HOME > Chowhound > Mid-Atlantic >
What's your latest food project? Share your adventure

Where can i find a GREAT lobster roll in Monmouth/Ocean Counties..or close by?

Angelina Mar 20, 2008 05:20 AM

I know where to go in Manhattan for them, but here by home...no place seems to make them! :( or if they do, they are awful! Any thoughts...since tomorrow is Good Friday..I would love to find a place!

  1. Passadumkeg Mar 20, 2008 06:31 AM

    I too would love to hear about lobster rolls; can we extend the post to Middlesex County as well?
    I grew up eating a lot of N.J lobsters in the 60's, through a friend of my dad's. Do NJ lobsters even still exist commercially?

    1 Reply
    1. re: Passadumkeg
      MGZ Mar 20, 2008 07:45 AM

      There is still a small lobster fleet in Point Pleasant.

      Finding a great lobster roll in the area, however, may prove impossible.

    2. x
      xny556cip Mar 20, 2008 06:40 AM

      The only place i've heard of is Red's Lobster Pot in Point Pleasant.It has a decent review on some other boards / newspapers and has had mixed ones here?
      I've yet to try it.Supposedly it is very busy during the season ,so now is probably a good time to try it.

      10 Replies
      1. re: xny556cip
        MGZ Mar 20, 2008 07:19 AM

        I don't think they serve a lobster roll and, all in all I don't think anything else they do is particularly special. Regardless, here's the website:


        1. re: xny556cip
          Passadumkeg Mar 20, 2008 07:25 AM

          What about the popular touristy spot in Atlantic Highland, just before (Almost under?) the bridge to Sandy Hook, heading south. It's been there for ever.

          1. re: Passadumkeg
            Angelina Mar 20, 2008 09:05 AM

            Do you mean Bahr's? Thanks, but no thanks. :)

            I went there last year to meet up with some friends...I thought I was at a Hell's Angels Convention, and the food was mediocre.

            1. re: Angelina
              Passadumkeg Mar 20, 2008 09:56 AM

              Yes, that's it. Haven't been there since the 60's! In the 80's the Inlet Cafe was a shack w/ all the NJ steamers you could eat for 6 bucks!

              1. re: Angelina
                Passadumkeg Mar 20, 2008 10:05 AM

                I just checked their web site, www.bahrs.com, and they do have a critter called a lobster salad sandwich (w/ mayo). A little too far to ride my '71 BSA motorcycle!
                Wow! Bayrs Landing has been there since 1917! No wonder I remember it!

                1. re: Angelina
                  cantkick Mar 20, 2008 07:17 PM

                  Forget Bahr's. Go next door to Moby's (when it opens) and eat out on the deck.

                  1. re: cantkick
                    xny556cip Mar 20, 2008 07:36 PM

                    I must advise you against this absurd idea Angelina.The food in Bahrs restaurant is nothing special,and I would only recommend a sandwich / burger at the actual bar.Well prepared and the more recently a covivial host at the bar.( Jim RIP )The food at Moby's is a deep fried disaster.

                    1. re: xny556cip
                      Angelina Mar 21, 2008 04:24 AM

                      TRUST ME..... I am NOT going to Bahr's...unless I consider Red Lobster to be the # 1 seafood restaurant, in that case, just put me out of my misery!!

                      Moby's looks kind of scary to me. I have never been inside and I know that is a bad was to judge a place, but sometimes I follow my instincts.

                      Thank you all!!

                      1. re: xny556cip
                        cantkick Mar 21, 2008 05:12 AM

                        I wouldn't go quite that far, but basically you are right, you go not for the food but for the dining "experience."

                2. re: xny556cip
                  jsfein Mar 21, 2008 06:55 AM

                  I'm not certain as to this, but I think Red's only serves its lobster roll at its dockside restaurant. While I believe the main restaurant has opened for the season, I don't know whether the dockside restaurant has opened yet. Better to call beforehand

                3. s
                  SusieQQ Mar 20, 2008 08:27 AM

                  yesterday's APPress article noted that the Circus Drive-in in Wall is adding lobster rolls to this summer's menu. They opened for the season this week.

                  8 Replies
                  1. re: SusieQQ
                    Angelina Mar 20, 2008 09:05 AM

                    Thanks, SusieQQ!!! You got me excited!

                    1. re: Angelina
                      shesallthat Mar 20, 2008 11:11 AM

                      We had lobster rolls at the Inlet Cafe last year in the Highlands. It was a beautiful sunny day in May and we sat outside. I don't know if it was the fresh air or that we were starving, but the lobster roll was delicious and it came with wonderful, fresh fries.

                      1. re: shesallthat
                        DKNJ1999 Mar 20, 2008 12:54 PM

                        I like the lobster roll at Red's. Here's a link to a review from tommy:eats


                        1. re: DKNJ1999
                          Passadumkeg Mar 20, 2008 01:26 PM

                          Red's look like the real deal; and BYOB too! How much?

                          1. re: DKNJ1999
                            Angelina Mar 20, 2008 01:35 PM

                            oohh yumm!! are they open now for the season? Lazy again on my part...

                            1. re: Angelina
                              DKNJ1999 Mar 21, 2008 07:05 AM

                              It opened this Wednesday (two days ago). There was an article in the APP about it. They were planning to sell it but decided to keep it open another season.

                            2. re: DKNJ1999
                              xny556cip Mar 20, 2008 08:36 PM

                              I respect Tommyeats opinion, ( and recall that it one of the reviews I cited earlier ) so I will follow his lead.

                          2. re: Angelina
                            JerzeyShore Mar 21, 2008 10:12 AM

                            Yes believe it or not - Circus Drive-in had lobster roll on daily specials over the weekends last summer. I had several and admit they were not bad at all. Also the Clam Hut in the Highlands makes a decent one. But, they may not be open for the season yet. Don't expect to get a great one in Jerzey, you'll have to go to Main.

