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Lobster rolls in SF?

Hey there,

I am desperate for some good, yummy, big lobster rolls. Call it the New Englander in me. I've been to Woodhouse Grill on Market, and found them to be a 7 out of 10. IS there anywhere else in SF worth checking out?

Thanks!

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  1. I wish I knew of a great place in San Francisco, but Old Port Lobster Shack in Redwood City has delicious lobster rolls. The "naked" lobster roll has about 4 ounces of semi-chilled lobster in a buttery, toasty Texas toast roll. $18.95, side of decent fries included.

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    Old Port Lobster Shack
    851 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063

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    1. re: betterbeheaven

      Oh thanks! I couldn't remember that place's name, I should mention I've been there before, too. Maybe I went on an off night, but I was really unimpressed when I went. I found their lobster rolls really small, too.

    2. I like the lobster roll at Sam's if you're willing to drive to Half Moon Bay. They really promote the lobster roll because it was featured on some TV show but it's actually really good. Their chowder is nice, too.

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      Sam's Chowder House
      4210 Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

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      1. re: coledudley

        Sam's has a food truck that often parks in Golden Gate Park, by the Japanese Tea Garden, on Sat & Sun.

        http://www.samschowdermobile.com/

        They make a pretty decent lobster roll. Chowder is nothing out of the ordinary though.

        1. re: coledudley

          I had Sam's lobster roll 2 years ago at the truck festival in Jack London Sq...it was tasty. Have no idea how it stacks up to a NE version but it was good.

          1. re: ML8000

            The lobster roll at Old Port Lobster Shack is much better than the one from Sam's Chowder House truck. Everyone I know who has had both agrees with me. Sam's truck is more convenient, I guess, but OPLS will be launching its own soon ShackMobile, according to its FB page.

            I noticed that Anchor & Hope has a lobster roll on the menu. Anyone tried it?

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            Old Port Lobster Shack
            851 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063

            Sam's Chowder House
            4210 Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              The lobster roll is much better at Lobster Shack than at Sam's Chowder House (i.e. the restaurant). LS has more chunks of meat, Sam's has more scraps. Lobster is well dressed at LS but over dressed at Sam's which causes the brioche to be very soggy in the middle. Finally - and most importantly - the lobster meat is fresher at LS and has the requisite "bounce" which is absent at Sam's.

              I do think you get a bit more lobster at Sam's, but for me it's always quality over quantity. Can't beat the ocean view on a nice day at Sam's though.

              1. re: hong_kong_foodie

                Will definitely try the Lobster Shack next time we're in the mood for lobster rolls.

              2. re: Melanie Wong

                Anchor and Hopes service is spotty at best....but their lobster roll are wonderful!

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            1. Woodhouse has nice ones...

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              Woodhouse Fish Company
              2073 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

              Woodhouse Fish Company
              1914 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA

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              1. re: NoeMan

                Woodhouse serves the mayo dressed chilled style of roll. The lobster is fine but I prefer the warm buttery ones at Sams and Old Port.

              2. The one at Sea Salt in Berkeley is great. They poach the lobster in butter.

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                Sea Salt
                2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

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                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  If they poach it in butter, how does it work to make it with mayo? To me a lobster roll is mayo and lobster. 'course no chance for the proper bun :(

                  1. re: c oliver

                    It's the other kind of lobster roll, drenched in butter. If you're a mayo person, go elsewhere.

                    K2 has its own bakery, so could make any kind of bun.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      The lobster rolls I've had out here use split-top rolls made under special contract with local bakeries.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        Ah, "Back East" CHs consider that a Connecticut lobster roll. The traditional New England one, I gather, is the mayo type.

                        That's excellent about the buns.

                        1. re: c oliver

                          Red Eat's in Wicasset, Maine, maybe the most famous and popular lobster roll in New England, serves there's warm on a toasted roll drizzled with warm butter as does Neptune Oyster in Boston's North End. My preference also.

                          1. re: bakerboyz

                            Good Neptune Oyster is on my Boston itinerary based on its inclusion in Dennis Lehane's latest book.

                            1. re: wolfe

                              Popular and crowded, highly regarded for their warm lobster rolls, fried clams and burger with fried oysters on top but do a search of Boston board for what more frequent visitors recommend there. Also, if looking for great seafood and shellfish, try a new restaurant in Kenmore Sq, Island Creek Oyster Company, very highly recommended on Boston board.

                              1. re: bakerboyz

                                Not looking for great seafood but want to go because Patrick and Angie ate there. Don't rain on my fantasy parade.

                                1. re: wolfe

                                  I hope that you didn't misunderstand, Neptune is still one of the tops for seafood in Boston!

                              2. re: wolfe

                                Don't miss the razor clams at Neptune if they have them.