Originally posted by Lucky Bishop
Don't be so shocked and horrified by the fact that McDonald's is selling lobster rolls. For one thing, it's not bad lobster, and more importantly, it's the exact same lobster you'll be served at probably over 90% of the places that serve lobster rolls in New England. (Unless there's an old man in a yellow rainslicker tending a large aluminum pot on the dock out back, the lobster roll you order anywhere is going to be made with the exact same lobster chunks that are processed and packaged at a plant somewhere on the Maine coast or in Nova Scotia. It ain't fresh lobster, but there's nothing wrong with it.) It's not substandard lobster, it's just less expensive because of the bulk ordering that McDonald's is able to do because of their size.
Furthermore, New England tradition holds that the only right, just and proper vehicle for said lobster chunks is a J.J. Nissen frankfurter roll, the same ones you buy at the supermarket bread aisle for your backyard cookouts at $1.50 a pack. People who get snooty about the rolls, or claim that lobster rolls are best on big, fluffy "homemade" bakery-style rolls, are secretly laughed at behind their backs. So if it's the same lobster and the same rolls...what exactly is so laughable about McDonalds lobster rolls?
Well, Laughing Bishop, I guess I don't mind being snooty when it comes to McDonald's because there are other options. Where I live, (Nova Scotia), you often
get to eat fresh lobster. You sometimes even get to meet your food first. I like the idea of eating food close to the source. McDonald's is certainly not going to suffer from me not being a customer, or even deriding it. My question is: why must they ape local customs? I guess the answer, as usual, is $$. I don't mind giving money to people making a livelihood, but I don't like to feed behemoths. They can fend for themselves.
I agree that cheap white rolls are good to hold lobster. They have to sort of dissolve from all the butter too. I don't mind rolls made by human beings and not machines.