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“Fried Batter and some fish on the side”

Knock Kneed Lobster
Ranked #321 of 3,086 Restaurants in Phoenix
Price range: $10 - $10
Cuisines: Seafood
Neighborhood: Central City
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: Central City
Leawood, Kansas
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307 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Fried Batter and some fish on the side”
Reviewed March 4, 2012

I have passed this establishment near the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on my way to my hotel for the past 3 months. I usually pass it at night. It sits in a neighborhood where I make sure my doors are locked when I drive through. I had an occasion to drive past during the lunch hour a couple of times over the past two weeks and noted that it was jammed. So on a recent Lenten Friday, I decided to give it a try for lunch. It was jammed again.

Walking in, you almost immediately encounter a queue. This is an order-at-the-window place and they'll call your number. The menu consists of cod, shrimp, oysters, clams and chicken fingers - all fried. There is a small section of broiled fish (same fare plus trout) in a sidebar. But these guys are apparently known for deep fried fish. I was hoping for an experience similar to No Name’s on the wharf in Boston.

I ordered the seafood platter and my choice of sides were hush puppies and cole slaw, two of about 8 different choices. There is an assortment of condiments including tartar sauce, hot sause, vinegar and ketchup in a self-serve area near the pickup window.

I was lucky to find a table and waited only 7 minutes before my number was called. I was presented at the window with a pile of fried "stuff" and a plastic tub of cole slaw. Drinks were from a fountain with many choices. They also offer beer and wine.

Number 826 was called and I went up to the window to collect my order. I was handed a large plate piled high with steaming stuff. I dug in, starting with the clams. You know the old Wendy's commercial "Where's the beef?" Well this is the fish version of it. I know that there was fish in there somewhere but it was covered in so much batter, that it was hard to find. Even the shrimp appeared to have been paired and battered resulting in a skinny sliver of shrimp under the batter. The cod fillet, which I was hoping would resemble English Fish & Chips was paper thin, dry and hard. The only item that seemed to have any protein bulk was the one oyster on the plate. I guess the batter doesn't stick well to oysters. The accompaniments were better. The hush puppies, while they looked like the rest of the fried stuff, were moist and delicious inside and had whole kernels of corn in them. The cole slaw was also good if not a little over sauced and too much for one person to consume.

In the end, I ate only half of the stuff and the rest of the afternoon belched the greasy fare to remind me never again. The Knock Kneed Lobster has apparently been serving seafood for over 60 years. I can only surmise that they have lasted so long because in the desert, people don't know good seafood.

Bottom line: When in Phoenix, Do what the Phoenicians do. They don't fish!

  • Visited March 2012
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English first
Apple Valley, California
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“talking fish”
Reviewed February 12, 2012

The food is plenty, you get it serve hot and golden brown everytime. I love the fish, shrimp and chips. The service and staff are very friendly

Visited January 2012
2 Thank Andy A
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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248 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“Love the fish & chips!”
Reviewed February 2, 2012

breading is a bit bland but still great, fried zucchini is yummy! plenty of tarter sauce, hot sauce, ranch and malt vinegar also.

Visited January 2012
1 Thank Traveler J
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Phoenix, Arizona
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179 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Average Food. Good Prices. Quaint Atmosphere.”
Reviewed November 30, 2011

This restaurant is average with descent food but nothing to get too excited about. Fried! Fried! Fried! Lots of fish, shrimp and chips.
The prices are good and you can feed a lot of people for cheap.
The resturant itself is a bit run down but that adds to the appeal. Avoid the bathrooms though...they (at least the men's) smells awful!

  • Visited November 2011
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1 Thank Banshee123
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Tucson, Arizona
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Just great seafood.”
Reviewed October 27, 2011

What it lacks in atmosphere it makes up for in really fresh and well prepared seafood.

Visited January 2011
1 Thank zeegirl116
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