After having 20 Feet Seafood Joint’s lobster roll yesterday, it seems lame to have gone on and on and on and on about the lobster roll at Rex’s Seafood Market, which is only available on Fridays. There’s really no question. The lobster roll giant in town is TJ’s Seafood Market, with 20 Feet Seafood Joint pleasantly placed in 2nd. After having the world’s best lobster roll last year at Neptune Oyster Bar in Boston, it is now obvious these guys are the real lobster roll deal.
Prepare to walk up to the counter and order. As with almost all counter ordering, there is a spot to tip pre-dining experience. While this doesn’t hurt most people’s feelings, I choose to tip for service after actually having service. It’s the right thing to do. This building is not gigantic, so people need to calm down. There’s a large sign telling all BYOB customers to follow the rules. If you sit around blabbing with your friends for a long time after eating, well, this means other people will have nowhere to sit. The good news is Goodfriend Beer Garden is located next door, so everyone’s a winner.
When writing about an experience, it’s much more pleasant to take the positive-negative-positive approach. This helps defensive people relax. This part is going to be quick and hopefully painless to all internet people. If you love 20 Feet Seafood Joint so much it hurts, feel free to escape this page immediately. To fully understand how strongly I oppose the use of saliva to moisten fingertips for bag opening and paper pick up, please read this James Beard Award worthy article first–> Bag Lickers. Thanks. Now that we are on the same page, it’s time to begin.
Zero conversation while dining alone leaves total time to check out the kitchen in full swing. There’s something about an expo guy licking his fingers so they will stick to printer paper that is upsetting. This upsetting is not a high level of being upset, it is more like safety and sanitation confusion mixed with being grossed out. This is what I watched the expo guy repeatedly do yesterday. Hey, let me grab that ticket for you. I’ll even stab it in the window and call out the order. It’s not necessary to perform a finger-moisten to successfully grab a ticket from the printer. This is a fact.
These same fingers picked up the basket holding my lobster roll. This means there is saliva extremely close to my food. The expo guy licked and stabbed a ticket while I was standing at the counter waiting for a to-go box. This same guy handed me a to-go box, which means I left 20 Feet Seafood Joint with the expo guy’s DNA. If I got murdered last night and the police found me in an alley, holding my to-go box tightly, the expo guy would be the number one suspect. Being a finger licker just isn’t worth it. This is like a service announcement to plastic bag/paper lickers everywhere.
Let’s get back to being positive. Poor people, please rejoice. Even though this lobster roll costs $18, it is definitely big enough to share. I asked the guy at the counter if this beautiful gift would arrive hot with butter or cold with mayo. He quickly answered– cold without mayo. I decided to ask for a side of butter and mayo for selfish reasons I can’t explain. Please believe this lobster roll is AMAZING. Minus having a licker on expo, 20 Feet Seafood is not a place to miss.
FIVE: High 5!
FOUR: Please & Thank You
TWO: Double Wow
ONE: Wow + Ouch = Wouch
20 Feet Seafood Joint
1146 Peavy Road
Dallas, TX 75218