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Best Lobster Roll on the Cape?

My wife and I are heading to the Cape this weekend and she loves lobster rolls....so, I will try and oblige and find her the best. Any recs? I've read about Young's Fish Market and a couple of others, but it's hard to get a good grasp on what's there. She prefers heavy on the lobster, not so much the mayo....definitely more lobster than lobster salad. Also, not too buttery. We'll be in Chatham and don't want to travel up to Provincetown or too far west. Aside from lobster rolls, any other can't miss places to try out? Thanks!

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  1. The Raw Bar in New Seabury has outstanding lobster rolls and worth the $25 or so they charge. I believe they opened one in Hyannis.

    1. You don't have to travel far to get a good Lobster Roll. Try The Chatham Pier Fish Market for a fresh-picked lobster roll that's light on the mayo. If you prefer an enormous amount of canned frozen Canadian lobster meat piled onto a $25 roll, then by all means drive to Hyannis or Mashpee to visit The Raw Bar.

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      1. re: CapeCodGuy

        Thanks for the rec! It was absolutely wonderful....and piled high. Also tried Arnolds as we were out that way after we first arrived - meh. Not too bad, but Chatham definitely a lot better. The fried clams were good there, though.

          1. re: CapeCodGuy

            I, too, took your advice and went straight to the Chatham Fish Pier store on my trip to the Cape two weeks ago. Their lobster roll was AMAZING. Costs $5 more than Arnold's, which was pretty good, and worth every penny for the extra lobster—so much I had to share it. Somehow the buttered toasted roll was better, too, at Chatham. Though I must say that Arnold's cole slaw was better—really fresh and delicious.

      2. Friendly Fisherman in Eastham.....best in my book year after year, although there was one report earlier this season that it is not as good as in the past. Anyone else been?

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          1. re: Science Chick

            I used to LOVE FF in Eastham but read a few "eh" reviews so went to Moby Dick. It was ok but not worth the price. Sesuit Cafe is usually reliable and also the views and BYOB are desirable.

            Moby Dick's
            RR 6 Wellfleet MA, MA

            1. re: phelana

              Went to FF last Sunday. It was awesome as usual. The lobster roll was piled high with fresh lovely lobster. Still a great value at $17.95.

            2. re: Science Chick

              Mmmmm, looks great. Just spent a week in Chatham and wish I would have made my way there.

          2. I like Mac's Seafood on the Pier in Wellfleet.

            1. I just got back from the Cape earlier this month and discovered a great Lobster Roll at Skippers in Yarmouth. (Not Skippy's on 28).
              Skippers is on South Shore Drive overlooking the beach. We walked there for lunch from the beach and sat upstairs on the deck. They offer a regular roll (4 oz Lobster on hot dog bun) and then a larger version (8 oz on a grinder/hoagie roll). I had both on separate visits.
              I hate lobster that is heavily buttered or mayo'd and that doesn't have large, distinguisable pieces of lobster. I'm not a Lobster Roll afficianodo, but I thought the one at Skippers was very good - - - especially when sitting on the deck looking over the beach with a summer ale draft.
              I wouldn't call Skippers fine dining for dinner, but for a good beach lunch it was just right.

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              1. re: foleyd7

                Sesuit Harbor Cafe in Dennis, MA - hands down the best lobster roll you will ever have!

                Sesuit Harbor Cafe
                357 Setucket Rd, Dennis, MA 02638

                1. re: mmshih

                  I'm in the cape again this week. May try hitting Sesuit Harbor Cafe for dinner tomorrow - - - if this darn rain ever stops! Thanks for the tip on the lobster roll there.

                  Sesuit Harbor Cafe
                  357 Setucket Rd, Dennis, MA 02638

              2. For something a little different I love the Crabster roll at Sir Crickets in Orleans. Crab and Lobster, goes without saying, and it's only $11 bucks. They have a monster lobster roll for $20.

                1. Any of these places open now? ie: February 2011...going to Chatham this weekend for Presidents Day weekend


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                  1. re: coweepooh

                    Sir Cricket is open..I find their rolls sparse and too much mayo...

                    1. re: phelana

                      I agree with Ann on this. Stick to the fried stuff. Good fish chowder too. If they have fried Cape Bay Scallops, only available in the winter and not seen on many menus, they are a MUST HAVE!

                  2. Two of my sisters and I went to The Raw Bar in Mashpee yesterday, after seeing it posted in the CC Times as having one of the Top Ten lobster rolls on the Cape. Not only that, but Billy Costa from TV Diner recommended it as the best lobster roll on the Cape. They certainly serve up the biggest lobster roll, I'll give them that. As for flavor - none of us was impressed. The meat was ground up like a tuna sandwich, no chunks of lobster except for a bit of claw meat - which was tough and chewy. Could it be the meat was not fresh but canned? That's what we were thinking. It was served on a roll that was comparable to a sub roll. We were disappointed. However, we plan to hit Chatham Pier soon to experience their lobster roll. Hope this one lives up to the hype.

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                    1. re: BeachBum143

                      Your suspicion is correct, Raw Bar serves up frozen canned Canadian lobster meat in their huge $25 rolls. Always be wary of CC Times top 10 lists. They once named Toly's Pizza the best on the Cape (when it actually qualifies as one of the worst)! Billy Costa is usually the kiss of death as well. He's like the local version of Rachael Ray. If he loves a place, just stay away.

                      Chatham Fish Market puts out a very nice roll, but for my dollar, try Sesuit Cafe and enjoy a fun BYOB place where you sit at picnic tables on the jetty and watch the boats come and go iat the harbor.

                      1. re: CapeCodGuy

                        Thanks for the tip, CCG! We will do just that. I also sent an email to Billy Costa about his recommendation, and I've posted my review on another food board I post to.

                          1. re: CapeCodGuy

                            I post to, and/or lurk on, a few food boards, but the one I posted a review of The Raw Bar to is urbanspoon.

                      2. re: BeachBum143

                        I'm pretty sure its frozen. They may be the size of the food ball, but no flavor. And the overly shredded consistancy is a sure sign that th e meat is over cooked.

                        1. re: Wannabfoode

                          Definately, no doubt, 100% fact, it's frozen Canadian lobster meat from a can. Has been for years.

                      3. I had a lobster roll for lunch at The Lobster Trap in Monument Beach (Bourne) friday and It was the best I've had in a long time (buttered brioche bun?). Others in the party had fresh tuna, scallops and a clam roll and all of us were very happy. Potent mudslides, tap beer, white wine all got thumbs up as well. Surprised there isn't more love on this board for this place. Seems to me like they are doing things a little different than most of the run-of-the-mill seafood places on the cape. A little asian, french, italian influence going on as well as some pretty standard fare but done right.

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                        1. re: T.Clark

                          T. there are not a lot of reviews here for the Upper Cape curiously enough..many repeat chowhounds here are from mid Cape BUT sounds amazing..I have never been to Monument Beach. The mudslides alone sound divine...

                          1. re: phelana

                            I was told by our waitress that it use to be BYOB however they got their full liquor license this year. We've been dragged to the Chart Room in Cataumet a couple of times every summer for years. While I'll admit the harbor is nice, the adirondack chairs inviting and a window for take out booze unique, the food has never been anything better than good. The food at The Lobster Trap is way above average.

                            1. re: T.Clark

                              Agree on the Chart Room. Nice find on the Lobster Trap. Thanks for the post!