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Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen and Topside Tavern – Freeport, Maine

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Linda Bean's Lobster Roll

In Delray Beach of all places, I had actually tried this lobster roll before, several times.  I remembered it as being very liberal with the spice additions, but good, particularly for South Florida.  So, needed to try it in the natural habitat right across the street from the L.L. Bean empire in Freeport.  We went to the restaurant, not the lobster roll stand across the street.  It’s actually a rather nice restaurant, not a shack, deck, patio, full menu and bar.  Enjoyed a nice glass of wine overlooking the mobs of outlet shoppers.

The lobster roll is good, but not a standout.  It actually had less spice than the one in Delray.  The spice was the right amount, very background, complementary, not the lead flavor as it is at their Delray location.  I also thought the meat tasted fresher, but I guess that’s a given since this one was in Maine.  The meat was large chunks of claw only, not too many spongies, but more than I care for.  On the website, she claims that her bread is different from other lobster rolls that use grocery store buns (which I have made very clear that I am against), she has them made specially for her with a blend of white and wheat flour.  I wish I could say I could tell the difference, but I couldn’t.  It tasted very similar to all the standard buns, maybe a smidge heartier.   Overall, this lobster roll was pretty average, good, but not memorable.  Although, I very much like the fact that she is taking good, real Maine lobster rolls to other parts of the country.  It’s nice to be able to get an authentic lobster roll in Florida, because I might go into withdrawal if I had to go an entire week without a lobster roll.

Weighed in at 6.2 oz.

Visited July 2012

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  1. The largest U.S.A. natural ocean cold water lobster pound: // outside of New England is in Kailua-Kona near the Kona International Airport on the Big Island of Hawaii. Maine lobsters are flown in daily and relax and rejuvenate in their tropical paradise natural cold seawater lobster hotel until they are called upon by restaurants, food suppliers or Asian countries for their pleasing presence. Also Kings Hawaiian Bakery makes New England style top split hot dog rolls out of Portuguese sweet bread and sells it throughout Hawaii and mainland U.S.A.: If you ever visit Hawaii rest assured you will not be deprived of a fresh New England lobster roll made with sweet hard shell lobster meat.

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