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(WMUR New Hampshire)   Having covered all the breaking news in New Hampshire, one news team tackles the hard hitting question: Who makes the best lobster roll? Not a chain restaurant in the bunch   (wmur.com) divider line 72
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2014-05-23 11:30:14 AM
For the country that invented the chain restaurant, or at least opened its arms extra wide to the concept, there are a lot of people who constantly slag them off. How are they still in business if none of you like them? Or are my ears just being deafened by the snobby minority
 
2014-05-23 12:55:53 PM
Chain restaurants don't make the best anything
 
2014-05-23 12:57:48 PM

colinspooky: For the country that invented the chain restaurant, or at least opened its arms extra wide to the concept, there are a lot of people who constantly slag them off. How are they still in business if none of you like them? Or are my ears just being deafened by the snobby minority


They are still in business for the same reason you can't but anything anywhere but Walmart. There is a consistency of product so people know what to expect.
But if you think Applebee's is good, you have no tastebuds.
 
2014-05-23 01:17:38 PM
My very point - not eaten there, but clearly enough do to keep the company afloat.  I am also sure other shops exist other than Wal-Mart
 
2014-05-23 07:02:19 PM
I'm going to New Hampshire on vacation this summer so this is relevant to my interests...this isn't strictly a lobster-roll question but how's Ceal's these days?
 
2014-05-23 07:23:43 PM
I have no real opinion on chain restaurants, but I figured I would take the time here to express the fact that lobster is bottom-dwelling sea rubbish and is unfit for human consumption. Putting it on a roll does not help.
 
2014-05-23 07:24:08 PM
As someone who spends a lot vaca time in New Hampshire, I will say venture over to Center Harbor on north end of Winnipesaukee.

/You will like what you will find

//loads of great places for this
 
2014-05-23 07:24:14 PM
A 23 page slideshow without even any commentary? No thanks.
 
2014-05-23 07:27:29 PM
We were New Hampshire,
Everybody had matching flannel shirts,
Somebody went into a diner,
And there they saw a roll,
It wasn't a roll,
Was a roll lobsta!

ROLL LOBSTA!!!!!
 
2014-05-23 07:28:09 PM
I've only had one lobster roll and it wasn't in NH, but I highly recommend the roll at Moby Dick's on the MA cape near Truro.
 
2014-05-23 07:30:51 PM
So what is a lobster roll exactly? At first I was thinking sushi.
 
2014-05-23 07:31:58 PM
The Beach Plum has the best lobster rolls!!!
 
2014-05-23 07:33:51 PM
Hot dog bun filled with lobster meat

lobstergal.com
 
2014-05-23 07:36:32 PM

kling_klang_bed: So what is a lobster roll exactly? At first I was thinking sushi.


think tuna salad on a hotdog bun, sub the tuna for lobster. That's it
 
2014-05-23 07:36:57 PM

eKonk: I have no real opinion on chain restaurants, but I figured I would take the time here to express the fact that lobster is bottom-dwelling sea rubbish and is unfit for human consumption. Putting it on a roll does not help.


i1.ytimg.com

/Blasphemer!
 
2014-05-23 07:38:14 PM

linemanbear: The Beach Plum has the best lobster rolls!!!


Beach Plum is good, but pricey. I've been meaning to try Justin's. I pass by it a few times a week but haven't bothered to stop and check it out yet.
 
2014-05-23 07:39:29 PM
It's been a while, but for me the best roll was at the Portland Lobster company in Portland Maine. Damn, that was good. The Next morning, leaving for the flight back, ate breakfast at McDonalds, saw a poster for a lobster roll extra value meal. Sounded disgusting. Something wrong with the world when McDs is advertising lobsters.ZA "McLobby"?
 
2014-05-23 07:40:37 PM

linemanbear: Hot dog bun filled with lobster meat

[lobstergal.com image 850x637]


And better than God-damned CRAB CAKES!
 
2014-05-23 07:44:30 PM
I didn't know New Hampshire even had a coast until the people in my family tree started moving out of Massachusetts in the 1660s. (They ran out of fresh land to farm and witches to burn for fuel.)
 
2014-05-23 07:45:46 PM
They also had to press Quakers into service, but there's surprisingly little in a Quaker.
 
2014-05-23 07:48:22 PM
That first place pictured (Browns) is about a 1/2 mile down the road from me. Directly across the street is another seafood place called Marky's. They aren't more than 60 feet apart but Marky's is in Mass as the NH/MA border cuts through the middle of the road.

