Been Caught Stealing: Route 6’s Lobster Picks

On Wednesday night, I made it into Route 6, Stephen Starr’s new seafood eatery on North Broad Street. As one of the Bookbinders dined nearby and Mr. Starr sat next to me, telling me some of his plans for the future (and that Robert DeNiro had recently been in), all I could think about was getting out with a couple of these stainless steel lobster picks. And so, after my meal–which was highlighted by the killer raw bar–I slipped two of the six-and-a-half inch utensils into my jacket pocket.

To be clear, I’m not exactly sure it was stealing, since I told my waiter in advance that I was planning on stealing them. “Yeah, it’s okay,” he laughed. “Everybody’s been taking them.” Yesterday, I called the restaurant to get some more information on the forks and the general manager told me, “We bought so many of them, because we knew that quite a few would walk out the door.”

I don’t know what I’m going to do with mine, since I don’t eat much lobster–or any other crustacean for that matter–at home. Perhaps I’ll repurpose them as bloody Mary spoons, using the two prongs to skewer hard-to-reach submerged garnishes. Maybe one will wind up as a stake next to a potted cactus. All I know is that I’d better take them home from the office soon, since one of my colleagues has already been eying them enviously, and she notes that she’s stolen steak knives “from pretty much every good restaurant in the city.”

If you’d like to go the honest route, you can purchase a pack of 24 for $24.41 plus $12 for UPS Ground shipping via KaTom Restaurant Supply. Act now before Marcie and Val at Open House snatch all of them up from the distributor and sell them for $6 each.

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  • Tex

    Lobster pick = neither a Foo nor a Booz.

  • Steve

    Once again, Victor proves he’s a complete d*uche bag. First he brags about stealing money from his friends now he brags about stealing utensils from a restaurant. Way to make Foobooz look credible. A-hole.

  • Tartan69

    Stealing silverware from a new restaurant and then blogging about it to brag. What a real class act.

  • Frankenstein

    I like how Philly mag took over Foobooz thinking that it would lend the site credibility. Instead, we get this useless piece, which indirectly promoted stealing from local restaurants. Nice.

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  • Jimmyb

    There was a nice review of barspoons in last month’s issue of Imbibe. See for a video from one of the bartenders, where he gives a few tips for picking a good bar spoon. A one page article on the February edition, with cool pics of their favorite spoons, was intersting. Many of the spoons they like are Japanese….

  • Frankenstein

    I was being charitable. It’s obviously quite direct.

    That said, I have no idea what to do with the 15-foot-tall golden Buddha I’ve recently “acquired”.

  • Willie

    Wow, was not coming back here after Eater Philly launched but habit brought me back. Thanks Vic, your douchebaggery sealed the deal. Buh bye.

  • Thom

    Alas, another reason to despise Fiorello

  • Dave

    How pathetic.

  • Wagons, Ho!

    Are any higher-ups at Philly Mag wise to Fiorillo’s loose cannon antics? His @ss should be out the door for this crap. Along with the rest of the kleptos in that office that feel the need to nick silverware from a restaurant. Losers.

    Nice jab at Marcie and Val though. I am sure they appreciate it.