Bad lobster rolls are easy to come by. We’ve done the research and have found the best lobster rolls in New England for you!
- In Connecticut they have the best hot lobster rolls made with plenty of butter.
- Massachusetts is known for their seaside clam shacks.
- Maine specializes in the cool lobster roll, fresh and refreshing.
Story of the Lobster Roll
Whereas a whole lobster requires some work to get the meat, a lobster roll is trouble-free. The cool version – meat bound with mayonnaise and bits of celery loaded into a bun that may or may not be toasted – is a staple northeast of Boston. In 1929 Harry Perry, proprietor of a seafood shack in Milford, Connecticut, came up with a twist: the hot lobster roll. He eliminated the mayonnaise and simply piled warm picked meat bathed in butter into a toasted bun.
Both styles of roll are found all along New England shores, the hot one still more popular in southern New England, cool ones predominating downeast. No matter the style, these 13 restaurants serve the best lobster rolls we have found in New England.
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Westfair Fish & Chips is a kitchen with an order window and a few tables. Fried clams, sole, scallops, shrimp & oysters all are Connecticut bests.
Lenny & Joe's sets high standards for casual shoreline seafood in Connecticut, especially for whole-belly clams, hot lobster rolls & fried scallops & shrimp.
The Clam Box is the place to eat the best fried clams on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Get them piled high on a platter with French fries & onion rings.
Kettle Cove Creamery is a charming little Cape Elizabeth purveyor of strong coffee, colorful ice cream & good sandwiches including a fantastic lobster roll.