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cucuzza Jul 6, 2009 01:01 PM

A few months ago I read that a restaurant would be opening sometime in June on Atlantic Ave. in Delray and would be featuring New England style lobster rolls. Has this come about, and if so, the name of the place and comments from anyone who may have been there.

Thanks in advance for any information.

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    larfied RE: cucuzza Jul 6, 2009 01:07 PM

    Walked by this past Saturday. Still an empty storefront with a "coming soon" sign

    1. CFByrne RE: cucuzza Jul 6, 2009 04:00 PM

      CuCu,

      That would be Linda Bean's "Perfect Maine Lobster Roll". It's taking a long time, but work IS progressing. I've seen workers inside the store, building what looks to be a counter, in the past week or so. So I'm reasonably confident this WILL happen. Unlike, say, the old "Shore" on A1A and Atlantic which has been in a state of demolition for about a year now.

      More details in this earlier post:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/599931

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        cucuzza RE: CFByrne Jul 7, 2009 04:20 AM

        Thanks to both of you for your replies --- now I won't make an unnecessary ride up from Fort Lauderdale.

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          alanhotatl RE: cucuzza Jul 13, 2009 04:26 PM

          Cucuzza...try it, but if you want to save some gas and have the best lobster role right in Ft. Lauderdale, head over to Coconuts and enjoy theirs. Almost all lobster, big chunkc and not shredded, served on a butter soft roll. And right on the marina. THE BEST!

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          CFByrne RE: CFByrne Oct 5, 2009 04:27 AM

          A little birdy tells me this is opening any moment now. Possibly even already, yesterday. I am out of town so cannot verify.

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          SaminSFL RE: cucuzza Sep 1, 2009 10:18 AM

          has this place opened yet?

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            CFByrne RE: SaminSFL Sep 1, 2009 06:51 PM

            It has not opened yet. After a lot of heavy-duty constuction (concrete, iron beams, etc) they are now working on the final details (nice New England style beadboard cabinets, paint, etc).

            This is definitely NOT one of those stalled "someone ran out of money" projects.

            If I had to guess, and disclaimer, I am merely an amatuer observer, I would say they could be open on October 1.

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              CFByrne RE: CFByrne Oct 7, 2009 04:53 PM

              Coincidentally... the NY Times has a large article on Linda Bean and her Lobster plans today.

              http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/07/din...

              The lead:

              "EYEING a vivid heap of buoys on her wharf here, Linda L. Bean hatched another idea for her burgeoning lobster empire. The buoys would be ideal decorations for Ms. Bean’s next lobster-roll stand, in Delray Beach, Fla..."

              Or maybe not a coincidence. Perhaps the author is a CH follower!

              (Her bio indicates she's based in Boston but from Miami),

          2. BAFU RE: cucuzza Oct 5, 2009 05:38 AM

            I'm going to be in Delray today, I'll stop by and take a look and report back for everyone.

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              SaminSFL RE: BAFU Oct 5, 2009 12:19 PM

              I just got back from Linda Bean's "Perfect Maine Lobster Roll". Let me start off by saying, the lobster was cooked perfectly, there was just the right amount of dill mayo dressing, and the potato roll was hot and toasted perfectly.. The price I could do with out 15.50 of a 1/4 lb lobster roll that was mostly claw meat, is not something I am going to be eating too often. There is a 1/4 lb claw meat meal for 9.50 that looks tempting, as did the clams.

              Everything was fresh, it is their second day open, didnt seem to busy. The market price today for the lobsters were 15.99 lb.

              Bottom line, Ill be back to try other things on the menu.

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                BAFU RE: SaminSFL Oct 5, 2009 01:17 PM

                I just back from lunch there about 2 hours ago My 2 cents: yes the lobster was cooked perfectly. Yes, the decor/ambiance is nice (although I never judge any place solely based on who decorated the interior). Yes the staff are eager to help and offer suggestions. Yes, they do have beer on tap/wine/soft drinks (and real ginger beer, a big + for me). And yes, they are newly open a/o yesterday, according to the counterman.

