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Best Lobster Roll in Los Angeles area?

LATarheel May 28, 2010 09:48 AM

Summer's around the corner and I'm in serious need of an AWESOME lobster roll.
I've had Santa Monica Seafood Market's lobster roll - very good but want to try something new.
I've read BP Oysterette supposed to be good lobster roll but they have a "B" rating so not gonna do it.
Michael's used to have a killer Lobster BLT but no longer on their menu.
Open to any suggestions - not just Santa Monica environs.

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  1. Servorg RE: LATarheel May 28, 2010 09:56 AM

    Hungry Cat in Hollywood offers one on their lunch menu.

    The Hungry Cat
    1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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    1. re: Servorg
      Dommy RE: Servorg May 28, 2010 10:08 AM

      Had both the Hungry Cat and Oysterette.. Prefer the Hungry Cat version...


      The Hungry Cat
      1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

    2. wienermobile RE: ipsedixit May 28, 2010 10:25 AM

      I love BP Oysterette.

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        sel RE: LATarheel May 28, 2010 10:32 AM

        I had a Lobster Roll at Mendocino Farms a couple of days ago which was a daily special. It was spactacular in taste and a great value at 12 or 13 bucks.

        Mendocino Farms
        300 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA

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          Miketsu RE: LATarheel May 31, 2010 02:55 AM

          It's been a long time since i was in Maine, so my lobster roll discrimination isn't what it once was, but I really enjoyed the one I had last Friday at Neptune's Net in Malibu. Plus you order from a counter and eat at a big old picnic bench overlooking the ocean, so it's a real lobster roll experience.

          Neptune's Net Seafood
          42505 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

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          1. re: Miketsu
            bruinike RE: Miketsu May 31, 2010 06:59 AM

            Is it the cold New England style with mayo or is the hot poached Connecticut style that just has butter? I am looking for the hot version.

            Thank you!

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              stacyface1 RE: bruinike May 31, 2010 06:34 PM

              Ok, my husband is a Nutmegger and can never find the lobster rolls he loves. They simply do not exist in L.A. Here's what we do to get his (and my) fix: go buy lobster meat from Fish King in Glendale (I believe it was approx. $40-50 for two pounds of lobster meat), go to a good bakery that makes challah buns (we used to get them at How's markets, but they closed near our house), and melt and clarify the butter. Toast the bun or not toast the bun, your choice :) and let the lobster meat sit in the warm butter for a minute. O.M.G. He feels like he's at Abbot's in the Rough in Noank, CT. :)

              Hope this helps!

              1. re: bruinike
                Miketsu RE: bruinike May 31, 2010 09:17 PM

                It's the cold with mayo at Neptune's Net, so not what you're looking for. But stacyface1 has what sounds like a great (although expensive) solution anyway. Sounds really good and simple, I've never had it that way and now I want to try it.

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                  odub RE: Miketsu Jul 31, 2010 08:49 AM

                  FYI: Twohey's in Alhambra will be serving lobster rolls beginning tomorrow through Labor Day.

                  Twohey's Restaurant
                  1224 N Atlantic Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

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                    Servorg RE: odub Jul 31, 2010 09:15 AM

                    Where did you see the news, odub? And did they give pricing info? I see that they do a 1lb lobster dinner for $19.99 (at least that's the price on their website).

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                      odub RE: Servorg Jul 31, 2010 03:32 PM

                      It's all over their fliers inside the restaurant. The roll is one of several lobster-based dishes they're introducing between 8/1 and Labor Day. The roll, if I recall, was priced around 10.95? I have no idea if it's going to be any good but I'm going to try one and let you know.

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                        happybaker RE: odub Aug 19, 2010 11:49 AM


                        Have you tried one yet? I'm WAY curious, as I've been wanting to try Twohey's forever, and throw in a lobster roll at $10.95? Oh.....

                        Twohey's Restaurant
                        1224 N Atlantic Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

                2. re: bruinike
                  hrhboo RE: bruinike Jul 31, 2010 10:44 AM

                  BP Oysterette has both the hot and cold versions.

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                    Liquid Sky RE: hrhboo Aug 19, 2010 12:13 PM

                    HRHBOO: Have you tried BP Oysterette's cold or hot version? Thoughts?

                    I see that DELPHINE'S in Hollywood does one too (just during lunchtime).

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                      hrhboo RE: Liquid Sky Aug 20, 2010 07:55 PM

                      I've had both and can never decide which one I like better! Take a friend, order one of each and compare side by side.

                      Have yet to try Delphine's, it would be very difficult to drive over that way and not eat at the Hungry Cat. If you try it, please report back!

