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LOBSTER ROLLS: DOES SIZE REALLY MATTER?

Living in Boston for the past ten year, I have set out on an adventure to find two hidden treasures amongst the mysterious past of this historical city.

1.) Orignally being from San Diego (Northern Mexico), Mexican food, more specifically TACO SHOPS reigns supreme. And the king of all Mexican food is the CARNE ASADA BURRITO. So prior to diving into the discussion of Lobster, I pose a question to all you Bostonian foodees. Carne Asada: Do they exist in Boston? (Carne Asada Steak, Salsa Fresca, Guacamole, Tortilla--nothing more--... Don't bother responding if your burrito has cheese, lettuce, RICE!!! or BEANS!!!)

2.) In the search for the Ultimate Lobster Roll in Boston, I have searched everywhere for the restaurant that is capable of offering diners the complete lobster roll experience. Browsing the boards, surfing the strings, and tackling the topics of the chow hound discussion section, I have come across many great suggestions:

B&G Oyster
Belle and Isle
Kellys
Skipjacks,... Etc.

As a lobster fan, all have been quite a treat to enjoy. Some with toasted buns, others warm with butter, ALL enjoyed with a nice New England Ale; but, the issue lies in my prior statement. All of these have been one thing... A TREAT.

You take your first bite, and two seconds later (after your pupils roll back) it is gone along with your $17.95 (not including the beer). So I pose to you one question, well two questions: For those of you who love the decadent treat suggested on prior posts, would you rather have preferred it to be twice the size, triple the size. And furthermore, if you had to choose between a skimpy delicious lobster roll with a little more TLC, or a monster Lobster roll to wrap your teeth around, which would you choose.

And where would I get it (in Boston...as the Raw Bar on the cape takes the cake for New England)?

Hopefully we can get to the bottom of this age old question for Women, Men, and Lobster Lovers alike.... Does size really matter?

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  1. Different ends of the spectrum w/an ample portions: Neptune Oyster, Boston - http://www.neptuneoyster.com/menu.html and Alive & Kicking, Cambridge: http://boston.menupages.com/restauran....

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    1. re: Taralli

      Yeah, I have to agree with Taralli, have you tried the roll at Neptune Oyster? No way, no how, could you call that small.

      1. re: purple bot

        there is varied opinion here on Neptune, but I don't think anyone has criticized the lobster roll, especially the hot one. It is pricey, but it is huge......easily enough for two people, and the fries are good. I don't have a photo to show and don't have the money to go there now to take one, but I'd challenge anyone to come up with a larger one that is also better. Now cheaper, that's easy.

    2. Belle Isle is the biggest and the among the best, so no need to compromise.

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          1. re: plot921

            Would MUCH rather smaller with better quality and 'TLC'. The Raw Bar is a great example of what is sacrificed to put out a huge roll. I'm not a fan of frozen canned Canadian Lobster meat and that's all they use. Horrible stuff.

            If you really want a gigantic roll, why not make it yourself? Lobster Meat is going for $25/lb. these days (down here anyway) so you can make a giant roll, exactly to your liking, for well under $20.

            1. re: CapeCodGuy

              Heck, or buy them at the former Super88 or Market Basket and shuck em yourself.

              1. re: StriperGuy

                yeah, but at $25/lb. for cooked and shucked meat, why would you bother?

                1. re: CapeCodGuy

                  True, true. I guess I've bought shucked meat and it never tastes as good/fresh/sweet as the stuff I shuck myself.

                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    live lobster is still under $7 pp. market basket steams them for free. i never ever eat lobster at a restaurant.

                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                      Heck the former Super88 had 4 pound monsters for $6.99 or $6.99 two weeks ago.

              2. re: CapeCodGuy

                The other bad thing about canned is that it's only knuckle and claw meat.

          2. The B&G one has shrunk...brought some visitors to it over the summer and was disappointed :-P

            1. Grumpy White's in Quincy has a pretty sizable and good lobster roll. I usually order mine on what they call a long roll (basically a crusty sub roll). Not bad at all. Comes with french fries.
              15 Minutes out of downtown with no traffic. Free parking.
              Enjoy,
              CocoDan

              1. Kelly's is frozen claw meat, and should not be considered in any discussion about the best.

                I've never had Neptune's Lobster Roll, but of what I've had (and I've had lobster rolls in close to 100 spots)

                Red's Eats is the best.

                Belle Isle is a very close second.

                And of course size matters. If you're eating something good, you want as much of it as possible.

                On the contrary, if it's bad, as my Nana used to say*:

                "So terrible, and such small portions".

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                *It really wasn't my Nana who said that.

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                1. re: L2k

                  Yea i agree on Kellys, disgusting.. It pains me to see people recommend their lobster roll. Last time i decided to give it one last try, the meat was still ICE cold and the entire thing was soaking wet.. Guess they didnt have enough time to properly thaw it. Flavorless.