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My 2 Cents - Lobster Rolls: B&G vs Neptune

CambridgeFoodie Nov 5, 2013 06:09 PM

Lobster loving family was in town and we hit both spots in a 3 day period - having lobster rolls at both places. I've dined at both places several times but never within such a close time frame.

Apriori, I thought I'd prefer Neptune - unadulterated chunks of lobster drizzled with warm butter sounds decadent and is more aesthetically pleasing than B&G's mayo-based lobster mixture.

Bottom line: I prefer B&G - their lobster was much fresher tasting than Neptune's as well as there was a little shell in Neptune's mixture.

In this never-ending debate - my vote goes solidly to B&G.

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    phatchris Nov 11, 2013 01:13 PM

    If your ever in the Salem/Beverly area the rolls at Rowands seafood market are really good for $10. No toasted roll, but a lot of fresh lobster lightly dressed in mayo.

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      hargau Nov 11, 2013 07:51 AM



      I trust this source on rolls as i have tried several on their list and have come to the same conclusions

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        CapeCodGuy Nov 11, 2013 09:32 AM

        I concur with their finding also.

      2. MC Slim JB Nov 11, 2013 07:05 AM

        A blast (of bile) from the past, Chowhound Patient Zero Jim Leff on his less-than-edifying impressions of B&G Oyster, from 2006: http://www.chow.com/food-news/1528/a-memo-to-my-employer/ Kind of hilarious.


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          StriperGuy Nov 11, 2013 07:18 AM

          Yah, heck I'll pile on, I had a pretty rotten meal that I posted about at B&G way back when. I would NEVER eat there again.

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            C. Hamster Nov 11, 2013 07:40 AM

            Hysterical and on point.

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              treb Nov 11, 2013 08:43 AM


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              hargau Nov 7, 2013 03:01 AM

              both look/sound like a total ripoff to me!

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                Spike Nov 10, 2013 01:32 PM

                B&G's roll has also shrunk..

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                  hyde Nov 11, 2013 05:52 AM

                  I was just thinking I cant afford either currently so the point is moot.

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                    CapeCodGuy Nov 11, 2013 06:58 AM

                    I CAN afford it, but thankfully God gave me a brain which can spot a rip-off when I see one, so the point is still moot.

                2. C. Hamster Nov 6, 2013 04:01 PM

                  Ive had too many sh*tty experiences at BG to ever go there again for pretty much any reason.

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                    CambridgeFoodie Nov 6, 2013 06:42 PM

                    That indeed is your prerogative...

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                      aregularjoe Nov 11, 2013 09:27 AM

                      Please elaborate...

                    2. Science Chick Nov 6, 2013 01:10 PM

                      Frankly, I have a difficult time getting excited about any of these.....at Friendly Fisherman in Eastham, *THIS* is what you get for ~$18...and it is fresh right out of their market pools:

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                        CapeCodGuy Nov 6, 2013 01:54 PM

                        YES! Science Chick...THAT'S what I'm talking about! Could not agree with you more. Plus, it's always served with a smile at no extra charge........

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                          Science Chick Nov 7, 2013 04:39 AM

                          :) I didn't mention, but of course this usually comes with fries too. I just asked them to leave them off (sometimes I need to save myself from me).

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                        meeps2002 Nov 6, 2013 11:17 AM

                        I will be that guy... but B&G always just gets me that they ask $27 bucks for a roll.

                        I HONESTLY think the Beantown Pub lobster roll (double the size) for $10 is as good.

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                          CambridgeFoodie Nov 6, 2013 11:41 AM

                          I was a little surprises that B&G is more expensive than Neptune.

                          B&G's lobster roll is $29 where as Neptune's is $27 (this is the price they list online, I recall is being $29 but my memory may be off). Neptune's oysters were definitely cheaper than B&G.

                          B&G's service was definitely better than Neptune's - here's a pic of Neptune's lobster roll

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                            treb Nov 7, 2013 04:46 AM

                            I appreciate the pic, the roll is kind of pathetic.

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                              Madrid Nov 11, 2013 07:36 AM

                              this looks like the last Neptune lobster roll i had 2 years ago.....after I had eaten half of it and my DC had eaten a bit at well.

                              I wonder if the downsizing is consistent or depends on the day or the staff in the kitchen that day.

                              I was at Neptune recently but had the pork confit with fried oysters on top as great as usual. Didn't see any rolls coming out so I have no recent experience. We were at the bar and the servers were friendly and great....poured the last of the bottle of a French rose in my glass after my full pour.

                              It was a very unusual day....August...and we were able to park right in front of the restaurant....that lets you know how unusual a day it was. Late lunch.

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                            Bellachefa Nov 6, 2013 10:53 AM

                            I think the idea of the warm lobster roll with butter doesn't live up to the reality - sorry CT. It sounds great but doesn't deliver, regardless of who prepares it.

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                              Blumie Nov 6, 2013 09:26 AM

                              Thanks for the report. B&G doesn't get much attention on this board anymore, but it's nice to hear they still deliver.

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