                            I'm thinking a fried fish sandwich for myself tonight - any suggestions for a good one?

                        2. j
                          jsfein Mar 21, 2008 07:54 AM

                          Based on the very limited number of places identified, perhaps this thread title should be changed to "Where can I find a lobster roll, great, average, or lousy?"

                          1 Reply
                          1. re: jsfein
                            Angelina Mar 21, 2008 08:26 AM

                            good one!!! you are so right!!! or.."Where can I find lobster" :)

                          2. t
                            TomDel Mar 21, 2008 02:42 PM

                            I couldn’t resist. Check out the $24.00 lobster roll that my wife had in a place on Cape Cod last year. She said it was worth every penny.

                            1. f
                              F77 Mar 21, 2008 11:42 PM

                              Check out this lunch menu and tell me if this is what you call a lobster roll.

                              By the way check out the taste testing menu on 3/30

                              3 Replies
                              1. re: F77
                                Angelina Mar 22, 2008 05:24 AM

                                I never have been to this place...on the way there one day I kept swearing we were going the wrong way...I wish they would clean up some of those old run down fishing boats, etc. Other than that..how was the food? Sounds like a lobster roll....as long as it is not made OVERLY with mayo.....

                                1. re: Angelina
                                  F77 Mar 22, 2008 06:22 AM

                                  The food has received alot of good reviews in a bunch of papers. We had the lobster penne and my son raves about how good it was and wants me to make it or take him back.

                                  We will definately be going back. We only live a couple of miles down the road.

                                  The one other place that always has a good lobster roll is Legals Seafood restaurants. Short Hills Mall or Palisades Mall.

                                  1. re: F77
                                    JerzeyShore Mar 22, 2008 10:48 AM

                                    Interesting, If anyone in NJ would have a really good lobster roll it would be Legal Sea Foods. I'll have try one on my next trip up that way. Thanks for the tip...

                              2. p
                                paul bruno Mar 25, 2008 04:47 PM

                                go to spikes in point pleasant. $10.95 ask 4 it on a GRILLED BUTTERED ROLL! best i've had below massachusetts. im there about 5 times a month for them and live 45 mins away. it also comes with sides. P.S.new england clam chowder is the best i've ever had. ENJOY!

                                5 Replies
                                1. re: paul bruno
                                  dagwood Mar 26, 2008 10:17 AM

                                  I second spike's. Everything is very fresh, I've never had anything bad. Haven't been in a while though...

                                  1. re: dagwood
                                    bgut1 Mar 26, 2008 11:13 AM

                                    I'll third Spikes. Its my "go to" place for seafood at the Jersey Shore.

                                    1. re: bgut1
                                      Angelina Mar 27, 2008 05:33 AM

                                      Is Spike's BYOB? thanks.....

                                      1. re: Angelina
                                        DKNJ1999 Mar 27, 2008 06:52 AM

                                        Spike's is BYOB. I was actually there for lunch the other day with coworkers. We go there every 2-3 wks for lunch.

                                        1. re: DKNJ1999
                                          bgut1 Mar 27, 2008 07:43 AM

                                          It's BYOB. In fact during the summer, its somewhat a festive atmosphere outside with people chatting and drinking their wine while waiting for their names to be called.

                                2. seal Mar 28, 2008 03:16 AM

                                  Well, this may not be what you want, but ...

                                  If you go to Wegman's and buy a pound of lobster salad and one or two or three of their surprisingly good fresh baked rolls of your choice, you likely have the best local lobster roll option.

                                  Well, that's what I do anyway ;o)

                                  5 Replies
                                  1. re: seal
                                    Angelina Mar 28, 2008 04:05 AM

                                    Good idea, seal!! I make lobster salad at home, but sometimes I just don't feel like going through the motions! I never tried Wegmans lobster salad...I trust your opinion on it being good.

                                    They do have great rolls, too! (I am a huge fan of their bagette!)

                                    1. re: seal
                                      JerzeyShore Mar 28, 2008 08:05 PM

                                      Yeah - but the fun is eating out. Ain't that what this board is about...

                                      1. re: seal
                                        mmgpsych Mar 29, 2008 05:52 AM

                                        Wegman's lobster salad is pretty decent except that it's made almost entirely from the meat of oversized lobster claws (Not my favorite part). Still, jack it up with some fresh pepper, a few bits of fresh cut celery and you're rockin'!

                                        1. re: mmgpsych
                                          MGZ Mar 29, 2008 06:57 AM

                                          I stand by my original assertion. There's no GREAT lobster roll to be found. Settling for Wegman's lobster salad - only in a culinary wasteland!

                                          1. re: MGZ
                                            mmgpsych Mar 29, 2008 07:57 AM

                                            Agreed! In the land of the blind, the one eyed man . . . :-)))

                                      2. Passadumkeg Mar 29, 2008 04:48 AM

                                        Ever seen the golden Jersey Boy, Jack Nicholson, in the diner scene, in Five Easy Pieces? The restaurant serves lobster, but no rolls and you want a roll? Order a lobster a la carte for your partner and you, a side of mayo, nice bread and a few bottles of white wine. Sit and drink and pick, drink and pick, mix picked lobster meat w/ mayo as you wish, drink, put on bread, have another sip and enjoy. Did I mention the white wine. It won't be cheap, but it will be memorable and one should get several really fresh lobster rolls. On second thought, when one adds up the cost of 4 or 5 lobster rolls, this might even be cheaper. Sounds like a plan for a long summer's evening at the Inlet Cafe. Who'll drive us home?

                                        Show Hidden Posts