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Lobster Rolls: 2013 Edition

Gordough Apr 10, 2013 09:54 AM

I figured we could use a new thread for recent lobster roll reports.

I took advantage of yesterday's perfect spring day to make my first ever trip to Belle Isle Seafood for their lobster roll. I never made it to their old location so I have nothing to compare the new location to.

The lobster roll (comes with fries) and drink came to about $23 which is on the higher end for a counter service shack style place. There was a ton of meat in the roll, however which made the value acceptable. Mostly tail and claw meat with a tiny bit of knuckle. The lobster was very fresh. The one complaint I did have was that the bun did not come close to doing the lobster meat justice. I know the bun isn't the main event or anything close but a lobster roll like this needs a better bun. The bun was tiny (comically tiny), falling apart and could not be picked up until I had nearly finished the meat. While the bun did have grill marks, it did not appear to be buttered at all. Overall, this is a very good lobster roll but probably best eaten with just a fork and skipping the bun. A somewhat sturdy buttered bun would have taken the roll from very good to excellent. But I suppose it is a fine line between my complaint and complaints that there is too much bread and not enough lobster. The fries were unremarkable and had no salt whatsoever.

Anyone else have a lobster roll recently, good or bad, that they want to mention?

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    Klunco RE: Gordough Apr 10, 2013 11:27 AM

    Belle Isle is my comfort food and we hit it a lot. Usually we get a lobster roll with onion rings and some chowder. What I like about Belle Isle is that it is 100% focused on fresh large-chunks of lobster meat (I also used to like the romance of sitting in the dirt out back watching planes take off but maybe that's just me).

    That said, because they are so focused on the lobster meat part, the rest of the roll (bread, mayo, celery) is definitely disappointing. Also, as I've said in the past, I highly recommend BYOS (bring your own salt) to Belle Isle. I don't think they've heard of salt.

    Although other posters may disagree, I actually like the roll at Island Creek. I wish there was more meat for the price, but they nail the other parts. Great brioche roll, and well dressed but not too much mayo or mix ins. Personally, I like a lot of mayo and mix-ins, but that's just me. If I just want meat, I'll go Rhode Island style with butter. I also seem to vaguely remember a lunch at L'Espalier a long time ago with a killer (albeit expensive) lobster roll with bacon and avocado. I wonder if they still offer it.

    Although I love lobster rolls and almost always order them on the menu, I find most end up being pretty average with either not enough meat, poor quality meat, or poor quality bread being the biggest culprits. Still it doesn't stop me from ordering them. I'm curious to see if this thread suggests any new places that haven't been mentioned in the past for stand-outs (ie. besides Neptune, B&G, Alive & Kicking, Yankee Lobster).

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        yumyum RE: Klunco Apr 11, 2013 05:21 PM

        Speaking of horrid looking lobster rolls I recently spied same at Charlie's kitchen in Harvard square. SRSLY this thing looked horrid. I like Charlie's for a beer and guilty jalapeño poppers but what gives on the lobby roll? Anyone had it?

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          Gabatta RE: yumyum Apr 11, 2013 05:37 PM

          Haven't had it in years, but my memory is consistent with your description. I agree Charlie's is best for drinking. The inside is a bit grungy for eating.

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            Klunco RE: yumyum Apr 11, 2013 05:50 PM

            Often times at a pub when I see Lobster roll on the menu I just assume probably poor quality frozen Canadian meet thrown into a shitty un-toasted bun haphazardly, no problem, I can get behind that. I wouldn't expect much from Charlies besides dive drinks (although I much prefer the Cantab) but I don't think I'd order a lobster roll there. Even I have standards!

          2. re: Klunco
            Gabatta RE: Klunco Apr 16, 2013 06:48 AM

            What's your opinion on the Belle Isle roll since the move? Before they simply had their standard (and excellent) roll. Now there is the addition of the premium tail only roll. Do you think there is now less tail meat in the standard roll, or is it just my imagination?

            The tables in the new location are nice and service is a smidge better and friendlier IMO.

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              Klunco RE: Gabatta Apr 16, 2013 10:33 AM

              I've found no discernible, consistent change in the amount of tail meat since the move. Haha, that sounds like a statement a politician would make.

