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Jul 15, 2008 09:54 AM

Desperately Seeking HOT LOBSTA ROLLS

I know hot lobster rolls are readily available in Connecticut, but I live in Worcester, MA and will travel to Providence, RI soon. I'll meet a friend from my hometown of Dallas, TX. She loves lobster, and I know she would love to experience the hot lobster roll. Any suggestions as to where I might find really good ones in Providence or close by? I've googled like crazy, to no avail. But my first experience with this dish was on MV at a place that would have NEVER been found on any site. Thanks!

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  1. I don't know of a single place in RI that serves these. I grew up in RI and had never heard of them until a trip to Portland ME several yrs ago.

    1. The menu at Evelyn's Drive-in in Tiverton says that their lobster roll is served either with a side of mayo OR warm butter....maybe this is as close as you can get?

      Tiverton would be ~30 min from Providence, so I don't know if this is within your range or not.

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      1. re: Science Chick

        Warm butter....sounds like that's the one! That's how it came in Portland.

        1. re: JaneRI

          Yeah, but I haven't had the one at Evelyn's personally..........anyone? I was there about a month ago and had the fried clams. My DC had the fish&chips. We weren't terribly impressed. The fish batter was horribly oversalted (and we likes our salt!), although it was nicely cooked. The clams seemed sort of smallish and shriveled. A bit tough for my taste. Coleslaw outstanding, fries unremarkable.

        2. re: Science Chick

          just had it this past weekend - it's plain cold (unheated) lobster in a buttered, toasted bun served with warm butter & mayo sides. excellent, but it's not the hot lobster you're looking for, pamular. best bet is still abbott's in noank ct, bout 45mins/hr south (

          1. re: sk3

            I agree that the Evelyn's lobster roll is really excellent - but it is unheated except for the toasted roll.

        3. Just a suggestion on when you do find might try getting the butter on the side and I don't say that because I care about fat content but if you can control the butter, your dining experience will be better. Generally hot lobster rolls are served on a NE style hot dog roll and they can soak up the butter big time making more work out of what should be an enjoyable treat!

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          1. re: masha bousha

            The one I had at Abbott's in Noank this past weekend was served on a toasted hamburger roll, not NE style hot dog roll. I don't think they put any butter on the roll, or if they did, it was very little...yum!

            1. re: mom2

              I had the same experience at Abbotts three weeks ago and although I thought it was good, I was not WOW'd by it.

          2. I might suggest Skippers Dock in 66 Water St. in Stonington, CT, also about a 1 hour drive from Providence.
            I give their Hot Lobster Roll a 10 out of 10 and save room for dessert... they are awesome!

            1. It's not that close to Providence but within an hour. LENNY & JOES in Westbrook, CT (sitdown) or Madison, CT (counter service). I would say worth the drive.They have a great hot buttered lobster roll!
              The Madison location is right off rt 95. and the Westbrook a bit further down on RT 1. We've always gone to the Madison but a friend i introduced to L&Js preferrs the sitdown. Madison will be packed but service is quick, there are loads of picnic tables outside if the weather is great

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              1. re: kktraveler

                I would agrree with kk - go down 395 from Worcester, get on 95 S and head over to Lenny and Joe's in Westbrook on Route 1. Excellent lobster roll - best in the state, IMHO. Make a day of it and stop at Mohegan
                Sun on your way home!

                1. re: kktraveler

                  Ditto on Lenny and Joe's for the hot lobster roll. The cole slaw alone (really good) is worth the drive. They also have very good, as in real, soft-serve ice cream.

                  1. re: smoky

                    Thanks for the suggestion. We are driving from Philadelphia to Warren for to look at a Tibetan Terrier on Tuesday..only in area for the day.. touring Newport before leaving... can't decide on Spiced Pear or Mooring for lunch.. Lenny and Joes sound great for the ride home!