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2013-08-20 04:05:28 PM
I've actually noticed prices going down a bit lately.

Yes, I eat a ton of lobster rolls.

Also, you aren't getting Lobster rolls for anywhere near wholesale price of lobster in Maine no matter how close to the farking dock you are, I'll tell you that much.
 
2013-08-20 04:09:00 PM
$15.95 and I'm not complaining.
 
2013-08-20 04:10:27 PM
P.S. My favorite lobster rolls in the NYC area are Red Hook Lobster Pound (because they do both the dressed and undressed styles), Luke's (pretty inexpensive and they are popping up all over, they will soon be the McDonald's of lobster rolls - They actually serve lobster rolls in McDonald's in Maine and they ain't half bad), and Pearl Oyster House (the fries that accompany there roll are also farking amazing.

If you want a cheapo lobster roll go to Fairway in Red Hook, you can eat it on the water and look at the great views of the Statue of Liberty and the old trolleys.
 
2013-08-20 04:15:29 PM
Why do people love lobster so much?  I mean, there's personal taste, but everyone seems to prefer lobster.  Not that I hate it, but given a choice between lobster, nice shrimp, good calamari, king crab legs, and not-overdone scallops, lobster would be my 5th choice.
 
2013-08-20 04:21:16 PM

brap: Red Hook Lobster Pound


I've had it from one of  their  trucks, pretty damn good.
 
2013-08-20 04:28:23 PM

tallguywithglasseson: $15.95 and I'm not complaining.


i've had them in boston, in florida, and here in nebraska (yes!) and they're always about $16 (and worth every goddamned penny).
 
2013-08-20 05:01:51 PM
I love a good lobster roll, and I've never seen them for $30.
 
2013-08-20 05:13:18 PM
Advice to the dribbling notochords who read and contribute to The Consumerist: Don't go out to eat. Ever. The entire enterprise is a complex system of incredibly difficult and trying stages of mathematics and movement that you could never hope to master either physically or emotionally.
 
2013-08-20 05:24:03 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Why do people love lobster so much?  I mean, there's personal taste, but everyone seems to prefer lobster.  Not that I hate it, but given a choice between lobster, nice shrimp, good calamari, king crab legs, and not-overdone scallops, lobster would be my 5th choice.


It's the result of the best re-branding campaign in the history of food.  There used to actually be laws about how frequently you were allowed to serve lobster to prisoners.
 
2013-08-20 05:31:52 PM

NeoCortex42: Benevolent Misanthrope: Why do people love lobster so much?  I mean, there's personal taste, but everyone seems to prefer lobster.  Not that I hate it, but given a choice between lobster, nice shrimp, good calamari, king crab legs, and not-overdone scallops, lobster would be my 5th choice.

It's the result of the best re-branding campaign in the history of food.  There used to actually be laws about how frequently you were allowed to serve lobster to prisoners.


Lobster used to be for the poors only:

At the time North America was receiving its first European settlers, lobsters were abundant, often washing up on shore to form piles up to two feet high. Since they were so plentiful and easy to harvest, lobsters were a frequent meal for poor families near the coast. The disdain for lobster slowly waned over the centuries, and the poor man's chicken soon became the rich man's prize.

http://homecooking.about.com/od/foodhistory/a/lobsterhistory.htm
 
2013-08-20 05:34:34 PM
That was surprisingly informative.
 
2013-08-20 05:35:48 PM

vernonFL: I love a good lobster roll, and I've never seen them for $30.


Come to the DC area.

/actually don't
//because it sucks
 
2013-08-20 05:36:37 PM
Lobster is simply not worth the price. Lobster rolls are always a ripoff. I'm not going to pay $15+ for a tiny, unfilling sandwich that tastes like little more than mayonnaise.
 
2013-08-20 05:38:53 PM
I make "krab" rolls at home because I have more important expenses and I miss proper lobster rolls.
They're still good though.
 
2013-08-20 05:39:41 PM
I tell you what, you order what you want and I'll order what I want.

Oh Mary's Fish Camp does a good lobster roll too.

Got dammit, I know what I want for dinner now.