              That said, it may just be in your head. My guess is excess claws go into the lobster bisque. I've never understood the obsession with tail meat personally. I think a mix between claw and tail provides contrast, but I also would buy a claw-only roll if they sold one (Sacrebleu!)

              I think the new location is nice, even if like all new places, it seems a bit sterile. Once it's warm enough and the windows open up and the outdoor seating is open, I do think that will more than justify the new space. I will slightly miss the byob nature of dirt behind the old-location, but I could always take my food to go at the new one.

              I also wonder if they'll get mobbed with the new space now that there is seating. Also, does anyone know if they're open later now?

              1. re: Klunco
                Gabatta RE: Klunco Apr 16, 2013 11:35 AM

                I prefer the texture and flavor of the tail, but it's really all good. Their jedi marketing trick is toying on this weak minded fool. I see the tail option and look at my standard roll with a suspicious eye.

                I hope the larger new location means they won't run out of lobster rolls as often in the past.

                In the warm weather I prefer to get them to go and eat at Coughlin Park. You can discreetly BYO there and watch the planes land overhead.

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                  Klunco RE: Gabatta Apr 16, 2013 12:42 PM

                  Thanks for the tip on Coughlin park; we will have to check it out on our next visit.

                  I'm imagining with the larger space, they're anticipating higher demand and sold-out lobster rolls should be rare.

                  1. re: Gabatta
                    Klunco RE: Gabatta May 27, 2013 04:03 PM

                    Just want to double confirm that there's no difference in tail to claw ratio in standard lobster roll. I'm not about to cough up $8 more per roll for all tail and I do enjoy claw, but upon examination of two lobster rolls today, one had three claws, the other had four. Still comparatively, there was still more tail than claw.

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                  mkfisher RE: Gabatta May 30, 2013 05:25 AM

                  I took my wife to Belle Isle for the first time last weekend. It was my first time at the new spot. Love the tables. Service was comically bad, and also not very friendly, but that is part of the allure I guess. Roll was probably 70% claw meat. Onion rings were fantastic.

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                    Klunco RE: mkfisher May 30, 2013 07:34 AM

                    I actually have found the service much friendlier at the new spot than the old, but then again when they're slammed it does get a little rough around the edges (with the accents and yelling, I joke with international friends it's part of the experience like Pizzeria Regina) I have a hard time imagining myself as a "regular" anywhere, but I do think they recognize me there, so that may be the difference.

                    That aside, I'm bummed to hear there's been so much variation with the claw/tail ratio. Maybe I've lucked out each time I've gone. Hopefully more people will weigh in on this.

                    Onion rings seem the same to me as always, so we always bring salt.

              2. BostonZest RE: Gordough Apr 10, 2013 02:44 PM

                I'll add one more to check out. Visited the Boston Shuckin' Truck yesterday and saw a lot of Lobster Rolls handed over customers in the Financial District.

                @BosShuckinTruck on twitter.

                I don't eat mayo so I couldn't try one and I really prefer the RI style with mayo or butter on the side.

                But, someone out there that likes mayo can test it.


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                  SEH RE: BostonZest Apr 16, 2013 12:33 PM

                  I don't eat mayo either. Do you have suggestions of places where you can order your lobster roll w/out mayo?

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                    gini RE: SEH Apr 17, 2013 05:58 AM

                    Neptune Oyster serves theirs with a drawn butter sauce. It's awesome.

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                      BostonZest RE: SEH May 28, 2013 04:24 PM

                      I used to just walk away, now I ask and I'm finding that many places will make up a lobster roll without mayo for me. James Hook offered to make one so I ordered two!

                      I was at Tony's Clam Shack at Wollaston and had already ordered when I asked about it and the many behind the counter said they have lobster on hand and will make one for me.

                      Now I wouldn't ask them to do it on a busy weekend in August but weekdays I will be asking.

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                        maestrette RE: BostonZest May 29, 2013 09:57 AM

                        On the north side, Joe Fish in North Andover and North Reading will do the same thing. And their lobster rolls come in three different sizes. Definitely not Neptune, but will do in a pinch.

