Nine out of our 10 experts agree that Neptune’s Maine lobster roll reigns supreme. Sixty-three accumulated points, people. Like #2 Bob’s, you can go hot (butter) or cold (mayo), but everyone prefers the butter bath preparation. From the toasted brioche bun to the colossal proportions of tail, claw, and knuckle, this is pure lobster roll indulgence. Chef Dante de Magistris muses, “I know everyone loves this roll, but it really does live up to the hype.”
Honorable Mentions: Red’s Eats (Wiscasset, ME), The Lobster Pool (Rockport, MA), The Canteen (Provincetown, MA), and Footbridge Lobster (Ogunquit, ME).
Anthony Caturano, Prezza: Revere native Anthony Caturano is chef/owner of the North End’s Prezza, known for its elevated Italian comfort food. When he’s not in the kitchen, you can find Chef Caturano hunting and fishing in the wilds of North America.
Fiona Coxe, A Boston Food Diary: Fiona Coxe writes the popular blog and is a wine ambassador for City Wine Tours. She also holds a Level 3 Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certification.
Garrett Harker, Eastern Standard, etc.: A life-long seafood lover from coastal Maryland, Garrett owns Kenmore Square favorites Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, and The Hawthorne.
Dante de Magistris, Restaurant dante, etc.: Dante de Magistris is executive chef and co-owner (with his brothers) of Restaurant dante, il Casale Belmont, and il Casale Lexington, three outposts of fine Italian cuisine fueled by family recipes.
Brian Piccini, Boston Urban Hospitality: Along with business partner Chef Chris Coombs, Brian co-owns Boston Urban Hospitality, the restaurant group behind the esteemed Boston Chops, Deuxave, and dbar.
Brian Poe, Poe’s Kitchen, etc.: Brian Poe keeps himself busy as chef for Poe’s Kitchen at The Rattlesnake, Estelle’s, The Tip Tap Room, and the newly rejuvenated Bukowski Tavern in Inman Square.
Jeremy Sewall, Lineage, etc.: After many childhood summers spent in Maine, Chef/author Jeremy Sewall celebrates New England fare in his restaurants, including Lineage, ICOB, and Row 34. Jeremy and his colleagues will soon launch Row 34 in Portsmouth, NH.
Beau Sturm, Trina’s Starlite Lounge, etc.: Revere Beach resident and self-proclaimed lobster roll junkie Beau Sturm co-owns Trina’s Starlite Lounge, Parlor Sports, and Audubon Boston with Josh Childs and Jay Bellao.
Tyler Titherington, Grafton Group: Mainer Tyler Titherington is director of operations for Grafton Group, the team running Cambridge strongholds Grafton Street, Park, Russell House Tavern, and Temple Bar.
Dan Whalen, The Food in My Beard: Born and raised in Springfield, MA, Dan writes the fanatically followed recipe blog The Food in My Beard and is the author of Stuffed: The Ultimate Comfort Food Cookbook. He has been featured in two Thrillist articles... one about mac & cheese-topped French onion soup, the other about cinnamon roll stuffing.
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