                But (and here begins the whine/bitch/moan/complain section): my roll was just warm (not toasted), I asked for a white roll and got wheat instead. The mayo was way too tart and after I ate the sandwich, I felt ripped off. $16 for a hot dog roll with some lobster claw chunks (as Sam noted above), some way-too-vinegary potato chips and a few sad slices of bread & butter pickles? Throw in a ginger beer and I escaped out onto Atlantic Ave. almost $20 poorer. My God. I've had cheaper (and better) lobster rolls in Maine, NYC and the Hamptons (not that the Hamptons are by any means a barometer of lobster rolls- I had the best 1 ever in some place in Southampton years ago...yummm).

                The rest of the menu seems decent enough- salads, panini, assorted entrees- but they better wake up and start making sure their signature "named" dish lives up to the billing. Dill mayo? Blech. Come on guys, you can do better. Chalk this one up to lunchtime blahs and 1st week jitters. The manager was right next to me interviewing waitresses. Sounds like he was having a thrilling day.

                Oh yeah. Put in some ceiling fans. That is all.

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                  Sumodo RE: SaminSFL Oct 6, 2009 06:00 PM

                  I think that's a pretty good lobster price, since I once paid $22.95 for a tiny chicken lobstah at Shell's (now gone) in Ocala. (*Sniff*) I miss New England food...

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                goddessdawn RE: cucuzza Oct 6, 2009 05:17 PM

                I walked in today around 5 p.m. since I work down the street from it, and I had full intentions on ordering to go. It was dead in there as I read the menu posted above the order counter.

                Two women stood and just stared at me from behind the counter. I said hi and got no response. I decided not to order as I didn't think the sandwich would be good after my commute home. I walked up to the counter and asked for a take-home menu.

                The girl just looked at me and wordlessly pointed to a stack of menus.

                What I find funny is that they are advertising on Craigslist for experienced servers -- five years or more, if I remember the post. Wow, no one could even say hello or "here ya go" to me.

                I'll probably go back, just to try it, but based on that frosty reception, I'd rather go hungry.

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                  Sumodo RE: goddessdawn Oct 6, 2009 06:09 PM

                  I have lived in Florida for almost 20 years and find that if a restaurant hires super young people, that's what you get: blank stares. ARRGGGHH! But, if they hire "experienced" as in "older" servers, hooray!

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                    BAFU RE: goddessdawn Oct 6, 2009 06:29 PM

                    Funny thing is all the people being interviewed while I was there were all young, pretty and had NO experience. Of the 4 people he spoke to while I was eating my roll, only 1 had more than a year's worth of work in a restaurant. And she wanted twice what he was offering.

                    Oh well. Let's face it: doesn't take that much skill to make a lobster roll. Call me a pessimist but I don't think this place is going to make it through to March. I'd like to be proven wrong but....

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                      SaminSFL RE: BAFU Oct 7, 2009 04:09 AM

                      I had the same response from what I believe is the either the manager or the owner, so I wouldn't hold my breath.

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                    zook RE: cucuzza Oct 8, 2009 05:42 PM

                    After reading all the posts about Linda Bean, I had no intention of trying it anytime soon, but three of my co-workers wanted to go there today, so off we went. You can now add my name to the list of those that were not impressed. Two of us had the lobster panini (around $15) and one had the junior lobster roll (about $7) and one had a turkey sandwich. The panini had very little lobster in it, and when peeking inside it, there appeared to be more lettuce and tomato and lots of the mayonnaise based sauce. The lobster that was in it wasn't particularly noteworthy. My colleague who had the pannini felt the same way...nothing special. The lobster roll was more of a hit, although the pieces of lobster in that were not the choicest part of the lobster. The turkey sandwich was large but relatively average in appearance and taste. Despite the limited menu, the high prices for what you get, the place was jammed at lunchtime today, surprisingly, mostly an elderly crowd. So, now I've tried it and unless there are some revolutionary changes, won't be returning. There are far too many other places to spend my money on the avenue that are more worthy.

