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Lobster Rolls - Best Bang for you Buck

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hojoro May 30, 2008 01:48 PM

After reading up on the Hook Lobster Rolls (I have never had one), I was curious where else in Boston you can find a lobster roll that's both tasty and reasonably priced. Any suggestions?

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    joth68 May 30, 2008 02:25 PM

    Yankee Lobster has one for 15.95
    Kelly's Roast Beef 16.95

    D'Angelo's lobster roll is surprisingly good for its price.

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      Kitamonster May 30, 2008 02:52 PM

      Belle Isle in Eastie or Yankee Lobster on the waterfront

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        butter and whiskey May 30, 2008 02:57 PM

        Charlie's Kitchen on the back side of Harvard Sq. Two of them & waffle fries for dirt cheap & honestly really good!

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          steinpilz May 30, 2008 03:14 PM

          I think it's two for $10, which is a really good deal.

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            butter and whiskey Jun 2, 2008 03:58 PM

            Thanks, I thought it was around there. I haven't been in a couple of years (I'm a Brooklynite these days), so I didn't want to quote a price & be wrong. But, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool New Endlander by birth, raised on boiled lobster at the beach in Maine, and I have to say that Charlie's lobster rolls are a real treat. Perhaps it is frozen (altough I kind of doubt it), but it is done just right. Nothing fancy. Griddled hotdog bun, mayo, a big pile of meat & a touch of celery; just like I'd make at home. A lobster roll is usually something you make the day after a lobster dinner w/ the leftover cold lobster, so I expect the tender meat of the main carapace, and not a bunch of tail. I'm suspicious of a heavily tail-meat lobster salad, shouldn't the chef have saved that for the bisque?
            Anyway, Charlie's is a treat; not only do you get a great deal on not one but TWO delicious, authentic, down-home, NE lobster salad sandwiches, but you also get good ol' fashion diner ambiance, and if you're lucky, an elderly waitress with a bouffant who can't help but call you honey & comment on what a sweetheart your date is.

        2. yumyum May 30, 2008 03:15 PM

          I had one from Kelly's this week. It's pretty good -- mostly claw meat and lightly dressed. A tiny bit of celery on a buttered roll. I still want to get to Belle Isle but for a quick LR fix, Kelly's hit the spot.

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            Ladycale May 30, 2008 03:49 PM

            In terms of bang for your buck, I have to say I love the ones from Twin Seafood in Reading (I've only been to the Reading location). It's actually too much meat for a standard roll so it's actually on a sandwich bun (which they will grill if you ask). However, yum. Large whole claw chunks and other goodies for $14.95. The owner is a nice guy too. Its making my mouth water just thinking about it.

            http://www.twinseafoodofreading.com/

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              terrystu Jun 3, 2008 09:42 AM

              I don't think you can "eat in" at Twin Seafood. Does anyone know?

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                Gio Jun 3, 2008 09:45 AM

                It seems to me there are a few tables and chairs on the other side of the market. Love Twins Seafood. Ever since Wild Oats/Saugus closed that's where we have been buying all our fish. Their whole belly fried clams are very good too!

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                  Joanie Jun 3, 2008 09:52 AM

                  You can eat at the W. Concord location.

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                WHITERIOT May 31, 2008 01:19 PM

                The Parrish Cafe usually has one in the summer.

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                  phatchris May 31, 2008 02:12 PM

                  Courthouse seafood in Cambridge 12.99 with fires, not huge but very good.

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                  bear Jun 1, 2008 06:08 AM

                  At Panera in Waltham this morning, a sidewalk sandwich board advertised a 1/2 lb. lobster roll on ciabatta for something like $9.99. (Not exactly sure of the price, so please bear with my aging brain.) At that price, it has to be frozen, and the chewy ciabatta would make for tough eating, but thought I'd pass it along. If anyone has tried it, please report. Couldn't find anything on the website or on google.

                  1. Food4Thought Jun 2, 2008 07:46 PM

                    I posted a recent review of The Chart Room in Cataumet, which was moved to the New England board here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/523569

                    Certainly not the cheapest, but quite the value when considering atmosphere and service. $25.00, but a belly-buster of a sandwich/roll and very fresh. More than competitive when compared to the likes of B&G and Neptune.

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                      Coast Jun 2, 2008 08:29 PM

                      FYI....http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/mag...

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