                  2. re: bruinike
                    wienermobile RE: bruinike Oct 3, 2010 02:04 PM

                    Now Blue Plate Oysterette gives you a choice:
                    According to Chef Jody Denton Blue Plate Oysterette’s Lobster Roll was
                    “designed specifically to address many New Englander requests for less mayo on the roll.”
                    And even though Blue Plate Oysterette’s Lobster Roll has gotten rave reviews and remains one of the seafood joint’s most popular dishes, Chefs Jody Denton and Craig Brady remain on the front lines of the Lobster Roll Debate.
                    “We’ve been paying attention to this ongoing “mayo factor” lobster roll debate,” said Denton. “And in response we are offering ‘off radar’ choices for our delicious Lobster Roll: A roll with more mayo (wet) or a warm roll with hot butter.”
                    The Lobster Roll Debate at Blue Plate Oysterette now means you can order your Lobster Roll the way you like it: lots of mayo or dripping with butter; warm or cold — it’s up to you!

                3. vronic RE: LATarheel Aug 21, 2010 05:43 PM

                  LAist did a pretty good round up not too long ago


                  Although I will disagree with what they said about Delphine - I had great customer service there, and if you go during their Monday night Raw Bar, the lobster roll is only $8.

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                    lono RE: LATarheel Feb 2, 2013 09:48 AM

                    The New Best Lobster Roll in Los Angeles is at Hikoki and The Bird. It's not traditional, so brace yourself for an exciting spicy zingy asian version. And the bread has Charcoal dust or something delicious in it and it's expensive and worth every penny. Get your own Charley is my motto

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                      Baron RE: lono Feb 2, 2013 03:58 PM

                      I dont't know why anyone would want a lobster roll at 1$12-15 when you can get a 2lb great lobster ( with sides) for $29 at the Enterprise Fish Co. in Santa Monica. This place use to be awful, but they have much improved with the quality of their seafood.

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                        J.L. RE: Baron Feb 2, 2013 05:41 PM

                        It's not all about the lobster. How the lobster pairs with the bread is the draw...

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                      LATarheel RE: LATarheel Feb 3, 2013 09:26 AM

                      Wow I'm shocked people are commenting on this post I did almost 3 years ago.
                      Since I posted this I have indeed found the best lobster roll in Los Angeles - bar none.
                      And it's a great value .
                      The Connecicut roll from Cousins Food Truck.

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                        dreamcast18 RE: LATarheel Feb 3, 2013 11:05 AM

                        agreed. the missus loves the pasadena outlet.

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                          happybaker RE: LATarheel Feb 3, 2013 02:01 PM

                          I think folks are still posting because we're still in search of the perfect lobster roll!

                          That said, I've never heard of the place in Pasadena and can't wait to try it out. Thank you!

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                            ipsedixit RE: LATarheel Feb 4, 2013 10:10 AM

                            I'm more curious about this place's lobster ice cream.

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                            js76wisco RE: LATarheel Feb 4, 2013 09:51 AM

                            My favorite lobster roll in LA is at Son of a Gun. Granted it's a 2 biter and ~$10 to boot but it's delicious. Great split old hot dog bun buttered and crunchy. A nice lobster mix not too dressed. It's the cold version but worth all 2 bites.

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                              latindancer RE: LATarheel Feb 4, 2013 10:15 AM

                              I have to say, at this point in time, my favorite lobster roll is served only on Saturday @ Joan's on 3rd.
                              Just the right amount of crispness on the buttered bun and the generous amounts of lobster paired with all the right ingredients.
                              Served with a bed of the most delicious ultra thin crispy fries.
                              Wish it was served more often.

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                                kevin RE: latindancer Feb 4, 2013 12:42 PM

                                how much ?

                                only on saturdays ?

                                i still really like LobstaTruck.

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                                  sgthomps RE: kevin Jul 10, 2013 09:49 AM

                                  I've seen it there on Sundays too - call first. I used to think BP Oysterette was the best, but Joan's is awesome. I think it was $18.

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                                    latindancer RE: sgthomps Jul 10, 2013 06:56 PM

                                    Yes, it's also sold on Sundays and sometimes during the week. The sell it until they run out of lobster.

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                                  Xan7hos RE: latindancer Jul 12, 2013 12:39 AM

                                  Completely agree. Had it on a Sunday...it's well seasoned and they don't skimp out on the lobster..shining example of what a good lobster roll ought to always be.

                                  Makes Little Fork's lobster roll seem bland or at the very least uninspiring.

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                                  kevin RE: LATarheel Apr 6, 2013 11:59 AM

                                  you won't find the spiny version in these here parts.

