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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
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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.

[i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]

/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.

s3-media3.ak.yelpcdn.com

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

No, too tired to try it tonight.  Maybe tomorrow.
 
2014-05-23 10:48:19 PM  

mark12A: I make it a firm policy to never eat anything with an exoskeleton.


No lobsters?  No clams?  No oysters or crawfish?  No conch fritters?  No crab?  Man...

Well, to each his own, you have fun with that.

(I actually was roommates with a chef years ago who had the same personal policy.  He ate from the bone out, as he put it.)
 
2014-05-23 10:48:20 PM  

Itinerant1: 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


Maine has almost 230 miles (400 km) of coastline (and 3,500 miles (5,600 km) of tidal coastline. Want a good lobster roll? Eagles Nest in Brewer or the guy that sells 'em out of a trailer at The Blue Hill Fair on Labor Day weekend. Or just buy a couple of lobsters andmake your own.
 
2014-05-23 10:49:37 PM  

DarkVader: 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".


That is how I am. I can't deal with complex flavors. Use more than 3 spices in a dish and it all just tastes like I licked a hot plate.

I don't actually like how a lot of chain restaurants have jazzed up their menus. I know that as people age their taste buds become less sensitive so they compensate by piling on stronger tastes as the population ages, but adding something like a Jack Daniels sauce to a burger overwhelms me.

I like Steak N Shake, and I don't like going to new places because so often their food is too complex. I will eat fast food because it is bland.

My wife is far more sensitive than me. She can eat bread and tell you exactly what ingredients and proportions were used. She doesn't taste the "bread" but the individual ingredients. Mostly she eats individual fruits and veggies, sometimes chicken. It is too much otherwise.
 
2014-05-23 10:52:10 PM  

DarkVader: At least we've got good sushi, though.


Never in a million years would I have guessed that about Kansas.  If I'm ever there...

/actually, my brother's gf is from Kansas and has family there.  They're getting pretty serious, so it could happen.
 
2014-05-23 10:53:43 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


The vast majority of mouth breathing morans that eat at Red Lobster, and Golden Corral, and the Olive Garden don't go online and waste time in discourse regarding nutrition, taste, or even thrift when shopping for good food. 
They just get off the couch with great difficulty, and huff and puff on out to the car, and drive to any place where they have seating that will accommodate their ginormous asses. As long as there is enough grease, sugar, and salt on the menu, they will be OK with it. As long as the portions are too large for an entire family of starving Ethiopians to finish off in a week, they will be happy. As long as the menu is in large font English, they will not complain. In short, the vast majority of Americans can be talked into anything. Heck, look at the prevalence of GMOs in our food. They don't' care. They are apathetic and pathetic, they are the very vision of sloth. They always have been. Birds used to blot out the sun and the plains were a rolling carpet of bison. Until Americans showed up. Then it was kill kill over kill, and keep killing until we need to frankensteer our food production into a gloopity glop of a slppity slop production line where everything is the same, beige, bland, and salted starch and sugar and no one remembers how to maintain a garden of their own. How to harvest their own food. Having a huge assed lawn is more important than using that land efficiently or sustainably. Look at the mega- churches with their huge lawns and soccer fields for the kids. Look at all the golf courses out there. Any of this land could be a community garden, and anyone could work them. Unemployed people could weed for food. People could get exercise, fresh air, and sunshine. But shy should they? They can schlep off to Wool Mort and get a huge box of cheesy poofs and sit on their asses until they are declared legally handicapped by their own obesity and are rewarded with being able to park closer to the source of their agony and decline, manufactured food. The chains are in business because they are famous. They are famous because they are on TV. Now if you will excuse me, I have to get back to watching The Running Man.
 
2014-05-23 11:56:53 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.


They think similarly of your beef and BBQ.
 
2014-05-24 12:09:14 AM  

ten foiled hats: DarkVader: At least we've got good sushi, though.

Never in a million years would I have guessed that about Kansas.  If I'm ever there...

/actually, my brother's gf is from Kansas and has family there.  They're getting pretty serious, so it could happen.


No, no, I'm not in Kansas.  I'm in the South.
 
2014-05-24 12:18:51 AM  

DarkVader: ten foiled hats: DarkVader: At least we've got good sushi, though.

Never in a million years would I have guessed that about Kansas.  If I'm ever there...

/actually, my brother's gf is from Kansas and has family there.  They're getting pretty serious, so it could happen.

No, no, I'm not in Kansas.  I'm in the South.


My mistake, man, I completely misinterpreted your reply.

I'm from and in FL myself.  We don't have world-class sushi, but...not at all bad.  Not at all bad.

/well, depends on where you go, but I presume that applies anywhere
//SoFla may have world-class sushi
///threes is what they come in
 
2014-05-24 12:21:41 AM  
This IS valuable public information in new Hampshire.