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                    AaronInBoston RE: Gordough Apr 12, 2013 08:15 AM

                    2 RECs,,legal harborside floor 1..last year their lobster roll was 17.95 but looks like they updated it to MP for this summer. I still expect the price to be reasonable. They have great chunks of lobster meat and the perfect toasted buttered bun for it. It comes with fries and coleslaw. Last summer I really enjoyed Artbar's lobster rolls. They have a double roll option for 25$ which is a lot of food but great to fulfill your lobster roll craving. Their lobster rolls are very classic, light on the mayo, one piece of lettuce, a good amount of lobster salad (no filler). They also have killer sweet potato tots to go on the side, and an outdoor patio!

                    ICOB is my least favorite restaurant lobster roll. Too much filler, and horrible bun. The bun overpowers the lobster roll in flavor and size. Their lobster salad on it's own is good, i would eat the bun separate.

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                      jajjguy RE: AaronInBoston Apr 13, 2013 12:13 PM

                      When you say "filler", do you mean celery and mayo and other non- lobster stuff, or do you mean subprime bits of lobster?

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                        Klunco RE: AaronInBoston Apr 16, 2013 12:45 PM

                        Thanks for both of these recs; although I've had very inconsistent rolls at a variety of legal locations in the past (some great, some seriously awful), I've been looking for an excuse to check out the harborside location and a lobster roll is an easy excuse to do it.

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                        catsmeow RE: Gordough Apr 12, 2013 08:52 AM

                        Last Sunday, I ate at Legal C Bar at Legacy Place Dedham. I didn't get the lobster roll, but as I was leaving, I saw someone eating one. It looked delicious and was overflowing with lobster. Next time.....

                        1. MrsCheese RE: Gordough Apr 12, 2013 04:43 PM

                          I would love to have a list for future reference of which restaurants put celery in their lobster rolls and which do not. I cannot do celery in a lobster roll - it totally ruins it for me. Occasionally I add a few snips of chives to the ones I make at home, but that's the extent of it beyond lobster and a little mayo on a toasted and buttered roll.

                          I would have been frustrated if I had trekked all the way to Belle Isle and realized the roll had celery in it.

                          I can't help with any recent lobster roll recommendations because I tend to stay away from them in restaurants, being afraid of celery and all. :-) I would like James Hook's for value if not for the celery (can't remember how much it costs, but it's not much for a lobster roll). Neptune's is of course great, but everyone knows that. Though I find the rest of Neptune's menu so compelling that I rarely get a lobster roll because there are just too many other things to try that I don't make at home.

                          I'd love to hear recommendations for minimalist lobster rolls.

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                            valcfield RE: MrsCheese Apr 12, 2013 04:53 PM

                            haven't made it to neptune, but intend to this season- assuming i'm with a friend, what's the other dish we shoudl get? Is their vitello tonnato good?

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                              MrsCheese RE: valcfield Apr 12, 2013 05:06 PM

                              I've always been tempted by the vitello tonnato but haven't ordered it yet. I'm typically there at dinner time and not in the mood for a sandwich. I always really enjoy the mussels - the preparation changes regularly and always really interesting combos beyond the typical mussels with white wine that I do at home. I think last time I was there they were in a rich curry broth. Many times I will order the mussels and a crudo special. They also have a fantastic brothy cioppino with chunks of lobster, grilled fish, clams, mussels, and saffron rice. And I've never gone wrong with one of their fish specials.

                              You've reminded me that it's been too long since I've been to Neptune.

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                                valcfield RE: MrsCheese Apr 12, 2013 05:09 PM

                                thanks for the info, will keep that in mind!

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                                Madrid RE: valcfield Apr 13, 2013 12:41 PM

                                my favorite at Neptune is the Neptunes on piggyback....fried oysters on top of delicious pork. Also the scallop dish...it sounds like a complicated mess of lots of ingredients but is excellent...the ingredients change from time to time. Cuttlefish appetizer, tuna ribbons, crab salad..

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                                  ButterBuddha RE: Madrid Apr 13, 2013 08:15 PM

                                  Ever had the Johnny cake with smoked trout and caviar? It's pretty delicious too

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                                  Small Plates RE: valcfield May 28, 2013 08:16 AM

                                  The Vitello Tonnato is an excellent choice. As are the fried clams. I can't seem to order anything than the lob roll, the clams, and the vt each time I ago. Because they are FANTASTIC! :)

                                3. re: MrsCheese
                                  foodieX2 RE: MrsCheese Apr 12, 2013 04:57 PM

                                  Jakes in Hull has everything "on the side". Buttered roll (toasted by request only) with undressed lobster meat. Mayo, celery and lettuce on the side. I do have to say I didn't make over there last summer and heard a couple of comments that they had gotten a little skimpy with the lobster for the price but that's not my experience over the years. They were always pricey but the rolls were stuffed with tails and claws.

