Instead of doing a regular write-up about the lobster roll at Hank’s Oyster Bar, I’m going to share a brief email exchange I had with my new friend Alia (follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/AliaJKhan). We met at a recent food blogger happy hour at Hank’s, and bonded over our mutual lust for the lobster rolls which kept passing by. Both of us couldn’t resist placing an order… unfortunately, the rolls didn’t quite live up to our lofty expectations.
In an email later, I expressed my opinion that the lobster roll was just ok, and asked what she thought. Here’s the rest of the exchange:
Alia: Re: the lobster roll: there was way too much filler and dressing for my taste. Also, contrary to your view, I thought the chunks were too big and unmanageable. I prefer my lobster chunks to be truly bite sized – I shouldn’t have to bite off chunks of the chunks! Way too messy, esp. when there’s that much dressing involved. The roll was reasonably good when it first arrived, but got a bit chewy as it got cold. I also question the freshness/quality of the meat. It didn’t quite have that lovely bite to it that fresh lobster tends to have. Close, but not quite. So overall, I’d say it was mediocre. Would hit the spot if I were craving one, but didn’t really wow me. I definitely need to try Luke’s! What did you think?
Me: I agree completely on the lobster roll. The meat didn’t taste especially sweet, and I think it may have been frozen and then thawed. There was definitely some kind of filler in there too. And you’re right, even the bun started to have a strange texture after a while. And the kicker — $23!! That’s outrageous. If you’re not a fan of big chunks, you won’t like Luke’s. The pieces are very large (Maine style), mostly of claw meat.
Alia: I still definitely want to give Luke’s a try despite the giant chunks, but am glad I’ve been forewarned. LOL!
Hank’s Oyster Bar
1624 Q St. NW