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                                    Servorg RE: kevin Apr 6, 2013 12:39 PM

                                    You mean except for the ones caught off the Rancho Palos Verdes peninsula and around Catalina and the Channel Islands during the season when it's legal to take them, right?

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                                      kevin RE: Servorg Apr 6, 2013 01:09 PM


                                      Or when is slumming it with the lobster three ways or rather four ways at Shunjis.

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                                    Citron58 RE: LATarheel Apr 6, 2013 07:26 PM

                                    We had an outstanding one at Littlefork in Hollywood last night. Super fresh lobster, light on the mayo and a perfectly toasted bun. Its my new champion.

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                                      aliris RE: LATarheel Apr 6, 2013 10:42 PM

                                      I was just at the Westside Tavern in the mall on Pico at Overland and they were serving a CT-style (hot melted butter) lobster roll, $18 I think. Didn't try it so can't vouch for it. It was a special, and how special, I don't know -- best perhaps to call if you're making a special trip to ask if it's still there.

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                                        Dirtywextraolives RE: aliris Apr 7, 2013 11:12 AM

                                        That's great news, thanks for sharing that, it is very difficult to find a CT style lobster roll out here.

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                                          kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 7, 2013 11:26 AM

                                          Lobsta Truck makes it in that manner too.

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                                            Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Apr 7, 2013 02:08 PM

                                            Thanks for the 411

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                                        maudies5 RE: LATarheel Apr 7, 2013 11:19 AM

                                        I'm a big fan of The Hungry Cat's Lobster Roll and the fries served along side.

                                        1. wienermobile RE: LATarheel Jun 26, 2013 10:47 AM

                                          What does anyone recommended between The Lobsta Truck or Cousin's Maine Lobster truck for their lobster rolls? Taste? Size?

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                                          1. re: wienermobile
                                            ns1 RE: wienermobile Jun 26, 2013 10:50 AM

                                            Bring lots of money, get double meat.

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                                              wienermobile RE: ns1 Jun 26, 2013 10:51 AM

                                              Do you like one truck over the other?

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                                                kevin RE: ns1 Jun 26, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                i really lke the versin served at LobstaTruck, but it is quite tiny.

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                                                chowseeker1999 RE: wienermobile Jun 26, 2013 11:27 AM

                                                i was disappointed with my lobster roll at Cousins. they used 100% claw meat (no lobster tail) and it tasted... ~ok. Nothing special. Hungry Cat was much better (as was BP oysterette)

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                                                  mrsjoujou RE: wienermobile Jul 1, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                  I prefer Lobsta truck over Cousin's. It is less expensive at $12 VS $12.75+ tax!! Also, I like LT toasted, buttered rolls better than Cousin's.

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                                                    dre2112 RE: wienermobile Jul 5, 2013 02:16 AM

                                                    I had Lobsta Truck twice and both times I went with my wife and we got one lobster roll and one crab roll and both times the crab was head over heels better than the lobster.

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                                                      liu RE: dre2112 Jul 5, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                      Good info, dre2112. Thanks!

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                                                        happybaker RE: dre2112 Jul 5, 2013 09:14 AM

                                                        Great information!

                                                        And as a dungeness crab lover, I didn't even know I could GET a crab roll, so now I am doubly excited.

                                                        The lobster loving husband will get the lobster roll, I'll get the crab - and all will be right with the world.

                                                        1. re: dre2112
                                                          WildSwede RE: dre2112 Jul 10, 2013 02:02 PM

                                                          Absolutely agree, dre! I much prefer the crab (dungeness) to the lobster roll from the Lobsta Truck. I get the crab with butter only and sometimes when they run out of the crab and I have to get lobster, I get it with a mixture of the butter and mayo.

                                                        2. re: wienermobile
                                                          cujo RE: wienermobile Jul 10, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                          They are virtually the same, as is the price.

                                                        3. liu RE: LATarheel Jul 1, 2013 09:12 AM

                                                          I had the Hungry Cat (Hollywood) version of the lobster roll for dinner on Saturday night...MEH!

                                                          It was bland, the bread was nothing special and not super-fresh, and the portion was small. I replaced the accompanying french fries with a mixed-greens salad, and that was the best part of the meal.

                                                          I am not a lobster roll expert, but I have had better, although not in Los Angeles. The best I had was in Cleveland at Pier W: the lobster salad was mostly chunks of cold lobster with very little mayo to hide the lobster flavor, the bread was toasty and lightly buttered (perhaps some parmesan added) on the outside but soft and warm on the inside, and the portion was perfectly satisfying. It was full of flavor!

                                                          The lobster roll at Hungry Cat had no flavor.

