I decided to fly to Boston for Columbus Day weekend: just needed some time away, good food and culture. Boston was the perfect fit. When I told my friend Mary of Arugula Files about my trip, she said I must go to Neptune Oyster and order a lobster roll. Usually when Mary tells me to do something I listen, and this was one of those times.
One of the benefits of traveling solo is that you don't have to wait for a table that fit 4 people. Instead, I waited less than 10 minutes in the crowded Neptune Oyster restaurant, located in the North End neighborhood, and took a seat at the bar.
I looked around, observed a woman shucking oysters, and checked out the decor.
I liked the ordering form for oysters that listed the names, the origin the oysters, the price and the description. It reminded me of an order form you'd get in a sushi restaurant.
I did not need to look at the menu though: I knew I was going to get a lobster roll. And I also decided to listen to Mary's recommendation of ordering lobster with butter instead of mayonnaise. I was excited and my expectations were high: for $25, it'd better be good.
And good it was! Look at the chunks of lobster swimming in the butter!! Mentally I thanked my parents again for not raising me to keep Kosher :) The lobster roll came on a freshly baked roll and with a side of fries.
If you go with a friend, I definitely recommend you share this dish. It was almost too much to finish, but I just forced myself :)
In between taking bites of lobster, I chatted with a woman sitting next to me who has been dining at Neptune Oyster for the last five years every time she's in Boston. And of course I took a few photos because on this trip, my camera was my friend. Well, it's always my friend.
I did not finish all the bread and all the fries, but there was not a gram of lobster left on my plate!
Have you had a lobster roll? Do you prefer yours hot with butter or cold with mayonnaise? Where do you get your favorite lobster roll?
I'm still in Fresno on the POM Harvest trip. I'm having a great time and getting to know wonderful bloggers, learning about pomegranates. Today we went to a bottling plant and tomorrow we get to check out pomegranate orchards! Photos coming up next week.