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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 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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