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Fast-Food Lobster Rolls: Can They Be Any Good?

National and local chains roll out their versions of the lobster roll. It's a bold choice; lobster meat needs to be served reasonably soon after it's been cooked, and it is subject to some cost fluctuations over the course of the season. So which big chains are serving up mass-market lobster rolls? Are they anywhere close to those served at our favorite roadside Maine seafood shacks? Turns out, one is. More

10 Breakfast Sandwiches We Love in Portland, Maine

You know those bleary mornings after drinking a little too much (OK, a lot too much) when your eyes refuse to focus the next morning? And your skull feels twice as big? Yeah, those are breakfast sandwich mornings. But they don't always have to be about medical necessity. We love them on just about any morning. Here are 10 places to find our favorite versions of the classic breakfast sandwich in Portland, Maine: on bagels, english muffins, plain white toast, and more. More

A Chat With Our New Editors Jamie and Niki

No one hates mayonnaise. Do they?

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

An In n Out burger eaten in a rented Chevy Camaro.

Cook the Book: 'The Chinese Takeout Cookbook'

Steamed pork dumplings.

Scallion Pancakes from 'The Chinese Takeout Cookbook'

I could go for some steamed pork dumplings.

Bake the Book: Mad Hungry Cravings

Liverwurst sandwiches.

Valentine's Day Giveaway: Win This Prime Rib

Something simple, cooked at home, without television or kiddos.

The Best Fast Food of 2012

"Which is to say, some oatmeal."

Bril.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Camp Bacon Gift Box

On a bacon, egg, and cheese.

Does the McRib Still Matter?

I still get suckered into getting excited about McRib, every time it rolls back around. Then again, I have some peculiar emotional attachments to pressed rib-shaped meat patties.

The Ultimate Patty Melt

We Try Guy's American Kitchen and Bar, Guy Fieri's New Times Square Restaurant

I like DDD's concept, in spite of Fieri. I just always wish it was hosted by someone that didn't make my skin crawl. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives - Guy Fieri + Adam Richman would be some compelling television.

All in all, though, not bad for a muffler salesman.

The Food Lab: The Best Barbecue Chicken

@onepercent99 My guess is that you can remove it and put a wok in its place. Maybe.

Fast-Food Lobster Rolls: Can They Be Any Good?

@Fleu Delabeurre: We're not sure what's going on with that. An email to McDonald's corporate was no help; I received a stock reply about the limited regional availability of some items, with no clues about where to buy a McLobster.

Fast-Food Lobster Rolls: Can They Be Any Good?

@Bridget79, I didn't mean to imply that a lobster roll lost points for using a New England style, split top bun. They're actually my preference. At Linda Bean's, however, they seem to get the griddled butter treatment long before they are actually served, resulting in a bun that is cold, stale, and feels like leftovers. That's my issue with the roll there, not the split top.

Los Angeles: Tacos Al Pastor Delivers on Its Name

I would move to Los Angeles, just to get to eat here.

Video: Behind the Scenes at a McDonald's Burger Shoot

Very interesting. I had assumed that McDonald's had moved to using pure digital renderings of their product, instead of actual photographs.

My 5 Favorite Episodes of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations

I was a big fan of the Maine episode, and the US/Mexico Border episode.

10 Lobster Rolls We Love in and Around Portland, Maine

@BenRias, thanks for the feedback. We clearly have had different experiences at J's; I received neither a disappointing portion of lobster, nor a wilted piece of lettuce, nor a packet of "warm" mayonnaise. The meat wasn't "dry," and was, in fact, quite fresh and sweet. What's more, at around $13, the lobster roll at J's came in at a full five dollars less expensive than the sandwiches served just a few steps down the road, making it quite a bargain for anyone visiting Portland's waterfront.

Fast-Food Fried Fish Sandwiches: Popeyes vs. Burger King vs. McDonald's vs. Wendy's

This is crazy. I published the same post two days earlier (and with wildly different results).

http://www.fromaway.com/observations/a-comparison-of-fast-food-fried-fish-sandwiches

Great minds, and all that.

Is Public Drinking Good For the Neighborhood?

I wonder how the "no drinking in sight of the public" theory applies to drinking on the Metro North trains? Man, there are many nights I don't believe I would have survived the trip back to New Haven without an oil can of Foster's to keep me company. Or has that been done away with, too?

The Nasty Bits: Chicharrón Burrito

This looks like heaven.

Fast Food: Dunkin' Donuts Smokehouse Sausage Sandwich

This mirrors my experience, as well (http://bit.ly/tnxg5x)...and I also wondered why DD seemed so proud of proclaiming the Hillshire Farms origins of the sausage, as it is not something that will bring me through the door, on its own.

Chocoholic: How to Make Chocolate Cherry Cordials

I have the same dad-related memories of these chocolates, and I appreciate your efforts to make a home-version. One question: I always assumed that the ones with white filling had started their lives as the clear-filled variety, and had only turned white through age or exposure to air. True, or completely made-up fact?

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Erin's Boerum/Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens

Thanks for proving this fantastic writeup of a neighborhood I still love, but can probably no longer afford. Though I live in Maine now, I used to live a few doors down from Sam's, circa 2003/2004, above the laundromat on Court Street, and it is just as you say. Sahadi's on a Saturday, however, is my idea of fresh hell. Great post!

Al Pastor Battle in Los Angeles: Tacos Leo vs. Tacos Tamix

I thought the reason you never found a proper trompo in the US was because of health codes, which (needlessly?) frown on big slabs of meat that are cooked from the outside-in, and where the whole slab of meat is not kept at a constant 155 degrees. Is this the reason for the splash on the plancha, at most places? Does a trompo exist that would allow carving straight into a tortilla, the way it is done in Mexico?

Fast-Food Lobster Rolls: Can They Be Any Good?

National and local chains roll out their versions of the lobster roll. It's a bold choice; lobster meat needs to be served reasonably soon after it's been cooked, and it is subject to some cost fluctuations over the course of the season. So which big chains are serving up mass-market lobster rolls? Are they anywhere close to those served at our favorite roadside Maine seafood shacks? Turns out, one is. More