Lobster roll season is well underway, but you don't have to make a trip to New England to track one down. Nowadays, diners can find variations of the iconic summer sandwich all over the U.S., available at seafood shacks and restaurants all around the country. Here are 5 to try during your summer travels.
The food truck's standout sandwich has caught the attention of Houstonians, including former President George H. W. Bush. The lobster-packed treat is served light on mayo atop a grilled, buttered hot dog bun with a side lemon wedge.
Check online for location; 832-241-9533
The seasonally available lobster roll at this upscale-casual Buckhead spot comes two ways: chilled, with Maine lobster mixed with Gulf shrimp and tossed with citrusy mayo, pickled red onions and fresh herbs on a toasted brioche, or as a hot lobster roll (pictured), straight-up and no-nonsense with just a lemon wedge and drawn butter for garnish.
3279 Roswell Rd.; 404-474-9508
Garbo's Fresh Maine Lobster in Austin
Owner Heidi Garbo ships Maine lobster to Austin daily to create the super-fresh, authentic lobster rolls she serves both Connecticut-style (warmed in butter) or Maine-style (tossed with mayonnaise, celery and lemon) with pickled vegetables and fries. She still runs her popular food truck, even after opening her brick-and-mortar last July, where she now serves an expanded menu in a nautical, New England-inspired dining room.
14735 Bratton Ln.; 512-350-9814
Anyone who spent summers on Martha's Vineyard or even along Cape Cod will be happy to know there's one place to get a taste of the New England coast in Silver Lake. Live lobsters are flown in daily for these rolls, each featuring a quarter-pound of whole claw and knuckle meat in a split-top bun. There's no argument over whether cold lobster with mayo or warm with butter is best; these rolls have both, plus a shake of a special secret spice on top.
3112 Sunset Blvd.; 323-407-6142
On one hand, this North End icon runs hot and cold: you can get your claws into lobster rolls with the meat served warm with melted butter, or chilled and tossed with mayo. But on the other hand, it's also one of the most consistent spots; grabbing a lobster roll here is practically a Bostonian rite of passage, and though some may balk at the frequently long waits, there's a reason why they're not getting shorter anytime soon. (Bonus for the carb averse: you can request your lobster roll without the roll.)
63 Salem St.; 617-742-3474
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