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                                                            happybaker RE: liu Jul 1, 2013 09:29 AM

                                                            Pier W. Oh my gosh! Had not thought of them in YEARS. But yes, they handle seafood and fish awfully well.

                                                            Good but sad to know how the Hungry Cat's version is. At least now I won't have to worry about trying theirs!

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                                                              liu RE: happybaker Jul 1, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                              Hi, happybaker and perhaps fellow Buckeye!

                                                              Pier W has undergone a complete make-over. It is lovely now and the large glass windows all around afford beautiful views of the water and the city. Although I live in LA now, I went to Cleveland recently to take my 94-year-old mom there for a special occasion...at 94, every day is special!

                                                              The lobster roll there was outstanding!

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                                                                happybaker RE: liu Jul 1, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                                Aw.... What a lovely thing to do for your mom!

                                                                And yes, I agree, at 94 every day is special!

                                                                I am indeed a fellow buckeye, who was raised that lobster is the best (and who's sister held lobster races in our kitchen) but, after moving out here, it's Dungeness for me for the win : )

                                                                That said, I am still in search for a good lobster roll, so I'd be interested in your take on the Lobster Truck, if you can ever hit it. And if I do, I'll report back.

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                                                                  liu RE: happybaker Jul 1, 2013 02:35 PM

                                                                  Gee, thanks, happybaker, for your very kind comments.

                                                                  The last time I saw the Lobsta truck was at the 626 Night Market last month, but there was too much Asian competition for me to even think about lobster. However, now I am on a mission to try their lobster roll. I just can't imagine anything much better than the one at Pier W.
                                                                  Perhaps it was the company...

                                                            2. re: liu
                                                              ilysla RE: liu Jul 1, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                              liu, have you tried the Lobsta Truck? I'm also not an expert, but I've found it to be really tasty the few times I've had it.... I like mine w/ butter...

                                                              1. re: ilysla
                                                                liu RE: ilysla Jul 1, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                Hi, ilysia!

                                                                Sadly, no, I have not tried the Lobsta Truck. When it is where I am, usually there are other competing trucks that grab my attention. With your recommendation in mind, I will be sure to sample their lobster roll next time...I can't wait!

                                                                Thanks for responding to my very disappointing experience at Hungry Cat.

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                                                                chowseeker1999 RE: liu Jul 16, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                yikes, bummer! :< i havent been back to hungry cat in prolly 3+ years, so back then i thought it was great. darn.

                                                                on a related note i just tried out lobsta truck and it was great (i posted it in a new post below).

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                                                                  liu RE: chowseeker1999 Jul 16, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                  chowseeker1999, hold onto your memory of Hungry Cat's lobster roll...and move on! There must be better...

                                                              3. dkpdfa RE: LATarheel Jul 10, 2013 09:38 AM

                                                                Rush over to Little Fork in Hollywood. Hate to say this, but better than the roll at Son of a Gun and on par with Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar in Eastham on Cape Cod, if not slightly classier.

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                                                                  kevin RE: dkpdfa Jul 10, 2013 09:42 AM

                                                                  What's that weird symbol all about ?

                                                                  Anyhow, I was pretty let down by Little Fork and it wasn't cheap, though the dessert of buttermilk pie was great and their maple onion rings were pretty good.

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                                                                    PeterCC RE: kevin Jul 10, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                                    Probably just his signature...

                                                                    1. re: kevin
                                                                      ns1 RE: kevin Jul 10, 2013 11:28 AM


                                                                      i thought LF was ridiculously cheap, but I didn't order any mains either. Anyway I agree with this assessment, at $24 it's amazing. Fat and full of meat with house made pickles and chips.

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                                                                        Xan7hos RE: kevin Jul 12, 2013 12:43 AM

                                                                        Had a similar experience. Had it for brunch and was let down by the lack of flavor. Enjoyed Joans on 3rd much more.

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                                                                      gpatt55 RE: LATarheel Jul 12, 2013 03:44 AM

                                                                      For years I longed for something in LA that resembled the pure, no-frills joy of a classic Cape Cod clam shack lobster roll. Hungry Cat & BP Oysterette are valiant efforts, but ultimately too precious and overwrought. Inauthentic and lacking hedonism. Lobsta Truck's is just ok, kind of sloppily constructed and small. Son of a Gun's is delicious but it's basically a two-bite hors d'oeuvre (wish they would make a full size one!)

