Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012

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buffetbuster
Porterhouse
2012/10/02 13:04:48
Everyone is welcome to add their own photos here.  Also, most of the people who go on the bus tours don't really post in the forums, so I don't really know their screennames.  I will try to do some identifying as we go, though.
 
We were meeting in the lobby of the Sheraton at Bradley Airport in Hartford.  When my party (me, cousin Johnny and my girlfriend Mariton) arrived downstairs, Michael Stern had already brought boxes of great looking donuts

from Neil's Donut & Bake Shop in Yalesville and Coffee An in Westport.  Here is Roadfooder paulde

relaxing near the donuts.  Knowing we had six restaurants stops, I decided to skip the donuts, but the people I spoke to said the donuts were excellent.
 
Here is Michael Stern on the bus

letting us know about the stops ahead.  First up, The Lunchbox
 

in Meriden for steamed cheeseburgers.  As you can see,

they knew we were coming and warmly greeted us!
 
On previous trips to Connecticut, I had sampled steamed cheeseburgers at Ted's and K. LaMay's, so I was thrilled they chose The Lunchbox.  Inside is rather small, so we had to eat in shifts.  Since we were at the front of the bus and immediately got seated, we ordered right away, ate quickly (but after photos, of course), paid as soon as the food arrived and got out of the way for other Roadfooders.  Cousin Johnny

even took burger outside to finish.  ChiTownDiner and I split a steamed cheeseburger with bacon and here it is cut in half. 

It was nice and moist and the white cheddar cheese gives it a strong flavor.  Cousin Johnny went a step further and added grilled onions to go with the bacon. 

He seemed very happy with his choice.  As you went expect when you are with CTD, you will have lots of food to eat.  He also got a steamed cheeseburger omelet. 

This was so big, I thought we were going to need the silverware

off of the wall to eat it!  I don't think this worked as well as the cheese was just too overpowering.
 
All the Roadfooders worked as a team to insure that everyone would have enough time to eat and we stayed on schedule.  Here are few more photos from The Lunchbox:





That last photo is Chris Ayers and Lori Melton.
 
As we were about to leave, the friendly crew from The Lunchbox came out to wave goodbye to us. 


We headed off to our next stop..... 
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/10/02 18:48:19
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/02 13:27:10
That was a fun opening stop...that omelet was really heavy duty as they took a complete steamed cheeseburger, bun and all, mixed it into the omelet and added 2 gallons of melted cheese sauce!  Heavy duty!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/02 13:29:10
CTD-
That omelet most definitely wasn't for the faint of heart.  It was just too much cheese.  And I normally love lots of cheese.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/02 14:02:37
While we were driving from Meriden to Fairfield and the next destination, Super Duper Weenie, we passed this official Connecticut street sign. 

Coincidence?  I think not!
 
Two years ago I visited Super Duper Weenie

and did not care for it.  If I remember correctly, it was a Dixie Dog we tried and I did not like the cole slaw at all.  Getting another chance to hit this highly regarded hot dog shop was much appreciated.  Here is the hot dog menu board:

Being our idea man, ChiTownDiner did the ordering for our group and did his usual stellar job.  He came back with a fine chocolate shake, truly excellent creamy-on-the-inside fries

and a couple of hot dogs. 

The back hot dog is the Cincinnatian, loaded with Cincy style chili, grated cheese and onions.  For better or worse, it tasted just like the cheese coneys you get in Cincy chili parlors.  Not bad, but the New Yorker dog, with sauerkraut, onion sauce, mustard and the housemade hot relish was fantastic!  No one item stood out, but along with the quality wiener, with a nice snap when you bit into it, they made a perfect combination.  Even better than the fries or the hot dogs was the excellent burger. 

I believe this is the burger deluxe, which comes with lettuce, tomato and grilled onions.  After this meal, Super Duper Weenie is definitely back in good graces!  
 
While we waited for our food, we had a great view of the grill loaded with wieners

and workers putting together hot dogs with lighning fast skill.

 
Here is Karilyn showing off her food:

And a crowd shot:

 
Once again, the employees here did a tremendous job or turning chaos into order and got us all in and out of the restaurant in a hurry.  Kudos to them!
 
