Why is Red's signature menu item often called a lobster "roll"? Why the quote marks? Not because of the shape of the roll itself — the squared-off, split-top bun, buttered and toasted, is the Maine standard — but perhaps because, from above, you can't see the roll for all the meat.
Each serving (market price, about $17) accounts for more than one whole lobster, including the chewier tail meat as well as the sweeter claws and knuckles. Take a bite end-on, and odds are good that some of the meat will plop down into your butter with a messy splash. Inevitably you'll use your fingers to dunk loose bits of lobster; better sooner than later.
This outpost for "Hungarian lunches and dinners" was quite empty early in the afternoon, and the dim interior didn't beckon me to sit down all by my lonesome. To go, I tried a poppyseed roll ($1.25) sweetened with golden raisins, and probably honey. OK.
Lala's 836 Elm St., Manchester, New Hampshire 603-647-7100
Small old-school diner with a belly-filling family touch. I followed my meat loaf hash browns with scrambled eggs and rye toast (special; $7.50) with this tall fat slice of pumpkin cream pie ($2.75), then took a long, slow walk.
The Red Arrow 61 Lowell St., Manchester, New Hampshire 603-626-1118