Woodman's of Essex
Robert's Maine Grill
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James Hook and Company
DAN TOBIN
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Bob’s Clam Hut
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1. Woodman’s of Essex 121 Main St, Essex, ME 01929

Woodman’s makes a killer lobster roll, which combines generous portions of meat with the perfect amount of mayo.

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2. Robert's Maine Grill 326 US Route 1, Kittery, ME 03904

Robert’s Maine Grill lobster rolls are a one-­two punch to the taste buds: either hot buttered or with mayo. The buttered version is pure decadence with tail, knuckle, and claw meat weighing down the giant toasted bun. The mayo option gets a boost from its signature secret seasoning and lemon juice.

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3. 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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4. 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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5. Belle Isle Seafood 1 Main St, Winthrop, MA 04364

With terrific views of the Boston skyline, you won't mind making the trek out to Bell Isle for some of the meatiest lobster rolls you can find.

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6. Eventide Oyster Co. 86 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101

Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley very much care about their oysters, which is why they offer up an extremely well curated list from Maine and “Away”, and allow you to pick accoutrement, including three types of ice (get the Tabasco), and two mignonettes (get the Mimosa one). The space is bright, light blue and airy, with plenty of wooden stools for saddling up to the raw bar.

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7. Bob's Clam Hut 315 U.S. 1, Kittery, ME 03904

Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery, Maine has been around for 60 years and serves one of the best lobster rolls on New England. They can be ordered hot (with butter) or cold (with mayo) on grilled bread, and the best part is that Bob never drowns the rolls in mayo in order to preserve all that fresh lobster taste. Order at the window and take your fried clams and rolls to the blue picnic tables outside.

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8. 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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9. 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.