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Because I am a news junkie I always tape the national Sunday morning news shows, and leave the VCR going for the local ABC news, to see what Elmer Dills is reviewing, (and whatever you think of Elmer, good, bad or indifferent it has all been posted here before).

This past Sunday he had a nice review of the California Grill in Camarillo, (see link below). I wanted to post this as a Public Service Announcement because there had been quite a few recommendations for Tucks in Ventura, now closed, where they served a lobster roll, (For which so many of our LA transplanted New Englanders long for.) Turns out the CG has them, and from the tape of Elmer chowing down on one, it looked pretty darn good.

If anyone has actually been there to try one, how are they?

Link: http://www.elmerdills.com/restdetails...

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    michael (mea culpa)

    Speaking of massive intelligence failures, years ago I heard a rumor that Elmer Dills was actually a CIA agent/station chief and that being a restaurant reviewer provided him the perfect cover and flexibility to carry out his secret missions. If so, I hope he devoted more energy to his agency work.

    1. thanks, mike. do you know if dills said it's always in season? and how much do them lobster rolls run?

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      1. re: kevin

        Doubt there is a season as lobster is available all the time. Cost is $11.95 with fries or $14.95 if you want soup or salad.

      2. I first thought of sushi, then of lobster in pastry. A friend guessed it was lobster in a roll or a rolled up lobster. Please enlighten me, I'm embarassed.

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        1. re: ai

          No need to feel bad about asking, that was part of the original thread too. It is basically chopped up lobster with some sort of dressing, (mayo based?), on a toasted bun. Now please excuse my born and bred Californian ignorance if that isn't exactly right all of you transplanted Bean Towners. Ai, if you go to the search feature and type in lobster roll I am willing to bet you will get flooded with information that is more accurate than mine.

          1. re: Mike Kilgore

            A great lobster roll is lobster meat (some places in Maine use the meat from more than one lobster) moistend and bound with either mayonaise or melted butter and crammed into a toasted Maine style hotdog bum. By Maine-style we're talking top slit rather than side slit and baked so that there is no crust onthe side.

            There is no celery or other filler, and for those of you on the west coast, no sprouts or avocado. Just lobster.

            Holly Moore
            HollyEats.Com

            Link: http://www.HollyEats.Com

            Image: http://www.hollyeats.com/images/NewEn...

            1. re: Holly Moore

              Holly, thanks so much for the accurate information. Now you have made my salivary glands kick into overdrive with that photo, and when the s glands do that the stomach thinks somethings on the way down, and is beginning to growl. Oh well, anticipation is the mother of chowhounding. :-D

              1. re: Holly Moore
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                Lynne Hodgman

                You have made it impossible for me to rest tonight after seeing that photo of the lobster roll, exquisite in its bursting with claw meat...and here I am stuck in KANSAS with no trip to Maine in sight. SIGH. At least there were no calories in the photo, but my keyboard is wet from my drooling!

          2. I just came back from lunch at California Grill, after reading (and salivating) over these posts. I'm sad to report, though, that I was dissappointed in my lunch. To be fair, I usually like to eat my lobster meat plain, no butter, no salt. And, I was expecting a toasted roll stuffed with fresh lobster sans sauce, like in the picture that Holly posted.

            This one, however, tasted much more like a lobster/seafood salad on a buttered bun. The chunks of lobster were sizable enough, but was covered in too much mayo. There were also bits of celery to add some "crunch" to the sandwich. This creamy filling (which, really, reminded me of a tuna salad except with lobster meat) was then placed on a buttery toasted bread, Maine style (top-split, not side-split). Together, there was too much mayo and butter and it overwhelmed any fresh taste the lobster may have had.

            I'm not giving up my search for a lobster roll though. That image from Holly's post looks too good to not search for! Hopefully, next time, mine will be like that.

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            1. re: Macy U.

              OK, I accompanied Miss Macy to California Grill and while what she says is true, I was not disappointed. It was buttery (the grilled bread/roll), it was creamy, and it was stuffed with big chunks of lobster. I threw on a few drops of Tabasco sauce and polished it off. Maybe not worth a drive all the way from L.A., but it was worth the adventure on a lunch break!

              And by the way, while Macy may have not exceeded her gustatory expectations, she certainly put a sizable dent into that lobster roll! Still, I guess I'll be going alone next time.

              1. re: Macy U.

                OK, I accompanied Miss Macy to California Grill and while what she says is true, I was not disappointed. It was buttery (the grilled bread/roll), it was creamy, and it was stuffed with big chunks of lobster. I threw on a few drops of Tabasco sauce and polished it off. Maybe not worth a drive all the way from L.A., but it was worth the adventure on a lunch break!

                And by the way, while Macy may have not exceeded her gustatory expectations, she certainly put a sizable dent into that lobster roll! Still, I guess I'll be going alone next time.

                1. re: Macy U.

                  The lobster roll in my picture is from a shack called Red's, on Route 1 in coastal Maine. I've eaten my way through Maine a few times and maintain that this is the best Maine has to offer.

                  The toast a buttered Maine style hot dog bun and pile on more than one lobster's worth of meat. They serve it with sides of mayonaise and melted butter so you can add just what you want. I usually add a dab of each.

                  I was hoping someone would report on the California Grill's version. It sounds like they are trying, but the celery "for crunch" (filler) would send any serious Downeaster stompin' out the door.

                  To keep them taste buds a salivating, here's a different lobster roll. This one is from the Cape Porpoise Lobster Company just above Kennebunkport ME. I rate Cape Porpoise #2 in Maine - there's comes tossed lightly in mayonnaise.

                  Enjoy.

                  Holly Moore
                  HollyEats.Com

                  Link: http://www.HollyEats.Com

                  Image: http://www.hollyeats.com/images/CapeP...

                  1. re: Holly Moore

                    Yep, now you've confirmed it Holly: my next vacation will HAVE to be to New England, with a very very long lunch stop in Maine :)

                    1. re: Holly Moore

                      Holly:
                      HAve you tried the one at Abbott's in Noank, CT? Very good - best eaten on the patio overlooking Long Island Sound on a sunny Spring day.

                    2. re: Macy U.

                      I have never been able to understand why lobster rolls cannot be found around here. I spent 7 years in Boston and now crave the things (and I'm not a fan of seafood). They're so simple to make and only require good lobster. I've been thinking of trying to make one myself (although I refuse to boil a live lobster), but I just know it wouldn't be the same.