                                                                      Last year I tried Littlefork and it was a gamechanger. Clearly the best roll I'd had in LA. Toasted split top parker roll, and a generous portion of sweet lobster with the right amount of mayo. Didn't think I'd ever do better in LA...until a few weeks ago. Michael Cimarusti's done it at Connie & Ted's. Toasted buttered split top bun, perfect amount of mayo, generous portion of perfectly cooked lobster. Effortless perfection. For the first time I really felt transported back East.

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                                                                        ilysla RE: gpatt55 Jul 12, 2013 09:12 AM

                                                                        Do you feel the Littlefork one was worth the price? (it's at least double the price of the Lobsta Truck) And how much is the one at Connie & Ted's? (no price listed on the on-line menu)

                                                                        I had a lobster roll at Neptune's in Boston a few yrs ago and didn't think it was actually any better than the Lobsta Truck (although it was certainly larger). I'm under the impression that Neptune's is kind of touristy, though....

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                                                                          ns1 RE: ilysla Jul 12, 2013 09:42 AM

                                                                          it's not double the price of the one at LT, because lobsta truck basic roll + extra meat = $19. The one at LF @ $24 is at least as big as the LT basic roll + extra meat, and comes with house made chips, pickles, seating, and AC.

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                                                                            ilysla RE: ns1 Jul 12, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                                            I was comparing based on the standard lobster roll at Lobsta Truck (I didn't even know they had an option for extra meat!). Not a huge fan of pickles (w/ a lobster roll? That seems like a strange flavor combo to me). And I'll just chase down the truck when it's on the westside to avoid having to pay for tax and tip! ;) ::snort:: Unless the one at Littlefork is significant better....

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                                                                              ns1 RE: ilysla Jul 12, 2013 10:05 AM

                                                                              House made pickles too. Not a dill-type pickle. I destroyed them all.

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                                                                                WildSwede RE: ilysla Jul 12, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                                ilysla: my friends just tell the guys at LT - give me $20 worth of meat and they do!

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                                                                                  kevin RE: WildSwede Jul 12, 2013 05:10 PM

                                                                                  on the same size top-loading bun at the lobster truck ?

                                                                                  shoot, next time I'll do just that.

                                                                                  The $12 size is rich but much too small for a trencherman like me.

                                                                                  about four of those and a bag of fries and a couple beers seems about the proper size for a light summer lunche.

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                                                                                    WildSwede RE: kevin Jul 15, 2013 04:59 PM

                                                                                    LOL! Yes, it is the same as if you just order it regular, but more meat! I can do 2. Delicious!!

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                                                                                      Mr Taster RE: kevin Jul 25, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                                                      By the way, for anyone interested in a DIY roll, this pan was recommended by the Boston-based folks at Cooks Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen:


                                                                                      They tested the recipe that comes with the pan, and said the result was superior to anything available commercially.

                                                                                      Pair these superior, homemade buns with the $6.99/lb Maine lobster at Shun Fat, and I think we're on to something.

                                                                                      I ordered the pan a few weeks ago but haven't used it yet-- this could be my weekend project.

                                                                                      Mr Taster

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                                                                                        ns1 RE: Mr Taster Jul 25, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                                                        For the rest of us lazy bastards, we can get a 6 pack of buttery kings Hawaiian hot dog rolls for 2.50 from Target and be "good enough"

                                                                              2. re: ilysla
                                                                                gpatt55 RE: ilysla Jul 12, 2013 10:01 AM

                                                                                At $24, Littlefork is a bit steep, though I think that's fairly par for the course for a restaurant LR in LA. Hungry Cat and BP Oysterette are both in that range and Littlefork clearly stands out, so yes I think it's worth it comparatively. Of course Lobster rolls in LA are rarely a value proposition, so I'm less concerned with paying a few dollars more as long as the roll is sublime.

                                                                                But all of those are kind of a moot point, seeing as Connie & Ted's was $20(!) including a side of fries, which is an outrageous value for the size and quality.

                                                                                Also nice is the fact that you can customize hot/cold, mayo/butter at Connie & Ted's depending on your preference.

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                                                                                  ilysla RE: gpatt55 Jul 12, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                                  To ns1.... housemade pickles, eh? May have to give it a try.

                                                                                  To gpatt55.... I have no problem paying for good seafood, but I just don't want to pay more if there's an equally good or even better product elsewhere for less. ;) Especially since Littlefork isn't particularly close...

                                                                                  1. re: ilysla
                                                                                    ns1 RE: ilysla Jul 12, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                                    you can see it on the side here


                                                                                    it's almost like a little pickled salad w/ cucumbers and parsley and stuff.