Back to the bus for the next stop.....
billyboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/02 14:15:15
Lovin' it, BB!!  Keep rollin' that beautiful Roadfood footage!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/02 14:16:11
billyboy-
Woof!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/02 15:10:07
One minor correction...we sampled the black & white shake.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/02 15:27:29
And here I wasn't sure about the burger and it turns out the shake was wrong.  Maybe I should have taken notes!  Thanks CTD!
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/02 16:29:49
Whenever we're I95ing it up to the Boston area, we always make a Super Duper Weenie stop...Love the Dixie dog and the New York style....great fries!
karilyn
Cheeseburger
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/02 17:01:23
I'm sad not to have seen any Mariton shots yet!!!  But so far so good . . . you never disappoint!!!!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/02 18:37:08
karilyn-
If there is one thing I have learned after all of these years of doing trip reports, it is to give people what they want!


Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/02 19:04:57
BB:  Great pics.  I only wish I was there but that is a long hop from KTOWN.  Mariton, you look great.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
karilyn
Cheeseburger
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/02 21:32:37
THANK YOU DOUBLE B !!!!!   Got my Mariton Fix for the day!!!
 
Can't wait to see you both again . . . sooner than later I hope!
will_work_4_bbq
Cheeseburger
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/02 21:39:01
The start of a great tour!  Yeah, that New Yorker dog looks fabulous!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/03 08:19:21
One of the participants on the bus tour was a young man named Ascher, who attended with his father Dan.  He is 13 years old and already has his own food blog named asherzeats.  We saw him take notes, lots of photos and even get an exclusive one-on-one interview with Michael Stern.  He has already posted the first part of his report here.
 
Great job Ascher!
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/03 08:28:16
Buffetbuster
 
Great start so far (what no photos of ME?) They never look like me anyway!
 
I remember that kid, I don't think I had the chance to talk to him. I just assumed his father took him on the bus tour, not the other way around, who would have guessed that he had his own food blog  !
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/03 08:45:26
WJ-
Don't worry, there are lots of photos of someone who looks nothing like you coming up!
 
I didn't find out he was a food blogger until Sunday morning in the lobby.  After that I paid much closer attention and he seemed to be frequently scribbling in his notebook.
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/03 09:53:34
I understand he's planning to submit reviews here on Roadfood. I hope so. The kid can write.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/03 10:10:52
Bruce-
Didn't hear that on the tour. Fantastic!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/03 11:13:55
The bus took us to Norwalk to visit Wave Hill Breads

Owner Margaret Sapir greeted us as we got off the bus and immediately started passing out small samples of the bread and directed us inside to some dipping oil.  Once we were all inside, Margaret took some time to tell us the history of the place and what all they make. 

Behind Margaret, you can see Jane Stern who had joined the tour at Super Duper Weenie and was driving her own car from place to place.
 
The first thing you notice is how spectacularly good all the bakery items look.  The croissants especially caught my eye.




 
ChiTownDiner ordered some food for us and first up was a lovely, flaky almond croissant. 

Since it was still morning, we also enjoyed the eggy frrench toast,

which comes with maple syrup and country ham.  The sandwich we ate was simply wonderful. 

This is smoked turkey (you could really taste the smokiness), avocado, bacon, balsalmic carmelized onion and garlic mayo on honey whole wheat.  But truthfully, anything on this fresh bread would taste great.
 
As soon as I finished eating, we headed into the back

where Margaret was giving a quick tour of the kitchen and answering questions.  Stephen Rushmore pointed out that this oven

still says Cinnabon on it.  Glad to see it is now being put to better use!  Besides their store, they also sell bread and other goodies at local farmer's markets and here is a rack of pastries

ready to head out.  A couple of the bakers also gave a demonstration on how to make croissants, which was very interesting.




 
Before we left, they brought out a couple more trays of free samples to try. 

I believe the man in the pink shirt was another owner.  I snagged a piece of a ham and brie sandwich

and this was as good as anything I ate all day.
 
A few more shots, including Chris Ayers in his bacon t-shirt.



Wave Hill Breads could not have been more gracious hosts and it was much appreciated.  This was my girlfriends favorite stop of the tour.
 
Back to the bus

for the next stop.....   
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/10/03 11:34:04
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/03 12:01:02
I loved this stop...the turkey/bacon sandwich was perfection!  While you toured the kitchen, I explored a few more of the bakery offerings inclduing a 3 nut chocolate brownie!  Very nice!  Everyone here was so nice, and that seemed to be the name of the game at most stops! 
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/03 13:57:23
buffetbuster
 
Looks like she could be warning someone...did Wanderingjew and ChiTownDiner get into trouble?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/03 14:01:46
In the sandwich photo above, you can see there is a side of salad with pink dressing on top.  Cousin Johnny quipped, "Isn't that nice?  They knew how much food we were eating today, so they put Pepto-Bismol on the salad for us!"
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/10/03 15:15:17
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/03 14:36:28
BB:  I wish I could mke croissants like those in the pic.  The almond crusted looked great also along with the smoked turkey sandwich.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/03 14:48:28
SC-
She does look like a school teacher there.  And you just know that one of those two was acting up!
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/03 15:13:15
buffetbuster

SC-
She does look like a school teacher there.  And you just know that one of those two was acting up!


