My Fav New England Lobster Rolls
Lobster Rolls, a New England staple and sandwich of choice. I have always been a big fan of a good lobster roll, having my very first one just last year in Portland, Maine. Spending the past six months in the Northeast, it only seemed right to search out some of the yummiest in the area, and trust me when I say - you don't have to travel very far!
So, who has New England's best Lobster Roll?! Well, that's hard to say and really comes down to your preference. There are numerous ways to enjoy this summertime favorite. There is hot vs. cold, mayo vs. butter, simple vs. the works, etc.. For me, less is more. I like my lobster rolls hot and lightly buttered stuffed in a toasted roll. The toasted roll/bun is KEY along with a BIG portion of meat. IF you don't enjoy your Lobster Rolls in this fashion, you may not agree with my picks, and that's cool, too! I think one thing we can ALL agree on, we want tender, fresh, and a hefty portion of lobster!
Here are some of my favorites -
This little lobster shack with not so little love for lobsters is a hidden gem. Tucked away in the center of Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine, you will find some of the freshest lobster in New England. Home of the 5 oz lobster roll, your order should be a no brainer! 5 ounces of fresh lobster meat in a homemade, custom lobster roll. Mixed to your liking, with a little bit of butter and a little bit of mayo - I'm not sure you can find better. The rest of their menu looks awesome, but I would find it hard to stray away from the lobster roll. Just trust me on this one.
Best enjoyed with - french fries, duh
Bob's Clam Hut
A very popular hut on the side of Route 1, Bob's is most well-known for their fried clams. Served up since 1956, Bob's has been featured on the food show, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and continues to win numerous awards for their food. As good as their clams are, I love their lobster roll just as much. It's a great portion, flavorful, and just an all-around fun experience at Bob's. Drop your tailgate down and enjoy dinner right there.
Best enjoyed with - clams 2 ways
The Barking Crab
If you are looking to get rowdy, day or night, with a good lobster roll, The Barking Crab is an excellent option. Located on Boston's historic Fort Point Channel at the gateway to the Seaport District, you have the views, the vibe, and the food to enjoy. They serve their lobster rolls up two ways -naked or with the works. I went with the naked + butter and it was killer. This roll wasn't as big as some of my other recs, but that is easily fixed with a couple of good sides.
Best enjoyed with - crab cakes
Bite Into Maine
Cape Elizabeth, ME
Serving out of a 72 sq. ft. cart in historic Fort Williams Park, Bite Into Maine brings variety to this New England favorite. With six different options to choose from, you can get as adventurous as you would like with your lobster roll. As always, I stayed simple and went with the Connecticut lobster roll, which is just warm butter on lobster. MY. GOSH. It's good. Don't pass this one up. Enjoy the pretty views of the Portland Head Lighthouse while you eat - Fabulous.
Best enjoyed with - potato salad
Gilbert's Chowder House
Located in the heart of Portland, Gilbert's Chowder House is a great stop. Their lobster roll is a bit different than my usual preference but is none the less deeeelicious. A cold hefty portion of Maine lobster served over lettuce, mixed with light mayo, it's a winner! There is nothing fancy or for show at Gilbert's - they let their food do the talking. Paired with a hot cup of their famous chowder, you have a perfect balance.
Best enjoyed with - any of their famous chowders
This casual, beachside lobster shack is housed in a 200 year-old building, bringing the freshest, local ingredients to the cape. They have created more than just an eating spot, but a place to come together and enjoy community alongside fresh food. Their lobster roll is made with fresh lobster served on a brioche with a side of slaw and pickles. You have your choice of hot, buttered lobster OR cold, lobster salad. I think you know by this point which one I ordered!
Best enjoyed with - Crispy Brussels Sprouts