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Cheese Board today; OPLS quick review

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Cheese Board today; OPLS quick review

Chestnut | Feb 18, 2006 07:56 PM

If anyone has a chance to still get to Cheese Board Pizza today, I would recommend you do so - the roasted mushroom pie is excellent! The gremolata (parsley + lemon zest + garlic) is a nice change of pace from the standard flavors. I have yet to encounter a roasted mushroom pie by Cheese Board that I didn't like.

Also, a friend and I had a chance to check out Old Port Lobster Shack on Thursday afternoon. We arrived around 1:30 and the place was nearly empty (a good thing; we feared a crowd). I'm assuming the lunch crowd came earlier. We ordered the fried clam plate and the Maine lobster roll, both of which came with home fries. I was not a huge fan of the fries, which I sense is a sentiment echoed on this board - they seemed underfried and a tad greasy/soggy. The fried clams were sweet and crunchy, like calamari, but with a more nuanced flavor. It came with a side of tartar sauce; I vacillated between dipping in the sauce and eating the fried clams as is; I think I ended up preferring the "naked" fried clams (the sweetness of the clams really emerged that way).

The lobster roll had outstanding lobster (the cooks really load on the lobster!). Generously filled, but too mayonnaise-y for me (my friend, on the other hand, absolutely loved it). The buttery house-made traditional lobster roll buns were a fantastic touch. Next time, I would probably order the naked lobster roll (that's the way I usually like my lobster - drenched in butter and lemon, and nothing else).

Clam chowder was excellent - creamy, and filled with clams.

Even though we live in the East Bay, my friend and I are eager to make at least a once-a-month trip across the bridge to Old Port Lobster Shack.

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