Boston’s Best Lobster Rolls – Eater Boston

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The lobster roll — which is absolutely not a sandwich — might be the most polarizing of all polarizing New England fare. Some eaters favor their bug meat served cold, dressed heavily with mayonnaise, and stuffed between a hot dog bun with lettuce and tomato; others eschew excessive accoutrement, preferring their lobster served hot, dressed simply with butter, and packed into a warm, buttered New England-style hot dog bun. Mostly everyone agrees on the hot dog bun; the hot dog bun is universal. Honestly, though: There’s no wrong way to eat a lobster roll (fast food versions notwithstanding).

Because lobster fishers in Maine haul in up to 75 million pounds of lobster each year, lobster rolls are ubiquitous on menus at seafood shacks up and down the New England coast. Boston’s dining scene is no exception. Here are 12 essential lobster rolls to snack on when in or near the city.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. Note that as of January 15, 2022, restaurants in the city of Boston are required to check for proof of vaccination for customers dining indoors.

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