Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until the weather warms up to enjoy one. Here are the best places to satisfy your craving, any time of year.
Summer Shack (Boston and Cambridge, MA and Mashantucket, CT)
This local chain makes you feel like it’s a beach day, every day. Not only will you find “Boston’s best lobster roll” two ways—with the perfect amount of tarragon mayo or warm butter—but the restaurant has all sorts of seafood delicacies, from jumbo Canadian snow crab legs to whole roasted black sea bass.
Alive and Kicking Lobsters (Cambridge, MA)
Okay, so the folks at Alive and Kicking take offense to the term “lobster roll” because, according to their website, chef Louis Mastrangelo “believes his perfectly cooked, no-nonsense salad deserves a better base than a scrawny split-top bun, so he piles the low-mayo mixture between scali bread and dubs it a sandwich.” Semantics aside, A&K serve up some of the best crustacean on bread this side of the Atlantic.
Five Islands Lobster Co. (Georgetown, ME)
A bit farther north, you’ll find Five Islands. It’s appropriately located on a fishing wharf that provides beautiful views of Sheepscot Bay. While it’s only open seasonally, it’s worth the wait for the fresh, never-tanked lobster. Save room for Annabelle’s ice cream for dessert.
Brown’s Lobster Pound (Seabrook, NH)
While locals fiercely debate their loyalty to either Brown’s or its biggest competitor, Markey’s, Brown’s is an icon on the New Hampshire seacoast. It’s cash-only, BYOB, and filled with communal picnic tables, but what it lacks in frills, it more than makes up for with top-notch lobster rolls, fried seafood plates, and chowders.
Anthony’s Seafood (Middletown, RI)
Serving up fresh seafood since 1956, Anthony’s is a family-owned local favorite that packs a whole lot of lobster into their rolls for not a lot of dough. It even has Guy Fieri’s stamp of approval, getting features on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.