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Re: Maine Lobster Crawl

#51 Post by johngonzales » September 18th, 2018, 4:10 pm

Check with Brian Bohr. They just got back from a Maine lobster jaunt.

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#52 Post by c fu » September 18th, 2018, 6:09 pm

johngonzales wrote:
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Check with Brian Bohr. They just got back from a Maine lobster jaunt.
Yep. Hit up Arnie already. Will get brian next!
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#53 Post by ERPark » September 19th, 2018, 8:47 am

Chuckles better go here and conduct a side by side comparison........ [highfive.gif]

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Re: Maine Lobster Crawl

#54 Post by c fu » October 2nd, 2018, 6:46 pm

First day

Arrived in Portland at midnight. Woke up and went to Holy Donut. Really good donuts, not overly fried or sweet. Very unique texture a bit chewy like a Vietnamese donut.

Lunch at red’s. Worth the wait. Immense amount of lobster meat in the roll. Fried scallops were well done too.

Dinner at Long grain in Camden - hipster Thai spot. Would fit right into Los Angeles. I got the pad kee mao. They do their own twist on it with kale and pork belly. They make their wide thick cut rice noodle that is extra starchy like rice cake. Excellent dish.

Arrived in Bar harbor at 8:30pm. Not sure what’s on tap tmrw yet other than hiking
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#55 Post by Alan Rath » October 2nd, 2018, 8:06 pm

How's the foliage?

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#56 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » October 3rd, 2018, 5:56 am

Not Fu, but...just returned from 4 days in mid-coast, last night. Foliage about 20%, I'd say.....nowhere near peak yet...

QE 2 was in Bar Harbor...or supposed to be...so, droves of tourists...buses were all over Camden Monday.

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#57 Post by TimF » October 3rd, 2018, 6:43 am

Are you going to Novare Res?
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#58 Post by Jorge Henriquez » October 3rd, 2018, 9:02 am

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#59 Post by TimF » October 3rd, 2018, 9:09 am

Jorge Henriquez wrote:
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Not permitted. Too bad.
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#60 Post by Bryce K » October 3rd, 2018, 3:33 pm

+1 on Nunan's. Mabels Lobster Claw, also in Kennebunkport, was also great (my wife and I went twice while we there a few years ago).
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Re: Maine Lobster Crawl

#61 Post by c fu » October 4th, 2018, 6:50 pm

Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow wrote:
October 3rd, 2018, 5:56 am
Not Fu, but...just returned from 4 days in mid-coast, last night. Foliage about 20%, I'd say.....nowhere near peak yet...

QE 2 was in Bar Harbor...or supposed to be...so, droves of tourists...buses were all over Camden Monday.
Yah. 20% at most right now. Maybe even less. I didn’t know it was a thing.
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#62 Post by T Welch » October 4th, 2018, 6:54 pm

c fu wrote:
October 4th, 2018, 6:50 pm
Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow wrote:
October 3rd, 2018, 5:56 am
Not Fu, but...just returned from 4 days in mid-coast, last night. Foliage about 20%, I'd say.....nowhere near peak yet...

QE 2 was in Bar Harbor...or supposed to be...so, droves of tourists...buses were all over Camden Monday.
Yah. 20% at most right now. Maybe even less. I didn’t know it was a thing.
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#63 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » October 5th, 2018, 8:06 am

https://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/projects ... ndex.shtml

Right from the state's mouth.....courtesy of Susan Collins....who'd rather be known for this than the Kavanaugh decisive vote....I'm sure.

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Re: Maine Lobster Crawl

#64 Post by c fu » October 9th, 2018, 10:39 am

Things we ate in the bar harbor area

Thurston's lobster pound - delicious lobster. blueberry pie from the local pie shop was damn good too.
Peekytoe provisions - great lobster rolls.
blaze - decent gastropub food - great fries, sick craft beer list
travelin lobster - great lobster and crab rolls. Crab roll is immense and perfectly seasoned.
beal's lobster pier: had lobster + lobster roll. Both pretty good, nothing amazing. Lobster was the cheapest here.
Charlotte's legendary lobster pound: good lobster roll.
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#65 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » October 10th, 2018, 10:55 am

A serious question:

Have you noticed significant differences among all the lobster rolls you've eaten on your jaunt? Tastewise? Size wise? Price wise? Anything else-wise?

I rarely eat lobster rolls...as I make steamed lobster reguarly when I'm in Maine and prefer them cold, too.

