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Best lobster roll thats not 30 bucks

Coming to boston on buissness and I would love a great seafood fix!! Please help an out of town guy get steered into the right direction. I lovelobster rolls and raw bars so fell free to offer your opinions. Thanks

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  1. The two suggestions you're going to get are Island Creek Oyster Bar and Neptune Oyster. Do a search and you'll find 3 million (rough estimate) threads talking about them. Both are excellent in their own way.

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    1. re: mkfisher

      Also the more take-out places like James Hook, Yankee Lobster, and Alive-n-Kicking. There's bunch of related threads below that will allow you to dive into the subject.

      1. re: emannths

        Yankee lobster down in the seaport area

      2. re: mkfisher

        Neptune can be hard to get a seat at - small place - so plan accordingly. Not sure about the rush at ICOB, the one time I've eaten there was a weekday night and although crowded, getting a bar seat was not a challenge..

        1. re: mkfisher

          sadly the lobster roll at ICOB seems to have gotten smaller...at least the one i had today was almost as small as the one at B&G Oyster...

          1. re: barleywino

            Agreed about ICOB.....moreover, the one I had a couple of months ago was finely minced lobster with lots of celery and onion (blech). Couldn't even taste the lobster.....quite frankly, the worst lobster roll I have *ever* had. I would even prefer D'Angelo's over ICOB, made with frozen meat (but lots of it, and unadulterated!).

          2. re: mkfisher

            Out side of Boston on the North Shore, but here's my .02. Going to Plum Island, Bob Lobster is very good, not too much mayo, great fresh lobster. MY favorite is the lobster roll at Hampton Airfield. Foot long roll filled nicely, and the bacon laced potato salad is good as well. Tough to beat for $12.00. Besides, how do you beat sitting outside watching planes while chowing down?

          3. Just make sure where you go, you have thought about whether you want mayo or not.. I've always enjoyed getting a take-out lobster roll from Belle Isle near the airport (although I will say a local told me that of all places - Kelly's - serves a better lobster roll.

            How are you coming? Flying into Logan or driving up? Because the CT classic hot lobster roll is a nice thing to try as well...

            To be honest, I've never really enjoyed these Boston lobster roll threads, because of how simple a good lobster roll is.. . You can buy a couple of chicken lobsters, steam them up right, pick 'em, and drop the into a toasted split top roll, maybe with some drawn butter, and have a great lobster roll. You can have an even better roll if you are sitting on a deck at Red's Eats or Young's Lobster Pound or Muscongus Bay Lobster on a sunny day. The ambiance adds a LOT to the experience.. not to demean a Neptune roll, its just a very fancy version of a very simple sandwich..

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            1. re: grant.cook

              Even locals can have bad taste....they use frozen lobster meat at Kellys.

              1. re: LeoLioness

                That is true but I still consider it to be a mighty fine lobster roll. Never encountered waterlogged meat which is the scourge of frozen. Others disagree but that's what this board is all about.

                1. re: yumyum

                  Ah, you're lucky, then. The last one I had from there was dreadful. Literally, it will be the last!

                  1. re: LeoLioness

                    Me too. The kelly roll to me is the worst. If they were free, i wouldn't want another one. Was totally soaking wet/soggy the meat was like eating sponge, no flavor at all and ice cold. horrible.

                    1. re: hargau

                      I had a Kelly's lobster roll once and it was terrible, I agree. Probably like the McDonalds one is like (not that Ive had one).

                    2. re: LeoLioness

                      I see a lot of detractors about Kelly's on this board, but I've lived in the Boston area for 20 years now and this lobster roll has spoiled me for any other. I've tried them all, from Maine through those frequently mentioned here in Boston. I lived in Winthrop for a while as well, and Belle Isle's don't do it for me either, niether do locals frequent the place. Kelly's roll, frozen meat or not (I don't have a clue), features about a half-pound of huge chunks of lobster on a perfectly grilled bun. I've not experienced the sogginess that other complain about. My Vermont family craves lobster rolls, so when I travel home I get them to go, lobster packed separately. Last time I asked for the fixings for 6 rolls, but easily got enough meat in the container for 10 huge rolls. I don't get why anyone would pay $25 for an appetizer-sized lobster roll at Neptune, or why one would go to a fishy-smelling shop like Belle Isle for a lobster roll fix, when you can dine seaside on a hearty Kelly's roll. Chowder is terrific too.

                      1. re: rosiebcook

                        I vastly prefer fresh to frozen lobster. It's that simple. Kellys does have its charms, but the lobster roll isn't one of them for me.

                        (appetizer-sized roll at Neptune? Yikes, I'd hate to see what you consider an entree!)

                        1. re: LeoLioness

                          I agree. the Neptune lobster roll is huge and so is the portion of excellent fries tht comes with it.

              2. had a very tender lobster roll recently at Harvest ($22)

                1. I really like the lobster roll at Castle Island for $10 and the priceless harbor view to enjoy it with.

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                      1. re: lc02139

                        Good to know. I haven't been over to CI in a few months but I didnt think they opened till later.

                        1. re: C. Hamster

                          Just had a lobster roll from Sullivan's for lunch today. Excellent value for $10! Onion rings were good, too! CI and all of the South Boston beaches are mobbed today. MAJOR state police presence!

                          1. re: Tonality666

                            Skip Day for local schools so cops are at all the beaches.

                            "But officer I'm not skipping, it's my lunch break. I'm just here for the lobster rolls"

                            1. re: Tonality666

                              Was at castle island yesterday late and it was still crowded. Sullivans also does breakfast sandwiches and decent coffee.

                      2. re: catsmeow

                        Yes, I hope Sullivans is Smart enough to open before Saint Patricks day. They have been open for a while for the season. Everything at Sullivans is pretty good. Yes, the view is tough to beat.

                      3. IIRC it's like $15 or $20 at Belle Isle and very generous. Definitely out of the way for where you're probably going to be doing business but worth considering. I don't like a lot of their fried stuff but for a lobster roll it's a good place to go if you have a car.