As travelers, we try to be locavores as much as possible. There's the obvious reason: You want to sample the local dishes, as there are few ways better to understand a culture than through its stomach. Another reason is more practical: It's usually cheaper to eat food endemic to a region rather than eat the imported version.
Coming from Denver, we're naturally excited to be on the East Coast right now to enjoy the seafood smorgasbord. We've already sampled lobster and Quahogs and haddock. A little road trip down Cape Cod to Provincetown offered us the chance to eat that most iconic of East Cod foods -- the lobster roll.
I'm no expert (I live in landlocked Denver, after all), so we turned to our friend and most accommodating host, Kelly. She told us a proper lobster roll is pretty simple fare: A nicely toasted bun, with a spread of butter underneath a crunchy layer of lettuce, and snuggled within big chunks of fresh lobster meat only minimally swimming in mayo. The fact that Kelly is a vegetarian didn't deter us from accepting her expertise on this most delicate matter.
We found a pretty good version of that at a little seaside stand called Mojo's (not pictured), which we enjoyed on the beach. It cost us $14.95, which seemed just about right. To see if we had indeed found the best deal in town, Mel (pictured at right), inspected the menu of just about every joint in town that advertised crustaceans, including this kitschy place. It gets points for decor but was definitely on the higher end for cost. Based on our very informal survey, it appears Mojo's is a good choice for quality, taste and expense. Score one for the tourists.
Now to find some fresh oysters ...