But, I am curious whether they stand out from each other.

I pass Red's fairly frequently and see these enormous lines, and have heard from friends it's more expensive than the others...and not memorably different.
But, I never go there...on principle...as the town traffic gets jammed up both ways with the hubub from Red's and the tourists stopping at the most famous lobster roll plce in the state.

When I go to places like you've described...I'm usually after fried whole belly clams, scallops, chowder, etc.....rather than lobster or crab rolls.

But...i am interested in your thoughts on this....

And, finally, for you, what makes a lobster roll special/memorable?

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#66 Post by Neal.Mollen » October 10th, 2018, 11:03 am

c fu wrote:
October 9th, 2018, 10:39 am
Things we ate in the bar harbor area

Thurston's lobster pound - delicious lobster. blueberry pie from the local pie shop was damn good too.
Peekytoe provisions - great lobster rolls.
blaze - decent gastropub food - great fries, sick craft beer list
travelin lobster - great lobster and crab rolls. Crab roll is immense and perfectly seasoned.
beal's lobster pier: had lobster + lobster roll. Both pretty good, nothing amazing. Lobster was the cheapest here.
Charlotte's legendary lobster pound: good lobster roll.
But did you get any lobster while you were there?
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#67 Post by Paul Jaouen » October 10th, 2018, 11:09 am

The lobster roll at Red's is definitely bigger with more than a whole lobster per roll. To me it was too much. I think there is a certain ratio of lobster to roll that works well and this isn't it. It is excellent lobster but to me it is not worth the crazy wait.
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Re: Maine Lobster Crawl

#68 Post by c fu » October 10th, 2018, 11:19 am

Paul Jaouen wrote:
October 10th, 2018, 11:09 am
The lobster roll at Red's is definitely bigger with more than a whole lobster per roll. To me it was too much. I think there is a certain ratio of lobster to roll that works well and this isn't it. It is excellent lobster but to me it is not worth the crazy wait.
What i did was i took off the tails and a little more meat and set it aside. Ate that with the hot butter as if I had someone crack and take out all the meat on a lobster normally. Then I ate the rest as a roll. Loved it. Worth the wait. Their butter and mayo were out of this world
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#69 Post by c fu » October 10th, 2018, 11:19 am

Neal.Mollen wrote:
October 10th, 2018, 11:03 am
c fu wrote:
October 9th, 2018, 10:39 am
Things we ate in the bar harbor area

Thurston's lobster pound - delicious lobster. blueberry pie from the local pie shop was damn good too.
Peekytoe provisions - great lobster rolls.
blaze - decent gastropub food - great fries, sick craft beer list
travelin lobster - great lobster and crab rolls. Crab roll is immense and perfectly seasoned.
beal's lobster pier: had lobster + lobster roll. Both pretty good, nothing amazing. Lobster was the cheapest here.
Charlotte's legendary lobster pound: good lobster roll.
But did you get any lobster while you were there?
I was at a dinner the day after I came back. They had lobster roll on the menu and I had to try it. It was very disappointing =(
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Re: Maine Lobster Crawl

#70 Post by Neal.Mollen » October 10th, 2018, 12:43 pm

a local food truck makes lobster rolls "Maine style," with mayo as a binder, and "Connecticut style," with just lobster and butter in the toasted bun. I prefer the latter to be honest
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#71 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » October 10th, 2018, 12:55 pm

Paul Jaouen wrote:
October 10th, 2018, 11:09 am
The lobster roll at Red's is definitely bigger with more than a whole lobster per roll. To me it was too much. I think there is a certain ratio of lobster to roll that works well and this isn't it. It is excellent lobster but to me it is not worth the crazy wait.
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What size is a "whole lobster" these days, Paul? [stirthepothal.gif]

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#72 Post by Paul Jaouen » October 11th, 2018, 5:01 am

Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow wrote:
October 10th, 2018, 12:55 pm
Paul Jaouen wrote:
October 10th, 2018, 11:09 am
The lobster roll at Red's is definitely bigger with more than a whole lobster per roll. To me it was too much. I think there is a certain ratio of lobster to roll that works well and this isn't it. It is excellent lobster but to me it is not worth the crazy wait.
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What size is a "whole lobster" these days, Paul? [stirthepothal.gif]
Bigger than I want on a roll.
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#73 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » October 11th, 2018, 11:04 am

Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow wrote:
October 10th, 2018, 10:55 am
A serious question:

Have you noticed significant differences among all the lobster rolls you've eaten on your jaunt? Tastewise? Size wise? Price wise? Anything else-wise?

