I love it when I can try many lobster rolls in one place. I had tried quite a few of the vendors here, but no harm in eating them again. This is a festival on Ocean Ave along one of the prettiest beaches in New England (the outer cape are the only better ones, in my opinion). A word of advice is to walk along the beach side of the tents wherever possible. Much more scenic, and it you don’t need to get into bob and weave shape for getting through dense crowds, like I do, a more pleasant walk. The Big E opens the following week and I needed to get into weaving practice. This huge crowd is a great opportunity. There is some great people watching to be had here, but you may feel a bit left out if you don’t have a large, colorful tattoo.
I should say that I don’t really consider festivals an “official” Lobster Gal review of the lobster roll since what they serve at festivals is often quite different from what they serve at the actual venue. Also, I can’t easily use my scale. That said, if one stinks at a festival, I am less likely to spend more time and money trying it in the real world. The first lobster roll I tried was La Bec Rouge. I believe they were the sponsor of the lobster roll eating contest. I tried to make it there in time to witness the spectacle, but mercifully, I arrived too late. Watching people eat is disgusting. That’s why I never take pictures of half eaten food items. Just in case you were wondering, no, Lobster Gal is not cut out to be a contender in the lobster roll eating contest. I’m more about a small amount of many lobster rolls than a large amount of one. The Le Bec roll was the priciest at $12, but good, had a light lemon flavor.
Then on to the 180 Restaurant and bar for their adorable lobster sliders on a brioche bun. They weren’t as good as they looked. Next was Petey’s, whose lobster roll I have enjoyed before, but I actually think I like their festival version better than their actual. Very good lobster roll, super friendly folk, the bun here was not grilled or top split if that’s your thing and it’s a round bakery bun at their actual location, butter grilled. The did however have my beloved “lobster on a stick”. I sure do love this concoction, just whole lobster tail dipped in butter on a stick. It’s the best replacement for a cooked whole lobster without the wait or the mess. I wanted the scallops wrapped in bacon, but there’s only so much stomach space. Next up Rye Harbor Lobster Pound, it was a hot one with butter sherry topping. Yuck, not a fan, had the weird flavor lobster gets when it sits hot for a very long time, also rubbery and dry. Last was Atwood’s of Maine, which said they won the freshest catch award last year. The man was right there picking the fresh meat, looked fantastic. He was tearing the tail meat into chunks, not cutting, nice technique and he seemed to be having fun with it. I never realized how much I really don’t like miracle whip until this lobster roll, that stuff is terrible. The meat was every bit as good as it looked and certainly the freshest of the ones I tried. I ended up eating the meat out of the bun and wiping it off. The meat was still really good. I would go eat it in it’s natural habitat, but turns out they are only an online retailer. I left thoroughly stuffed with enough beach and lobster to keep me through the long winter. Or at least until next weekend.
Visited September 2012