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Split-top rolls for lobster rolls.

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Does anyone know where I can buy these in San Diego (the ones you get ont he east coast with lobster/crab rolls)?

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    Philly girl back in Philly

    Try Trader Joe's.

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    1. re: Philly girl back in Philly

      Unlikely on the TJs. West Coast distribution is different than east coast. IIRC, these are called New England style hot dog buns out that way, no? I'd be pretty surprised if you were able to locate them. Perhaps you can make your own?

      1. re: Two Forks

        I have a package in my freezer that my sister brought to me from Maine. I imagine she bought it in her local Hannaford's supermarket. They're made by Country Kitchen, and are just called "frankfurt rolls". They're nothing special up there, that's how they make hot dog buns.

    2. Here is a link- they ship- but are pricey

      Link: http://www.mapleandmore.com/

      1. Hi all,

        Mail order sources for New England style rolls belong here on the General Topics board, so by all means post those recommendations here.

        If anyone has a local San Diego source, please start a new thread on the California board, where San Diego food discussion is on topic.

        Link: http://chowhound.com/california/board...

        1. Here's another source. They charge $3.89/bag for JJ Nissen brand.

          You can buy a pan for $39.95 at:


          A while back I posted a recipe which did not use a special pan. I just did a search, but couldn't find the post.

          I'll post again on homecooking board if you want it.

          Link: http://www.portuguesefood.com/acatalo...

          1. Hi Bigfoot...6 months late but maybe you're still checking the forum. I'm a transplanted Rhode Islander and have been living in Poway for over 20 years and Top Split Buns are 1 of 2 things I still have trouble finding. I order from portuguesefood.com for other items and they now carry them after I kept asking the past owner to. I guess he got tired of going to the local store for me. LOL Totally grateful that he did. Anyway, now that it has changed owners it still is carrying them but at double the cost then what they sell for back east. They are not available out here and there are only a couple of places you can get them online. I did just recently order quahogs from a place in Cape Cod and they were so nice in that they went to Stop'n Shop and bought me a couple of packages. Even got my husband (California boy) hooked on them now. Anyway, I have emailed all the makers that I know of and I do this at least two times a year and they are not willing to distribute to this area. I finally ordered the pan to make them myself. I got it from http://shop.bakerscatalogue.com/items/ It was $39.95 I believe and even though that may seem like a lot for a pan, just think about how quickly that would pay for itself. At $4.39 per package of 6 and $6+ shipping you've paid for it in only a few shipments. Well...that's the route I choose after searching so long and hard. It would be nice to not have to go through the effort but it's another option until these companies decide to try selling it on our coast. I just emailed J.J. Nissen again today...hopefully they'll respond positively. I do love them and use them for more than just hot dogs, home made lobster or clam rolls. Today I browned the buns and served tuna salad in it. Cold tuna salad in a hot toasty bun... YUM YUM YUM!!! The other site that sells them is: www.mapleandmore.com Good luck! Michelle

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            1. re: morinmi

              If you want to make these at home, this recent link on the Home Cooking board mentioned how to make them without special pans. It sounds like it would work.


              For some reason this is excluded from Chowhound search. I tried searching on every word in the title ... new england ... hot dog ... bun ... lobster roll ... nada. I just remembered reading it recently and had to search back on Home Cooking by date.

            2. I should check around up here (on the east coast of Canada) to see if someone here ships to the US. We have several sources of the New England style here, both a house brand and a regional brand -- both around 12 for around $2 or so. I just bought a bag today in fact.

              One interesting thing is that these have about half the calories of the previous side-split brand I used to buy (110 vs. 230 according to the package). Makes sense since there is simply less bread in the top-splits.

              1. Hi Greg B, If you do get a chance to check around there that would be wonderful. WOW what a deal...12 for $2.00! I even called Del's Lemonade in Rhode Island today and asked them to consider carrying them online since they now seem to be carrying more than just their lemonade products. Don't know if Del's is available in your area but it's a lemonade that definitely all Rhode Islanders are familiar with. Anyway, it's nice to know that the top split buns are less in calories. I'm a 12 grain/wheat bread type person but just have to have those top split white bread buns. Hmmm since I have the pan to make them, I wonder what a wheat version of them would taste like. It's been boiling here in California and there doesn't seem to be an end in site so I've been avoiding the oven but I may just turn it on to try making some. I've run out so I need to do something soon.

                1. Pepperidge Farms sells split top hot dog buns; I bought a couple packages for July 4th. They aren't specifically for lobster rolls, but they would do in a pinch.

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                  1. re: Pupster

                    Hi Pupster, Where do you live? The problem us transplated New Englanders are having is that these buns aren't sold in other areas of the country other than back East and all of the companies I've checked with that make them, including Pepperidge Farms said they don't distribute to this area, in my case California and won't sell it directly to me. If you have found a way to get them to sell it to you or would like to share where you were able to get them from that will send them this way...please please share. Thanks, Michelle

                  2. Michelle, Sorry but I don't have any secret 'in'. I live in NYC and I wasn't looking for split tops. I was just getting buns for a cookout at a large supermarket (Pathmark) and noticed that the Pepperidge Farms had two types of white hot dog buns -- regular side split (with a yellow label) and split top (with a blue label). Can't comment on their distribution.

                    Perhaps if you mentioned/requested it from your supermarket manager?

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                    1. re: Pupster

                      Hi Pupster, Thank you for the explanation. I'm surprised you even found them in New York. I've read several forums where even New Yorkers have trouble finding them. I've asked several markets and bread distributors with no luck. Although, maybe I'll check with Albertsons again because they once ordered an item for me that is also strickly back east and the distributor Maid-Rite just will not ship to me or distribute to this area. If not I guess I'll be patient and wait until the killer heat subsides and make them myself. Thanks again... Michelle

                    2. Have any of you tried to bake the buns yourself? If so, how did they come out? I am in Colorado where altitude will play a factor in the end result. I just saw a recipe to make these without using a special pan, just using a sheet pan. Let me know if you have made these at home and if there were any tricks to doing it. Thanks

                      1. In San Diego, can't find... I just get better sandwich rolls/fresh made and toast them.....