WEEK SIX: THE LOBSTER ROLL
Lent has begun, and though I am not exactly a “practicing Catholic,” I do still feel compelled by the guilt of Jesus Christ to participate. This year I’ve given up buying coffee…for the most part. I mean, I basically just want to be more conscious about when I choose to do so, and not automatically buy it every day. And yeah, sure, I got one today, but I felt like treating myself, and vanilla iced coffee sounded like a great way to start my morning, and okay GOD, I’M SORRY! I repent and will do ten Hail Marys!
Along with the giving up of something, we’re also, for whatever reason*, supposed to cut out meat on Fridays. As this past Friday was the first of the Lenten season I chose to start the forty days off right and avoid any crushing remorse by getting myself a nice meat-free sandwich. I found a place called Bite of Boston just minutes away from my work and thought it fitting: being Bostonian, they have a 99% chance of being Irish Catholic (at least that’s what The Departed has led me to believe), and I would be in like company.
Though I’ve never been to Boston, I can imagine they are a very proud city. At least that’s the vibe I got from the decor.
The walls were covered in Boston memorabilia, most of it sports-related. Any other time this would cause me to cower and run from a place, but here, I remained calm. While waiting for my food and wondering why I was so serene in such a seemingly horrifying environment, I had a revelation. It’s not the sportiness that I hate in places similarly decorated, but the twenty or so flat-screen tvs, each playing a different game, creating a sweaty whirlwind of chaos and causing me to shout across the table about how funny the last episode of Broad City was LIKE I’M THE WEIRD ONE FOR WANTING TO HAVE A CONVERSATION OVER DINNER. But in Bite of Boston? There isn’t a single tv. I could scroll through Buzzfeed in peace, with just the casual chatter of overweight old men fluttering around me. Not that I was waiting for long–the food was out in just about five minutes. And speaking of the food…
Ladies and gentlemen, the lobster roll, served alongside a bowl of clam chowder. Now, candidly speaking, the only other lobster I’ve ever had was either in a bisque or a taco. That being said, I wasn’t sure if this was a traditional take on the lobster roll or if it is to the sandwich what McDonald’s is to the hamburger–bearing a resemblance, but only vaguely. I did a little research and found that their roll is indeed made with Maine lobster, flown out from the East coast twice a week. A for authenticity, F for their carbon footprint. Though I was incredibly underwhelmed by the size of the sandwich (served on a buttered and grilled hot dog bun and coming in just under 6 inches), I have to say, the taste was pretty great. Again, thanks to the internet, I learned that many lobster rolls have much more mayonnaise and chopped celery–this one was very lightly dressed with both. Less fillers = more seafood = a happy Gina. And though it initially looked small, the buttery roll and rich flavor of the lobster meat really ended up being quite filling. Though I would have liked more lemon, either in the dressing or on the side; I’m partial to acid (no, not that kind), and it would have helped break up all that heaviness.
As for the clam chowder, it was perfect, and cheap as far as they go; I got the 8 oz bowl for just $3.50. Though it was amazingly rich, creamy, and hearty, Damon makes a pretty mean chowder as well. However, he does use bacon in his soup for a little extra flavor–it looks like I’ll be sticking with Bite of Boston’s until Easter’s over.
THE CASTING OF FINAL JUDGEMENT
Price: A bit steep–the small lobster roll is $12, and the large is $15; then again, the price of lobster is always steep.
Menu: They have a handful of hot and cold sandwiches, though nothing that really jumped out at me; they also have some other seafood goodies, that obviously jumped out at me (fried clams, anyone?)
Ambiance: Boston, with a touch of Boston.
Sides: The standards–coleslaw, mac n’ cheese, potato salad, and Boston baked beans, because of course.
Second Trip Worthy? Only if I ever get the craving for a lobster roll. Though when that craving strikes, I’d rather try something badass like a whole goddamn lobster, killed/cooked with my own two hands.
Overall rating: 6.5 out of 10 sandwiches!
*because the Pope owns Long John Silvers.