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Sep 15, 2008 04:02 AM

Lobster Roll's

Just returned from a trip to the east coast. Had a wonderful lobster roll, along with a dozen littlenecks, yummy! Any local restaurants offer this great treat?

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  1. For a price... the Four Seasons does yummy ones in their bar menu (Avenue Bar).

    1. I've asked about these before, and never gotten any answers

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      1. re: duckdown

        It's because we don't live in Maine. Lobster Rolls are very much an east coast thing, and mainly American. I bet in 10(ish) years lobster rolls might be more common here. Now, if you can find 10 restaurants in Toronto that serve them I'd be surprised.

          1. re: duckdown

            I know, it’s just Toronto isn’t really a coast or ‘nautical’ culture by virtue of where we are located obviously. So they’re hard to find here. I have heard that Four Seasons does make a nice one (good for them btw!), though I’ve never been. If anyone has tips on where to get them in Toronto, I’d be interested as well. Not gimmicky ‘takes’ on a Lobster Roll. An actual roll. But I ain’t holding my breath…

            1. re: magic

              Ever since my first visit to Nova Scotia, I've become addicted to lobster and crab rolls. I usually make my own at least a few times a year. It's super easy because the lobster or crab meat has such a simple dressing. I buy cooked lobsters from Bill's (no need to cook them at home for lobster rolls), make the lobster salad with lobster meat, mayo (sometimes homemade), a bit of lemon juice, a bit of chopped celery, salt, pepper, and a dash of tabasco. That's it!! Open a hot dog bun bought from Loblaws (you don't want a high-end, artisinal bun for this), fry it in butter (that's key), spoon in the lobster, and Bob's your uncle. Homemade is always the best.

              1. re: acd123

                Yup, I've done shrimp rolls. "Top-split" hot dog buns are best! They get crispier and more buttery than regular hot dog buns. But agreed, nothing fancy.

                1. re: acd123

                  Does Bill's offer cooked lobsters "dressed" - ie - shelled and ready to go? I love lobster but I don't want to destroy my knives getting "at" them... How much per pound are these lobsters?

                  1. re: Apple

                    I don't buy mine "dressed". I prefer to do it at home. They may do it for you, however.

            2. re: magic

              I would have to disagree with the "mainly American" bit at this point. I just did a two week trip of the east coast and Lobster Rolls were pretty much standard on the menus of every restaurant that served seafood.

              1. re: elrik

                Well then I stand corrected. I didn't realize they were that pervasive along Canada's east coast. Cool.

          2. The Drake has a lobster roll on their dinner menu:

            Canoe serves a Lobster Club at lunch (not quite a lobster roll, but at least it's a lobster sandwich), and Zee Grill will make lobster rolls on request.

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            1. re: phoenikia

              Bymark has a lobster grilled cheese at lunch; nothing close to a lobster roll though. Toronto doesn't have the same lobster culture as out East. Due to the higher price of lobster, and the perceived value of the ingredient, finding a real lobster roll is difficult. We can get the upscale ones, but they aren't the same (the Four Seasons' lobster roll is great, but it's just not a lobster roll).

              Better off making them yourself, as others above have said.

              1. re: tjr

                Sadly, I recently saw live lobster on sale for $1/lb cheaper here then I did out on the east coast.... my only consolation was telling myself it's probably been in a tank a lot longer and wouldn't be as fresh tasting ;)

                1. re: elrik

                  From my understanding (NY Times), lobster prices are dropping in price due to market conditions. High price of gas for lobster fishermen, the economy in the US... Finding a market with a high turnover is always important.
                  Best fishmonger? I usually go to Seafood Depot in Woodbridge.

            2. Zee Grill on Mt Pleasant has it as an appertizer right now.

              1. they make an amazing lobster mac and cheese at the bimark bar on Wellington in downtown Toronto. It is so yummy. Expensive, but yummy.....