Chi Town Diner is always getting be into trouble
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/04 00:51:40
Loving it so far.
crew84row
Cheeseburger
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/04 07:38:07
Wow! Such a nice report!  Great group of folks!  Maybe I'll be able to take one of these tours someday.  Looks like so much fun!  Thanks for sharing.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/04 13:54:15
I got four little words for you:  Free Pepe's Pizza Buffet!
 
When we arrived outside of the New Haven Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana, there was the usual long waiting to get in. 

As you can imagine, those people weren't exactly thrilled at seeing a bus pull up and we got quite a few looks.  Who cares, Pepe's was putting out a special spread for us.  

To be more accurate, we were actually going to be eating next door to Pepe's at The Spot
 
That's because they were big enough to hold our entire group, plus there was special history here. 
 
As explained to us by one of Frank Pepe's grandsons,

who along with other family members, is now running the business, this is the location of the original Pepe's, from 1925 to 1938. 

They got kicked out by their landlords, who wanted to use the space to run their own pizza shop, so Frank Pepe bought the building next door and set up there.  Pepe's and The Spot stayed competitors until the late 70s, when Pepe's bought The Spot.  So, that means we would be eating Pepe's Pizza baked in the original ovens used when the business started in 1925.  Very cool!
 
Speaking of the ovens, anyone interested was welcome to go into the kitchen and get photos,


which can hold as many as 30 pizzas at a time.  We also learned it takes four days for it to cool down.
 
It wasn't long until the pizzas started rolling out and we all got to eat as much as we could.  I tried to snag a slice of each one, but there was so many,





I'm not sure if I did or not.  Anyway, this pizza is justifiably famous and everyone was oohing and awwing over how great it was.  This was my first time eating the white clam pizza and it was just as amazing as I had heard.  To drink, Mariton and I shared an excellent Foxon Park white birch beer. 
 
A few more photos from our visit:





 
They just kept on bringing pizzas out until everyone was stuffed.  As for the leftover pizzas, I saw quite a few people on the tour walking out with boxes of leftover pizza.  As we walked back to the bus, we once again had to walk past the long line waiting outside. 

This was a truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience that could have only happened by being on the bus tour.        
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/10/05 11:44:49
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/04 14:03:50
So many pizzas...so little time!
 
Trivia - The two combined locations burn 3000 lbs of coal per week.  The paddle handles to get pizzas in and out of the oven are over 10 feet long requiring lots of over th shoulder glances so you don't get bopped in the head!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/04 14:06:15
CTD-
They gave out so many interesting facts about the ovens and answered so many questions, it was impossible to remember them all.  That for adding a few more. 
 
As for the pizza itself, I didn't try a slice of it, but your favorite was the one with heirloom tomatoes, right?  I would be very curious to know what everyone's favorite was. 
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/04 14:21:39
The heirloom tomato pie was an audible as Frank's grandson had received a basket of heirloom tomatoes that day.  It was one of my three favorite individual foods of the entire trip!
 
Oven temp - 650 degrees!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/04 14:24:17
That's great stuff!  Thanks for the info!
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/04 19:45:29
Fantastic!
 
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/05 00:16:46
Damn that pizza looks good.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/05 11:01:25
The Spot was our go-to place for years. No tables or chairs matched anything, and there'd be matchbooks and pieces of wood under table and chair legs to keep them from wobbling.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/05 11:19:11
Michael-
Sounds like my kind of place!  How did the pizza at The Spot (before it was sold) compare to Pepe's?
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/05 11:37:28
Frankly, I liked it better. But then, my pie was always a plain with tomatoes, oregano, olive oil and grated Romano. Of course, that's what I always got at Pepe's and Sally's, too.
 
The big problem at The Spot was trying to keep the soda bottles from tipping over when leaning on the wrong place on the table.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/05 13:26:35
After the amazing meal at Pepe's, I remember thinking, I feel sorry for whomever has to follow after that!  That unlucky place was Blackie's,

famous for hot dogs covered with their own hot relish.  We had little appetite left at this point, so ChiTownDiner, cousin Johnny and I decided to order two hot dogs and split them in thirds.  For variety, I ordered one regular and one well done dog.  Sorry about the poor photos, but the one bun would not cooperate.  As you can see,

the hot dogs come out of the kitchen naked and it is up to you to cover them with the mustard and relish.  In my post-pizza glow, I forgot to add mustard, so here are my thirds

with the spicy relish only.
 
