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BEST Lobster Roll

2015 BEST Lobster Roll
Photograph by Trevor Reid

James Hook + Co.


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


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


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.


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


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


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

Neptune Oyster


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

Belle Isle Seafood


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»

2009 BEST Lobster Roll

Neptune Oyster


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 piled into a large brioche roll, with a particularly generous percentage of tail meat. read more»