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                                                                                      ilysla RE: ns1 Jul 12, 2013 03:44 PM

                                                                                      Pickle salad, eh? I think I could convince myself to go.... ;)

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                                                                                      Xan7hos RE: ilysla Jul 12, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                      Very herbacious and more sweet than salty

                                                                                    3. re: gpatt55
                                                                                      jessejames RE: gpatt55 Jun 20, 2014 07:09 AM

                                                                                      Yes. Hold the mayo. Griddle the bun. I like c and t. Clam roll too. Bang bang.

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                                                                                        Wayno RE: gpatt55 Jun 20, 2014 05:32 PM

                                                                                        By comparison, at $18, the bigger - and I thought better -one at The Brentwood Café is an ever better value. [And I think the C&T roll is now more than $20.]

                                                                                      2. re: ilysla
                                                                                        TripleAxel RE: ilysla Jul 29, 2013 07:41 AM

                                                                                        Lobster Rolls are $20 with a large side of chips. They have both the cold mayo and hot poached in butter versions. I must say, the cold mayo version left me quite unimpressed. The hot version was much more tender and flavorful. However, I have not had enough lobster rolls to compare, but I think I'll head over to Joan's On Third to give theirs a try.

                                                                                        PS, I do enjoy Son of a Guns, but at $8, it would take 3 to get me full, and they don't come with a side of chips!

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                                                                                          ilysla RE: TripleAxel Aug 3, 2013 01:35 PM

                                                                                          Oh, that does look mighty good. I always go for butter myself since clarified butter + seafood = heaven (usually).

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                                                                                            VenusCafe RE: TripleAxel Jun 30, 2014 05:36 PM

                                                                                            <PS, I do enjoy Son of a Guns, but at $8, it would take 3 to get me full>

                                                                                            Isthat why they call you TripleAxel?

                                                                                        2. re: gpatt55
                                                                                          dkpdfa RE: gpatt55 Jul 12, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                                                          Ok, so we seem to be of the same Cape Cod frame of mind in our search for the perfect lobster roll.
                                                                                          Based on your comments, I'm going to give Connie & Ted's a try.
                                                                                          As for those people who are comparing a sit-down restaurant with the truly wonderful Lobsta Truck - it's not a fair comparison. I stand by my initial observation about Littlefork's version being perfectly prepared and my notes that Son of a Gun's lobster meat, at least that day, wasn't up to snuff.

                                                                                        3. Beachowolfe RE: LATarheel Jul 12, 2013 06:18 PM

                                                                                          Anywhere around here that serves them hot w/ butter instead of cold w/ mayo?

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                                                                                            Servorg RE: Beachowolfe Jul 12, 2013 06:28 PM

                                                                                            The new Connie & Ted's http://www.connieandteds.com/ and, supposedly the Blue Plate Oysterette http://blueplatesantamonica.com/bpo/h... will also give you a choice of either butter or mayo style.

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                                                                                              kevin RE: Servorg Jul 12, 2013 10:27 PM

                                                                                              Damn. I still gotts to hit up connies and teddies.

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                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Jul 12, 2013 10:28 PM

                                                                                                Same here. They are starting lunch on weekends now.

                                                                                              2. re: Servorg
                                                                                                Beachowolfe RE: Servorg Jul 13, 2013 07:10 PM

                                                                                                Nice, heading to Connie and Ted's on Friday.

                                                                                              3. re: Beachowolfe
                                                                                                New Trial RE: Beachowolfe Jul 12, 2013 06:50 PM

                                                                                                The trucks also offer both styles.

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                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives RE: LATarheel Jul 14, 2013 04:23 PM

                                                                                                Can't say whether it's the best, as I have more places to try, but the warm lobster roll at Connie & Ted's was perfectly done. Split top roll, buttered on both sides & grilled. Nice amount of meat, both tail & claw chunks. Not huge but definitely satisfying. Sweet tasting and perfectly cooked, not tough at all. A great representative of what I grew up on. So psyched to find a great roll with other very good seafood specialties from my childhood.

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                                                                                                  Dommy RE: Dirtywextraolives Jul 14, 2013 09:15 PM

                                                                                                  Now that looks more like it... Going to have to try Connie and Teds soon!! We tried Little Fork recently and was disapointed. The meat was kinda tough and it had too much mayo and celery... Their housemade chips however were DIVINE.


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                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives RE: Dommy Jul 15, 2013 09:16 AM

                                                                                                    That's too bad re LF. I'm glad I was able to try C&T's first. It's a crime to overcook lobster, where I'm from.... ;0)

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                                                                                                    Beachowolfe RE: Dirtywextraolives Jul 15, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                                                                    uhhh where is the rest of it? How much was that tiny thing?

