Hit Lobstaland in Gloucester with a buddy last week. Still as fabulous as it ever was. I had the fried haddock sandwich and my pal had the lobster roll. He substituted the fries for the onion rings for a $2 upgrade.
The food was absolutely superb as usual. The fish sandwich was $12, which isn't cheap but it was downright enormous. Really could have fed two, but it didn't stop me... The (again huge) portion of onion rings were as good as I have ever eaten, the fries perfect, and the cole slaw homemade and yummy with chunks of apple and raisins.
I did not see the price on the lobster roll as my friend grabbed the check. We started off with two glorious, largish martinis. Same tough but competent broad commanding the bar (to say she was tending it would not be correct) as always. Halfway tempted to salute her, seriously.
This place earns special commendation for churning out wonderful chow for 10+ years (20?) and counting.
Hit restaurant depot recently as well. So many things to like.... Refreshed my stock of bakers yeast. 1 pound bag for <$6. The one I have had in the fridge for 4 years was finally running low.
Huge bottle of green cocktail olves (sans pimento) for $3.
Bought a whole pastrami which I steamed up in white wine, chipotle sauce and a generous helping of fresh ground pepper. Along with the very fresh marble rye they had in BIG restaurant loaves it made the best pastrami sandwich I've had with the exception of Katz's. I think hand cutting it makes a BIG difference. Could have been a bit fattier but that is a quibble.
Folks on this board have dissed their shelfish, they had 4-6 different kinds of clams and all sorts of other great looking stuff. Medium sized quahogs and another clam were $18 per 100 count. They would have been fine, but my SO wanted the smaller more delicate cherrystones at $27 a hundred count. The clams were fresh and wonderful. Could not be more pleased. The approx 2.5" quahogs would have been great stuffed or Rockefeller style. We steamed ours in wine, tomatoes, fresh parsley, fresh farmer's market garlic and fresh thyme. We ate every last one. My new favorite place to buy shellfish. At any local seafood place I'd pay that much for 40 of them.
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