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Are there Lobster rolls without Mayo?

Or would that not be a real lobster roll. I love lobster but hate mayo and come to the east coast often, but never can eat the lobster rolls.

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  1. CT style lobster rolls are served hot with melted butter instead of mayo. Neptune Oyster in Boston has very good (and pricy) version.

      1. re: treb

        Red's, the American credo: newness is goodness, but bigness is better! But yes, they are wicked good. But the question is about mayo. A good alternative is skip the mayo (sacrilege) and get a good squirt of fresh lemon or lime juice, with, of course, a healthy layer of butter underneath. It's all about lobster isn't it? And the customer(you) is always right. Have some good lobber munchin'.

        1. re: Passadumkeg

          But of course, 'everything is better with butter', especially those american toasted buns! At times, I do crave a smear of good mayo, I mean afterall, there is nothing low cal or non-artery clogging about a LR. Oh, and no celery, too healthy!

          1. re: treb

            Don't get me wrong. I love mayo. Make our own w/ fresh lime juice. Yum!

      2. Are there lobster rolls without mayo?

        Yes, there are. But we don't tell outta-statas where t'get 'em! ;-)

        Seriously, the aforementioned Red's Eats in Wiscasset, Maine, is the very best in my opinion.

        Also, lobster pounds and clam shacks anywhere along the coast almost always have lobster rolls. Many of these are lobster-with-mayo rolls but, if there's not a line of customers out the door, ask if they'll do you one with just butter. Nothing like it!

        I've never heard the term "Connecticut-style" before. Plain lobster with melted butter is the way I always got my lobster rolls when I lived in Maine.

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        1. re: mmmpointy

          I googled Red's and found some insanely delicious looking pictures and reviews about their lobster rolls with butter. I guess some people get one lobster roll and extra buns, then split the one roll two or three ways. I'm drooling over the pics. Who needs mayo???

          1. re: porky pine

            Where is Wicasset Maine, please? Reds specifically??

            1. re: phelana

              Wiscasset Maine is an an area of Maine called "Mid-Coast" Maine. go to portland maine, get on 295 and follow north towards canada. get off a Rt. 1 towards Brunswick, Bath. take Rt. 1 all the way north to Wiscasset. Red's Eats is right on Rt. 1 in Wiscasset- you can't miss it- look for the line down the street. right before it on Rt. 1 is Sea Basket, which also has a spectacular lobster roll. at most maine places you can order no mayo (clear meat) or some mayo to mix in. but a Red's Eats lobster roll needs no mayo- it barely needs butter- or teeth for that matter- you can gum it it's so juicy and delicious... i've eaten 3 at a sitting... enjoy fb

            2. re: porky pine

              Oh Yah, there good... real good. Also, it's worth, so worth the drive.

            3. re: mmmpointy

              They are called "Connecticut style" because the hot lobster-with-melted-butter roll was first served at a place in Milford, Conn. called Perry's back in the late 1930s. Until then, all lobster rolls in New England were the "lobster salad" type with mayonnaise. Obviously, the Connecticut version has moved out of state, but it did begin here.

                1. re: mmmpointy

                  Across the street from Red's in Wiscasset is Spragues Lobster. They also do a great lobster roll (considering the competition they have to) and they'' do it with the mayo or without with butter, just specify when ordering. Added bonuses, parking and more tables.

                2. Anywhere in CT we do rolls on a toasted, split top roll, served warm with buter. Where will you be?

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                  1. re: madisoneats

                    I go to Ossining NY every summer. My girlfriend has friends we visit in Greenwich and sometimes we head to Mystic. I've never had a lobster roll because I've just assumed they all had mayonnaise.

                  2. Best (well in my opinion anyway) in CT are at Denmo's in Southbury. A little roadside stand but the food is incredible. No mayo on their lobster rolls (the crab cake sandwich and fried scallops are tops too). I'm sure there are some close to RI and the shore that may give it a run for its money, but for western CT you can't beat it.