/From there
//Steamers at UNH tailgates
 
2014-05-24 05:33:22 AM  
As I sit here a mile away from the Lobster Pot in P-town I'm getting a kick from your replies. The only reason to go to Brown's is it's BYOB.
 
2014-05-24 06:51:31 AM  

Ker_Thwap: 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.


It's kind of hard to get fresh-off-the-boat seafood in the middle of the country, genius.
 
2014-05-24 07:00:43 AM  

Ker_Thwap: 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.


Clearly Kansans are a thousand miles from the nearest body of water and twice that from New England lobsters. What assholes, amirite?

They're at a geographic disadvantage. Not enough people there for it to make sense to go the extra mile to get the best seafood to Kansas with due haste, whereas on the coasts there are plenty of big cities with lots of people who will spend major coin for Kansas steaks (which can be transported more slowly regardless).

So if you're a local in someplace like Salina, Red Lobster or LJS is what you're stuck with for seafood.
 
2014-05-24 07:27:53 AM  

Starshines: 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).


I wasn't actually spurning crab cakes, but apparently my offhand reference was too obscure for Fark. (TF link)
 
2014-05-24 08:19:27 AM  

PunkTiger: I wasn't actually spurning crab cakes, but apparently my offhand reference was too obscure for Fark. (TF link)


Why would you think a 9 y/o redlit Fark link would be obscure?
 
2014-05-24 10:07:41 AM  

Itinerant1: 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


Almost no lobster pounds does not equate to no lobster pounds.  It's a NH news station, do you really expect them to ask about the best lobster roll in North Dakota?
 
2014-05-24 10:18:22 AM  

This text is now purple: 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.

They think similarly of your beef and BBQ.


As they should.  There's one BBQ place within 50 miles of me, it's pretty much meh.
 
2014-05-24 10:20:52 AM  

Pokey.Clyde: Ker_Thwap: 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.

It's kind of hard to get fresh-off-the-boat seafood in the middle of the country, genius.


Exactly.  I was discussing with a previous poster why Red Lobsters is still in business.  Apparently you were incapable of following that concept?
 
2014-05-24 12:08:00 PM  

Pokey.Clyde: Ker_Thwap: 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.

It's kind of hard to get fresh-off-the-boat seafood in the middle of the country, genius.


So, here's the thing about that - it actually isn't that hard.

If you're ordering restaurant quantities, you can get fish that was in the water yesterday, and you can get it anywhere in the US.  It's going to cost more than buying it from the dockside market, and restaurants have to take that into consideration.  But with one phone call I could have 500 pounds of fresh seafood at my door tomorrow morning, and I'm not exactly close to the ocean.
 
2014-05-24 12:51:16 PM  

Ker_Thwap: This text is now purple: 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.

They think similarly of your beef and BBQ.

As they should.  There's one BBQ place within 50 miles of me, it's pretty much meh.


BBQ thread? I'm doing up some hot dogs and hamburgers this weekend!

//yeah, I can be an asshole on occasion
 
2014-05-24 04:32:07 PM  

John Buck 41: PunkTiger: I wasn't actually spurning crab cakes, but apparently my offhand reference was too obscure for Fark. (TF link)

Why would you think a 9 y/o redlit Fark link would be obscure?


Not sure if sarcastic or serious. I was under the impression that the link's thread was considered "epic" and "legendary" by some TFers, and I was hoping someone would have gotten the ref. Sadly, I realized too late that I screwed up the ref in the first place (CLAM cakes, not crab cakes), so I'll just stand in the shame corner for the next few months.
 
2014-05-24 06:50:22 PM  

PunkTiger: John Buck 41: PunkTiger: I wasn't actually spurning crab cakes, but apparently my offhand reference was too obscure for Fark. (TF link)

Why would you think a 9 y/o redlit Fark link would be obscure?

Not sure if sarcastic or serious. I was under the impression that the link's thread was considered "epic" and "legendary" by some TFers, and I was hoping someone would have gotten the ref. Sadly, I realized too late that I screwed up the ref in the first place (CLAM cakes, not crab cakes), so I'll just stand in the shame corner for the next few months.


Not trying to be a jerk here but I can't imagine many TFers describing a 9 y/o redlit thread with those 2 adjectives. No offense.
 
2014-05-24 08:39:32 PM  

DarkVader: If you're ordering restaurant quantities, you can get fish that was in the water yesterday, and you can get it anywhere in the US.  It's going to cost more than buying it from the dockside market, and restaurants have to take that into consideration.  But with one phone call I could have 500 pounds of fresh seafood at my door tomorrow morning, and I'm not exactly close to the ocean.


Now you just have to get customers for 500 pounds of fresh seafood to come to Salina, Kansas.
 
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