St James Gate

Wow. Paid 24 bucks for a minuscule lobster roll tonight. I’ve had them before here and they were great. I complained and waitress took back. And said cook weighed it and it indeed was the same 3oz portion they serve. However, was on a tiny roll that apparently they were using up because they’re closing for a week. Ridiculous rationale. Lost a customer on that one.


I've never understood the appeal of St. James Gate for food.


$24 for a 3 oz lobster roll is absurd.  I buy 8-12 oz lobster rolls for that price in Cape Cod.


yahooyahoo said:

I've never understood the appeal of St. James Gate for food.

 They are just fine for burgers etc.  I would never order a lobster roll there.


Used to go there regularly (for burgers & mussels in broth), but have not been back since the event where Jimmy fought with a customer.   If you want a lobster roll, go to Freeman's.


Rob_Sandow said:

$24 for a 3 oz lobster roll is absurd.  I buy 8-12 oz lobster rolls for that price in Cape Cod.

 That ain't nuthin'.  Go to a New England McDonalds where they sell lobster rolls for $6.00 (last time I got one). Don't know what the price is now.


Go to Maine for any reason...............but the lobster in any form are a true delight


I got a Rock Lobster on YouTube for Free.


tomcat said:

Used to go there regularly (for burgers & mussels in broth), but have not been back since the event where Jimmy fought with a customer.   If you want a lobster roll, go to Freeman's.

Interesting. I swore I'd never go in  in  there again after a particularity heinous and disgusting Jimmy performance. That must have been 6 or 7 years ago. Maybe longer. (And I haven't.) 


It's the only place in town where one can hear others talk, and doesn't have hard surfaces.


I never went back after the Incident either. Didn't appear to hurt their business much, though. 

The_Soulful_Mr_T said:

Interesting. I swore I'd never go in  in  there again after a particularity heinous and disgusting Jimmy performance. That must have been 6 or 7 years ago. Maybe longer. (And I haven't.) 

 


recent lunch plus two pops and healthy tip was around 30 bucks.  approaching one third of a certain other place.  lesser quality and atmosphere? yes.  lesser service? negative.  plus better tv coverage.


I think our area has a great variety of really good food, but in my experience there are just certain things that, if you search for them here, you're just going to be disappointed: Philly cheesesteak, cajun food exactly like what you had when you were down South, huge slab perfectly aged and grilled steak, taco exactly like the one from that East L.A. food truck, Pakistani food. I'd put lobster rolls on the list too.


apple44 said:

I think our area has a great variety of really good food, but in my experience there are just certain things that, if you search for them here, you're just going to be disappointed: Philly cheesesteak, cajun food exactly like what you had last time you were down South, huge slab of steak perfectly aged and grilled, Pakistani food. I'd put lobster rolls on the list too.

 Decent fruit danish pastries, sourdough bread....


Have you tried the sourdough breads at Liv Breads in Millburn ?

Klinker said:

 Decent fruit danish pastries, sourdough bread....

 


tpb said:

Have you tried the sourdough breads at Liv Breads in Millburn ?

Klinker said:

 Decent fruit danish pastries, sourdough bread....

 

 Not yet... but I found their (expensive) chocolate babka and peach danish far too addictive.


tpb said:

Have you tried the sourdough breads at Liv Breads in Millburn ?

Klinker said:

 Decent fruit danish pastries, sourdough bread....

 

 No.  I have been making a weekly pilgrimage to Montclair Bread Co.  I will give Liv Breads a try.  MBC is great but it is a long haul and sometimes, by the time I get over there, they are out.


I keep meaning to get to the Breadstand on Boyden, but it's better for my waistline that I haven't.  


sprout said:

tpb said:

Have you tried the sourdough breads at Liv Breads in Millburn ?

Klinker said:

 Decent fruit danish pastries, sourdough bread....

 

 Not yet... but I found their (expensive) chocolate babka and peach danish far too addictive.

 Once you make the Smitten Kichen babka, you will never have to order it again.  (And it freezes decently as well)

I don’t eat gluten, but this thing is worth all the agony that comes with it.


Elle_Cee said:

I keep meaning to get to the Breadstand on Boyden, but it's better for my waistline that I haven't.  

 To be fair, their pastries are very good.  Good coffee too. Honestly, just good all the way around.


Klinker said:

 Decent fruit danish pastries, sourdough bread....

 The Bread Stand.


Robert_Casotto said:

recent lunch plus two pops and healthy tip was around 30 bucks.  approaching one third of a certain other place.  lesser quality and atmosphere? yes.  lesser service? negative.  plus better tv coverage.

The service at SJG is "lesser" in my humble opinion.


yahooyahoo said:

The service at SJG is "lesser" in my humble opinion.

I wouldn't say lesser, just not pretentious. SJG is not my "favorite" place, but I wish more establishment were closer to their price/value point. And that they'd freshen the menu a bit.


jimmurphy said:

I wouldn't say lesser, just not pretentious. SJG is not my "favorite" place, but I wish more establishment were closer to their price/value point. And that they'd freshen the menu a bit.

 I think the less pretentious atmosphere is what we like about the place. I agree about freshening up the menu. Some of the basics are pretty damn good, but like most restaurants, I have had some failures on the quality occasionally. Liked over cooked french fries.  Running a restaurant is a tough business...


gerryl said:

jimmurphy said:

I wouldn't say lesser, just not pretentious. SJG is not my "favorite" place, but I wish more establishment were closer to their price/value point. And that they'd freshen the menu a bit.

 I think the less pretentious atmosphere is what we like about the place. I agree about freshening up the menu. Some of the basics are pretty damn good, but like most restaurants, I have had some failures on the quality occasionally. Liked over cooked french fries.  Running a restaurant is a tough business...

 It would be nice if they cleaned the place once in a while.


Is Steve Hayek still running the kitchen?

-s.


yahooyahoo said:

 It would be nice if they cleaned the place once in a while.

 It never seemed unclean to me. But then, we mostly seem to find a crowd when we are there, and it might be harder to notice. 


No, Steve has moved on


Guess I need to watch more cooking shows...

-s.



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