                                  1. re: MrsCheese
                                    hargau RE: MrsCheese Apr 13, 2013 01:07 AM

                                    I am with you on that. I cant stand celery.. Dont mind it cooked to death in chicken soup or something but raw celery is one of my least favorite foods and when all chopped up in mayo, very tough to eat around...

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                                      MrsCheese RE: hargau Apr 13, 2013 11:54 AM

                                      Exactly! And people always say, but it doesn't taste like anything....

                                      Maybe we're celery super tasters? I can taste it a mile away, and it's a pain to pick out. I use celery for cooking often (particularly the leaves), but in my mind it has no business in a lobster roll.

                                      If you have any suggestions for celery-free lobster rolls, please share. The lobster rolls at Hudson Dairy Joy (now Hudson Creamery) are pretty good, and less expensive than the one in Weston I think, but it's not like they're preparing the lobster in house or anything. Could do worse though, and no celery! Last year they had a hot buttered version too, but I don't know if they're doing it this year or not.

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                                        ButterBuddha RE: MrsCheese Apr 13, 2013 12:07 PM

                                        According to science people who say celery taste like nothing probably have destroyed pallets from eating buffalo wings and celery since spicy food kills taste buds. I still love spicy food though and celery is very explosive to me so who knows.

                                        1. re: MrsCheese
                                          hargau RE: MrsCheese Apr 13, 2013 01:32 PM

                                          I have not had a Dairy Joy lobster roll since my friends worked there in the 80s but back then the lobster came in 5 gallon cans.. bleh..maybe its changed over the years.

                                          I tried one at Kimballs, it had celery...

                                          I now tend to only get them in Maine where for some reason i dont run into celery often...

                                          I even pick it out of potato or macaroni salads! And there is this one tofuskin shrimp roll at dimsum with celery in the middle that i pick out too.. hate the stuff.

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                                            MrsCheese RE: hargau Apr 13, 2013 05:17 PM

                                            I always just assuming that Dairy Joy was using refrigerated or frozen pre-picked lobster meat, but yeah, it's not like it's a Neptune quality roll. I've certainly had worse though, and sometimes they've been quite good on a good night. (other times have been more watery which was what made me think it was thawed meat.) Actually though, their whole belly clams are really good (if always under salted) so that's usually my default there. Their fried scallop roll is also expertly fried with perfectly cooked juicy scallops.

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                                              ButterBuddha RE: MrsCheese Apr 13, 2013 08:16 PM

                                              Somewhat off topic but has anyone had a fast food chain lobster roll I've always wanted one but never had the guts, ( places like McDonald's or d'angelo)

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                                                MrsCheese RE: ButterBuddha Apr 14, 2013 05:52 AM

                                                I haven't, but I imagine that it's not unlike ordering a tuna sandwich, albeit quite a bit more expensive. The lobster meat will be from a can or frozen. I guess you know what you're in for when you order a lobster roll from a fast food chain, and they're generally priced accordingly (though I recall the Panera next to International Place charging some egregious amount - $17? -for what looked like a pretty crappy lobster roll).

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                                                  L2k RE: ButterBuddha Apr 15, 2013 11:07 AM

                                                  The lobster roll at 99 (at least the "warm" one) isn't bad, if you have no other alternative.

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                                                    Science Chick RE: ButterBuddha Apr 15, 2013 12:12 PM

                                                    I really like the D'Angelo lobster prep. A bit mayo-y, but I like that. No fillers...probably frozen meat but is very tasty and is a good, quick, reliable fix (priced right, too!).

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                                                      Klunco RE: Science Chick Apr 16, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                      I'm with you. Honestly it's the same as most bars/pubs out there and even dairy joy except cheaper and you know what you're getting: frozen Canadian meat out of a 5-gallon jug. I think it's better than processed deli-meats.