Two years ago, when I visited Blackie's and Super Duper Weenie in one weekend, I remeber really liking Blackie's, but being disappointed in SDW.  This time, it was reversed.  Part of the problem was that they obviously messed up the order, because neither of the dogs was the well done dog I had asked for.  And I know the dog would have tasted better with the mustard on it.  But, the biggest problem was that after eating all that great pizza, no hot dog on earth was going to cut it.  That's not Blackie's fault, it was just bad luck on thier part.  I bet the next time I am in Connecticut, I have a much better experience here.
 
The people were very friendly and took care of us quickly.  The manager asked me if he should open up the garage doors (it was closed on a brisk Autumn day) and said it would be better for pictures.  I said sure!  Some more photos from Blackie's:





 
Finally, to finish the day, it was a stop at Big Dipper Ice Cream.  


How about this deal?  Every single order was only charged a dollar!  I personally had a scoop of banana fudge and a scoop of black raspberry, topped with hot fudge

and it cost me a dollar.  How nice is that?
 
While we were all sitting down, slurping away at our cones and cups, the mother/son owners

told us about the history of the business and how they make thier ice cream.  One of the best things about being on a big tour like this was that everyone was sharing.  I know I got to try several other's ice cream, including their best known flavor, toasted almond.  Everyone I spoke to loved their ice cream.  This was a perfect way to end the tour.
 
A few more photos from Big Dipper:



 
It was back to the hotel, where different groups made plans to go out for further meals on their own.           
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/10/05 13:35:06
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/05 15:16:08
I loved the toasted almond with hot fudge and was surprised when we were told it was their number one seller even out selling vanilla!  I enjoyed the hot fudge sauce also!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/08 13:49:26
All set for Day 2!  We all congregated in the lobby once again and Michael Stern once again brought multiple boxes of fresh donuts. 

I was planning on skipping the donuts one more, but once I saw they were from Dottie's Diner, there was no resisting.  Cousin Johnny and I split a cinnamon, which was so good, it got me wishing the donuts at home were like this.  Everyone enjoy having donuts with their coffee and chatting with other Roadfooders






until it was time to board the bus.
 
The first destination on this day was Doogie's,

which was kind enough to open early for us.  Here is Michael Stern chatting with Doogie's owner, Rock Aronheim.

Doogie's has a large menu of hotdogs, burgers and sides,

but it is hard to come here and not order the famous two foot hot dog.  Which, of course, gave plenty of opportunities for fun photos. 






Our two footer was the Boston Dog, with bbq baked beans and bacon. 

This isn't just a novelty, this was a really good hot dog.  The four of us split it and I could have easily eaten much more of it.  On the side, we got fine onion rings


and some especially good, thick cut, sweet potato fries.
 
A few more photos from Doogie's:





 
It was back to the bus for our next stop.....
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/10/08 14:01:48
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/08 14:18:04
The onion rings were a standout!  Really good!  The hot dog was good too...at least what i got of it!  This baby disappeared fast, really fast!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 08:35:35
With 50 folks on tour...I thought we'd see alot more photos and comments.  Anybody got good stuff?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 08:42:38
I was a little surprised that Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale


was going to be our seafood stop for the day, since I had eaten at the one in Westbrook before and it was a sit down restaurant, which can take a long time.  But, we were going to the one in Madison and it was a order at the counter and you tote it to your table kind of place.  In other words, perfect for the tour!
 
They have a huge menu

of seafood offerings, but we wanted to concentrate on items that we can't get back home.  We started with a hot lobster roll

and added a combination platter

of fried clams, scallops and shrimp, plus onion rings and cole slaw.  The lobster in the lobster roll was a little rubbery and honestly didn't taste very fresh.  That's okay, because all the fried seafood was terrific!  I especially liked the fried clams (whole bellies, of course) and was extremely pleased

to find one whopper of a clam! 
 
