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Caught this week's Diners Drive-in and Dives which featured a diner in Maine that featured Lobster pie a.k.a lazy man lobster in N.E. terms. Is there any place in the LA area to get lobster pie or baked stuffed lobsters of even lobster newberg New England style?

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  1. Michael Mina's restaurants (Stonehill Tavern, e.g.) usually have Maine Lobster Pot Pie on the menu. I haven't had it since I lived in the Bay Area, where the dish always seemed to be available at his namesake restaurant in San Francisco. My recollection is that it was delicious, and the lobster meat was not overcooked. However, to say the least, none of his places is a diner, a drive-in, or a dive, and it's damned hard starting a fistfight in any of them!

    1. The Blue Plate Oysterette served up a delicious lobster pie as a special late last year. Decadently rich and creamy with a more than fair share of lobster and a wonderfully light and flakey crust. Not sure if it is currently offered, however.

      Blue Plate Oysterette
      1355 Ocean Ave
      Santa Monica, CA 90401
      (310) 576-3474
      http://blueplatesantamonica.com

      Michael Mina’s XIV has a very respectable looking traditional Maine lobster pot pie on the menu. Although I went without a taste, it was certainly enjoyed by my dining companion. I vowed to return for a personal sampling but have yet to do so.

      XIV
      8117 Sunset Blvd
      Los Angeles, CA 90046
      (323) 656-1414
      http://xivrestaurant.com

      If you can survive without the crust accompanying a traditional lobster pie or newberg, both the Dal Rae and Melisse offer exceptional versions of lobster thermidor. Please don’t ask me to pick one over the other; it’s too close to call. I’ve enjoyed DR’s rendition several times versus only once at Melisse. I’d settle for either (right now) in a heartbeat. Yum!

      Dal Rae
      9023 Washington Blvd
      Pico Rivera, CA 90660
      (562) 949-2444
      http://www.dalrae.com

      Melisse
      1104 Wilshire Blvd
      Santa Monica, CA 90401
      Neighborhood: Santa Monica
      (310) 395-0881
      http://www.melisse.com

      If you ever find yourself at Pala Casino in North San Diego County, the Chef at the Oak Room will, upon request, whip you up an extraordinary lobster pie in a puff pastry shell that will literally knock your socks (or stockings) off. Indeed, I go to Pala for two primary reasons, neither of which is a gamble:

      1. Lunch at Mis Cuates Taco Shop across the street and
      2. Dinner at the Oak Room

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      1. re: degustateur

        Great post, degustateur! By any chance, has anyone tried the lobster thermidor at ANISETTE in Santa Monica?