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Gourmet's 8 Great lobster rolls in Boston



Me thinks they read Chowhound for the top contenders at least!

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  1. Thoughts on the lobster sandwich at Alice & Kicking? It's within range for lunch -- should I try it?

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    1. re: dsmoxie

      Good info:

      I'm a fan because it's different than the typical NE Lobster Roll on a hot dog bun. They don't always have them available so I would call before heading over. Last time I went, they ran out.

    2. I dunno. You'd pretty much get the same response from Globe or Phoenix reviews, Phantom Gourmet, Citysearch, or the average man on the street. These aren't exactly big secrets. Not that CH has the market cornered on secret food sources.

      1. I made the trek up to Kelly's on Revere Beach today for what I consider the best roll for the price. Loads of un chopped fresh tasting meat, warm buttered hot dog roll and light on the mayo. Pickle and chips. $17

        I'm not a fan of the brioche roll at Nepturne and I think B&G's is a total ripoff in general as evidenced by the average tasting roll at $30. Can't comment on the others on Gourmets list.

        1. The Alive and Kicking lobster sandwich is delicious!! I was this list and decided to try it yesterday - it has only a little mayo and the sweet succulent lobster is plentiful and you can really appreciate the taste of the lobster. It's on this buttered toast. SO good. You've got to try it!

          1. I must agree with Monty who wrote that B&G is a total rip-off when it comes to their lobster roll. I work and live in the neighborhood and really like B&G and used to count it as one of my favorite lunch treats, but I almost flipped when I didn't see the increase on the lobster roll. My lobster roll cost $29...I was there for a friday lunch...crazy, yes...We all walked out of there saying how sad it was that we wouldn't be going back anytime soon.
            It didn't help that I had tried B. Lynch's new bar, Drink, this week. Like all of her restaurants, Very cool atmosphere but they do not use menus (gimmick). When I asked for a red wine (I didn't have a price list), they chose for me a wine that was $19 a glass...what?! I am afraid this sort of stuff is normal for her restaurants now. I give her Stir classes as gifts and go from time to time...not now, they are on average $140 each. Sad...

            1. Just wondering... for those in the know:

              Which of these places use fresh cooked lobster that they actually boiled in-house, as opposed to pre-packaged lobster meat?

              Not that I expect any of them, or their friends on CH, would admit that they use the latter...

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              1. re: tbiscaia

                Alive and Kicking had huge tanks of lobsters and even the cages they catch them in in view - so they are legit for sure.

                1. re: tbiscaia

                  I don't know what you're trying to say with your last comment; but I'd guess that Hook's, Yankee, LTK, Alive and Kicking , Great Bay and Summer Shack all boil their own lobsters..in house or at the Legal's plant on the Fish Pier.

                  Hook's is 1 of the largest distributors of lobsters in the country. Who would they buy this pre packaged lobster meat from?

                  No idea about B&G or Neptune but people seem to think they make good lobster rolls..whether they boil in house or not.

                  I'd question whether someone could tell a difference between a lobster that was boiled "in house" or boiled out of house and delivered fresh to the restaurant..especially served chilled.

                  I think most people here are pretty critical (in a good way) and if the product was inferior, we'd quickly identify it as such.

                  1. re: 9lives

                    I guess what I was intimating is, Kelly's probably doesn't cook their own lobsters. Others, who knows? Prepackaged is (maybe) cheaper, more convenient and faster.

                    1. re: tbiscaia

                      I was looking at the original Gourmet 8.

                      I've never had a Kelly's and have no idea; but enough people who's opinion I respect enjoy it. I'd guess they probably buy pre packaged meat.

                      It's more convenient and faster..don't know if cheaper.

                      I have my own traps...and I often catch lobsters when I have other plans for dinner. So I steam them up..remove the meat and eat it the next day.as a "salad." I detect no loss in flavor quality, if it's properly chilled. Reheating is a little trickier and you do lose some texture quality...unless you just slightly warm..in a pasta, etc