Oysters also used to be food for the poors.  It's not beneath me to slum it with a couple dozen fresh Blue Points.  I can tell you one thing, if lobster were still prison food I'd be a got damned repeat felon.
 
2013-08-20 05:44:30 PM
Meanwhile folks up in Maine can't get Taylor's Pork Roll, Thomas' English Muffins and other goodies you might eat regularly that are regional items. Life is funny.
 
2013-08-20 05:54:05 PM

KrispyKritter: Meanwhile folks up in Maine can't get Taylor's Pork Roll, Thomas' English Muffins and other goodies you might eat regularly that are regional items. Life is funny.


These are regional?  I'm in NH, just a few miles away from the Maine border, and have never had trouble finding them at every supermarket.
 
2013-08-20 05:57:37 PM

NeoCortex42: Benevolent Misanthrope: Why do people love lobster so much?  I mean, there's personal taste, but everyone seems to prefer lobster.  Not that I hate it, but given a choice between lobster, nice shrimp, good calamari, king crab legs, and not-overdone scallops, lobster would be my 5th choice.

It's the result of the best re-branding campaign in the history of food.  There used to actually be laws about how frequently you were allowed to serve lobster to prisoners.



jst3p: NeoCortex42: Benevolent Misanthrope: Why do people love lobster so much?  I mean, there's personal taste, but everyone seems to prefer lobster.  Not that I hate it, but given a choice between lobster, nice shrimp, good calamari, king crab legs, and not-overdone scallops, lobster would be my 5th choice.

It's the result of the best re-branding campaign in the history of food.  There used to actually be laws about how frequently you were allowed to serve lobster to prisoners.

Lobster used to be for the poors only:

At the time North America was receiving its first European settlers, lobsters were abundant, often washing up on shore to form piles up to two feet high. Since they were so plentiful and easy to harvest, lobsters were a frequent meal for poor families near the coast. The disdain for lobster slowly waned over the centuries, and the poor man's chicken soon became the rich man's prize.

http://homecooking.about.com/od/foodhistory/a/lobsterhistory.htm



Yes, I know.  But... what am I missing in all this?  People love the shiat.  I can't believe they really think it's no better than shrimp and they're pretending to love it because it's expensive and well-marketed.  Perhaps I place too much faith in the intellectual capacity of the general populace.
 
2013-08-20 06:00:09 PM
Prices will come down. The big chains have noticed the discrepancy between cost and what they can get for it.

http://www.mcdonalds.ca/ca/en/menu/full_menu/sandwiches/mclobster.ht ml

$6.79

It was in the Atlantic provinces only, but it's now in Ontario as well. Test market, but I bet they're not losing money on it.
 
2013-08-20 06:01:00 PM
Are you bemused with the rough tastes of the misguided hoi polloi?

Perchance you have a lobster lodged in your rectum Little Lord Fontleroy.  Perhaps it was trying to fetch the stick.
 
2013-08-20 06:01:42 PM
best lobster roll i ever had was $7 in Maine, i think i'd rather go through the hassle of travelling back to Maine than spending $30 on a sandwich...
 
2013-08-20 06:02:54 PM

jst3p: NeoCortex42: Benevolent Misanthrope: Why do people love lobster so much?  I mean, there's personal taste, but everyone seems to prefer lobster.  Not that I hate it, but given a choice between lobster, nice shrimp, good calamari, king crab legs, and not-overdone scallops, lobster would be my 5th choice.

It's the result of the best re-branding campaign in the history of food.  There used to actually be laws about how frequently you were allowed to serve lobster to prisoners.

Lobster used to be for the poors only:

At the time North America was receiving its first European settlers, lobsters were abundant, often washing up on shore to form piles up to two feet high. Since they were so plentiful and easy to harvest, lobsters were a frequent meal for poor families near the coast. The disdain for lobster slowly waned over the centuries, and the poor man's chicken soon became the rich man's prize.

http://homecooking.about.com/od/foodhistory/a/lobsterhistory.htm


In some places there was a stigma about it as recently as 60-70 years ago. Some of the older generation of people in my mom's family, from an old-money family in the maritimes, still won't eat lobster. When they were kids, eating lobster meant your father was a poor fisherman who couldn't buy food for his family so he had to just bring home some of his catch.
 