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                      mnjdelray RE: cucuzza Oct 9, 2009 05:39 AM

                      They're open but you’ve got to be kidding? $15.00 for a quarter pound of lobster (claw) meat on a roll. The stuff is not even fresh! It’s packed in Maine and shipped in. If you don't know anything about the lobster market right now USA today recently had a story about wholesale Maine lobster being $2.25 per pound!!! And Linda Bean recently bought 3 wharves and buying stations in Maine to help develop a little monopoly of sorts! If I want a lobster roll I’ll go down to Joseph’s Market in Boca, get 2 POUNDS steamed while I shop for $18.00, pick up some fresh baked hot dog rolls at a bakery and have enough for a family of four!! The economy sucks!! Where does somebody get off charging $15.00 for a sandwich? I’ll give them a year!! Get through a summer on Atlantic Avenue with minimal foot traffic and no big businesses around to generate a lunch crowd. I’m sure all of the unemployed and underemployed will be lining up to spend 1 night’s dinner for a family of four on one sandwich! I own my own business so I understand profit and loss but, GREED KILLS!

                      1. CFByrne RE: cucuzza Dec 1, 2009 04:52 PM

                        I visited Linda Bean's Perfect Maine Lobster in Delray Beach last week.

                        They did a nice job on the furnishings and decorating for sure. I spend a lot of time in Maine and it's reminiscent of some of the nicer "lobster shacks" up there. This is a very nice addition to Atlantic Avenue in Delray. It looks to be quite busy at most times, and overall, my wife and I enjoyed it.

                        My wife had the crab roll. It was on a traditional Maine-style hot-dog split-top roll and absolutely packed with crab meat and very little filler/dressing. She thought it was excellent and so did I.

                        I ordered the shrimp roll, which was prepared the same as the crab roll except of course with Maine shrimp. If you've never had Maine shrimp, you really need to try them. They are probably the most flavorful shrimp I've ever had. They are very small but really delicious. I think both of these were under $10 each so I thought that was a good deal. It would be about the same in New England.

                        (Side note: these are very abundant and very cheap in Maine in the winter (when they run) and I think someone (Ms Bean?) should come up with some new name for them and make them a gourmet delicacy).

                        I loved loved loved the crunchy salt and pepper potato chips that come on the side.

                        We also ordered a bowl of Lobster Stew. I was a bit surprised to find this was prepared more like "non-New England" Lobster Bisque (with lots of cream and sherry and an orange tint) than the all white / no sherry Lobster Stew I often get in Maine. In any event, though, it was good and included a nice chunk of lobster.

                        My wife enjoyed a native Maine Root Beer and I had a nice Shipyard Ale, straight from Portland ME.

                        The service was fine, although I do think one of the great attributes of LL Bean is their absolute obsession with "branding" their service as the best anywhere. So from a company "related" to LL Bean, I would have liked to see/hear more "Welcome to Perfect Maine Lobster", "Is this your first time here?" Etc etc. Maybe a mission statement on the wall similar to LL Bean's as well. Something along those lines. One thing I love in a restaurant is when you walk in and you can tell the staff is having fun and actually enjoying their work. I didn't really see this here.

                        I'd just returned from almost a month in Maine so I didn’t try the lobster roll. However I'd like to make a comment on previous posts regarding the lobster roll.

                        I think comparing the price of on-the-dock wholesale lobsters in Maine to retail lobster meat-only in a restaurant 1500 miles away is not particularly fair… If you want to talk wholesale costs versus restaurant menu prices you can have all kinds of fun…

                        Did you know you can buy an entire cow butchered (about 500 pounds of meat) for about $1500 - or $3 / pound. And yet some restaurants on Atlantic Ave have the nerve to sell steak for what amounts to $50 a pound! Outrageous! Or that you can get farm-raised salmon for $5 / pound. And yet plenty of sushi restaurants will gladly charge what amounts to about $100 / pound for an ounce of salmon and some white rice rolled up. Or that I bet a Chicken Parm sandwich at Vic and Angelo's next door goes for about $10 and the food cost is probably a buck. What nerve! So let's dismiss that if we can.

                        Secondly, I’m not concerned that the lobster is cooked in Maine and then flown down. I'd defy anyone to do a side-by-side blind taste test and be able to distinguish "fresh" lobster (cooked today) from that cooked a day or two in the past. In Maine I often buy larger lobsters intentionally so I have leftovers and I don't think there's any difference at all after a day or two in the frig.

                        Your mileage may vary, but that's my two cents.

