The lobster roll is not a sandwich made for penny pinching with most of the nominated sandwiches coming in around the $20 mark. But as they say, you get what you pay for, and if sweet chunky lobster is what you want it is well worth the price.
There is more debate about the history of and the proper way to make a lobster roll than perhaps any other Readers' Choice sandwich. Some claim it was invented in Maine, considered home to the best lobsters in the world, at Bayley’s Lobster Pound at Pine Point. Others claim it was the Nautilus Tea Room in Marblehead, Massachusetts that came up with the idea.
The debate doesn’t stop at the origins. Should it be dressed in mayonnaise or butter? Does it need celery and paprika or is it better served plain? The most consistent features of a lobster roll are the flat sided, open topped “New England Style” hot dog bun that is buttered and toasted and the lobster chunks – never shredded – to maintain the delicate sweetness of the meat. Several of the region's best lobster rolls are only available in summer and fall as the venues close during the off-season, while others are offered in more upscale establishments year round.
We asked 10Best and USA TODAY readers to help us name the best lobster roll in Maine and Massachusetts. After four weeks of voting, the results are in, and according to readers, Maine wins the battle of the lobster rolls with seven of the top 10 representing the state.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Lobster Roll in Maine/Massachusetts are as follows:
- Bayview Takeout - Beals, Maine
- Bramhall's Country Store - Plymouth, Mass.
- The Clam Shack - Kennebunkport, Maine
- Bite into Maine - Cape Elizabeth, Maine
- Perkins Cove Lobster Shack - Ogunquit, Maine
- Bagaduce Lunch - Penobscot, Maine
- The Lobster Pool - Rockport, Mass.
- Red's Eats - Wiscasset, Maine
- Eventide Oyster Co. - Portland, Maine
- Periwinkles Restaurant - Essex, Mass.
Other eateries nominated in this category included B&G Oysters in Boston; Belle Isle Seafood in Winthrop, Mass.; Chatham Pier Fish Market in Chatham, Mass.; Eagles Nest Restaurant in Brewer, Maine; Five Islands Lobster Co. in Georgetown, Maine; Ipswich Clambake in Ipswich, Mass.; Neptune Oyster in Boston; Roy Moore Lobster Co. in Rockport, Mass; Thurston's Lobster Pound in Bernard, Maine and Windward Grille Restaurant in Essex, Mass.
Congratulations to all our wining restaurants, and remember to keep this list handy next time you're visiting New England!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo