As you read in last week’s post from Primanti Bros., I had a full lunch before I even tackled that monster pastrami sandwich. Maybe at first you thought: “Oh, the sandwich man probably had some salad, something light you know, before tackling a ten pound pastrami sandwich.”
You would be horribly wrong.
Enter Roland’s Seafood Grill.
The Ocean At Your Disposal
Seafood is in their starters, in their salads and in their sandwiches and platters. The name is not misleading in a bit. I’m sure there might even have been an oyster stout on their beer menu too.
Yes, Oyster Stout is a real thing.
Like real for real.
Also real for real is their beer menu. It’s massive, and filled with incredible craft beer, like Victory’s Golden Monkey, and my favorite porter of all time: Great Lakes Brewing Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.
Both of which I had.
Looking down the menu of a seafood place, only a few sandwiches usually catch my eye. A crab cake sandwich is one of them, and the other is a more recent favorite: The Lobster Roll.
Sauteed in garlic butter and served on a thick roll from local baker Mancini’s, this sandwich was listed in their spotlight section on the menu for their top selling dishes.
The bread itself was grilled, buttery and thickly cut. On its own it would be a great thing to snack on waiting for a meal, but paired with the succulent lobster it was a great complement to the showcase of the sandwich.
The lobster chunks were delicious. Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness with a mellow seafood flavor riding in the background. This was delicious lobster, and would have been enjoyable with any pairing or by itself.
Even though I enjoyed the flavor of the bread and lobster together, sometimes the bread was the headliner of this meal because of it being so thick. Maybe a slightly thinner slice of bread would do this sandwich more justice. The lobster is so good, you can’t take the focus away from it.
The King of the Ocean
Overall, this was another great experience with Lobster rolls, and will definitely lead me towards finding more in the future. And hey, if you’re in Pittsburgh looking for a great first lunch before your second lunch at Primanti Bros., look at making this your stop.
Beer and sandwiches at this place really can’t do you wrong.
So there goes Pittsburgh. Steel City. It was a great visit, and one I’m looking to revisit in the future to discover more of its famed food.
Until next week, Readers!
P.S. – That butter dispenser photo is from a popcorn shop, but would totally be acceptable on a plate of lobster.
**** 1/2 Stars
Roland’s Seafood Grill & Iron Landing
1904 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222