                        Overall, I'd recommend Linda Bean's Perfect Maine Lobster in Delray Beach - and encourage any readers to try it for themselves.

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                          mnjdelray RE: CFByrne Dec 12, 2009 04:27 PM

                          While I respect your right to an opinion, I must disagree with it. My objection on a cost basis is in reference to a sandwich. Your comparison to a steak dinner is something like apples to oranges. Prices for top quality beef have not dropped (to my knowledge) but demand for lobster is down considerably. Linda Bean also has the ability to continue to squeeze the cost even lower since she owns her own lobster wharves and buying stations. Nobody on Atlantic Avenue own their own ranch or salmon stocked lake and I don't think David Manero owns a chicken farm.

                          I have not bothered trying the crab or the shrimp roll and honestly doubt that I would be pleased with them either but to each his own. The lobster rolls are not like the best you would get in Maine, Massachusetts or even Connecticut. I think that my initial post should have been more explanatory so that people could understand that I wasn't being cheap but that if I was going to pay $15.00 for a sandwich, it had better be very close to what I'm used to (and it's not).

                          I did not complain because the lobster is flown in. I complained because it is frozen. I don't care if it's flash frozen, it's still frozen. I would gladly take you up on your challenge to be able to discern fresh lobster from previously frozen. You can't compare fresh seafood to previously frozen. Go get some shrimp with the heads on fresh off the boat and then go get some that are previously frozen. Cook them with very little seasoning and tell me you can't tell the difference!! I know I can.

                          Linda Bean's is a nice addition in appearance and concept but I don't think it will last. I recommend that you buy a fresh lobster, have it steamed, take the meat out and chill it. Get some fresh hot dog buns at a local bakery and cut them open, lightly butter them and toast them on a flat surface. Take your cold lobster, mix 1 teaspoon of mayo per 4 ounces of lobster and put it on your toasted, buttered bun. That's a lobster roll! No extra flavors like this Bean place. Just like you would get at Red's Eats in Wiscasset for $14.00 that has almost a whole lobster on there. That includes the tail! Not just claw meat like Bean's! If you are from New England and expect quality product and service . . . I would suggest that you stay away from this place!

                        2. CFByrne RE: cucuzza Dec 30, 2009 12:11 AM

                          Sun Sentinel review

                          http://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertain...

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                            DelrayFoodFan RE: cucuzza May 16, 2010 07:31 AM

                            Let me start out by saying I am a born and raised New Englander. I have nothing good to say about Linda Bean's, expect that if you have never been to New England and never plan to go, you should check it out.

                            I too, like many, was excited to see this addition to the Ave and to have a taste of home so close by. Lobster bisque - absolutely awful, only upside was sizable lobster chunks. Go to Whale's Rib in Deerfield Beach. Lobster Roll - mediocore, nothing to it, no seasoning and certainly not indicative of a Lobster Roll you would find in Maine.

                            Disappointed and saddened that Linda Bean's is representing New England/Maine in such poor style.

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                              BAFU RE: DelrayFoodFan May 18, 2010 07:35 AM

                              I'm surprised it's still there...she must have a lot of $$$ to blow on this awful place.

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                              alcaplan RE: cucuzza May 19, 2010 08:52 AM

                              I'm a Boston boy transplanted to NY City...and I know lobster rolls! I wouldn't give you 2 cents for the Linda B roll. Claw meat only and poorly prepared and overpriced. Come to the New England coast or to Pearl Oyster Bar in NY City for the real deal.

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                                RickL RE: alcaplan May 19, 2010 02:28 PM

                                Or for something a little closer to home, try Kelly's Landing in Ft Lauderdale - 1305 Southeast 17th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954-760-7009) http://www.kellyslandingseafood.com/i...

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                                  OysterHo RE: RickL May 20, 2010 05:11 PM

                                  I was wondering about this place! Thanks for the tip!