2013-08-20 06:03:30 PM
Nobody is paying $30, it's Consumerist hyperbole.  It's the kind of website where somebody stubs their toe and it's like Nam all over again.
 
2013-08-20 06:05:40 PM

brap: I tell you what, you order what you want and I'll order what I want.

Oh Mary's Fish Camp does a good lobster roll too.

Got dammit, I know what I want for dinner now.

Oysters also used to be food for the poors.  It's not beneath me to slum it with a couple dozen fresh Blue Points.  I can tell you one thing, if lobster were still prison food I'd be a got damned repeat felon.


lobsters are pretty cheap if you can buy them from the docks.

also, oysters are inexpensive, if you live close to them.  i can get a sack (100 oysters or so) for around $20.

but, oysters and lobsters and the like will always be more expensive than other foods, when served at a restaurant, or bought away from the source, because these magical creatures need to be kept alive until food preparation.  which costs more than a palate of frozen chicken.  also, the prep itself costs more, because you need more talent not to ruin it (also, i bet serving raw oysters kicks up your insurance a little, both for the shucking and food safety issues)
 
2013-08-20 06:08:12 PM
Yeah I know this stuff but I can't pass up a good food freakout.

I love it when we fight over sandwiches.  Frankly, I'm surprised nobody has lost an arm at a Fark party buffet.
 
2013-08-20 06:14:56 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Yes, I know. But... what am I missing in all this? People love the shiat. I can't believe they really think it's no better than shrimp and they're pretending to love it because it's expensive and well-marketed. Perhaps I place too much faith in the intellectual capacity of the general populace.


I don't remember the term but they value it more because of the hype, marketing and the fact that it makes them feel better because society sees it as better than shrimp. I don't think they are pretending to like it more, but they don't objectively compare the taste to other foods because it is about more than just the taste.

/personally I don't eat anything that lives under water but that is my bizarre food issue
//even if I did I don't think I would eat underwater bugs
///if you have to add a stick of butter to it to make it taste good, it doesn't taste good
 
2013-08-20 06:20:42 PM
 
2013-08-20 06:25:24 PM

brap: Nobody is paying $30, it's Consumerist hyperbole.  It's the kind of website where somebody stubs their toe and it's like Nam all over again.


So you're saying The Consumerist wrote the linked article in The Atlantic that talks about $30 lobster rolls?  The one with the cute little graphic where one of the line items is the restaurant with the $30 lobster roll?

/not seeing the hyperbole from The Consumerist, but then again I read The Atlantic article.
 
2013-08-20 06:37:20 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Yes, I know. But... what am I missing in all this? People love the shiat. I can't believe they really think it's no better than shrimp and they're pretending to love it because it's expensive and well-marketed. Perhaps I place too much faith in the intellectual capacity of the general populace.


I'm with you in that I enjoy lobster, but it's not my favorite shellfish.  To its credit, when properly prepared the meat is tender and succulent with a hint of sweetness and it marries well to oil-based condiments (aioli, mayonnaise, or drawn butter) better than some of its counterparts, like shrimp.

If you're paying $15 or more for a lobster roll, you're a fool. Go to the store, buy a lobster for $7, a bag of hotdog buns, and a jar of mayo and make your own for under $10.
 
2013-08-20 06:38:45 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Yes, I know. But... what am I missing in all this? People love the shiat. I can't believe they really think it's no better than shrimp and they're pretending to love it because it's expensive and well-marketed. Perhaps I place too much faith in the intellectual capacity of the general populace.


i think shrimp are less tasteful and certainly chewier than lobster. i don't understand people with shrimp anyway, they claim its awesome and then drown in it spicy ketchup. i prefer lobster, sans butter, right out of the pot.
 
2013-08-20 06:40:33 PM
Oh God.  Matt Yglesias at Slate covered this a couple of days ago.

LOBSTER ROLLS AREN'T MADE FROM RAW LOBSTER RIGHT OFF THE BOAT

You have to pay someone to cook them.  And then pay someone to pull the meat from the shell.
And at some point they have to be transported from Maine to New York.
And then you have to pay to store the meat in New York.
And then you have to pay someone to make the goddamned sandwich.