Justin's is about a five minute drive in the opposite direction. Several of the other places listed are within 15 minutes.


/In New England it's perfectly acceptable to tar, feather and burn someone at a stake if they suggest any chain food dump has "best" of any seafood.
 
2014-05-23 07:48:31 PM
Obvious tag on vacation?  I hope it's some place nice.
 
2014-05-23 07:49:19 PM
I'm going to have to stay out of Massachusetts. I've said too many things. I might as well vacation in China, Iran or Saudi Arabia.
 
2014-05-23 07:50:11 PM
Here's a farkin cheat sheet. Lobsters are not cheap in NH. Not only that but, we still deal with the farking subway type  "deals" where they put the equivalent of a tablespoon of tail on a sub for 9.99. I was born and raised here in NH  and Lobster is still more expensive as a much better beef, lamb, or deer steak. Fark you NE fish industry.. I live right where they catch it, But I have to spend more then a tasty stake from a thousand miles away? I'll take the porterhouse.
 
2014-05-23 07:57:02 PM
How to make a badass lobster roll:

i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2014-05-23 08:02:49 PM

linemanbear: Hot dog bun filled with lobster meat

[lobstergal.com image 850x637]


Woweeeeeee!  That looks so good . . . .   where is that?  I'm going to run for it.
 
2014-05-23 08:02:57 PM

eKonk: I have no real opinion on chain restaurants, but I figured I would take the time here to express the fact that lobster is bottom-dwelling sea rubbish and is unfit for human consumption. Putting it on a roll does not help.


You sound Jewish.
 
2014-05-23 08:06:05 PM
Lobster Pot. (MA)

Also, clam chowdah that is to die fah.
 
2014-05-23 08:06:10 PM

ununcle: Here's a farkin cheat sheet. Lobsters are not cheap in NH. Not only that but, we still deal with the farking subway type  "deals" where they put the equivalent of a tablespoon of tail on a sub for 9.99. I was born and raised here in NH  and Lobster is still more expensive as a much better beef, lamb, or deer steak. Fark you NE fish industry.. I live right where they catch it, But I have to spend more then a tasty stake from a thousand miles away? I'll take the porterhouse.


Where are you shopping? Lobster is currently $5.99lb, Prime steak is $6.99lb, Porterhouse is $7.99 and Filet Mignon is $10.99.

You can also cross the boarder to Maine and buy Lobsters directly from the Lobster boats.
 
2014-05-23 08:06:42 PM

chitownmike: kling_klang_bed: So what is a lobster roll exactly? At first I was thinking sushi.

think tuna salad on a hotdog bun, sub the tuna for lobster. That's it


Mayo on lobster?  No, only drawn butter.  You put mayo on tuna and add celery or onion or whatever but lobster needs no adornment.  And on a hot dog bun?  Jeez.  Although we do put tuna salad on hot dog buns around here.
 
2014-05-23 08:08:27 PM

peacheslatour: chitownmike: kling_klang_bed: So what is a lobster roll exactly? At first I was thinking sushi.

think tuna salad on a hotdog bun, sub the tuna for lobster. That's it

Mayo on lobster?  No, only drawn butter.  You put mayo on tuna and add celery or onion or whatever but lobster needs no adornment.  And on a hot dog bun?  Jeez.  Although we do put tuna salad on hot dog buns around here.


The mayo is optional.
 
2014-05-23 08:23:08 PM

cretinbob: Chain restaurants don't make the best anything


I'm usually ashamed to admit it, but I grew up in Florida eating real seafood.  It baffles me how the rest of the country considers Red Lobster to be seafood.  It's like calling Taco Bell Mexican food.
 
2014-05-23 08:24:59 PM
In 2011 I ate a lobster roll at the restaurant listed as #2.

Imagine a horse jizzin' into a jar of mayo and letting said jar sit in the sun for a few hours.  That's pretty much what it tasted like.  New England cuisine is atrocious enough and lobster rolls are hideous for New England food.
 
2014-05-23 08:38:52 PM

jmayson: In 2011 I ate a lobster roll at the restaurant listed as #2.

Imagine a horse jizzin' into a jar of mayo and letting said jar sit in the sun for a few hours.  That's pretty much what it tasted like.  New England cuisine is atrocious enough and lobster rolls are hideous for New England food.


had your share of horse jizz eh?
 