                                                  2. re: MrsCheese
                                                    Klunco RE: MrsCheese Apr 16, 2013 12:49 PM

                                                    When I've gone to Dairy Joy in the past I've really wanted to like it. Soft-serve is a rare treat these days and the setting is nice and reminds me of places we'd go when I was a kid, but the prices there are just insane. It is delicious, but those prices!

                                                    Never tried the seafood (and probably won't now) just because it's always so expensive and I've often wondered how much turn over they get. Good to know.

                                                2. re: MrsCheese
                                                  Boston_Otter RE: MrsCheese May 28, 2013 04:27 AM

                                                  Celery tastes like dirty water to me. I'm not sure how anyone can enjoy the stuff.

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                                                L2k RE: MrsCheese Apr 15, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                I've never seen celery at Belle Isle, and between my wife and me, we've had at least 50 lobster rolls there over the years.

                                                One leaf of lettuce is the only green there.

                                                1. re: L2k
                                                  treb RE: L2k Apr 15, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                  Correct, Belle Isle does not have celery in it, they just put a thin piece of romaine on the bottom of the roll to prevent sogginess.

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                                                    MrsCheese RE: L2k Apr 15, 2013 06:31 PM

                                                    Oh good to know, thanks. I was responding to Klunco's mention of celery below. there's another for the list then!

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                                                      Klunco RE: MrsCheese Apr 15, 2013 06:34 PM

                                                      Sorry for the confusion, I think I wrote without thinking. As my photo from a recent visit shows, there is nothing is the bun besides lots of lobster and a sole lettuce leaf.

                                                      1. re: Klunco
                                                        MrsCheese RE: Klunco Apr 15, 2013 06:36 PM

                                                        Nice pic.

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                                                        Chikkinlittle2 RE: MrsCheese Apr 16, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                        Thank you for asking this question. I am a super taster of celery b/c of a severe allergy to all bits and pieces of the nasty veg cooked or uncooked. Cannot even touch the stuff in the produce department. So all I caught in this sub discussion was Belle Isle and D'Angelo's. Is that all? In 2006, Uno's had lobster sliders with no celery at their Boylston location...moment of silence for the victims of the Marathon Bombings... Have not been back since then.

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                                                          foodieX2 RE: Chikkinlittle2 Apr 16, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                          as I mentioned above if you are down on the South shore go to Jakes or Lobster Express. Just lobster meat- everything else is on the side thought at Lobster Express thats by request.

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                                                    ButterBuddha RE: Gordough Apr 12, 2013 08:55 PM

                                                    Bell isle and Neptune still have the best rolls IMO

                                                    1. jinet12 RE: Gordough Apr 12, 2013 10:40 PM

                                                      Neptune. The warm one is my favorite. Fries are perfect. I'll never love the seating but the roll makes up for it

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                                                        rosewood RE: Gordough Apr 13, 2013 12:59 PM

                                                        Believe it or not, there is a great place in Orlando, FL for traditional lobster rolls. It is Stonington's Shrimp on South Kirkman. Nothing but the meat on a split roll with melted butter on the side. The mac and cheese is terrific too.

                                                        1. srgoodman RE: Gordough Apr 16, 2013 06:40 AM

                                                          We went to Bob Lobster in Newbury for lobster rolls last night. The roll was about 3 - 4 ounces of knuckle and claws with little (maybe no) mayonnaise, and a small piece of green leaf lettuce at the bottom of the small toasted bun. (They now toast their buns without being asked - since I forgot!) The roll was heaped with as much lobster as it could possibly hold without some of it falling off.

                                                          Given the small roll, it was necessary to eat most of the lobster with a fork - but I didn't consider that a problem. It was my fist lobster roll since last summer, and a true pleasure on a sad day.

                                                          The price: $11.99 with choice of chips or cole slaw. We got two lobster rolls, a cup of clam chowder, a bowl of fish chowder, and two bottles of soda for $38.

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                                                            hargau RE: srgoodman May 27, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                            When i was at Bob's in Newbury today i thought the rolls were on the small side but for $11.99 i guess i wasnt expecting huge. The bun was slightly toasted. The big disappointment was celery which to me ruins the entire thing.. Also the lettuce wasnt a pc at the bottom but shreds throughout

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                                                              srgoodman RE: hargau May 27, 2013 08:59 PM

                                                              I'm surprised and disappointed by your experience. I've been getting lobster rolls for many years at Bob Lobster, including twice this season. I've never had celery mixed in, nor has the lettuce ever been shredded.