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                                                                                                    chowseeker1999 RE: LATarheel Jul 16, 2013 01:16 PM

                                                                                                    big thanx to all the hounds who rec'd Lobsta Truck! :>

                                                                                                    i tried them out, getting their Lobster Roll with hot butter (is that Connecticut style?) and it was lovely! delish mix of claw and plenty of tail meat as well (as opposed to the disappointing Cousins version). the buttered roll (bread) was also crisped a bit and really went well with the fresh-tasting lobster.

                                                                                                    definitely enjoyed it more than any previous lobster roll i've had. can't wait to try c&t one day to compare. thanx!

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                                                                                                      mrsjoujou RE: chowseeker1999 Jul 16, 2013 04:32 PM

                                                                                                      I am glad you enjoyed it. I can't wait to try the C&T version to see how it measures up to others.

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                                                                                                        WildSwede RE: chowseeker1999 Jul 18, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                                                                        So happy to hear that. I love theirs as well. However, prefer the crab one (with butter). BTW, they are in Pasadena today for lunch. We will be there.

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                                                                                                          chowseeker1999 RE: WildSwede Jul 18, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                                                                          thanx wild swede! :> i'll definitely try the crab with butter the next time i get a chance. :>

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                                                                                                            WildSwede RE: chowseeker1999 Jul 18, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                                            Hope you enjoy it - I just polished off my second crab roll.

                                                                                                      2. WildSwede RE: LATarheel Jul 18, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                                                                        Lobsta Truck sells a 8-count package of their buns for $6. If anyone is interested. What they do to make their L & C rolls is brush the buns with clarified butter and put them on the grill. My crab rolls today were warm and DELICIOUS!! ;-)

                                                                                                        1. OCAnn RE: LATarheel Jul 18, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                                                          In OC, there's Slapfish in Huntington Beach off Beach Blvd. It's not on their menu, but if you ask for it, they'll make it. About $25.

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                                                                                                            chowseeker1999 RE: LATarheel Jul 21, 2013 01:35 PM

                                                                                                            thanx for another great recommendation:

                                                                                                            i got to try Connie & Ted's Lobster Roll today, and it was delicious. :>

                                                                                                            besides the gorgeous space and relaxing dining, i found Chef Michael Cimarusti's version to be the lightest version here in the city so far. it's a lighter touch compared to Lobsta Truck (which i really like also); it doesn't feel as greasy or heavy (perhaps the quality of the butter they use?).

                                                                                                            i had Connie & Ted's lobster roll with hot drawn butter, instead of the mayo version (they offer both). there was more meat than Lobsta Truck's standard version, but then again, Lobsta Truck's is $13 compared to $20 for C&T (but you get a giant order of freshly fried french fries).

                                                                                                            the best part was that the lobster tasted really fresh: they have a lobster tank filled with live lobsters, and my roll had what looked like an entire lobster tail and some claw perhaps, it was very fresh. a stark contrast to Cousins with the 100% claw meat that was overcooked and chewy.

                                                                                                            i'd say i'm glad to have both Lobsta Truck and Connie & Ted's to go to, depending on where i'm at when i have a hankering. :> (of course at C&T you also get to have Chef Cimarusti's delicious 3 versions of Clam Chowder (Rhode Island Clear, New England and Manhattan style), so that's always a plus (and Clam Bellies).

                                                                                                            i wanna try littlefork and joan's version next if i get a chance. thanks again everyone! :>

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                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives RE: chowseeker1999 Jul 26, 2013 10:02 PM

                                                                                                              Did you try the chowders, chowseeker? And if so, did you try the RI version? I cannot wait to go back and try it next!

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                                                                                                                kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives Jul 27, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                So what did you think was great there dirty sexy olives ?

                                                                                                                Also, does it compare to the New England goods in any shape or form ?????


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                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Jul 28, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                  I only ordered the clam cakes and the lobster roll, both of which were very good and tasted authentically NE to me.

                                                                                                                  I tried my kids' cheeseburger, and it tasted great - a really nice char and an extra sharp cheddar on it. My husband liked the fish & chips, a generous portion and fried perfectly.

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                                                                                                                    chowseeker1999 RE: Dirtywextraolives Jul 28, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                    nice! i was eyeing the clam cakes and fish & chips. i'll have to try them next visit.

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                                                                                                                      chowseeker1999 RE: Dirtywextraolives Aug 3, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                      thanx dirty!

                                                                                                                      i got to try Connie & Ted's Fish & Chips and it was delish! :> like you said fried perfectly, nice crisp batter (not too thick), fresh satiating cod fish, prolly my favorite now. :>

                                                                                                                      the fries were solid, they remind me of a crispier, more well seasoned In-n-out fries.

