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Lobster Rolls

From Harbor Wharf or Roadside Stand, Lobster Rolls are Essential Eating

Is a Maine lobster roll best when ordered from a seaside shack, found at a take-out wharf tucked into a cove, or eaten at a roadside stand on coastal Route 1? You‘ll have to decide. One thing is certain:enjoying a lobster roll is an essential Maine tradition for those visiting the state,especially so on the coast, where there are plenty of spots to watch the day’s lobster catch being loaded from the dock minutes before it appears piled on a toasted roll.

Lobster rolls are serious business in the state, and it’s common to find various establishments touting their "best” status, whether they’ve been voted so by residents, or dominated by state (or national) competition for Best Maine lobster roll. Variations may be few, but they are of great significance to those who prefer their lobster rolls just so – with mayo or drawn butter, with chips and a pickle or coleslaw, with celery or chives, or with nothing but a squeeze of lemon. However, there is little disagreement over quantity (filled to capacity and falling off the roll) and quantity (fresh off the boat, of course), or how it should be served – resting in a toasted, buttered split-top roll.

The lobster roll is king, though visitors will find plenty of variations such as lobster BLTs, melts, or tacos. Lobster shacks, stands, and piers are a sure thing for finding a Maine lobster roll that lives up to its claims, though they are also easily found in restaurants and food trucks around the region throughout the summer.

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