New England is known for its coastal shores, unpredictable weather and, of course, its incredible seafood. Along with clam chowder, the lobster roll is an iconic New England staple that can satisfy throughout the year. Do you prefer the classic summer version served cold with mayo or celery, or a hot buttery grilled bun instead? Here are the top places to sit down for an afternoon or evening eat.
There’s often a line outside this red shack in Maine. Red’s Eats has the best warm, buttered lobster meat roll in New England. It’s a true family business and well-worth the pit-stop in Wiscasset, Maine. The seasonal shack is open from mid-April through mid-October. Gluten-free eaters can also join in on the fun, as the no-frills shack surprisingly serves up local gluten-free breads.
A sports bar isn’t usually synonymous with lobster rolls, but this Scituate hotspot has a jumbo lobster roll that is mouth-watering. Enjoy the views from the bar’s back deck, which overlooks the harbor and lighthouse and is absolutely gorgeous around sunset. Grab a pint and enjoy a lobster roll with a side of fried oysters at T.K.O Malley’s for a real summer treat, and then walk off the calories by strolling around the nearby lighthouse.
This waterside shack in Marshfield is the ideal stop after a beach day at nearby Green Harbor. Order up the fried clams or scallops as an appetizer and follow it up with a fresh lobster roll. Enjoy the meal outdoors on checkered picnic tables overlooking the water. This seasonal eatery is only open between Memorial Day and Labor Day, so be sure to stop by this summer.
Gilbert’s Chowder House in the Old Port area of Portland, Maine has seafood at great prices. Order up a cup of chowder and a lobster roll to enjoy on their outdoor deck with butter or mayo. (Just beware the hungry seagulls.) This eatery is just steps away from the unique shops in Portland and is the perfect way to satisfy your appetite after window shopping.