October 1, 2023


Two Houston vacationers had been chowing down on lobster rolls at Quincy Market once they observed one thing uncommon.

A Faneuil Corridor seafood vendor provided an apology final week after two Houston vacationers found crawfish meat combined into their lobster rolls, Eater Boston reported.

Lennie and Amber Ambrose had been visiting Boston final month once they stopped at Quincy Market and ordered a lobster roll at Boston & Maine Fish Firm, the information outlet reported.

Boston & Maine Fish Co. additionally calls its chilly lobster rolls “lobster salad rolls,” however the particulars are scant on its web site, which notes solely that the sandwich comes served on a roll with lettuce and lemon. 

Because the couple ate their meal, they observed the acquainted taste and small, shrimp-like form of crawfish meat combined in with the lobster, in line with Eater Boston. Houstonians notably take their crawfish fairly severely.

“I walked as much as the entrance of the stall and stated to the man, like, ‘Hey, are you attempting to move off crawfish as lobster?’” Lennie Ambrose instructed Eater Boston. “[The guy said] ‘No, no, no, it’s lobster.’” 

He walked away unhappy.

“There’s no manner that that’s lobster,” Ambrose stated. “I eat lots of crawfish. There’s no manner.”

Because it seems, he was proper: Boston & Maine Fish Co. issued a press release final Friday acknowledging that its lobster salad rolls are served with a mixture of lobster and crawfish, diced celery, mayo, and lemon juice.

“We apologize for any misconceptions relating to our salad being simply lobster meat,” the restaurant stated. “We advocate attempting our Sizzling Buttered Lobster Rolls made with 100% Maine Lobster meat with butter toasted on a brioche bun for pure lobster delight.”

Co-owner Andre Ornelas additionally instructed Eater Boston that crawfish is a part of the restaurant’s unique lobster salad recipe that dates again to when founder Larry Smith opened the store in Quincy Market in 1984. 

“We by no means had a difficulty earlier than,” Ornelas instructed Eater Boston. “That is the primary time that we’re having an issue.”

Learn Eater Boston’s full investigation into the crawfish debacle.