                                                              I agree 100% about celery in a lobster roll - it really does ruin it! And I'd rather see lettuce omitted than added as shredded pieces. In fact, I don't really see the need for the single piece.

                                                              I'm sure I'll be back at Bob Lobster within the next month. I'm hoping your experience was a fluke - I'd hate to lose my goto place for lobster rolls.

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                                                                hargau RE: srgoodman May 27, 2013 11:13 PM

                                                                only thing i can think of is maybe cause they had it as a "special" and it was $1 off. Please report back what you find. The photos i see on yelp and google look much better than what was being served today in terms of size, although i do see celery in a few photos i think and 1 blog mentions it. Usually i ask and if they say it has celery i dont order it.

                                                                I know it just wasnt mine as i watched how the girl was making them, each portion was pre-measured and wrapped in cellophane wrap and she would just unwrap and put on each roll. Wish i took a photo of the roll i got

                                                                1. re: srgoodman
                                                                  Science Chick RE: srgoodman May 28, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                                  I agree with srgoodman....I've never had that experience at Bob's with the lobster roll. I don't mind a bit of celery , so I wouldn't have paid attention to that (unless it was overwhelming). But I would certainly have noticed shredded lettuce, especially if it was throughout the preparation. However, I can say that I have had a few mixed experiences there with the fry job on seafood. I think it depends on whether the owner is there or not, or which kids are running the show in the owner's absence. It can be outstanding or just ok. Maybe someone new was at the helm that day and just didn't follow the standard protocol. I think I would have said something....at very least, I would imagine that the owners would probably like to hear from you, Hargau. I recommend you give them a buzz!

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                                                                    hargau RE: Science Chick May 28, 2013 08:22 AM

                                                                    LIke i said it was all pre-portioned in saran wrap so the size had nothing to do with who was running the show as they were all weighed out and the person preparing it was not a factor. The lettuce shreds i think were mostly at the bottom not mixed in but some did get into the mix. The celery was there for sure and had i known, i would have just not got it.
                                                                    Searching the web i found this http://thelongroadtovenice.com/2011/08/ where you can clearly see celery
                                                                    Also this blog where he even mentions it.. His also seems to have shreds of lettuce rather than a single large leaf at the bottom His lobster looks much better than what was being served up yesterday though. http://forums.egullet.org/topic/11793...

                                                                  2. re: srgoodman
                                                                    Small Plates RE: srgoodman May 28, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                                    Here is my BobLobRoll from 2 weeks ago:

                                                              2. BostonZest RE: Gordough Apr 16, 2013 01:40 PM

                                                                Neptune Oyster is my lifetime favorite-- so far. Hot buttered in my frist choice in lobster roll style, followed by cold with melted butter served on the side. I'm not a fan of Lobster Salad rolls with mayo, mix-ins or seasonings, but I did have a pretty good one made with crème fraîche once.

                                                                I also like the unmayo version at Jake's Seafood in Hull and at Evelyn's Drive in in Tiverton RI. I'll have to make a trip to my old summer place in the Narragansett RI area to find more great versions this summer.


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                                                                  mmocpi RE: Gordough Apr 17, 2013 05:34 AM

                                                                  The Maine Diner in Wells, ME has a lobster roll which is crave-worthy-of-a-long-drive. It is described on their menu as "Fresh lobster meat is heated and served in a grilled roll with a side of drawn butter." Whoa, it's good.

                                                                  They also have another version of the lobster roll on their menu which I assume is cold meat with mayo but I've never tried it ...

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                                                                    BostonZest RE: mmocpi Apr 17, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                    I love that one! And, Bob's Clam Shack in Kittery will also do it right if you ask.

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                                                                      Klunco RE: mmocpi Apr 17, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                      I'll have to try that this summer. Favorites up north are Five Islands Lobster co. and the roll at Eventide Oyster in Kittery where pretty much the entire menu is a slam dunk. Highly recommended.

