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Boothbay Lobster Wharf – Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Boothbay Lobster Wharf’s lobster roll is in my book, Lobster Rolls of New England!!

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Libby’s Market – Brunswick, Maine

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Lobster Roll at Libby's Market Brunswick, Maine

This was the spot where Ken’s nephew had to question where Lobster Gal gets her tips.  What can I say, I don’t remember,  someone somewhere said that it was great, maybe their favorite.  So, it goes on the list and I try it out.  He had a point, this was a particularly unusual venue.  It’s kind of an independently owned 7-11 like establishment, well off the beaten track.  7-11 may be overstating it, this was smaller, more like a gas station convenience store, minus the gas station, hmm, curious.  So, where you would normally order gas, you order a lobster roll.  It took me a minute to figure this out since the only evidence that they sell more than beer and candy bars is a magic marker sign over the register area.  They have three size options, we opt for one medium and one large.  I get mine non toasted because, frankly, I prefer it, weird, I know.  Went to grab some beverages, came back to the register and handed the guy my card.  He said he was going to take Tom, or whatever his name was, the guy behind me so he could get out of here and my sandwich wasn’t ready yet.  Tom proceeds to get checked out and have a five minute conversation with his pal behind the counter.  Normally, as I’ve mentioned before, I couldn’t give a craps less about service and I still don’t.  In fact, the guy couldn’t have been more polite about tossing me to the side and sure, he had a point that I didn’t need to check out right then.  Heck, I’ll even give him that the “locals” are more important to him.  I just thought it was off-putting that he be so obvious about it.   Sort of screamed “Beat it outsider, we cater to locals here”.  So, the actual lobster rolls, which we took outside to eat at the picnic table, were huge for sure, monstrously huge.  The medium weighed in at 10 3/8 oz and the large was 13 3/4 oz.  Ken and I split the large and cut in half it was still larger than most regular size rolls.  My bread was very fresh and Jordan reported that the toasted was up to par and seemed to involve butter.  The meat itself was good, very finely chopped and too much mayo for me.  But, I could see why people like it.  I did find what I thought was a piece of tail, but it was hard to tell with the small pieces.  There were almost no spongies, even chopped and if I had to guess, I would say it was fresh.  There was, curiously a lobster tank in the store.  I felt kind of bad for them since they were piled about 4 deep and didn’t seem to be moving much.  I hope they occasionally put some of them out of their misery.  I would say that this was overall a good deal and a large roll and good, not great.  I feel like the oddness of this place combined with the overchoppedness and overmayo lead me to think I won’t be back here, but I can see why others would.  Particularly if you’re a local 😉

Visited April 2012

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The Beach Plum – North Hampton, New Hampshire

Lobster Roll at The Beach Plum North Hampton, New Hampshire

That’s right‏, New Hampshire.  This place wasn’t on any of my lists, mostly because I usually search in Maine.  But, on the way to Maine, we passed a billnoard that said this place was recently voted best lobster roll in the northeast.  So, we had to try it.  HOLY MONSTER LOBSTER ROLL!!!  I have tried many a lobster roll and this was easily three times as much meat as the largest I have ever see.  And yes, I do include Red’s Eats in that statement.  This place makes Reds look skimpy.  To call it a lobster roll doesn’t even seem right.  It’s more like a lobster roll with enough leftovers on top for three more rolls.  There’s a reason they serve it with a fork.  This was, I’m betting, a full pound of meat or close to it.  I’ve seen people complain on food boards that a roll claimed to have a pound of meat on it, but totally had about 3-4oz.  These people are morons because I have been to many of these places and what they say is “the meat from a one pound lobster”.  If you have ever ordered a one pound lobster in the shell, you know the amount of meat is no where close to one pound.  However, I kid you not when I say a pound of meat.  On top of that, I ordered the small one.  They also had a lobster sub ($19) which the lady at the counter said was a bit more meat, which who knows what that means by this place’s standards.  I overheard a girl in line talking about how huge it was she went home and made 3 sandwiches out of the extra meat, she ordered the lobster roll to eat there.  They also had a foot long lobster roll ($28), I guess for if you’re planning a party.  Ok, enough about the hugeness, BTW I didn’t make it through the roll.  The flavor was pretty good, but not particularly flavorful.  The roll itself was a regular roll, nicely butter grilled.  Meat was cold with mayo, but I wouldn’t say too much.  There was also not a spongy piece in sight (a good thing), but also no tail (a bad thing in my book).  Overall delish and by far the best deal I have ever gotten.  I could have made about 15 regular size rolls with this roll (maybe a slight exadgeration, but not much).  The place was also very cute, right across from the beach, lots of flowers and picnic tables.  And if all that wasn’t enough, they have a huge homeade ice cream selection and my absolute favorite pumpkin was in season.  Mmm lobster roll and pumpkin ice cream butterscotch sundae by the beach on the last gorgeous Saturday in September.  Doesn’t get much better than that.

P.S – In the photos, there is a photo of the two lobster rolls we ordered and then there is another photo with my one lobster roll after I moved enough meat to the side to be able to even try to pick it up.  Insane amount of lobster.  According to their website, they now have a year round location in Portsmouth!!

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One Lobster roll with meat moved off so it could be picked up.
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Two Lobster Rolls

www.thebeachplum.net

Visited September 2010