2014-05-23 08:38:53 PM
People don't go to chain restaurants to look for good food, they go to chains for consistently average food. Sometimes it seems better to go for a sure thing than a coin-flip good/bad of some obscure place or "is the good cook on shift today?"
 
2014-05-23 08:40:04 PM

linemanbear: Hot dog bun filled with lobster meat

[lobstergal.com image 850x637]


Looks good. Hold the hotdog bun.
 
2014-05-23 08:41:52 PM

doofusss: jmayson: In 2011 I ate a lobster roll at the restaurant listed as #2.

Imagine a horse jizzin' into a jar of mayo and letting said jar sit in the sun for a few hours.  That's pretty much what it tasted like.  New England cuisine is atrocious enough and lobster rolls are hideous for New England food.

had your share of horse jizz eh?


Don't knock it 'til you try it.  :-P
 
2014-05-23 08:44:41 PM
Went to Beach Plum tonight. Lobster roll and a pint of Milky Way ice cream. Good eats.
 
2014-05-23 08:48:30 PM

namegoeshere: peacheslatour: chitownmike: kling_klang_bed: So what is a lobster roll exactly? At first I was thinking sushi.

think tuna salad on a hotdog bun, sub the tuna for lobster. That's it

Mayo on lobster?  No, only drawn butter.  You put mayo on tuna and add celery or onion or whatever but lobster needs no adornment.  And on a hot dog bun?  Jeez.  Although we do put tuna salad on hot dog buns around here.

The mayo is optional.


Well, that's a mercy anyhow.
 
2014-05-23 08:49:34 PM
I make it a firm policy to never eat anything with an exoskeleton. Lobsters are nothing but giant roaches to me, and crabs are giant ticks. Ewww.
 
2014-05-23 08:54:12 PM

linemanbear: Hot dog bun filled with lobster meat

[lobstergal.com image 850x637]


Don't forget the bun has been dipped in butter and grilled to a golden brown.

eKonk: I have no real opinion on chain restaurants, but I figured I would take the time here to express the fact that lobster is bottom-dwelling sea rubbish and is unfit for human consumption. Putting it on a roll does not help.


Back in the day they fed lobster to prisoners because they were so plentiful and nobody else wanted it.

PunkTiger: linemanbear: Hot dog bun filled with lobster meat

[lobstergal.com image 850x637]

And better than God-damned CRAB CAKES!


I was born and bred in Massachusetts, but after living in Maryland for a while I have to say you are completely wrong.  Lobster ain't got shiat on crab, except for the fact that you have to work twice as hard picking to get half as much with crab (which is why a good crab cake is so good).
 
2014-05-23 08:59:47 PM

ununcle: Here's a farkin cheat sheet. Lobsters are not cheap in NH. Not only that but, we still deal with the farking subway type  "deals" where they put the equivalent of a tablespoon of tail on a sub for 9.99. I was born and raised here in NH  and Lobster is still more expensive as a much better beef, lamb, or deer steak. Fark you NE fish industry.. I live right where they catch it, But I have to spend more then a tasty stake from a thousand miles away? I'll take the porterhouse.


I live in NH too, and lobster is $5.99/lb. WTF are you talking about?
 
2014-05-23 09:14:44 PM

colinspooky: For the country that invented the chain restaurant, or at least opened its arms extra wide to the concept, there are a lot of people who constantly slag them off. How are they still in business if none of you like them? Or are my ears just being deafened by the snobby minority


I live in NH.  I had the misfortune to visit Salina, KS for the last two weeks.  The freaking Red Lobster is atop their yelp ratings.  Frozen seafood is trashworthy.  Clearly Kansans just don't know any better.  I guess they're comparing it to Long John Silvers or something equally nasty.

I've eaten at about half of the spots on this NH list. I suspect the top ones on the list bought their way onto the list, but even the worst local places in NH blow Red Lobster out of the water.

Oh, and the best lobster roll in NH is sold by a guy on a boat at the Isle of Shoals.
 
2014-05-23 09:19:12 PM

chitownmike: kling_klang_bed: So what is a lobster roll exactly? At first I was thinking sushi.

think tuna salad on a hotdog bun, sub the tuna for lobster. That's it


Oh yeah, had one of those before! Just didn't know what they were called.
 
