Hi DC board! I recently moved here from Charleston, SC and have been enjoying the diverse array of restaurants. I'm also a HUGE lobster roll fan and it seems to be quite the thing up here. Today, I tried the Tackle Box in Cleveland park, mainly to check out the lobster roll. I have to admit, I was pretty underwhelmed. I tried the Maine-style roll, which was tossed in some mayo. There were some good things: the mayo was added with a light hand, not overly gloopy. They also used the classic split hot dog bun, nicely buttered and toasted on both sides to add a good crunch. However, the lobster itself was pretty bland. I usually like mine with a little onion or celery to add crunch and flavor. This had no filler (which you could argue is a good thing) but also no flavor. I had to add quite a bit of salt and lemon juice to it. It was also very sparse. For $19, I would expect it to be crammed full of big pieces of lobster but the small amount there was fairly shredded. It was all bun and little lobster. The service was also pretty spacey but it seems like a new location, so I don't want to judge them too harshly on that end. Overall, I have to give it a thumbs down and I won't be returning there for lobster rolls.
Definitely would appreciate any feedback to the amount of lobster. Has anyone tried Tackle Box as well as others? Is this a normal amount of meat? Should I make them at home from now on?