We have mechanical equipment to make ground beef patties, and they are cooked on a small, easily manageable griddle.  And making the sandwich means flopping it down on a bun.  And the quoted price of beef already includes the cost of slaughtering and processing the beast.

We don't have a mechanical lobster-boiling/shelling/meat-shredding machine.  And making a lobster roll is more labor-intensive than flopping a burger on a bun.
 
2013-08-20 06:41:27 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Why do people love lobster so much?  I mean, there's personal taste, but everyone seems to prefer lobster.  Not that I hate it, but given a choice between lobster, nice shrimp, good calamari, king crab legs, and not-overdone scallops, lobster would be my 5th choice.


I do like lobster but not nearly as much as king crab.
 
2013-08-20 06:43:13 PM

vernonFL: I love a good lobster roll, and I've never seen them for $30.


Welcome to Nantucket. Enjoy your stay.
 
2013-08-20 07:02:00 PM

blackminded: vernonFL: I love a good lobster roll, and I've never seen them for $30.

Come to the DC area.

/actually don't
//because it sucks


Seriously. If you like money, don't eat in DC.
 
2013-08-20 08:05:45 PM

jst3p: NeoCortex42: Benevolent Misanthrope: Why do people love lobster so much?  I mean, there's personal taste, but everyone seems to prefer lobster.  Not that I hate it, but given a choice between lobster, nice shrimp, good calamari, king crab legs, and not-overdone scallops, lobster would be my 5th choice.

It's the result of the best re-branding campaign in the history of food.  There used to actually be laws about how frequently you were allowed to serve lobster to prisoners.

Lobster used to be for the poors only:

At the time North America was receiving its first European settlers, lobsters were abundant, often washing up on shore to form piles up to two feet high. Since they were so plentiful and easy to harvest, lobsters were a frequent meal for poor families near the coast. The disdain for lobster slowly waned over the centuries, and the poor man's chicken soon became the rich man's prize.

http://homecooking.about.com/od/foodhistory/a/lobsterhistory.htm




www.guilintourist.com
Thanks a lot Walmart.
 
2013-08-20 08:48:44 PM
What a typically fascinating article with exactly zero information. Thanks Consumerist!
 
2013-08-20 09:02:52 PM

RickN99: brap: Nobody is paying $30, it's Consumerist hyperbole.  It's the kind of website where somebody stubs their toe and it's like Nam all over again.

So you're saying The Consumerist wrote the linked article in The Atlantic that talks about $30 lobster rolls?  The one with the cute little graphic where one of the line items is the restaurant with the $30 lobster roll?

/not seeing the hyperbole from The Consumerist, but then again I read The Atlantic article.


Could you draw me a picture?  This is really embarrassing.

I CAIN'T REED!
 
2013-08-20 09:04:14 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Why do people love lobster so much?  I mean, there's personal taste, but everyone seems to prefer lobster.  Not that I hate it, but given a choice between lobster, nice shrimp, good calamari, king crab legs, and not-overdone scallops, lobster would be my 5th choice.


I would choose not-overdone scallops.  Unfortunately, you have to make those yourself.
 
2013-08-20 09:16:31 PM

Rapmaster2000: Benevolent Misanthrope: Why do people love lobster so much?  I mean, there's personal taste, but everyone seems to prefer lobster.  Not that I hate it, but given a choice between lobster, nice shrimp, good calamari, king crab legs, and not-overdone scallops, lobster would be my 5th choice.

I would choose not-overdone scallops.  Unfortunately, you have to make those yourself.


Fill a beer cooler with 130-degree water and throw some vacuum-packed scallops and butter in there for 30 minutes.  You'll thank me.
 
2013-08-20 09:29:26 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Rapmaster2000: Benevolent Misanthrope: Why do people love lobster so much?  I mean, there's personal taste, but everyone seems to prefer lobster.  Not that I hate it, but given a choice between lobster, nice shrimp, good calamari, king crab legs, and not-overdone scallops, lobster would be my 5th choice.

