I haven’t the foggiest idea how I found this place. I was just browsing online a list of seafood markets in Mystic after I saw that Seawell was a seafood source for Kitchen Little and I decided to call Seawell to find out if they have lobster rolls. As luck would have it, they have both mayo and butter! Seawell is located in Pawcatuck, which is literally inches from the Rhode Island border. But, Connecticut gets credit for this fantastic lobster roll. Seawell is actually a seafood market and one of the most authentic feeling ones I have been in. You really get the feeling that this fish was swimming in the sea a few hours ago and came straight to this store with no middle man. They list the source of each fish, most of which is Stonington (of which Pawcatuck is a segment I found out) and it looks so fresh you might want to eat it raw, or not.
They also have a homeade soups, a little selection of groceries and, of course, lobsters. But, not just the normal collection of barely moving 1 and half pounders you see everywhere else. Their lobster selection has the look and size selection of a Maine lobster wharf. And they also had something I had never seen before, a blue lobster, alive. I thought these were super rare, but there he was, for sale with the other 10+ pounders. That’s something you won’t ever see in Maine as they have a size limit of 4 pounds to keep the lobster population vibrant. I almost felt like buying the big blue guy just to release him back into the ocean. Hypocritical of a gal who makes eating lobster her life mission, I know, but what can I say, I’m a sucker for the ones that are still alive. But, I didn’t, I just took a picture of him and ordered a buttered lobster roll.
The lobster meat is fresh picked right there, can be bought by the pound and that’s the same stuff they use to make your buttered lobster roll to order. To be honest, that’s why I didn’t order the mayo version because the gal behind the counter pointed proudly to a bin of very chopped up, very mayoed lobster “salad” she had just made up with the same meat. I’m sure it was good, but it just looked to me like she ruined that great lobster.
I was getting frustrated driving around looking for a flat spot to do my weigh-in because there is no seating in Seawell and no flat spots on my car. Grumpiness usually negatively colors my opinion of a lobster roll, but wow, on my first bite, all negativity melted away. This was honestly one of the best bites of a lobster roll I have experienced and as you know, I have quite a bit of experience. The meat on this lobster roll is without a doubt world class flavor and rivals most in Maine. The fresh from the sea flavor can only be experienced and explaining it is beyond my skill. The meat is served cold, with melted butter dizzled on, which can go wrong since melted butter, turns non melted when it hits cold meat. The re-solidified butter even managed to taste incredible with the meat, quite a feat if you’ve tried that a before. They add green onions, which, while pretty, I was skeptical of, but they were somehow perfect. I wouldn’t request without next time. The lobster roll is served on a potato roll, which is not grilled and a good buttery grilling is probably the only improvement I could suggest. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually had one on a potato roll but it was the right answer.
I honestly feel like this is THE best lobster roll in Connecticut. I don’t say that lightly, there are a few that I’m a big fan of, Ford’s, my previous best, and still incredible is where to go for a view and beverage. High Tide Gourmet truck, Kitchen Little, Deepwater Lobster and Captain Scott’s are all favorites, but the meat in the Seawell lobster roll puts it above all of them. I’m bringing a cooler next time I come to get picked lobster meat and some of that fish, which I’m betting is even better than it looks. What a find!!
Weighed in at 4.8 ounces
Visited July 2013