Watch Cooking Channel

Road Trip: Lobster Rolls

Luke's Lobster Roll Combo

Inspired (and envious) of Roberto’s lobster roll claw-off, where he tasted 18 of the country’s top lobster rolls, I decided to do a taste test of my own. Would Luke’s Lobster be the winner for this lobster lover as well? While I wasn’t able to drive to 18 eateries, I did hit up four of what are considered to be the best lobster roll establishments within a 120 mile drive of NYC: Luke’s Lobster, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Lobster Landing and Abbott’s Lobsters. And what better way to do a tasting comparison than jam pack it all into one incredible road trip? One (rainy) Sunday, two states and a whole heck of a lot of lobster.

Close-up of Luke's Lobster roll

11 a.m. : Luke’s Lobster (242 East 81st Street, New York)
Luke’s has quickly become the go-to spot for lobster rolls in NYC, with their $15 fresh Maine-style roll. And they’re expanding their East Coast reach with a new D.C. outpost. For $18 and change I secured a lobster roll,bag of Miss Vickies chips, a pickle and a root beer. It’s not every day I’m eating lobster for breakfast but maybe this lobster roll should become my new brunch staple. With just a touch of mayo, some super-secret spices, and a little lemon butter, this crispy buttered roll/lobster combo made me wish we were staying put for second helpings. The meat was fresh and perfectly cooked, the roll was just buttery enough with a crispy finish that managed to contain the meat. The hot roll and cold lobster was a perfect combo.

Red Hook Lobster Pound menu

1 p.m.: Red Hook Lobster Pound (284 Van Brunt Street | Brooklyn, NY)

At $15 for a lobster roll, Cape-Cod chips and a pickle, this was the best deal I had all day. Plus, there’s your choice of Maine-style or Connecticut-style (no mayo). Unfortunately, the CT-style roll wasn’t able to hold the meat as the butter quickly saturated the bread, and it fell apart in my hands. While there may not be a thing as too much butter, you don’t want it to overpower the already delicious fresh lobster meat. The Maine-style was a better choice, with a touch of mayo and a little paprika. I said good-bye to the vats of lobsters waiting to be purchased and headed north to CT.

Red Hook Lobster Pound roll

4 p.m.: Lobster Landing (152 Commerce St Clinton, CT)
Two-hours and a settled-stomach later, I arrived in the quaint town (most buildings date back to 1880) of Clinton, CT. Lobster Landing definitely wins points for atmosphere–it’s directly on the water.

Lobster Landing is on the waterfront

Their $15 version came out in a foot-long hot dog roll covered in lobster and topped with melted butter. While there was more bread to lobster ratio than my liking (despite its size, there’s the same amount of meat), the meat was delicious and pretty much left on its own save for the butter topping.

Foot-long lobster roll

5:30 p.m. : Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough (117 Pearl Street Noank, CT)

The last stop on the trip was the first line I waited in all day.  Despite the rain, Abbott’s was quite busy. Located right on the water with a huge outdoor seating area, it’s great for a group–the extensive menu has much more than just lobster rolls:

Abbott's menu

At $14.95 for the “Famous Hot Lobster Roll” with their branded chips and a cup of coleslaw, it was a great deal. The roll, however, turned out to be a sesame hamburger bun. While there were large chunks of meat, they were a little dry and there was very little butter to add any moisture.

Abbott's lobster roll


After two states, four lobster rolls and about $50 worth of gas I’ve come to the conclusion that sometimes you should stick with the lobster roll around the corner. Brunch next weekend? Definitely a lobster roll.

Love seafood? Get more:

Need more Cooking inspiration? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Summer:

Tags:

Comments (2359)

  1. Remove tinnitus posted 03/26/2013

    Remove tinnitus…

    [...]the time to study or pay a visit to the content or internet sites we have linked to below the[...]…

  2. MLS posted 03/26/2013

    Its hard to find good help…

    I am constantnly saying that its difficult to find quality help, but here is…

  3. UK Writing posted 03/26/2013

    UK Writing…

    As a Newbie, I am always exploring online for articles that can aid me. Thank you…

  4. quebec dj posted 03/26/2013

    Gems form the internet…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]……

  5. Travelgenio Opinions posted 03/26/2013

    Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

  6. Back injuries posted 03/26/2013

    Back injuries…

    [...]the time to read or go to the content material or internet sites we’ve linked to beneath the[...]…

  7. renewal of vows posted 03/26/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a nice site that you might enjoy. Check it out[...]……

  8. Freizeit posted 03/27/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  9. Florist in Basildon posted 03/27/2013

    Florist in Basildon…

    [...]The information mentioned in the article are several of the most effective out there [...]…

