If you don't live in the
Northeast, you may never have had the pleasure of eating a Lobster Roll sandwich. We
understand that in other parts of the country, lobsters are reserved for only 'rarified'
dining - fancy restaurants, $50 plates, you get the picture. And this is truly a shame
because while lobster is certainly delicious in a gourmet setting it is equally delectable in
a more everyday application - the sandwich.
First things first, let's take a quick review of
all the various lobster sandwich varieties:
In Maine, a Lobster Roll is pure, unadulterated chunks of lobster meat
served on bread and accompanied with drawn butter. Anywhere else in New England, a
Lobster Roll is what Mainers call a Lobster Salad Roll (see below).
*Lobster Salad Roll
Lobster Salad is a mixture of lobster meat with mayonnaise and chopped fresh
celery (think Chicken Salad - but WAY better). Also served on bread; lettuce and tomato can
also be added.
More common outside of New England, the lobster
club is lobster salad served in a club style sandwich with a triple layer of
toasted sliced bread.
Lobster Roll Hall of
Top Lobster Sandwich Restaurants
#1 - Capt.'s Waterfront Grille - Salem,
This restaurant has solved the classic Lobster
Roll messiness of the overstuffed bun. They split fresh meat from one whole
lobster across two buns - and include a dollop of mayonnaise so you can mix the salad to
your own preference.
#2 - Red's - Wiscasset, ME
Generous portion of lobster meat in
the Maine style (just fresh picked lobster with butter on the side). Simple, pure,
#3 - Captain Frosty's - Dennis, MA
A classic of Cape Cod, you have to get this with
chowder and a side of their amazing onion rings. There is a fair amount of mayo dressing
but rather than overpowering the lobster it really brings out
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