2014-05-23 09:20:16 PM

eKonk: I have no real opinion on chain restaurants, but I figured I would take the time here to express the fact that lobster is bottom-dwelling sea rubbish and is unfit for human consumption. Putting it on a roll does not help.


Please remove your genitalia at your earliest possible opportunity.  People (and I use that word very loosely here) like you should not reproduce and contaminate the rest of the species.
 
2014-05-23 09:34:51 PM
Stupid survey, because the best Lobster rolls aren't in NH. NH has a whopping 11 miles of coastline and almost no lobster pounds . . and Lobster is way better than crab. Crab cakes taste like fish that's been left on the counter for a weekend, then ground up pressed into a patty and fried. Yuck
 
2014-05-23 09:35:34 PM

colinspooky: For the country that invented the chain restaurant, or at least opened its arms extra wide to the concept, there are a lot of people who constantly slag them off. How are they still in business if none of you like them? Or are my ears just being deafened by the snobby minority


I actually know people who frequent chain restaurants.  They tend to crave consistency in their lives, they don't like to try new things or go new places.  They typically have a set of 5-8 chain restaurants and 4-5 fast food restaurants that they frequent, and they will typically order the same thing every time they go.  They're known to become despondent when their menu item is discontinued.

It's an odd sort of life to me.  When I say "I've never been there before" about a restaurant, it is equivalent to "I want to try that place", whereas with them it's a statement of extreme displeasure at the thought of going there.  I actually used that exact wording yesterday when I met a friend for lunch, and once I'd said it, she immediately started saying that she wasn't really all that attached to the idea, and we could go somewhere else.  It took a bit of work to convince her of my meaning.  (Sadly, it turned out to be a fairly run of the mill Mexican-American place, not a chain but absolutely nothing exciting on the menu.)  And this is someone I've known for years, she's been to my house for dinner many times, and I've never fed her the same thing twice, but the wording "I've never been there before" triggered a response geared to people she knows who use it as an equivalent to "please don't take me out of my comfort zone".
 
2014-05-23 09:48:46 PM

Andy Zmuda: eKonk: I have no real opinion on chain restaurants, but I figured I would take the time here to express the fact that lobster is bottom-dwelling sea rubbish and is unfit for human consumption. Putting it on a roll does not help.

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/Blasphemer!


this
 
2014-05-23 10:36:25 PM

eKonk: I have no real opinion on chain restaurants, but I figured I would take the time here to express the fact that lobster is bottom-dwelling sea rubbish and is unfit for human consumption. Putting it on a roll does not help.


You are so SO wrong. I realize that an opinion shouldn't be wrong, but I'll make an exception in this case.
 
2014-05-23 10:44:46 PM

Ker_Thwap: colinspooky: For the country that invented the chain restaurant, or at least opened its arms extra wide to the concept, there are a lot of people who constantly slag them off. How are they still in business if none of you like them? Or are my ears just being deafened by the snobby minority

I live in NH.  I had the misfortune to visit Salina, KS for the last two weeks.  The freaking Red Lobster is atop their yelp ratings.  Frozen seafood is trashworthy.  Clearly Kansans just don't know any better.  I guess they're comparing it to Long John Silvers or something equally nasty.

I've eaten at about half of the spots on this NH list. I suspect the top ones on the list bought their way onto the list, but even the worst local places in NH blow Red Lobster out of the water.

Oh, and the best lobster roll in NH is sold by a guy on a boat at the Isle of Shoals.


I just checked the yelp ratings here.  There were 13 chains in the top 100, and 6 of those were local chains, fewer than 5 locations.  There were only 3 non-sushi seafood restaurants in the top 100, though, and I know that two of them are actually not amazing.  At least we've got good sushi, though.  The top listing is primarily a vegetarian place, in the top 10 are French, Indian, Mexican Fusion, soul food, and a bar with the best take on bar food I've ever had anywhere, things like a charcuterie and cheese platter and white truffle popcorn.  There's good Barbecue, Vietnamese, an amazingly good burger place, Vietnamese, Brazilian, and a specialty hot dog place in the top 20.  And I'm glad I looked, because there's a new place I hadn't seen yet, it appears there's a lobster roll on the menu.  It looks good, though not up to the standard set by that crazy tall one above, I think perhaps they tried to do too much with it.

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Hmm...  I'm hungry.  They're open until 1...

No, too tired to try it tonight.  Maybe tomorrow.
 
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