Maine is known for its lobster and Down East magazine in Maine has announced the 12 semi-finalists for the World's Best Lobster Roll Competition. Unfortunately, Connecticut did not make the list, but we know there are many places to get a good one here, so we have included some suggestions below the list.
A news release from the magazine says dozens of lobster roll restaurants and vendors from across the U.S. submitted applications and the entries were narrowed down based on the recipe, the success of their lobster roll to date and their statement on they deserved to be named the best in the world.
The 12 semi-finalists are:
- The Lobster Lady in Phoenix, Arizona and Isle au Haut, Maine
- The Clam Shack in Kennebunk, Maine
- Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery, Maine
- Cousins Maine Lobster in Los Angeles, California and various locations
- C-Ray Lobster in Bar Harbor, Maine
- Bite Into Maine in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
- The Highroller Lobster Co. in Portland, Maine
- Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle, Maine
- Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, Maine
- Luke’s Lobster in New York, New York and various locations
- Freshies Lobster Co. in Park City, Utah
- Stonington Ice Cream Company in Stonington, Maine
The semi-finalists will bring samples to the DownEast Lobster Roll festival in Portland, Maine on Saturday, July 8. You can get tickets online.
Of course, Connecticut has a fair share of places to get a good lobster roll.
Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough in Noank sells lobster rolls with a quarter pound of pure lobster meat and melted creamery butter, mounded on a toasted bun.
Guilford Lobster Pound’s hot lobster roll comes with four ounces of fresh lobster meat for $17.
The Lazy Lobster in Walnut Beach advertises succulent lobster piled high on a fresh baked and buttered roll.
Lenny & Joe’s has locations in Westbook, Madison and New Haven, where you can get a hot buttered lobster roll. It’s listed for $17.95 in Westbrook and New Haven. $17.99 in Madison.
Shad Row in Rocky Hill sells a lobster roll hot or cold. You can get it hot with scampi butter or cold with lemon herb mayo.
If you need some help, check out the Lobster Gal blog, run by Sally Lerman, of Hartford.
Here’s the list of her reviews of Connecticut lobster rolls.
Let us know your favorite.