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New England Style Lobster Rolls Available here??

MarkG Jun 26, 2010 08:16 PM

lots of lobster out of the shell on a bun with some seasoning and/or sauce. Easy to find on the coast of Maine. How about on the Mississippi Coast in Minneapolis-StPaul??

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    kevin47 RE: MarkG Jun 26, 2010 08:47 PM

    Stella's Fish Cafe has them, and that might be in their wheelhouse. The price point suggests lots of lobster, and the menu promises it is from Maine.

    Stella's Fish Cafe
    1402 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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    1. re: kevin47
      Jordan RE: kevin47 Jun 27, 2010 07:32 AM

      I've had the lobster roll at Stella's. You do get a lot of lobster. The quality ranges from great to mediocre, depending on ... well, I don't know what, exactly, but it is inconsistent.

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      Seige RE: MarkG Jun 27, 2010 12:48 PM

      Meritage has a lobster roll on their brunch menu now, but I've not had it so I couldn't say if it's "authentic" or what you're necessarily looking for. I do love Meritage though, so I'd imagine it's good.

      410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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        kevin47 RE: Seige Jun 27, 2010 10:30 PM

        That sounds like leftovers from a weekend lobster special. Then again, that's probably how the thing was invented in the first place.

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          steve_in_stpaul RE: Seige Jun 28, 2010 03:41 AM

          Dara Moskowitz confirms the Meritage lobster roll and approves of the proper and salutary "white bread" bun: http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media...

          410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

          1. re: steve_in_stpaul
            KTFoley RE: steve_in_stpaul Jun 28, 2010 08:56 AM

            A note for people who have personal images to go with the word "authentic": Dara said "soft white hot dog bun." She did not say "toasted split-top roll, a la Pepperidge Farm."

            So if you're able to recite chapter and verse on the differences between Maine and Massachusetts rolls, or if your uncles won't eat with your in-laws because one side makes them with lobster & mayonnaise while the other countenances only lobster & butter, this is your caveat: Meritage's version might not be the object of your idealization. Maybe, but probably not.

            My personal resolution: $5 in a jar at every temptation to whine about finding an unadulterated Maine-style lobster roll in the Twin Cities. I'll either give up griping or save enough for a flight back.

            410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

            1. re: KTFoley
              BigSal RE: KTFoley Jun 28, 2010 09:56 AM

              Mmmm, a toasted New England Style hot dog bun. The toasted bun adds a lot to the lobster roll. I have resorted to making my own split-top rolls and buying fresh lobster at Coastal, plus I get the tomalley from cooking the lobster.

              1. re: KTFoley
                steve_in_stpaul RE: KTFoley Jun 28, 2010 06:53 PM

                I'm not sure I've *ever* seen a New England-style hot dog bun here. It's been long enough I forgot they existed....

                And I have no idea what the difference is between Maine and Mass lobster rolls. OK -- which one uses butter?

                1. re: steve_in_stpaul
                  Seige RE: steve_in_stpaul Jun 28, 2010 08:45 PM

                  I would guess that the Maine ones use butter because the Mass. ones are mayonnaisey.

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                    MarkG RE: Seige Jun 29, 2010 06:49 PM

                    are the lobster rolls here worth the money??

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                      KTFoley RE: MarkG Jun 29, 2010 08:14 PM

                      Like New York-style pizza, Philly cheese steaks and so many other location-specific foodstuffs, it depends on who's doing the craving.

                      The version here is does not require a plane ticket. That's a serious plus.

                      The version here does not supply the smell of the sea or the bustle on a NY sidewalk or **insert your own idealized gestalt image of dining on food from where you lived before.** It never will. It never can.

                      So if folks can come to the dish with their tastebuds, and leave behind their nostalgic ties, the dish will be tasty or not, well-prepared or not, a good value or not.

                      But when folks want a dish just as they remember, it's all too easy to overlook how that remembered experience is permeated by things that are wholly separate from the dish itself. And then we get into those debates about whether the NY water is the key to pizza (don't go there) or whether it's ever acceptable to put mayonnaise on a lobster roll.

                      (Of course it's okay, depending on what you like. Both are served in Maine, as long as they're served on a toasted split-top bun. What's an abomination is the lobster salad that looks like cole slaw with seafood, glopped into a bun. That is not a lobster roll. That's leftovers without the dignity of a fork.)

                      So it's a a value if you can get nice chunks of lobster and if you'd rather not crack the shells to get at them yourself. And it's a lost cause if you can't let go of the dampened gong of bell buoys across the fogged-in harbor.