                                                                      At Eventide you can choose mayo, hollandaise, or browned butter. I'm not sold on the bread which is sort of like steamed bun (Chinese style, certainly creative) but love the rest of the place so I can overlook it.

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                                                                        phatchris RE: Klunco Apr 17, 2013 05:44 PM

                                                                        Is there another Eventide in Kittery? I know of one in Portland, Kittery would be much closer to home.

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                                                                          Klunco RE: phatchris Apr 17, 2013 06:21 PM

                                                                          Sorry, Portland yes not Kittery! Wow, something about this thread is cursed; I keep mistakenly writing other things. Sorry.

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                                                                      powerfulpierre RE: Gordough May 28, 2013 08:49 AM

                                                                      Had the lobster roll at Sullivan's on Castle Island yesterday. Tasty, filling, and for $8.95 (a buck off that day) they can't be beat.

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                                                                        catsmeow RE: powerfulpierre May 28, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                                        I've always enjoyed Sullivan's lobster roll as well. As a matter of fact, I'm stopping by there tomorrow afternoon to get one.

                                                                      2. CapeCodGuy RE: Gordough May 28, 2013 10:14 AM

                                                                        I guess I mostly stand alone in that I actually prefer a bit of celery for the added crunchy texture in my lobster salad rolls. I can do without lettuce though. That's usually only there to prevent the rolls from getting soggy. That shouldn't happen unless it's pre-made or loaded with mayo. That's my usual gripe, too heavy handed on the mayo. Or shredded meat. Or frozen Canadian canned meat. Awful stuff. The most lauded roll here on the Cape, from The Raw Bar, at $25 is a behemoth of canned meat. Horrid.

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                                                                          teezeetoo RE: CapeCodGuy May 28, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                          I'm actually with you: I like a little celery, no lettuce, not too much mayo. I'm fond of the "more like lobster sandwich" at Alive 'n Kickin in Cambridge (on Scali toast not a soft bun). Plain, full of good lobster meat, and around 14.00 as I recall.

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                                                                            CapeCodGuy RE: teezeetoo May 28, 2013 11:23 AM

                                                                            I'm also a big fan of knuckle meat. better than claw or tail in my mind as, to me at least, it seems like a cross between the two. My local fish monger, which sells TONS of cooked meat, Joe's Fish and Lobster in Sandwich, has huge bags of cooked knuckles in the shell. Last time I bought it at $7.00 per pound, I got almost a pound of meat out of 2 & 1/2 pounds of knuckle in the shell. Result? Lobster roll heaven.

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                                                                            Klunco RE: CapeCodGuy May 28, 2013 11:21 AM

                                                                            You're not alone, I enjoy a bit of celery crunch as well. Also, I enjoy claw meat, which is another debated topic.

                                                                            One of my more recent gripes is a well buttered and grilled roll. When did this become too much to ask?

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                                                                              CapeCodGuy RE: Klunco May 28, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                                              Yes! And tell 'em to keep the brioche buns for the burgers.

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                                                                              Niblet RE: CapeCodGuy May 28, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                                              I'm with you on the celery. No lettuce; the worst is when it's a limp soggy leaf and you have to disassemble everything to remove it. Also must be heavy mayo like Hellmann's. Agree also about the brioche; for me it's too rich and sweet, the lobster needs a lighter foil. The key, as with a good BLT and other classics, is the contrast of elements: warm and cool, crunchy and soft, tangy and creamy... blech that's enough with the gross food words. At least I didn't use 'mouthfeel'. Oops. (the word, the word...there! he said it again!)

                                                                              I like this thread topic and hope to purchase a good lobster roll soon so i can add some value. So far nothing in my recent experience has been memorable.

                                                                              BTW, CapeCodGuy re: The Raw Bar, I feel like I'm a broken record, but have you tried the jerk wings there? I really loved those and want to go back, but wonder if my experience was a one-off.

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                                                                                CapeCodGuy RE: Niblet May 28, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                                                Sorry for the off-topic post, but I must respond that I've never had those wings, but Bless You for the tip on the Caribbean Market in Hyannis. I've been twice now for the 1/2 jerk chicken, rice and beans with oxtail gravy, and crunchy veggies. A ton of great food for under $9.

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                                                                                  Annief123 RE: CapeCodGuy May 30, 2013 06:15 AM

                                                                                  I'm curious....how do you rate the lobster roll at the Sesuit harbor marina?

