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Best Lobster Roll

2017 Best Lobster Roll

Neptune Oyster

Boston
It takes a special kind of hot lobster roll to best its chilled brethren, but Neptune’s much-beloved version manages to pull it off. Seven ounces […] read more»
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 […] read more»
2015 Best Lobster Roll

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 […] read more»
2014 Best Lobster Roll

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 […] read more»
2013 Best Lobster Roll, High-Brow

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

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 […] 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 […] read more»
2011 Best Lobster Roll

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 […] read more»
2010 Best Lobster Roll

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 […] read more»
2009 Best Lobster Roll

Neptune Oyster

Boston
Cold with mayo, or hot with butter? Neptune ends the great lobster roll debate by excelling at both. The constant is perfectly firm, sweet lobster […] read more»