A few more photos from Lenny & Joe's:





 
We had one more stop to make to complete the tour.....
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/10/11 08:44:36
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 08:49:58
I need to apologize for how awful my photos are.  I am in the middle of breaking in a new camera, because I broke a camera the weekend before.  In trying to find something satisfactory, I ended up buying and returning two cameras on the days before the tour.  In other words, there was no time to learn how to use it and practice ahead of time.  And it shows!  No excuses though, the photos should have been much better.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 11:56:41
buffetbuster - NO apologies needed...you're the mainstay of this and so many threads!  You're working it...and we appreciate it! 
I witnessed first hand the time you put into these photos...and I appreciate it very much!
Lenny & Joe's did 2 things for me...it re-enforced my opinion that a cold lobster roll is better than a hot lobster roll...on this trip, it was 3-0, a shutout for the cold served team!
Also, the fried seafood, as you pointed out, was really good...i loved the scallops and whole belly clams! 
Also, this was a fun stop as there was plenty of room to mill around, talk, sample or for some, steal a sample!!!
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 12:22:21
ChiTownDiner

buffetbuster - NO apologies needed...you're the mainstay of this and so many threads!  You're working it...and we appreciate it! 
I witnessed first hand the time you put into these photos...and I appreciate it very much!
Lenny & Joe's did 2 things for me...it re-enforced my opinion that a cold lobster roll is better than a hot lobster roll...on this trip, it was 3-0, a shutout for the cold served team!
Also, the fried seafood, as you pointed out, was really good...i loved the scallops and whole belly clams! 
Also, this was a fun stop as there was plenty of room to mill around, talk, sample or for some, steal a sample!!!

 
Hey, my ears were itching
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 13:02:18
ChiTownDiner
...it re-enforced my opinion that a cold lobster roll is better than a hot lobster roll...
I have limited experience with Connecticut's hot lobster roll, but I would agree with you.  Michael Hoffman, for one, would disagree with us. 

Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 13:14:17
A bun filled with lobster salad is better than a fine Connecticut lobster roll?
BLASHPHEMY!

And just plain wrong.
billyboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 13:32:50
Michael Hoffman

A bun filled with lobster salad is better than a fine Connecticut lobster roll?
BLASHPHEMY!
 
And just plain wrong.

 
When said hot lobster is rubbery?  Yes, a cold lobster salad roll IS better!!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 13:34:27
As this was my only experience with both the hot and cold lobster roll, each of our hot lobster rolls were rubbery but cold ones were tender and sweet.  Michael - did we miss something or a specail place?
post edited by ChiTownDiner - 2012/10/11 13:38:42
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 13:44:10
Boy, I don't know. I've never had one that was rubbery, whether at a shack, a restaurant, or the ones I make at home. And that goes back to Perry's in Milford where the Connecticut lobster roll was born.
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 14:04:40
My Lenny & Joe's hot lobster roll was superb, but I think it might depend on the mix of meat that ends up in your particular roll. Mine had lots of tender claw and knuckle meat but there were also pieces of tail, and those often can be, and were, fairly chewy.
billyboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 14:08:29
Can a customer request which meat goes into a hot lobster roll (claw vs. tail) or is is pretty much luck of the draw?
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 14:10:48
Good question. I don't know, but it can't hurt to try.
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 15:14:28
Michael Hoffman

A bun filled with lobster salad is better than a fine Connecticut lobster roll?
BLASHPHEMY!
 
And just plain wrong.

 
Like they say at Frankie's in Waterbury, "lobster and butter, just the way God intended".
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 15:24:04
billyboy
Can a customer request which meat goes into a hot lobster roll (claw vs. tail) or is is pretty much luck of the draw?

 
BillyBoy, The best I have had are from a live whole lobster, dispatched when you order.  If the lobster is overcooked, forgetaboutit, it becomes tough.
 
I didn't mind a 15 minute wait for this bad boy.
 

billyboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 15:28:59
Lookin' good Mr. Rogo!  From where is that roll?  I grew up eating cold lobster salad rolls (still have yet to try a hot one!) at my aunt's place in Maine, just a short drive from Red's Eats in Wiscasset.  And she would bring them back to Central NY when visiting family and she would do a lobster bake for us with cold lobster salad roll for breakfast the next day!!
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 15:31:58
joerogo

Michael Hoffman

A bun filled with lobster salad is better than a fine Connecticut lobster roll?
BLASHPHEMY!
 
And just plain wrong.


Like they say at Frankie's in Waterbury, "lobster and butter, just the way God intended".

I've never been to Frankie's, but folks in Waterbury are known for their intelligence. I know that for a fact because I had lots of listeners when I worked at WBRY and WWCO.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 2012/10/11 17:59:07
This may come as a surprise, and a shocker, but believe it or not, I agree with Bruce, my lobster roll was  fine however the last one I had to compare it to was a  sampling of a horrendous lobster roll I had in Manchester NH with Travelin Man and the Chris half of Ayersian earlier this year,  That being said I'll take Lobster out of the shell over a lobster roll any day of the week. I do recall having a rubbery lobster roll at Five Island Lobster in Maine a few years back, so I know not all hot lobster rolls are good however their whole lobsters were some of the best I've ever had.
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