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Neptune's Lobster Roll

Bellachefa Oct 26, 2013 02:36 PM

is now $27???????

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    Ora Moose Oct 26, 2013 03:12 PM

    Ya but it's from another planet so shipping cost is astronomical. Still, absurd. Buy your own lobster and make it yourself, as you like.

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      CapeCodGuy Oct 26, 2013 03:24 PM

      Could not agree more. $27 is a joke. And not a very funny one.

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        ac106 Oct 26, 2013 04:12 PM

        It's almost inversely proportioned to the wholesale cost of lobster

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          libertywharf Oct 27, 2013 12:09 PM

          In this case it is mostly proportioned to the rent.

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            purple bot Oct 27, 2013 01:23 PM

            I have no horse in this race, but every time it comes up that restaurant lobster prices should be cheaper because wholesale lobster is inexpensive, I can't help but think of all the labor involved in preparing lobster. Cooking and shucking has got to be pretty time consuming, I would think. That has to be factored into the cost somehow.

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          ParisLady Oct 26, 2013 04:21 PM

          Not funny at all! Does it come with truffle fries, gold leaf anything? I can go to my fish monger and buy freshly cooked lobster meat and make the perfect lobster roll for myself ...as Ora Moose stated. WOW! It must be srved with something special???

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            ParisLady Oct 26, 2013 04:25 PM

            Sorry, I just looked at the menu...it comes with fries. That explains the $27.00 :)

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              treb Oct 26, 2013 07:50 PM

              The soaring cost of potatoes, dang! Now that explains how Neptune is a great deal.

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                Science Chick Oct 28, 2013 12:18 PM

                Hey, those are free range potatoes fed organic fertilizer....hand picked, peeled by artisanal potato handlers and twice-fried in virgin first-pressed grapeseed oil!

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                  CapeCodGuy Oct 28, 2013 01:15 PM

                  But...but....but...they are so busy which PROVES they are not overpriced!!!

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                    Gabatta Oct 28, 2013 01:20 PM

                    Is the horse dead yet?

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                      CapeCodGuy Oct 28, 2013 01:38 PM

                      Forgive me...I suffer from Last Word Syndrome.

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                        Infomaniac Oct 28, 2013 02:02 PM

                        Every women I ever knew suffered from that.

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                          CapeCodGuy Oct 28, 2013 02:09 PM

                          very funny......

                          ...and some men apparently.

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                      hargau Oct 28, 2013 01:33 PM

                      How many pounds of bologna could you get for the price of one of those rolls?

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                        CapeCodGuy Oct 28, 2013 01:38 PM

                        Depends....boneless variety?

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                          Infomaniac Oct 28, 2013 02:00 PM

                          It must get pretty lonely on the Cape this time of year

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                            CapeCodGuy Oct 28, 2013 02:40 PM

                            Not in the least. Best time of the year on the Cape. Magical in fact. What is your point anyway?

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                            Madrid Oct 28, 2013 02:28 PM

                            does that iclude fries or condiments?

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                  hyde Oct 26, 2013 04:38 PM

                  What?!? Overpriced food at Neptune? Im shocked, shocked!

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                    treb Oct 26, 2013 07:51 PM

                    Comes with free dose of attitude.

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                    Bellachefa Oct 26, 2013 04:59 PM

                    I really didn't want to start a trashing thread, but really????

                    $27??? It was mediocre at $21 - but i did like the boardwalk style fries.

                    I've never had a better lobster role then the ones we shuck together at home. When H saw the price, he decided the tuna crudo and special didn't look all that special anymore. That's a shame as their 'non touristy' menu items have always excelled. but there comes a time when a rip off is a rip off. and paying that tariff elbow to elbow at the bar is not paying for atmosphere and good service.

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                      phatchris Oct 26, 2013 05:18 PM

                      The lobster tail roll at Belle Isle is $29.

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                        CapeCodGuy Oct 26, 2013 06:04 PM

                        True, but Neptune's roll isn't all tail meat. The regular BI Lobster roll is $20.99 and yet a Baked Stuffed Lobster dinner at Belle Isle is only $15.99. Neither makes Neptune any less of a rip off.

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                          MC Slim JB Oct 27, 2013 01:38 PM

                          Hope I'm allowed to like both Belle Isle and Neptune. There are other reasons that Neptune is more expensive beyond simple highway robbery.


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                            CapeCodGuy Oct 27, 2013 01:58 PM

                            You're allowed to like any Lobster roll you desire. I'm not a huge fan of either tbh. We get far better than both for less $$$ here on the Cape. I was just responding to the comment that the BI all tail roll was more expensive than Neptune's. (I assume that Neptune doesn't charge extra for the attitude and BI doesn't either for the stark and crappy room

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                              MC Slim JB Oct 27, 2013 02:07 PM

                              I actually don't like the semi-blackened brioche roll that Neptune uses for its lobster rolls. Both versions are among the few things on its menu that don't excite me. I was speaking more generally of price differences between the two.

