As New England residents, we know there’s no shortage of lobster rolls in the area. There’s the age-old debate on which kind of roll reigns king: The Connecticut type, warm with melted butter, and the Maine type which is chilled and dressed in mayonnaise. Either way, we can all agree it’s a classic summer staple and we’re here for all of ‘em. Read on for a few of our recent favorites.
Have it your way at The Pearl, a new contemporary seafood and raw bar in Dorchester. Choose from their chilled lobster roll or their warm, buttered roll — both of which are served on a toasted buttered roll with Cape Cod potato chips. They’re loaded with lobster meat — and flavor — and we highly recommend you check out this new spot at South Bay. In addition to lobster rolls, they’ve got an Ipswich clam roll, several seafood towers, and some totally indulgent seafood pasta dishes.
For a twist on the classic, head over to Punch Bowl in Brookline Village. Their Mini Maine Lobster Rolls are made with kimchi mayo and served in brioche buns. They’re a great way to start off your meal at this newly opened restaurant at the Hilton Garden Inn. Looking for something more traditional? Don’t fret. Punch Bowl also serves a classic Maine lobster roll with warm herb butter, lemon, and chives. No matter which you choose, make sure to wash it down with one of their cocktails. We’re a fan of The Riverway, made with New England white rum, house-made strawberry preserves, and fresh lime juice.
For a treat yourself kind of experience, head down to Brewster for a stay at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club. The resort has a variety of restaurants, all of which serve fresh, local seafood and American classics. At Ocean Terrace, enjoy a classic roll made with basil aioli and serve on a brioche bun. The views are pretty incredible, to boot.
At this French-inspired eatery located in the heart of the south End, French traditions meet contemporary cuisine. What’s the most fun way to add some French flair to a New England staple? Put it in a croissant! Brasserie’s lobster roll is serve right inside a buttery, flaky roll and is a mix of lobster, celery, tarragon, and chives with a touch of mayo. For even more fresh seafood, make sure to try their salmon belly tartare, moules frites, and New England bouillabaisse.
Bowery Bar in Lower Mills is an all-around good time. It’s a great neighborhood restaurant full of comfort food in a comfortable space. When the weather is nice, head to the back of the restaurant for one of the biggest and best patios around. Bowery Bar’s roll is a huge one, made with lemon aioli and celery and served on an herb-griddled brioche bun.