I rarely eat lobster rolls...as I make steamed lobster reguarly when I'm in Maine and prefer them cold, too.

But, I am curious whether they stand out from each other.

I pass Red's fairly frequently and see these enormous lines, and have heard from friends it's more expensive than the others...and not memorably different.
But, I never go there...on principle...as the town traffic gets jammed up both ways with the hubub from Red's and the tourists stopping at the most famous lobster roll plce in the state.

When I go to places like you've described...I'm usually after fried whole belly clams, scallops, chowder, etc.....rather than lobster or crab rolls.

But...i am interested in your thoughts on this....

And, finally, for you, what makes a lobster roll special/memorable?
I am very curious...about this subject, and would like to have a reply from Charlie-- or anyone.

I look at lobster rolls like I look at tuna sandwiches.....I have my preferences....but..in lobster, there is no" "solid white", albacore, chunk white, tongol, etc.. to drive the differences, so mayo and setting are about the biggest variables I've found...I like them all (except the convenience store in Thomaston that uses Miracle whip.....yuck.

I also look at fried clams, scallops, etc... similarly.....they're all good, but. places...don't stand out from one another....

so, I'd like to understand what people think about the differences...

In our little town in Maine, there was a typical craggy lobster/clam shed on a pier....that closed. Luke's Lobster...which apparently sells lobster rolls in 15 cities now....gets it lobster from that town. A couple years ago , it bought the place...and opens it..from June-Labor Day....IMO, they are mainly using it to create photos and an aura that they are , somehow, descended from this very authentic place... Does anyone know "Luke's"? I've never been to one outside of Maine...

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#74 Post by cjsavino » October 11th, 2018, 11:43 am

Been to Luke’s in NYC, good lobster roll, toasted roll and all.
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#75 Post by c fu » October 12th, 2018, 12:20 pm

Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow wrote:
October 10th, 2018, 10:55 am
A serious question:

Have you noticed significant differences among all the lobster rolls you've eaten on your jaunt? Tastewise? Size wise? Price wise? Anything else-wise?

absolutely. Size/price/taste all different. Everyone uses different types of bread, different types of binders, different lobster sources, how they cook lobster etc. It's like any food. Do you think every single hamburger tastes the same? Come eat some Lobster rolls in Los Angeles, you'll find they don't taste the same as in Maine LOL

I rarely eat lobster rolls...as I make steamed lobster reguarly when I'm in Maine and prefer them cold, too.

But, I am curious whether they stand out from each other.

I pass Red's fairly frequently and see these enormous lines, and have heard from friends it's more expensive than the others...and not memorably different.
But, I never go there...on principle...as the town traffic gets jammed up both ways with the hubub from Red's and the tourists stopping at the most famous lobster roll plce in the state.
It's $5 more than everywhere else. With 2x the lobster meat

When I go to places like you've described...I'm usually after fried whole belly clams, scallops, chowder, etc.....rather than lobster or crab rolls.
completely ambivalent about the chowder we had. My wife loves clam chowder and we had it at almost every stop. We did get the scallops at Red's and they were really tasty.

But...i am interested in your thoughts on this....

And, finally, for you, what makes a lobster roll special/memorable?

it tastes good
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#76 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » October 12th, 2018, 12:56 pm

Thanks...I was hoping for some descriptions....rather than "it tastes good"...and "they're all different" "just like hamburgers". (Sort of like grand crus Burgs!) Ideas of what makes the ones you liked best, best.

But, I'm not that interested to create detailed followups....

For me the main differences have been the amount of mayo used on the lobster....I don't think where lobsters are sourced (in Maine)..or how they're steamed varies that much.

Glad at least they didn't all taste the same to you. Shows a discerning [snort.gif] palate.

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#77 Post by alan weinberg » October 16th, 2018, 7:00 pm

c fu wrote:
October 9th, 2018, 10:39 am
blueberry pie from the local pie shop was damn good too.
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#78 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » October 17th, 2018, 4:37 am

Is it all the same, for you , Alan? champagne.gif

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#79 Post by Neal.Mollen » October 17th, 2018, 2:35 pm

BTW, had an outstanding roll at Salt Line in DC last weekend
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