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                                  mnjdelray RE: alcaplan Jun 3, 2010 03:56 PM

                                  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! Nice to hear someone that has taste buds and common sense! I posted back in December that for $15.00 it should at least match the stuff you can get in Maine for the same price! Linda Bean has apparently taken any money left to her by the LL Bean fortune and chosen to get into something that she doesn't know enough about. She has bought numerous docks and weigh stations in Maine to attempt to corner the market and then has the audacity to serve CRAP! The lobster CLAW meat is flash frozen in Maine and sent down here to sell to unsuspecting diners and ignorant fools that think they know good food. Check out B&G in Boston (it's not your traditional but it's a tasty twist) and when in Maine Red's Eats will pack ALL the meat from at least a one pound lobstah including the tail! She's sending out coupons in mailers now!!! For anyone who has the lack of common sense and defends this garbage as quality food . . . I'll see you there for the goodbye party at the end of the summer if she makes it that long!

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                                    Fibber McGee RE: mnjdelray Jun 4, 2010 07:34 AM

                                    So what should we do if we're not going to be in Boston or Maine anytime in the forseeable future. What's good in Boston or Maine doesn't help us here.
                                    I'll avoid the place, though. Atlantic has plenty of good choices alone, let alone the rest of the area.

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                                      RickL RE: Fibber McGee Jun 4, 2010 02:26 PM

                                      As I mentioned above..."Or for something a little closer to home, try Kelly's Landing in Ft Lauderdale - 1305 Southeast 17th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954-760-7009) http://www.kellyslandingseafood.com

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                                        Blind Mind RE: RickL Jun 5, 2010 12:58 AM

                                        mnjdelray - where did you hear about this flash freezing stuff?

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                                          mnjdelray RE: Blind Mind Jun 5, 2010 11:01 AM

                                          I was told previously by someone that worked there. Did some checking and it turns out they no longer work there. Disgruntled ex-employee maybe? I spoke to someone else and they say it is shipped in FRESH 3 times a week. If that's the case then I apologize for any misinformation. I still believe that the best way to do it is to steam on premise daily and my biggest point of disapproval is the fact that they use only claw meat in their lobster rolls which is supposed to be their trademark product!!

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                                          Fibber McGee RE: RickL Jun 7, 2010 04:34 AM

                                          Indeed, thanks. There are other suggestions in the thread, too, that are far more feasible than Maine or Massachusetts. I guess the basic point was to avoid Linda Bean's.
                                          I shall.

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                                            Blind Mind RE: Fibber McGee Jun 7, 2010 08:05 AM

                                            mnjdelray - I figured that was misinformation. Also, fyi the amount of meat in a 1-lb lobstah only amounts to about a 1/4lb at the very most, assuming it's an old shell. A 1-lb lobstah is what we New Englander's refer to as "chicken lobstah" and they tend to be sweeter than larger lobstahs.

                                            Fibber - don't write Linda Bean's off just yet... I am from Boston and summer in Gloucester and Rockport every year where we have a clam & lobster bake. I know my lobster rolls and have eaten thousands of them. I was in Delray for a wedding last weekend and was driving down Atlantic when I saw Linda Bean's on Atlantic. We were starving so we stopped to grab a lobster roll. It was expensive, yes, but absolutely phenomenal and the best lobster roll I have tasted outside of New England.

                                            First off, for those of you complaining about claw meat, there may be no help for you. Claw meat is the best meat on the lobster!! It is the sweetest and most tender and flavorful. Linda Bean's lobster roll was LOADED with claw meat and I couldn't have been happier. Second, they only use a little mayo so you get the full flavor of the lobster along with a little of their dry seasoning which I believe contained celery flake and a little dill. Third, whoever dissed the bun, you have no idea what you're talking about. They use authentic New England hot dog rolls that stand up on their own because they have a flat bottom. Those are so hard to find down here that there is even a thread on this Florida board about where to find them. The bun was toasted on the flat top with a little butter which adds another flavor element to the lobster roll. A lobster roll is not supposed to be hot or warm. The bun should be toasted, thats it. It was so good that when we saw a parking spot out in front of Linda Bean's the following day, we just had to go grab a lobster roll for the road. It wasn't the first lobster roll I've eaten behind the wheel and I'm sure it won't be the last. I just hope they open one of these up in Miami (which I believe there is a rumor that they could be looking to do just that).

                                  2. CFByrne RE: cucuzza Dec 7, 2013 04:20 AM

                                    I do believe the life-support machine has been unplugged...

                                    Unless they chose Friday night to turn off the lights and rearrange the floor plan.

                                     
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