What’s for lunch when you’re in Maine in the summer? What else but the ubiquitous lobster roll. Nearly every café, diner, dive, and gourmet restaurant offers their version of this sandwich (even McDonald’s adds one to their menu every summer) and chefs delight in adding their own spin on this classic comfort food.
Down East magazine has scoured the state and come up with the 75 best lobster rolls to be had anywhere. Each is ranked and paired with a brief write-up and directions to the eatery, including some recommendations of toppings, sides, desserts, or other delights that might pair nicely with the main course.
Rounding it all out are helpful tips, such as the best way to eat a lobster roll (they can be rather messy), an occasional recipe, and fun facts and trivia—did you know record for the biggest lobster roll ever made is held by Portland? In 2009 the city baked a 61ft, 9½ inch roll and stuffed it with 45 pounds of lobster meat.
It may not be the only food guide you grab when you come to Maine, but it’s guaranteed to be the most fun.
Established in 1954, Down East is the award-winning “Magazine of Maine.” The goal has always been to hold a mirror up to Maine — its storied past and lively present — and to celebrate its flinty, independent character and unhurried way of life.