I would choose not-overdone scallops.  Unfortunately, you have to make those yourself.

Fill a beer cooler with 130-degree water and throw some vacuum-packed scallops and butter in there for 30 minutes.  You'll thank me.


Nah.  I want a little sear on each side.  Dry-sauted for 1 minute, then heavy cream and shallots for 5 minutes.
 
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2013-08-20 09:40:15 PM

FrancoFile: Oh God.  Matt Yglesias at Slate covered this a couple of days ago.

LOBSTER ROLLS AREN'T MADE FROM RAW LOBSTER RIGHT OFF THE BOAT

You have to pay someone to cook them.  And then pay someone to pull the meat from the shell.
And at some point they have to be transported from Maine to New York.
And then you have to pay to store the meat in New York.
And then you have to pay someone to make the goddamned sandwich.

We have mechanical equipment to make ground beef patties, and they are cooked on a small, easily manageable griddle.  And making the sandwich means flopping it down on a bun.  And the quoted price of beef already includes the cost of slaughtering and processing the beast.

We don't have a mechanical lobster-boiling/shelling/meat-shredding machine.  And making a lobster roll is more labor-intensive than flopping a burger on a bun.


Aren't the called un-registered Democrats????
 
2013-08-20 10:13:36 PM
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For some reason, I was thinking of a small bread roll,

Now I see this is more of a lobster sub.

// on the wrong coast, but now I want to try one
 
2013-08-20 10:21:23 PM
I like my crustaceans from further south.
Stone crab claws with mustard sauce are the tastiest of them all.
 
2013-08-20 10:26:02 PM
Wondering why Lobsters at the supermarket are still $12.99/lb.  Apparently I can go 3 states East and pick up a backpack full just laying around on the beach.
 
2013-08-20 10:46:16 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Why do people love lobster so much?  I mean, there's personal taste, but everyone seems to prefer lobster.  Not that I hate it, but given a choice between lobster, nice shrimp, good calamari, king crab legs, and not-overdone scallops, lobster would be my 5th choice.


I don't know about that. I'm not terribly partial to calamari, crab legs, or lobster. I don't dislike them, just if I had a choice I'd take shrimp, tuna, scallops, frog legs, lake perch, or any number of other things.
 
2013-08-20 10:56:20 PM

inglixthemad: Benevolent Misanthrope: Why do people love lobster so much?  I mean, there's personal taste, but everyone seems to prefer lobster.  Not that I hate it, but given a choice between lobster, nice shrimp, good calamari, king crab legs, and not-overdone scallops, lobster would be my 5th choice.

I don't know about that. I'm not terribly partial to calamari, crab legs, or lobster. I don't dislike them, just if I had a choice I'd take shrimp, tuna, scallops, frog legs, lake perch, or any number of other things.


Scallops > Crab > Lobster > Calamari > Shrimp > Fish.
 
2013-08-20 11:15:25 PM

Wireless Joe: Wondering why Lobsters at the supermarket are still $12.99/lb.  Apparently I can go 3 states East and pick up a backpack full just laying around on the beach.


You should do that, sell them at $10/lb, and profit.
 
2013-08-20 11:26:26 PM
Unless you are subsisting on a diet of foraged bark and lichen, I don't think your going to find a food that is completely untouched by hype and marketing.

The thing is that there has been a massive lobster haul this season and it is about as cheap to eat lobster as it has been in ages.

There is no way in hell I'm going to biatch about this.  The lowest prices in 20 farking years.  They are even using the word GLUT and I'm about to put the glut back into gluttony. It's a Christmas miracle!
 
2013-08-21 12:30:51 AM

Wireless Joe: Wondering why Lobsters at the supermarket are still $12.99/lb.  Apparently I can go 3 states East and pick up a backpack full just laying around on the beach.


Supermarkets like to make money, story at 11.
 
2013-08-21 12:49:52 AM

KrispyKritter: Meanwhile folks up in Maine can't get Taylor's Pork Roll, Thomas' English Muffins and other goodies you might eat regularly that are regional items. Life is funny.


I dont bother that that fancy namin'.

We just call it Taylor Ham

/cut thick
//fried
///on rye
 
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