Food & Drink

Why yes, this is the first Boston lobster roll crawl ever

Published On 08/08/2013 Published On 08/08/2013
boston thrillist lobster roll crawl
Dave Baldwin
Dave Baldwin
Pauli's North End
James Hook & Company
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1. Island Creek Oyster Bar 500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway Kenmore)

Everything about Island Creek’s modern, simple decor and comfortable atmosphere makes you think of an upscale coastal shanty, not to mention the shellfish is impeccable. The raw bar is the main draw here as some of the oysters are sourced directly from its farm of the same name in Duxbury Bay, but you can also get other local New England staples like, Chatham, Wellfleet, and Pearly White. You’ll find daily changing fresh fish options like, Maine Grilled Salmon with mustard spaetzle and apple purée, Falmouth Bluefish with delicata squash and chorizo, and Fried Ipswich Clams, plus brunch fare like, Salt Cod Cakes with house-made baked beans, a fried egg, and bacon.

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2. Summer Shack 50 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02215 (Back Bay)

This year-round seafoodery's got one of the Hub's best lobster rolls, plus chowder, oysters, and every other shellfish-y dish you can imagine.

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3. Pauli's Northend 65 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113 (North End)

This sandwich shop is serving up the biggest lobster roll you've ever seen, a 24oz monster that'll set you back $50 -- but be oh so worth it.

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4. Neptune Oyster 63 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113 (North End)

Bivalves are king at Neptune Oyster, a popular seafood counter in the North End. The menu is classically New England but a variety of seafood-based recipes come out of the kitchen, from cioppino and fried Ipswich clams to fish & chips and Basque-peppered Spanish octopus. Served two ways, the lobster roll is an award-winning signature, and though it's prepared the typical way with mayonnaise, the hot butter option is the way to go. Neptune draws hoards of seafood-craving hopefuls to its Salem St. storefront on weekend afternoons and evenings, so be prepared to traverse the neighborhood while you wait for your coveted seat at the marble bar.

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5. James Hook & Co. 15 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210 (Financial Dist Waterfront)

You can buy raw, fresh fish from this seafood purveyor, but you should definitely stick around for some of their cooked offerings, including the can't-miss lobster roll.

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6. Yankee Lobster Co. 300 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210 (Financial Dist Waterfront)

This market sells fresh fish, yes, but don't forgo its cooked food menu, which offers up the likes of stuffed scallops, fish and chips, and lobster rolls.

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7. Alive & Kicking Lobsters 269 Putnam Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

This no-frills seafood market in Cambridge is known for its lobster sandwich (not roll), as well as its steamers, chowders, and daily fresh-caught fish. Instead of a split-top bun, Alive & Kicking's lobster salad -- a simple mixture dressed in light mayo, salt, and pepper -- is served between two pieces of Italian scali bread.