I have been noticing that the shrimp have been disappearing from the local grocery stores and restaurants since the Gulf oil disaster began. Even when you can find shrimp, they're pretty expensive for what you get. Nonetheless, I really wanted to try the shrimp salad sandwich at Mary Mervis in Lexington Market the other day, so I went for it even though there were signs saying that the prices have been raised.
The line was really long and hard to maneuver. I think I ended up waiting about half an hour to order because that counter was so busy. But it was well worth the wait. I got shrimp salad on a kaiser roll and it was the best shrimp salad that I have ever had. The shrimp were big and plump. There was a perfect amount of Old Bay and other seasonings. And the mayonaisse wasn't overwhelming. Plus the roll was really perfect for the sandwich. I ate the whole thing in silence because it was so delicious. I highly recommend giving them a try, but don't go when you're in a hurry!