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BEST Lobster Roll

2016 BEST Lobster Roll

Yankee Lobster Company

Boston

When it comes to a lobster roll, sometimes a straightforward, no-frills version is just what you crave—bonus points for shanty charm. Yankee Lobster’s traditional counter-service take on New England’s favorite sandwich scores big with a simple toasted split-top roll, generous… read more»

2015 BEST Lobster Roll
Photograph by Trevor Reid

James Hook + Co.

Boston

There’s only one decision you need to make at this waterfront institution: regular roll ($16) or large ($19)? After that, pull up a chair and tuck into the sturdy bun overflowing with fresh lobster, heavy on the tail meat and… read more»

2014 BEST Lobster Roll
Photo by Katie Barszcz

Alive & Kicking

Cambridge

Call us iconoclasts, but this year, the lobster roll that impressed us most technically isn’t a lobster roll at all. Let us introduce you to Alive & Kicking’s lobster sandwich, characterized by its buttered-and-toasted, sesame-crusted scali bread and simple, black-pepper-and-mayo-laced… read more»

2013 BEST Lobster Roll, High-Brow
Photo by Jesse Burke

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Boston

The homemade rosemary roll and a touch of crème fraîche dress up this classic, while the lobster is as fresh as it gets. read more»

2013 BEST Lobster Roll, Low-Brow
Photo by Jesse Burke

James Hook and Co.

Boston

The rolls at this waterfront spot don’t come with frills (or fries). But at a mere $14 for a hot-dog bun overflowing with lobster mixed with just enough celery and mayo, they’re a veritable bargain. read more»

2012 BEST Lobster Roll, North

Lobsta Land

Gloucester

Forget ambiance and views—here, it’s all about the lobster roll. And it’s a behemoth, with five ounces of fresh, sweet tail and claw meat tossed in just enough mayo, then heaped onto a blimp-size brioche bun. read more»

2012 BEST Lobster Roll

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Boston

Chef Jeremy Sewall has a family connection to the best crustaceans around: His cousin Mark is a Maine lobsterman. And the best vehicle for his wares just may be Island Creek’s lobster roll. Mixed with créme fraîche, dill pickles, and… read more»

2011 BEST Lobster Roll
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Neptune Oyster

Boston

Order it hot with butter, or cold with mayo. Either way, sizable chunks of lobster will overflow the warm brioche roll, leaving you to dig in with a fork before attempting to pick up any stragglers with your hands. Do… read more»

2010 BEST Lobster Roll
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Belle Isle Seafood

Winthrop

Twelve rolls into our research, it seemed there was no escaping the Bun Situation: perfectly sweet meat marred by stale, soggy, cold, dinky, or too-hearty bread. Then we tried Belle Isle’s roll. The buttery, griddle-crisped hot dog bun brilliantly holds… read more»