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                    1. re: HunterJay

                      The Dry Dock in Portland's Old Port serves delicious lobster rolls with the mayo on the side.


                    2. A classic CT style lobster roll can be found at Abbotts in Noank, Ct

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                      1. re: EastRocker

                        Abbots menu on their website says they also have a sandwich with a pound of crab meat and creamy melted butter on a toasted bun. My mouth is seriously watering. Cant wait till this summer.

                      2. You can get lobster rolls without mayo (but with melted butter) at Abbott's Lobster in the Rough in Noank, CT. I think there are a few places near the shore that serve this. So it is still alive and well in CT!

                        1. Captain Scotts lobster Dock in New London does an excellent lobster roll and it's somewhat larger than most. Hard to find (mapquest or use a gps) but worth it. It's a warm weather only place though, all dining is outdoors in an open pavilion or out on picnic tables.

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                          1. re: cheshirecat

                            The Monkey Farm Bar & Grill in Old Saybrook CT has a yummy lobster roll w/ melted butter.

                          2. Hi porky_pine...I don't like mayo, either! I have tried The Lazy Lobster Restaurant in Milford, CT. Here is their website: http://www.thelazylobsterrestaurant.c...

                            I had the lobster roll and the ribs. In my opinion, the ribs were not that great. BUT, the lobster rolls are served fresh to order AND without mayo! They are served warm with butter and a side item. Very good.

                            1. Sally's Fish Camp in downtown Hartford has the traditional CT style with butter instead of mayo.

                              1. Hi Porky, as many have already replied the "Maine" style lobster roll is almost always served with mayo. A CT version as some have said is with butter and not mayo. My first CT one was at a place in the 1960's called Jimmy's of Savin Rock on the water just outside of New Haven. They were pure heaven and I remember as a kid standing outside waiting for a table inside you could get one from their walk-up counter. (A 50 or 60 foot counter that sold hot dogs and lobster rolls express style with guys wielding tongs in white tee shirts with cigarette packs rolled up in their sleeves.) Haven't been since the 70's and I know it got torn down and rebuilt down the road to a much larger facility, lost its charm.

                                One of the closest types in CT can be found at Abbott's in Noank which is just outside of Mystic. They serve theirs on a round hamburger bun, not really a lobster "roll" IMO. Lenny & Joe's in Madison & Westbrook have a good one too in a traditional hot dog roll.

                                As far as Maine goes I have only found one place that makes them both ways "correctly" as I remember as a kid. It’s in Boothbay Harbor and called The Lobster Dock. You can get it either hot with butter or cold with mayo already mixed. Both ways are excellent and unlike many of the others I have tried up and down the coast you get a perfectly butter grilled "top loader" frankfurter bun with just a touch of butter or mayo that doesn't soak the bun.

                                Each is entitled to their own opinion but Red's IMHO is just way over rated. They serve a nice amount of lobster meat but it is COLD and the mayo and butter is on the side. If I wanted to make my own lobster roll I would buy the meat at Simpson's just up the road, the buns at Shaw's next door and sit at a quaint seaside location and watch the lobster boats work the waters. I wouldn’t stand in line for an hour smelling car exhaust fumes and watching the traffic fighting with the pedestrians in Wiscasset.

                                One other thing to check is that the term lobster roll can sometimes mean lobster salad on lettuce and doctored up with spices or whatever the chef thinks complementary to the lobster and possibly served in another type of bread. You may ask how they prepare theirs before you order.

                                As far as Sprague’s across the street it is less busy, has better parking and it appears has less expensive menu items. But buyer beware, less may not be better. I ordered a fish sandwich for $4.95 this past summer and had to throw it out. Where I come from fish is very rarely perfectly square and the beer batter was 50% of the fish. It was obviously a frozen pre-battered Gorton's or Mrs. Paul’s type fish I remember my mother making, yuk!

                                1. Don't come to RI. We like our mayo! Though, I will concede, the best places use it a bit more sparingly.