The lobster roll — which is absolutely not a sandwich — might be the most polarizing of all polarizing New England fare. Some eaters favor their bug meat served cold, dressed heavily with mayonnaise, and stuffed between a hot dog bun with lettuce and tomato; others eschew (and perhaps even chide) excessive accoutrement, preferring their lobster served hot, dressed simply with butter, and packed into a warm, buttered New England-style hot dog bun. Mostly everyone agrees on the hot dog bun; the hot dog bun is universal. Honestly, though: There’s no wrong way to eat a lobster roll (fast food versions notwithstanding).
Because lobster fishers in Maine haul in up to 75 million pounds of lobster each year, lobster rolls are ubiquitous on menus at seafood shacks up and down the New England coast. Boston’s dining scene is no exception. Here are 12 essential lobster rolls — pronounced lobstah rolls, kehd — to snack on when in the Hub.
Please note that a number of Boston-area restaurants have resumed dine-in service, and the level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.
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This map was originally published on October 4, 2017; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.Read More