                              What are your Cape favorites for lobster rolls?


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                                CapeCodGuy Oct 27, 2013 03:09 PM

                                Off topic for this board, but Friendly Fisherman in Eastham is always terrific, and what I look for in a great roll; Plenty of FRESH picked claw, knuckle and tail meat in chunks and not shredded, with a hint of mayo, and no filler on a buttery New England style grilled hot dog roll. Sesuit Cafe in Dennis has always been reliable with the added benefit of eating next to the jetty at the harbor, but there were a few negative reports on quantity this past season. The new Pilot House in Sandwich has fabulous lobster salad, but I don't like that they serve it between two pieces of toasted (albeit homemade) white bread. The BEST by far, is the one eaten on my back deck created in my kitchen from meat I just picked from a couple of 1 1/4 lb. bugs, atnd it's not even close.

                                I've only had the Neptune hot roll twice. The first one was nearly sublime, the second borderline sickening, so perhaps I'm not the best judge of "value".

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                                treb Oct 27, 2013 03:28 PM

                                I just don't understand why lobster rolls are so expensive. Lobster has been very inexpensive for the past few years. This summer you could get chics at 2.99 per pound.

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                                  CapeCodGuy Oct 27, 2013 03:45 PM

                                  Menu prices often do not reflect the cost of the ingredient. While the 1/3 food cost rule is usually the norm for most full service restaurants, there are always high margin dishes to off-set the low. Look at those that line up to pay $3 per oyster, when even the best oysters wholesale for around 50 cents. Yet prime dry aged steaks are often a bargain compared to their actual wholesale costs. Perceived value at work I guess.

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                                    treb Oct 27, 2013 03:50 PM

                                    Yah, I get it, I've seen chicken entree's for $29, so lobster is probably fair game as well.

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                                      CapeCodGuy Oct 27, 2013 03:59 PM

                                      Yup. Looking at some other standouts on Neptune's menu strikes me as a place that's so busy, they've lost all conscience...$19 burger, $11 chowder, and $16 caesar salad?

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                                        CambridgeFoodie Oct 27, 2013 04:08 PM

                                        and yet it is so challenging to get a table.

                                        What's your issue with free market pricing? Everyone has the right to say "no."

                                        BTW, the lobster roll at B&G is $29 and I believe well worth it.

                                        1. re: CambridgeFoodie
                                          CapeCodGuy Oct 27, 2013 04:51 PM

                                          I'm a huge believer, and also a participant in free market enterprise. I do believe, however, that a smart business seeks a balance between "what the market will bear" and what is considered a good "value". I'm not implying it will happen, but Neptune wouldn't be the first business to think it's bullet proof due to the numbers of people vying for it's product, only to see business fall off the cliff because they started to ignore what got them popular in the first place. Using Neptune as the example, it was unheard of hereabouts to read anything negative about them on this board. But lately, negative opinions aren't too hard to find.

                                          But I can't disagree that something's worth is determined by exactly what people are willing to pay for it. For me personally? I have no interest in going someplace where a simple meal of only a caesar salad and half dozen oysters is going to set me back $45 before I have a $16 glass of wine.

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                                            CambridgeFoodie Oct 27, 2013 05:34 PM

                                            So are you recommending that Neptune lower prices so it is becomes a "value." And this will somehow reduce the recent negative comments that you mention?

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                                              CapeCodGuy Oct 27, 2013 05:36 PM

                                              no. I could not care any less what they do.

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                                          cambridgedoctpr Oct 27, 2013 05:02 PM

                                          if it is so busy, then clearly the price is too low for the level of demand even if not from you.

                                          when i go to le bernadin on a friday; i have never seen the lounge 100% occupied; it is busy but not crazy. Eric Ripert understands supply and demand well.

                                          in general, i have no problem eating at ICOB. What does that tell you about the economics?

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                                            CapeCodGuy Oct 27, 2013 05:04 PM

                                            I've only been in off hours in the afternoon. Place was virtually empty then. I doubt raising prices would help that.

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                                              cambridgedoctpr Oct 27, 2013 05:16 PM

                                              differential prices?

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                                                CapeCodGuy Oct 27, 2013 05:19 PM

                                                ....could work. :-)

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                                                  tdaaa Oct 28, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                  Yes, differential prices - commonly called a "lunch menu"

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                                      Addie02128 Oct 27, 2013 07:13 PM

                                      Have you been to the newly built Belle Isle lately? Big improvement. New building just a few feet away.

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                                Madrid Oct 27, 2013 01:36 PM

                                I've only had it twice, but it was both times excellent and two times what I could eat. Split it with DC and that with the excellent fries was enough. I know others have had different experiences, but mine was great

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