Rex's Friday Lobster Rolls: They're Good, and They're Way Cheaper Than a Plane Ticket

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Look at those lovely lobster lumps.
Rex's Seafood Market was running wide-open, full-throttle on a recent Friday afternoon. Lent and the army of Catholics who adhere to its dietary restrictions might have had something to do with the surge, but I think it was the lobster roll that inspired the droves.

Rex's puts the New England delicacy on the menu every Friday, and while the seafood is the processed, frozen type (bright red meat from the arms of the beast), the kitchen isn't stingy in its bun-stuffing. Dressed with so little mayo I could barely find it, the meat is studded with a little finely chopped red onion and a little parsley -- that's it.

There was a line at the door and a brief wait at 12:30 p.m., and the tables were packed in tight. Note: If you're here to shop for seafood to take home, it can be a little hard to peruse when the store is this jammed. I wanted to check out some salmon, but it was impossible to do without sticking my ass into someone's lunch.

Crushing crowds and the inevitable service snafus that accompany them aside, Rex's put on a good lunch. A large blackboard barked out the menu in colorful chalk. There were some specials, too: oysters from up north, most running $25 or so a dozen. Expensive for casual seafood, but they're really nice shells.

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Oysters: Eaten so fast they couldn't be photographed. I am NOT responsible for that cocktail sauce in the shell at 12:00.
A grouper BLT was less of a stunner. The fish was fresh and the bacon was fine but the sandwich never really came together. It needed a lemony or herbal mayo or perhaps a spicy remoulade. No matter. You came for the lobster roll before you stayed for the oysters, anyway. The sandwich set you back $18 but you don't care. You're 1800 miles from Boston and plane tickets are steep. You might even order two next time.

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Rex's Seafood Market

5200 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: General


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17 comments
Lmfp
Lmfp

" Eaten so fast they couldn't be photographed."  awesome.  I'm looking forward to trying the lobster roll at Driftwood tonight.

ts
ts

Pretty big fan of Rex's since I started going about six months ago.  I've come really close to ordering that lobster roll but never pulled the trigger for some reason.  I will definitely try it the next time I'm there.  Also, I agree concerning their oysters:  pricey but very good.

primi timpano
primi timpano

I can vouch for the northern oysters.  Some of the best I have eaten in Dallas.  25 a dozen may be high but recently I have had specialty oysters in Austin and San Antonio ranging from 3.50-4.50 each.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I may have to swing by this place this friday, im off and craving lobsta rolls!! Hopefully I can get it to go :)

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

So seriously, what is the deal with not giving the address of somewhere you review?

Mervis
Mervis

What is in that ramekin behind the lobster roll?

twinwillow
twinwillow

If you're closer to Plano, try the great lobster roll at Sea Breeze.$4.01 less at $13.99. And, the lobster they use is fresh. Not previously frozen! http://www.seabreezefish.com

I live much closer to Rex Seafood but I don't think their fish can compare with TJ's Seafood at Preston Forest.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

 $4.50!  I've never paid higher than three. And to think, oysters used to be the poor man's food.

Nick R.
Nick R.

Hey Titus--there actually should be a google maps at the bottom. Having a minor technical error, stay tuned. 

twinwillow
twinwillow

5200 W. Lovers Lane. One block West of Inwood on the South side of Lovers.

Mervis
Mervis

Click the red link right at the beginning of the article. Blogging 101.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

 Perfectly normal cheese grits. I wanted the slaw, but my dining companion called it first.

twinwillow
twinwillow

Looks like some kind of melted butter thing.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

 Sea Breeze's roll was covered here http://www.dallasobserver.com/...

Their meat is more finely shredded. Not massive lumps. They actually fly in the bread as well. (Rex's is baked at Empire.) Eating the two back to back, I think they're both pretty great rolls. Rex's charges you more, and you get more meat. If you live close to downtown it's the better option. $4.01 is what you'd spend in gas to get to Sea Breeze.

Though if I lived in Plano, I'd likely not trek down to Lovers Lane either.

twinwillow
twinwillow

$5.99 a dozen for great Louisiana oysters at Pappadeaux's all day Thursdays.

twinwillow
twinwillow

That's why I said, "If you're closer to Plano". 

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