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                                                                              omarba RE: Gordough May 29, 2013 10:02 AM

                                                                              Last week I had the Lobster Roll at Anthem. Price was a bit much at $24 but I thoroughly enjoyed it. A huge amount of lobster meat mixed with very little mayo. Only problem was that it was difficult to eat as the roll was too small to hold all the lobster and there was an insanely sized piece of lettuce that was unnecessary.

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                                                                                bear RE: Gordough Jun 29, 2013 05:35 AM

                                                                                Nice roll at Kimball's in Westford this week. The roll was crisp and buttery. The young guy putting it together carefully weighed it and it was pretty generous. I definitely had to eat some with a fork before picking it up. It had very light mayo and a bit of celery (very little) with a piece of lettuce on the bottom. Cleanly dressed.

                                                                                It comes with a choice of passable red bliss potato salad, cole slaw or chips and a hefty piece of watermelon for $17.99. A decent deal.

                                                                                Sorry, the pic below doesn't really capture the height of the roll but you get the general idea.

                                                                                1. LobsterGal RE: Gordough Jul 2, 2013 11:47 AM

                                                                                  Some great ones I've had recently in the Boston area are Woodman's of Essex, they use a bakery bun, not a grocery store bun, a real plus in my book. J.T. Farnham's in Essex, they mix the lobster meat to order so you can have as much or little mayo or butter as you like. Roy Moore's in Rockport was great, in my opinion, but be warned, ungrilled bun and they use Miracle Whip instead of mayo. But, it's such a small amount that I barely noticed and didn't mind, the meat was so fresh and tasty. Eastwind Lobster in Buzzards Bay is also a great one with a bakery bun. All are confirmed that the lobster meat is cooked and picked fresh, in house. I try to always find this out when I visit a lobster roll location because many more than you might suspect use previously frozen lobster meat on the lobster rolls.


                                                                                  1. ScubaSteve RE: Gordough Jul 2, 2013 09:43 PM

                                                                                    The Big Kahuna at Joe Fish in North Andover-

                                                                                    1. Bob Dobalina RE: Gordough Jul 4, 2013 02:44 PM

                                                                                      We had 4th of July lobster rolls at the Lobster Pool in Rockport that were decent. Seemed like all freshly cooked meat to me - I thought I detected a squidge of tamale in the mix. Just a little mayo, no celery, one lettuce leaf and a toasted top split hot dog bun, with meh fries for $16.

                                                                                      I know this place does not have the best rep but we went at 3pm so that might have helped. Anyway, it was pretty decent.

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                                                                                        phatchris RE: Gordough Jul 12, 2013 09:02 AM

                                                                                        Just had one from Courthouse.$17 with fries. Not a huge roll, very fresh lobster with a slice of tomato and a little lettuce, grilled bun. Not bad if your in the area. They have a twin lobster special for $20.

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                                                                                          Gordough RE: Gordough Jul 15, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                                          I can finally add to my thread again.

                                                                                          I snuck over to J. Hook for a lunchtime lobster roll. I went with the large and requested they toast the bun. I have to say that this is one of the best ones I have ever had. Total price is $18 and it was worth every penny. I had not had a Hook roll since I learned they started toasting their buns upon request. This made a HUGE difference and the bun on the large was very good. A far cry from the ice cold, pre-made rolls they used to pull from the fridge. I would declare it the perfect lobster roll if it wasn't missing one key ingredient, butter on the bun. But the lobster was so fresh and sweet that it probably didn't even need the butter. In short, this is easily the best lobster roll available for take out/quick lunch downtown.

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                                                                                            phatchris RE: Gordough Jul 23, 2013 09:14 AM

                                                                                            Had a really nice roll for $10 at Rowans in Beverly. Lots of fresh meat light on the mayo, no fillers. Only downside is that is pre-assembled so bun isn't grilled, but for $10 it's a steal.

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                                                                                              mkfisher RE: Gordough Aug 12, 2013 06:54 AM

                                                                                              Had my first sandwich from Alive & Kicking on Sunday before the trip to do battle at Whole Foods. It's a great value at $14 (with a bag of chips), but had a little too much mayo for my liking. Belle Isle is still my favorite of the season.

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