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Best Lobster Roll near The North End, Boston

sherlocked917 Jan 18, 2013 05:08 PM

Any suggestions????


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    Gordough Jan 18, 2013 05:12 PM

    That's an easy one. Neptune Oyster.

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      LeoLioness Jan 18, 2013 05:13 PM

      Neptune Oyster, in the North End.

      1. BostonZest Jan 18, 2013 05:14 PM

        I Third Neptune Oyster


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          catsmeow Jan 18, 2013 06:11 PM

          Forth Neptune Oyster

          1. Bob Dobalina Jan 18, 2013 08:03 PM

            Yer not from around these parts, are ya?


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              hargau Jan 18, 2013 10:34 PM

              Everyone says Neptune but this blog rates rolls all around new england gave it an "awful" rating http://lobsterrollchronicles.com/2012...
              I personally wouldn't risk the money/line/time/sickness myself so i have not tried it, too many other places around. Yelp seems to have a ton of bad reviews of the place too, ton of good ones too.. like i said, not for me..

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              1. re: hargau
                CapeCodGuy Jan 19, 2013 06:49 AM

                Can't argue with your decision. After reading all the love here about Neptune I just HAD to try the roll. My first ever was all warm and tender, buttery, love on a roll. My second was tough, chewy, greasy, and a sickening mess of a waste of $25 plus tax plus tip. Never been back.

                1. re: CapeCodGuy
                  Madrid Jan 19, 2013 07:44 AM

                  did you tell them it was so much worse than your previous experience? if so, how did they handle it?
                  I do understand that some people have gotten horrible lobster rolls at Neptune...I haven't. I don't get to go often so I have no idea how often the problems show up. If it did happen to me, it would indeed be awful, because what I have experience is just greatness.

                  1. re: Madrid
                    CapeCodGuy Jan 19, 2013 05:02 PM

                    No. I know I should have but they were super busy on my second visit and I just got the impression they wouldn't really care all that much. And truthfully, even if that wasn't so, my appetite was so far ruined about half way into it that there would have been nothing they could have offered me that I would have wanted. I was also with a group and didn't feel like eating something after they had all finished their meals so I suffered in silence. Can't blame the restaurant for that I realize.

                    1. re: CapeCodGuy
                      Madrid Jan 19, 2013 05:36 PM

                      all the same, good to know about your experience, and I'm sorry you didn't get the great lobster roll! It should come out great every time.

                2. re: hargau
                  Gabatta Jan 19, 2013 07:09 AM

                  Just because someone put it in a blog doesn't give the opinion any more weight than any single post here.

                  1. re: Gabatta
                    hargau Jan 19, 2013 09:11 AM

                    True, but the fact that the someone has tried and written up about 50 or more lobster rolls does give them some credibility in my book. I read many post on here raving about Kelly's lobster roll which is one of the most disgusting rolls i have ever tried (twice)...

                  2. re: hargau
                    cambridgedoctpr Jan 19, 2013 05:18 PM

                    you are always going to find someone who is unhappy with anything. If you are looking for something with unanimous support, eat at home.

                    1. re: cambridgedoctpr
                      CapeCodGuy Jan 19, 2013 05:39 PM

                      But what if those at home hate your cooking? :-)

                      1. re: CapeCodGuy
                        cambridgedoctpr Jan 20, 2013 05:11 AM

                        well, that sounds unanimous.

                        But i do not think that you are going to find 100% agreement; what you need to do is choose people whose taste you trust and follow their lead.

                        1. re: cambridgedoctpr
                          hargau Jan 20, 2013 06:15 AM

                          Exactly.. and i trust the taste of the guy who wrote that blog.... yet many here (except ccg) seems to feel i need to agree with them... Kinda like when i say i cant stand East Coast Grill and i get told i am wrong.. (or when you say you like CK's place!)

                          1. re: hargau
                            cambridgedoctpr Jan 20, 2013 06:48 AM

                            agreed though CK is a special case; he makes special dishes for me that are off the menu though i think that even the stuff on the menu is good though not nearly as good as the CK specials.

                            1. re: hargau
                              libertywharf Jan 20, 2013 09:14 AM

                              I've seen that blog before and agree that it is authentic. I also believe it's hit and miss sometimes as one poster points out.

                              1. re: hargau
                                Science Chick Jan 20, 2013 12:22 PM

                                @harguau: I'm sure tasting alot of lobster rolls gives the blogger a great basis for making comparisons.....but it still comes down to that person's particular tastes. For example, they RAVE about the ICOB lobster roll, which I think is a disgraceful disaster with all kinds of minced onion and other distractors mixed in.

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                        Reptibark Jan 19, 2013 05:04 AM

                        No question- Neptune. Same goes for clam chowder. Legal? No, thanks!

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                          the zak Jan 19, 2013 07:48 AM

                          Have you checked out Alive and Kicking?... across the Charles River

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                            libertywharf Jan 19, 2013 10:07 AM

                            Seriously, your first question on this site is about lobster roll in the north end. Some how I think you know the answer.
                            I would also skip Neptune and head over to Yankee lobster. I would also go thru existing threads because when this question comes up, there are some good answers that won't cost you $25.00.

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                              bcc Jan 19, 2013 02:40 PM

                              A few doors down from Neptune Oyster at 73 Salem Street you'll find Rabia's Seafood and Oyster Bar. We had great food there, including a lobster roll, this past September. With much less attitude.

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