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Restaurant Depot and Lobstaland Gloucester - Revisitting Two Old Faves

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Hit Lobstaland in Gloucester with a buddy last week. Still as fabulous as it ever was. I had the fried haddock sandwich and my pal had the lobster roll. He substituted the fries for the onion rings for a $2 upgrade.

The food was absolutely superb as usual. The fish sandwich was $12, which isn't cheap but it was downright enormous. Really could have fed two, but it didn't stop me... The (again huge) portion of onion rings were as good as I have ever eaten, the fries perfect, and the cole slaw homemade and yummy with chunks of apple and raisins.

I did not see the price on the lobster roll as my friend grabbed the check. We started off with two glorious, largish martinis. Same tough but competent broad commanding the bar (to say she was tending it would not be correct) as always. Halfway tempted to salute her, seriously.

This place earns special commendation for churning out wonderful chow for 10+ years (20?) and counting.

Hit restaurant depot recently as well. So many things to like.... Refreshed my stock of bakers yeast. 1 pound bag for <$6. The one I have had in the fridge for 4 years was finally running low.

Huge bottle of green cocktail olves (sans pimento) for $3.

Bought a whole pastrami which I steamed up in white wine, chipotle sauce and a generous helping of fresh ground pepper. Along with the very fresh marble rye they had in BIG restaurant loaves it made the best pastrami sandwich I've had with the exception of Katz's. I think hand cutting it makes a BIG difference. Could have been a bit fattier but that is a quibble.

Folks on this board have dissed their shelfish, they had 4-6 different kinds of clams and all sorts of other great looking stuff. Medium sized quahogs and another clam were $18 per 100 count. They would have been fine, but my SO wanted the smaller more delicate cherrystones at $27 a hundred count. The clams were fresh and wonderful. Could not be more pleased. The approx 2.5" quahogs would have been great stuffed or Rockefeller style. We steamed ours in wine, tomatoes, fresh parsley, fresh farmer's market garlic and fresh thyme. We ate every last one. My new favorite place to buy shellfish. At any local seafood place I'd pay that much for 40 of them.

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  1. StriperGuy, how do you go about getting a membership to R.D. if you do not own or work for a business uses their services.

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    1. re: josephlapusata

      I'm not stripeys lawyer but I would recommend you take this offline.

      1. re: josephlapusata

        All you need is a Federal ID number (also known as an 04 number) to apply and receive a membership card. If you don't have one, borrow someone's card if you know a member. I don't think there is any other way.

        1. re: bakerboyz

          Thank you. I was not suggesting anything shady to do. I just wanted to know how to become a member.

          1. re: josephlapusata

            If you don't own a business or work for one that has an FID number, it would be difficult. It can be any business and does not have to be food related. I have let close friends borrow my card, it's no big deal. What would RD care, they are still getting the business and after all, they are in the business of making sales. Also, there is no cost to join, you just go in and fill out an application but you will need your FID #.

        2. re: josephlapusata

          I work for a company that uses their services.

          But hypothetically, that catering business you have always wanted to start... the first step is getting a federal tax ID number, it costs nothing, here:

          http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-B...

          Now I assume that you are going to forge ahead and get the business started. First thing I would do if I were you is take your newly acquired tax ID number to Restaurant Depot Web site, or the Customer service desk at the store and set up an account for your fledgling business. They will be only too happy to help you get the business off the ground.

          Once you have the membership card, probably need to start buying supplies for your new catering business.

          If you never get the business really started you will be stuck with a Restaurant Depot card and a bunch of unnecessary supplies.

          If you do get started, well, you will need to hire employees, start paying taxes, etc. So great for Restaurant Depot to have your blossoming new business as a customer...

        3. I won't disagree with you -- I like Lobstaland, and go there a few times a season, too. But I don't have a terribly high bar for the straight-forward fish places on the North Shore, at least on weekend summer evenings. I've been a little suspicious of how extensive the menu is at Lostaland as compared to places of similar size on the North Shore.

          I go back more than 30 years there -- when it was Freddy's Lobstaland, and little more than a fish/clam shack with a liquor license. Don't get me wrong -- I like Lostaland -- it's just that when I'm dining out on the North Shore, I'm often aiming either higher (Duckworth's, for example) or lower (Essex, the Clam Box, or comparables).

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          1. re: johncb

            I stick with the basics at Lobstaland. I don't want fancy after a day of fishing. Being able to get PERFECT execution of clam shack fair AND a martini... PRICELESS.

            The lady next to us scolded us for not trying some of the fancier items cause she just loved the more elaborate stuff.