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Jun 1, 2008 07:41 PM

one day in Boston, best Lobster Roll to brag about...

On my last two trips to NYC, my friends told me I must try the lobster rolls at either Mary's Fish Camp or Pearl Oyster but unfortunately I couldn't find time for it. Now I'm going to Boston in June, but for one day only. Please tell me where I can taste the BEST lobster roll that I can brag about to my friends when I get home. :) I'll be staying at Eliot Hotel, and also visiting Cambridge, so somewhere near or along the way would be nice.

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  1. Last week, the Globe, one of our daily newspapers rated Neptune Oyster's lobster roll the best in town. I agree. You can have a cold one with minimal mayo on a perfectly grilled bun and fries that many Chows have extolled about or have a warm one with the lobster meat in the same great roll, but topped with melted butter. One of the runner ups was B & G Oysters in the So. End. They also have a great roll, with slightly more lobster and additional seasonings. There is about a five dollar difference in the price, but seeking perfection has no financial bounds. I'm sure you'll get lots of advice on this subjuct. If you go to Neptune, the T stop is across the street from the Eliot and you need either a C or an E car to take you to Haymarket and Neptune is almost across the street. Just ask where Salem St. in and it's in the first block, If you run out of time and are desperate, the Summer Shack a five minute walk away from your hotel, has a decent one. No one has ever suggested it is the best, but I've enjoyed a couple of them there over the years.

    1. My favorite has been the B&G Oyster, but the last reported price was $29. That is just too steep for a sandwich, no matter how close it reaches "perfection". I am hoping the price will come down as summer lobsters become more plentiful. Why is $29 too steep, when I have paid $24? Dunno. Just is.

      I have to try the cold one at Neptune. I have had and enjoyed the hot buttered roll there, but prefer cold lobster rolls.

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      1. re: Alcachofa

        I am very disappointed to report that B&G's roll is STILL $29. This is disgraceful, especially in light of what is happening with lobster prices. See article linked here:

        I guess if Zagat-toting rubes think they must have the B&G roll, no matter the cost, that's B&G's market now. I'm generally a fan of B&G, but do not like this development.

        See you at Kingfish for my next lobster roll! (and tuna tartar)

        1. re: Alcachofa

          agreed, $29 is too much even for the best lobster roll in town as many places are doing $30 lobster dinner specials. Even $25 would be a lot easier to swallow.

          1. re: Gordough

            I believe the Lobster Spaghettini was $36 at Neptune. A great dish, but that is certainly a bit of a gouge.

            1. re: Gabatta

              Spaghettini at Neptune is a huge dish that could easily be split between two diners.

      2. right up there @ 28$ or 29$ the lobster roll @ great bay in the hotel common wealth is amazing and right by the Eliot hotel

        1. The ones my friends recommended were cold lobster rolls with mayo. I didn't know there is hot ones. Is one better than the other? Do I need to try both?

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          1. re: fdb

            Do we really need to answer that second question? ;)

            1. re: fdb

              From my upbringing in Boston the cold lobster roll is the more traditional one (truth be told I have yet to try a hot one but am intrigued). Of course by all means try both if you have the chance lol

            2. Hi again. The hot lobster roll at Neptune seems more like an entree than a sandwich, that is basically the difference. They are both good, so take you pick.

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              1. re: ghostcat

                The problem that some of us have with the Neptune lobster roll, as has been discussed in the past, is the brioche roll that they serve it on, which many of us finds detracts from the wonderful lobster inside. As a result, I'm in the B&G camp. That said, when I do get it at Neptune, I prefer the hot roll. I then eat the hot buttery lobster meat with a fork, followed by the delicious buttery roll. (I like them separately much better than together.)

                1. re: Blumie

                  "That said, when I do get it at Neptune, I prefer the hot roll. I then eat the hot buttery lobster meat with a fork, followed by the delicious buttery roll. (I like them separately much better than together.)"

                  Simply put, absolutely the best lobster roll in Boston.

                  1. re: greenstate

                    greenstate, I hope you're not trying to put words in my mouth. I enjoy the Neptune lobster roll, as I describe, but am not preprared to award it my Best of Boston.