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Good Lobster Roll in LA?

ExtraCheesePlease Jun 28, 2009 09:06 PM

I just got back from spending some time in the Hamptons and had the best lobster rolls there. Besides the Hungry Cat here, are there any good restaurants with lobster rolls here?

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  1. ipsedixit RE: ExtraCheesePlease Jun 28, 2009 10:29 PM

    Mendocino Farms in downtown LA.


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      GrillEmAll RE: ipsedixit Jun 29, 2009 08:41 AM


      how rad is that place?! the menu sounds amazing! steak and brie, nice!

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        sel RE: GrillEmAll Jul 1, 2009 11:18 AM

        I have not found a traditional lobster roll at any restaurant in L.A. but the "Untraditional Lobster Roll" Sauteed Lobster with Lemon Celery Relish, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Tomatoes and Shredded Romaine on a Breadbar Roll $12.95 at the top of the current seasonal specials is worth the long drive and pain in the ass parking! So are all of the other sandwiches that we've tried there! Warning though, I went on Monday about 75 min before they close and got the last one!

        Mendocino Farms
        300 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA

    2. Phurstluv RE: ExtraCheesePlease Jun 29, 2009 09:35 AM

      Where they buttered rolls or lobster salad?

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        omakase RE: ExtraCheesePlease Jun 29, 2009 11:40 AM

        The Farm (Beverly Hills, The Grove, L.A. Live) has a pretty good Lobster Club. However, compared to Mendocino Farms, it's also pretty expensive.

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          Servorg RE: omakase Jun 29, 2009 11:43 AM

          We like the lobster club at the Farm too, but it's nothing like a New England style lobster roll.

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            omakase RE: Servorg Jun 29, 2009 11:52 AM

            I agree Servorg. I guess it's time to start planning for my trip back East. But when I need that Lobster Roll fix, the Farm does the trick.

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          mattatouille RE: ExtraCheesePlease Jun 30, 2009 01:23 PM

          mendocino farm's uses fresh, unchopped langoustines, not real lobster. It's okay, but not the authentic stuff that comes in hot dog buns.

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            mattatouille RE: ExtraCheesePlease Jun 30, 2009 01:25 PM

            actually nevermind, that was their preparation last year when I had it, but it looks like they saute it this year. I'll have to go back and try it soon and see if its different, though I doubt its the traditional NE type.

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              ipsedixit RE: mattatouille Jun 30, 2009 02:38 PM

              It certainly is NOT authentic, but it certainly does taste damn fine good.

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              TravelPath RE: ExtraCheesePlease Jul 1, 2009 10:19 AM

              It is not on any of their menus but Ocean Ave Seafood (and I assume Water Grill as well) will do one for you if asked (I asked but declined because of the price...normal lobster price)...I wonder if Santa Monica Seafood would do one? Unfortunately, it is just not all that popular in SoCal!

              Because of this problem, I invested in a lobster cooker and found a good online source for New England Style buns and do my own lobster rolls 4-5 times per year...especially when you can get lobster for $7/lb... I think the menu for the 4th has just been finalized!

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                Phurstluv RE: TravelPath Jul 1, 2009 12:48 PM

                Do tell of the online source for ne style buns - I'd love to get some!

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                  TravelPath RE: Phurstluv Jul 5, 2009 06:06 AM

                  Try Famous Foods at http://www.famousfoods.com/hotdogbusl... They are a little expensive at $5 per 12 pack plus shipping...I usually wait for one of their free shipping "events" and buy a few packages...they freeze well!!

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