                                                                                                                      really loved my side of "wilted spinach" (i know it doesnt sound appetizing but it was good). a touch salty, but a huge generous healthy portion for only $5.

                                                                                                                      will have to try the clam cakes next!

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                                                                                                                    chowseeker1999 RE: Dirtywextraolives Jul 27, 2013 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                    Yes! I loved their Clam Chowder Sampler. :> i enjoyed all 3 styles actually. it's so hard to choose. their Manhattan was very fresh and delicious, their classic New England style was nice (and not filled with corn starch (gloppy) like many standard versions), and their Rhode Island Clear was so light, yet full of flavor. :>

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                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives RE: chowseeker1999 Jul 28, 2013 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                      Sounds great! Can't wait to go back and try it next, along with a few more things....

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                                                                                                                        kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives Jul 28, 2013 09:55 PM

                                                                                                                        Sounds good. I'll probably get the fish and chips in addition to the lobster roll and hold the fries on one of the orders.

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                                                                                                                    chowseeker1999 RE: chowseeker1999 Aug 3, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                    forgot to add a picture of my Lobster Roll from Connie & Ted's here. adding...

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                                                                                                                    krick RE: LATarheel Jul 23, 2013 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                    Had both the Hinoki and SaMo Hungry Cat versions in the last 2 days. Hinoki's was surprisingly good and not nearly as non-traditional tasting as it looks. Not crave-worthy, but I enjoyed it. Hungry Cat's version was one of the worst lobster rolls I've had in a long, long time. Sopping wet (I picked it up and a pool of dressing dripped off the end), devoid of lobster flavor and a bread to lobster ratio that was insulting. It was probably the first lobster roll that I couldn't finish, and the half I did eat continues to haunt me. I'm a HUGE fan of Hungry Cat and had never had a sub-par meal there until this one, so maybe it was an aberration, but I'm not about to order another one there to find out.

                                                                                                                    I should mention that I spent a large part of my life in New England and as such I'm a very tough (and possibly unfairly so) critic of lobster rolls as each one has to stand up not only on its own merits but against my halcyon memories of lobster rolls from days gone by.

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                                                                                                                      liu RE: krick Jul 23, 2013 08:44 PM

                                                                                                                      I'm with you, krick, on your take of Hungry Cat's version of the lobster roll. As I posted above, I was very disappointed.

                                                                                                                      For years, I have been reading glowing reviews of Hungry Cat's lobster roll, and it has always been on my list...until I actually tried it! It was not good and I do hope that others will not waste their time with this item at Hungry Cat.

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                                                                                                                        chowseeker1999 RE: krick Jul 24, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                                                                                        good report krick. wow its been years since i had hungry cat's version, but this is really sad. the version i had years ago wasn't anything like what you described. very very sad. perhaps opening up additional branches thinned out the quality control?

                                                                                                                        i'm glad i have lobsta truck and connie & ted's version these days. :>

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                                                                                                                          WildSwede RE: chowseeker1999 Jul 24, 2013 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                          Just FYI of something I found out about Lobsta Truck last week: they use clarified butter. If it matters to anyone.

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                                                                                                                            New Trial RE: WildSwede Jul 24, 2013 11:33 PM

                                                                                                                            Thank you for the clarification!

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                                                                                                                              Ciao Bob RE: New Trial Jul 25, 2013 09:12 AM


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                                                                                                                                john gonzales RE: New Trial Jul 25, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                Ghee, what a suprise!

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                                                                                                                                  WildSwede RE: john gonzales Jul 25, 2013 10:27 AM


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                                                                                                                                    kevin RE: WildSwede Jul 27, 2013 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                    Ok. Enough with the pun.

                                                                                                                                    Unless they are downright fun !!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                      Ciao Bob RE: kevin Jul 29, 2013 10:24 PM


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                                                                                                                                        PommeDeGuerre RE: Ciao Bob Jun 20, 2014 02:42 AM

                                                                                                                                        Wrong beast, but we appreciate the effort.

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                                                                                                                                        VenusCafe RE: kevin Jun 30, 2014 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                        It matters to Kevin, Wild one!
                                                                                                                                        What gives K?
                                                                                                                                        Why are you down on these puns? They is funs.
                                                                                                                                        Are you now moderating for Chowhound to build up a little extra cash for your Shunji excesses?

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                                                                                                                                          Ciao Bob RE: VenusCafe Jul 1, 2014 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                          Hardly...."he's in solitary confinement in a mothf$#@ing chowhound gulag."

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                                                                                                                            ns1 RE: LATarheel Jul 24, 2013 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                            Anyone try the lobster roll from sweet salt lately?

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