  10. funeral equipment suppliers posted 03/27/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]beneath you will see the link to some blogs that we think you could see[...]……

  11. Home Air Quality Testing posted 03/27/2013

    Home Air Quality Testing…

    [...]here are some hyperlinks to websites that we link to for the reason that we feel they’re really worth visiting[...]…

  12. website posted 03/27/2013

    Its hard to find good help…

    I am regularly proclaiming that its difficult to find quality help, but here is…

  13. she said posted 03/28/2013

    she said…

    [...]usually posts some incredibly fascinating stuff like this. If you are new to this site[...]…

  14. lesbian fiction posted 03/28/2013

    lesbian fiction…

    Greetings from Colorado! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to browse your site on my iphone during lunch break. I love the information you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how fast your blog loaded on …

  15. web design georgia posted 03/29/2013

    web design georgia…

    [...]the time to study or check out the content material or internet sites we have linked to below the[...]…

  16. Keywords for URL2: posted 03/29/2013

    Keywords for URL2:…

    [...]one of our visitors just lately advised the following website[...]…

  17. best way to make money online posted 03/29/2013

    best way to make money online…

    [...]the time to study or go to the content material or websites we’ve linked to below the[...]…

  18. Decomania posted 03/29/2013

    Bored at work…

    I like to surf in various places on the online world, regularly I will just go to Digg and follow thru…

  19. Domonic Mongello posted 03/29/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[...]……

  20. “MCA SCAM” posted 03/29/2013

    “MCA SCAM”…

  21. roliga iphone skal posted 03/29/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]……

  22. asian webcams posted 03/30/2013

    Links…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]……

  23. how do you make a website posted 03/30/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  24. Realtors posted 03/30/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[...]……

  25. cheap backlink packages posted 03/30/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to messing around online and realized…

  26. bests ways to make money online…

    [...]always a massive fan of linking to bloggers that I like but do not get a good deal of link appreciate from[...]…

  27. musculation posted 03/30/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While searching youtube I found this article in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  28. instant car insurance quotes posted 03/30/2013

    instant car insurance quotes…

    [...]check below, are some absolutely unrelated internet sites to ours, even so, they’re most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  29. Travelgenio posted 03/30/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  30. red label posted 03/31/2013

    red label…

    [...]Here is a superb Blog You might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[...]…

  31. Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]……

  32. owthatblog posted 03/31/2013

    owthatblog…

    [...]usually posts some pretty interesting stuff like this. If you are new to this site[...]…

  33. godaddy promo code posted 04/01/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really interesting information…

  34. sonne geschenke posted 04/01/2013

    sonne geschenke…

    [...]below you will find the link to some sites that we feel you should visit[...]…

  35. residual income posted 04/01/2013

    Links…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]……

  36. top sail beach photographer posted 04/01/2013

    top sail beach photographer…

    [...]Every when in a although we choose blogs that we read. Listed beneath are the newest web-sites that we select [...]…

  37. home heating bills posted 04/01/2013

    Informative and precise…

    Its hard to find informative and precise information but here I found…

  38. Compounding posted 04/01/2013

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  39. wedding flowers posted 04/02/2013

    wedding flowers…

    [...]that may be the end of this article. Here you will obtain some internet sites that we think you will value, just click the links over[...]…

  40. red camera rentals africa posted 04/02/2013

    Wikia…

    Wika linked to this place…

  41. rack111.com/News/yeast-infection-no-more-review-2/…

    [...]always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I enjoy but really don’t get quite a bit of link appreciate from[...]…

  42. is kindle fire hd posted 04/02/2013

    is kindle fire hd…

    I have noticed that of all kinds of insurance, health insurance is the most marked by controversy because of the struggle between the insurance company’s duty to remain adrift and the client’s need to have insurance policies. Insurance companies’ re…

  43. review posted 04/02/2013

    review…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]…

  44. click here for more posted 04/02/2013

    click here for more…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a handful of unrelated information, nonetheless truly worth taking a search, whoa did one understand about Mid East has got a lot more problerms too [...]…

  45. phone lookup posted 04/04/2013

    phone lookup…

  46. funeral program printing posted 04/04/2013

    funeral program printing…

    Hello! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any trouble with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing many months of hard work due to no data backup. Do you have any solutions to protect against hackers?…

  47. soundcloud posted 04/05/2013

    soundcloud…

  48. click posted 04/05/2013

    click…

  49. pull-ups posted 04/05/2013

    Sites we Like……

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  50. how to make a wordpress theme posted 04/06/2013

    how to make a wordpress theme…

    Super-Duper website! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am bookmarking your feeds also….

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c