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Searching for The Best and Biggest Lobster Rolls in New England

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The combination of a big and delicious lobster roll is key. How many times have we tasted a tasty lobster roll, only to find that it is gone in just a few bites?  Or, how many of you have tried a huge lobster roll with the taste of cardboard? What about those chain restaurants that pride themselves on using real lobster meat? Those lobsters must have come from the Bland and Tasteless species.

Additionally, some mainstream media and travel guides often choose the same places over and over again for best lobster rolls in New England. Sure, we include some of those places on the "best of" list here -- no need to deny the greatness of some of these lobster rolls -- but also recognize other dining spots that rarely make the list...

Here are our top five picks for best and biggest lobster roll in New England:

Red's Eats, Wiscasset Maine
Lobster Roll, Red's Wiscasset ME
Red's Eats lobster roll. Photo credit: Red's Eats.

This seasonal seafood stand not only packs in a lot of lobster in its lobster roll, but also the crowds on Route 1 -- sometimes up to two hours. The pound and a half lobster roll includes the tail, claw and knuckle meat, further enhanced by warm butter and mayo. When best lobster rolls in New England come up in local conversation, Red's almost always finds a way into the heated debates and casual discussions. Red's Eats, 41 Water St., Wiscasset, ME. Tel. (207) 882-6128

Kelly's Roast Beef, Revere Beach, Mass.
Kelly's Roast Beef Lobster Roll
Kelly's Roast Beef lobster roll.

This legendary year-round seaside roast beef and seafood stand has a great local reputation for serving delicious lobster rolls, but somehow often gets left off the lists for the "best of" New England. The lobster meat is about as tender and flavorful as it gets with not a lot of filler. What's more, Kelly's offers a huge portion of lobster meat that even the heartiest appetite might have trouble finishing. Kelly's proves that just because a dining spot is popular amongst the working class doesn't mean that it can't rank amongst the elite when it comes to lobster rolls. The populist's taste buds know this to be true in the real world. Kelly's Roast Beef, 410 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere MA. Tel. (781) 284-9129.

Warren's Lobster House, Kittery, Maine

Lobster roll from Warren's Lobster House, Kittery, Maine
Lobster roll from Warren's Lobster House. Photo credit: Warren's Lobster House.

Warren's is much like Kelly's in that crowds of people from all walks of life come to this long-time large waterfront restaurant for lobster. Because many tourists vacationing on the southern New Hampshire and Maine seacoast comes here in droves, elitists and other garden variety snobs have the tendency to ignore Warren's for its delicious lobster rolls and lobster dishes, as well as a phenomenal 60-plus item salad bar. The lobster is served on a 12-inch sub roll with lobster meat piled high. Warren's perhaps uses even less filler than Kelly's, so the overall taste is a tad better. Warren's also has an advantage over many other lobster restaurants with its own on-site lobster pound capable of holding 28 tons of lobsters! No wonder the lobster in the rolls taste so fresh! Warren’s Lobster House, 11 Water St./U.S. Route 1, Kittery, Maine. Tel. (207) 439-1630

Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, Noank, Conn.
Lobster roll from Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, Noank CT
Lobster roll from Abbott's Lobster in the Rough.
Photo credit: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough web site

Abbott's frequently makes the "best of lists" and it's easy to understand why. When it comes to warm, buttered lobster on a toasted roll, the Abbott's OMG Lobster Roll might just the the best we've tasted in New England -- piled high in a block-like shape. Plus, the indoor and outdoor waterfront dining views are, on its own, worth the visit. Note: Abbott's is a seasonal operation. Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, 117 Pearl St., Noank, CT . Tel. (860) 536-7719

Lobster Pot Wareham, Mass.
Lobster roll and clam chowder at the Lobster Pot, Wareham MA
Lobster Pot lobster roll with New England clam chowder.

Located on a highway that looks like it has been hit with the ugly stick too many times, this fast food restaurant with a fish market delivers on the promise of its well-known, appetizing local TV ads.  The lobster roll is deceiving, being a lot bigger than it actually looks. Chunks of lobster meat with a touch of mayo overflow from the basic but tasty roll that results in a classic New England lobster roll. The Lobster Pot is open most of the year; call ahead to make sure they are open. The Lobster Pot, 3155 Cranberry Highway, Wareham MA. Tel. (508) 759-3876

Woodman's, Essex, Mass.
Lobster Rolls from Woodman's, Essex MA
Woodman's lobster roll. Photo credit: Woodman's.

As the birthplace of the fried clam, Woodman's is best known for serving some of the best fried clams in New England. The same can be said about the lobster roll, too, at this classic New England seafood shack located on the North Shore of Massachusetts. With emphasis on a large quantity of absolutely delectable lobster meat overflowing from a perfectly toasted standard size roll, this lobster roll is to be savored with every bite. Once finished, the next thought is typically, "When can we come back here for more?" Woodman's, 121 Main St., Essex MA. Tel. (978) 768-6057. Open year-round.

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