanks!

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  1. The only place I can think of that has a hot lobster roll is at Neptune in the North End.

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    1. re: lissy

      I think thats where I had it last year and mostly I tasted seasoning not lobster

      1. re: chefmom

        This is called a Connecticut-style lobster roll, and as the lack of responses would indicate, Neptune may unfortunately be the only place in Boston to serve them.

        I enjoyed the novelty of the first one I had at Neptune, but quickly tired of it, finding the peripheral tastes (especially the shocking amounts of butter) drowned out the lobster taste. Now, I'll occasionally make them at home, using what I consider to be a better balance of ingredients (although I do serve it on brioche as does Neptune).

        If you're looking for a restaurant version, you may need to head south, checking out the Connecticut and Rhode Island coastlines. You'll find many posts for this on the New England board. Good luck!

        1. re: finlero

          I know I've had a hot lobster roll with the butter on the side. Perhaps you can ask for it this way AND then ask for PLAIN melted butter. I feel a scene from "When Harry Met Sally" coming on... LOL.. :)

    2. In addition to Neptune, I've had a very good hot lobster roll at B&G Oyster by asking them to make one, and Rachel's Kitchen has it on the menu Friday's only, but they are not open for dinner and they close around 2 or 3.

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      1. re: Infomaniac

        I thought Rachel's Kitchen closed a few months ago.

        1. re: lissy

          I haven't been since this past summer so you could be right. It would be a shame because they made excellent sandwiches.

            1. re: Infomaniac

              The good news is that the Rachel's Kitchen folks are opening a new, bigger, more ambitious place near One Kendall called Hungry Mother, in the space that used to be the Kendall Cafe/The Swan. Anyone have a progress report on this?

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                I totally missed that post about them closing up, but I'm glad to hear they will be at it again....hopefully soon. They really put out some good breakfast & lunch deals, and were always very nice to everyone coming in the times I visited.

                1. re: Infomaniac

                  While I'm interested to see the new spot (Hungry Mother), I don't think it is supposed to be a reincarnate of Rachel's kitchen. Here is an article. Looks like it will be more like a new Southern cuisine operation.


                  1. re: Science Chick

                    Thanks for the article...I don't see any peanut butter, banana & honey sandwich on that menu. Some things look interesting though.

                2. re: MC Slim JB

                  They have had the Hungry Mother sign up for a couple of weeks maybe -- I live near it (and am a hungry mother) so I'll letcha know.

                  1. re: bee

                    Yep - I saw that sign just yesterday, too. Along with ladders in the windows. Looking forward to the opening.

          1. I last had one of these at Lasse's Restaurant on Bridgeport road in Milford Conn., located next to the Knights of Columbus. "With butter" is the only way they serve them. It's very, very good and it's kind of a cute restaurant for nice burgers and neighborhoody food. If you're ever down that way give it a try. It kinda looks like an old speakeasy, and it's pretty inexpensive.

            1. On the lunch menu at kingfish hall they have a really good lobster roll. Everyone who eats is raves about it.

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                1. re: chefmom

                  Kingfish Hall is in Fanueil Hall Marketplace.

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    Kingfish's lobster roll is over dressed. They're supposed to be basic.

                2. re: redjustinsox

                  Does Kingfish have a hot lobster roll? I know they have the regular cold one but I don't recall a hot one.

                  1. re: lissy

                    where is the best place to get one cold?

                    1. re: chefmom

                      My personal favorite is B&G. Usually nicely seasoned and not too much mayo (I find the one at Neptune to have too much mayo for my taste). Kingfish's version is actually quite good as well.

                      1. re: chefmom

                        i did back to back tastings between B&G and Neptune and had to give the nod to Neptune. it was just better, i think the lobster meat was cooked better and i don't mind Neptune's brioche roll.

                        1. re: ScubaSteve

                          The tides in Nahant has a hot-buttered lobster roll on their menu, although I haven't tried it.

                          1. re: ScubaSteve

                            While, I love Neptune, I don't think the cold lobster roll is one of their strong offerings. The last one I had, the lobster was a little overcooked and the roll was all mushed. I much prefer the Kingfish Hall version.

                            1. re: ScubaSteve

                              My problem with the Neptune rolls -- both the hot and the cold one -- is the brioche roll. It's an excellent roll, but it totally detracts from the flavor of the lobster.

                      2. I've always found great lobster from the Summer Shack near the Prudential Center - I'd imagine a lobster roll wouldn't be out of the question for them.