                      And now I have to put money in the jar again. Dammit.

                      1. re: KTFoley
                        MarkG RE: KTFoley Jun 30, 2010 09:12 AM

                        there are lobster web sites that ship by overnight and they will ship the lobster meat and authentic buns. but not the salt air.

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                          KTFoley RE: MarkG Jun 30, 2010 12:27 PM

                          For me, I would say that those are far too expensive given that we have Coastal Seafoods near by.

                          Coastal Seafoods
                          74 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105

                        2. re: KTFoley
                          RMC RE: KTFoley Jul 14, 2010 02:49 PM

                          Great post KTFoley! This pretty much tells it the way it is, whether you pine away for fresh Walleye in Boston, or for fresh Scrod in Minnepolis. Being a Midwesterner, but having recently lived in NE for 14 years, I do get a kick out of the mayonnaise vs.butter battle on Lobster Rolls. Most of us would not know the difference between the two. Prepared the right way, and with chunks of Lobster instead of the salad mentoned in one of these posts, they both are very good!

                      2. re: Seige
                        MarkG RE: Seige Jun 29, 2010 06:50 PM

                        great mouthwatering pics of lobster rolls in the just out summer issue of NEW YORK magazine-- for those not familiar

              2. drew13000 RE: MarkG Jun 28, 2010 06:55 AM

                I've had the lobster roll on Seven's HH menu. I liked it, nothing special, but I have never had an original to compare it to. And yes, I'm talking about a sandwich and not a sushi item.

                1. The Chowhound Team RE: MarkG Jun 30, 2010 06:00 PM

                  We have split a side-discussion on what is an authentic lobster roll to General Chowhounding Topics http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7176...

                  Please limit your discussion in this thread to sources in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

                  Thank you.

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                  1. re: The Chowhound Team
                    kriminalrat RE: The Chowhound Team Jul 1, 2010 12:27 PM

                    Dara said the former partner of LBV, La Grassa, etc.. was doing lobster roll street food in Downtown Minneapolis.

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                    cofeeguru RE: MarkG Jul 10, 2010 08:48 PM


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                      MarkG RE: MarkG Jul 10, 2010 10:05 PM

                      just had the lobster roll at stella's fish cafe on lake street in uptown. pretty good. decent. probably not up to New Eng standards

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                        kriminalrat RE: MarkG Aug 5, 2010 06:40 AM

                        Lobster rolls and po boys at the smack shack just opened on 1st and 4th in Downtown. 11am to 10pm....midnight on weekends.

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                          AnneInMpls RE: kriminalrat Aug 5, 2010 09:58 PM

                          Yay! I just noticed this on one of Dara's twitters. I think I may have to call in sick to work tomorrow (I work in St. Paul) so I can get to downtown Mpls for lunch.

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                            WildSwede RE: AnneInMpls Aug 16, 2010 03:54 PM

                            Hello, do you think that the Smack Shack will still be out in early November? We will be in MPLS for the Vikings game on the 7th. Arriving late on the 5th and staying at the downtown Westin. We were planning a trip to Maine to have the lobster rolls, but are postponing that til next year. Maybe if they have them in MPLS at that time, we can feel like we killed two birds with one stone. ;-) Thanks!

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                              KTFoley RE: WildSwede Aug 16, 2010 07:19 PM

                              Wild Swede, this is the first year of operation and we have no idea what is going to happen when the weather turns foul -- or when the Snow Emergency Rules take their toll on available street parking.

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                                WildSwede RE: KTFoley Aug 17, 2010 10:39 AM

                                Thanks, KT - that is what I was thinking.

                            2. re: AnneInMpls
                              foreverhungry RE: AnneInMpls Aug 17, 2010 10:50 AM

                              Interestingly, Dara's 6 August blog post on Minnesota Monthly reported "...was told by the cooks that it contained nearly a whole pound of lobster meat, and could see with my very own eyes that they were right..." Really? Nearly a pound of lobster meat? I think Dara needs an eye appointment. How could she seriously expect that a a pound of lobster meat (nearly or not) could retail for $13.50, or fit onto a roll? The City Pages reported that the roll had 1/4 pound of lobster, which is much more realistic (and still a darned good amount!).

                              1. re: foreverhungry
                                kriminalrat RE: foreverhungry Aug 18, 2010 06:44 AM

                                The regular is 1/4...the king is 1/2

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